The RoadWired MegaMedia Bag is billed on the RoadWired website as the "Mother of
all tech bags."
As I was in the market for just such a bag, I looked forward to trying it
out. Julie delivered it with the following description, "It’s big." True enough,
but, contrary to the head gadgeteer’s opinion, bigger is better!
The folks at RoadWired must not be fans of Howard Stern (sensible enough) or
they probably would have gone with "The King of all Media Bags." This suggestion
goes a long way toward explaining why I work in CAD support rather than
The MegaMedia Bag is large (as previously mentioned) — weighing in at 5
pounds. This is probably not the bag for everyone (Julie comes immediately to
mind). It is constructed primarily from 1050 Denier Ballistic Nylon. The overall
dimensions are 15.7"L x 12.5"H x 7.5"D — although it expands along the 7.5"
depth dimension when you really stuff it. Unlike our favorite gadgeteer, I find
the large expandable size to be an advantage.
The straps are made of seatbelt-grade webbing with the same wraparound design
used on the Photo/Video Convertible bag I reviewed last year. The shoulder strap
attaches to loops which are tied into another strap of the same material. This
integrated strap runs down the sides and across the bottom of the bag. This
feature should help the bag to maintain it’s shape over time.
The shoulder strap is fully adjustable, with quick disconnects and a sliding
shoulder pad. It is the same strap used on the Photo/Video Convertible Bag.
The pad, formed to fit comfortably on the shoulder, has three grip strips
underneath to help prevent slippage. In between the grip strips is a
moisture-wicking padded mesh.
Three treads integrated into the wraparound strap on the bottom of the bag
give it a stable base. One of the complaints that I had about the bag was that
slack in the adjustable straps which fasten down the top cover flopped around
loose. In the process of shooting the following picture, I discovered two loops
designed to secure these loose ends. You truly do learn something new everyday.
The bag also has a rugged handle on top, also common to the Photo/Video
Convertible bag. The handle has a hard rubber insert which gives it a nice feel.
In wrapping up the discussion of the outer accoutrements, I was initially
quite puzzled by the single strap which runs across the back with a snap in the
middle. In my defense, Julie did not know what it was for, either. She cleared
it up for me when she returned from her latest trip (I think she jetted off to
Las Vegas or some other exotic locale).
This strap is used to fasten the bag onto the extended handle common on
roller-equipped luggage. Julie noticed one of her fellow world travelers using a
similar laptop bag strap at the airport. Again, I learned something new. Anyone
picking up on a theme here? Of course I am referring to all the new things I
have been learning, not jealousy regarding the many trips Julie makes while I
stay home and work and watch my kids. I am happy for her … really I am.
Perhaps we should move on?
Let us take a look at the inside. RoadWired claims a total of 36 pockets and
compartments. I made several attempts to count them all, but I kept losing my
place. I will say that there are a LOT of pockets and compartments.
If you are willing to bear the weight, this bag will really hold a lot of
stuff. My wife and I dragged out battery chargers, walkie talkies, a laptop, a
pen tablet, a Cable Stable (Deluxe Size), etc., and stuffed it all into the bag.
Contents that were in the bag:
There was actually room left over for more stuff (although I probably need to
start hitting the gym again before throwing anything else in there).
The main compartment comes with four Velcro separators — one wide and three
narrow — which allow you to divide the main compartment into as many as five
fully adjustable smaller compartments. We used the wide separator to divide the
main compartment into two laptop-sized spaces — one for the laptop and the
other for my wife’s 6 x 8 Wacom pen tablet. The three narrow separators were
easily stowed by sticking them flat against the side of the main compartment.
Inside one of the two front pockets, both of which are simply loaded with mesh
and elastic pockets, is a handy quick release clip suitable for stowing your
There is also a pocket on the back set up like an expanding file folder for
documents, booklets, etc.
I compared this bag with a similarly sized laptop bag from Targa. The Targa bag
has a more rigid, rectangular structure. The interior layout of the Targa falls
well short of the RoadWired bag. With the Targa, I constantly find myself
zipping one side shut so I can flip it over and access the contents on the other
side. The MegaMedia bag is a top loader, so everything can be easily accessed
without such hassles.
It was interesting to note that the rectangular shape of the Targa bag did
not make it more stable in an upright position. In fact, I had to lean it
against the RoadWired bag in order to take the picture. The Targa also lacked
all of the elastic and mesh pockets that I have come to expect from RoadWired
I both found this bag to be perfectly suitable for my needs. I need a laptop
bag capable of organizing and holding a lot of stuff and I really don’t mind the
Price: $179.95 Available in Titanium/Black,
Black/Black (as illustrated)
Top loading compartments
Expandable outside pockets
Padded shoulder strap with grip strips
Numerous elastic and mesh pockets
Padded for equipment protection
Too large and heavy for the less than athletic
Velcro (for Julie)