Make a Pit Stop at F-Stop

The more involved I become in design, the more gear that I seem to accumulate.  It seems like every time I go on a business trip, I bring more and more gear with me.  For instance, on a typical trip to New York I’m likely to bring a laptop, a mouse, 2 cameras, large noise reduction headphones, an iPod, various chargers and connector cables, and of course a very large bag of Peanut Butter M&M’s.  In the very near future, I’m hoping to upgrade to a 17 inch MacBook Pro and possibly even purchase a new Wacom Tablet.  This means that very soon, the amount of gear that I bring with me will surpass the amount of items that my current bag can handle.  That’s why about a month ago; I decided to start looking for a new courier bag to replace my old one.  This article is a review of my experience looking for a new laptop bag.

I decided that I would need a bag that was not only large but also sturdy.  After a bit of research I came across a website for F-Stop; a company that builds camera bags and accessories for adventure photographers.  It seemed logical to me that a company that designs bags for adventure photographers would also have bags that met all my criteria.  So I decided to do a bit of research on F-Stop.  I looked at the bags on their website, Googled them for reviews and even visited their Flickr page.  As it turns out, all the info I needed was on their website.  They have a host of very informational videos (Maverick, Satori, Bard) on their site that really helped me in deciding which bag was right for me.

After a bit of thought, I chose the Maverick; their largest courier bag.   I went ahead and ordered the bag and about a week later it arrived on my doorstep.  When I first opened it up, I realized how nice the bag actually was.  It had tons of compartments, pockets, and zippers with tons of room for all my gear with room to spare.

f-stop-revw-005a.jpgf-stop-revw-006a.jpgSo far, I’ve been very impressed with the bag.  So impressed that I decided to write a quick review of the bag and share it with you guys.  If you’re looking for a nice bag to haul all your equipment around, take a look at F-Stop’s line of high quality bags and try them out for yourself!

Grant Friedman

Grant Friedman is a graphic design, blogger, and author. In addition to being the founder of this website, Grant is also the editor of Psdtuts, one of the world's most popular tutorial websites.

  • f-stop products rock. Most of their bags have great padding, and more pockets than you’ll ever need :)
    I’d’ve chosen the silver version, but i from the site’s look i think brown is definitely your color.

  • Wow, Ive been looking for a bag that holds more than just a laptop and pens. I bought a great bag from STM but unfortunately it doesn’t hold much. However it doesn’t look like F-Stop makes a bag for a 17″. That Maverick bag looks incredible though!

  • The maverick actually fits a 17″ just fine, the smaller version (the bard) holds a 15″ widescreen.

  • Justin Lancaster

    That looks really nice!
    I was on a similar quest 2 months ago after getting a new DSLR. I ended up with a svery similar bag from Tenba:
    Wish I saw this one when I was looking.

  • Peanut Butter M&M’s, Yum! Nice tip. I’ll get a bag.

  • I have been looking for a wicked looking bag for my 15 Inch Laptop and I believe this bag you have reviewed (or other products from the f-stop range) will do for me. Thanks for the tip!
    Kind Regards