Brief indulgence

Booq Cobra Brief
Booq Cobra Brief

The bright red satiny linings seduced us, but the myriad spacious compartments laid out oh so intelligently won us over. So, into the Booq Cobra Brief went the 16-inch laptop computer, the full size and mini tablets, the smart phone, e-book reader, a vast supply of cables, adapters, multi-socket surge-protected extension cords, headphones, and external battery chargers. And every single item had its very own pouch, zippered pocket or padded compartment as called for. Which still left plenty of places to stash business papers, a few paperbacks, magazines, assorted files, folders, maps and travel documents, plus pens, pencils, styluses, reading glasses, and keys — each with its own cozy slot or ring.

Booq’s newest bag is all business, but it’s also a stylish pleasure to tote, either by the padded double grab handles or adjustable shoulder strap (which has a slim silicone strip that reduces sliding. The black ballistic nylon exterior has a water-repellant coating, big toothy metal YKK waterproof zippers won’t snag or splay, the luggage trolley handle pass-through on the back of the bag slips smoothly over a wheeled bag’s pull handle, and there’s just enough leather trim to add a tastefully extravagant touch. You’ll pay for all the classy tailoring and luscious linings, but the Cobra Brief works hard for the money.

Booq Cobra Brief is $295 at