[UPDATE 8-22-2016: Just a brief update to say that, after a few weeks, I stopped using this organizer. Although I stand by what I said in my original review about its convenience, I decided I don't like the added bulk/stiffness when carrying this organizer in my briefcase or messenger bag. Also, perhaps because I'm a detail-oriented person (evidently, a little obsessive-compulsive in this case), I found myself wasting time perpetually re-organizing and/or re-tidying my gear. At first, it's addictive like Tetris as you try to find the optimal layout to save room and hold all your items neatly. That much I expected. However, even after I settled on a layout that I liked, I found it just takes time to find the right loop and tuck everything in again neatly, especially with loose/sprawling items like headphones. Ultimately, I decided it was more convenient and less bulky to just use small ziplock bags to wrangle my headphones into some kind of tidy order, and then stuff them in one of the pockets of my briefcase/messenger bag. It's faster to stow/retrieve items that way, and feels like less of a hassle than using the Cocoon Grid-It. Your experience may vary, but that's my two cents based on my personality and actual usage.]
The Cocoon Grid-It 10.5 x 7.5-Inch organizer is a great way to efficiently organize gear in a briefcase or messenger bag (or purse, I suppose--but as a guy, I don't have one of those). The elastic straps are considerably higher quality than I was expecting: not only stiff and ruggedly stretchy, but also lined with rubber grip bumps that help to hold equipment surprisingly securely. The grip bumps work particularly well on smooth plastic shelled equipment, such as pens, chapstick, a portable computer mouse, and other such items that would normally slip out from under a normal elastic strap. In that regard, I am very pleased.
WHAT IT'S GREAT FOR: This item is ideal for someone like me who switches between a fine leather briefcase for the office and a messenger bag on weekends for carrying items like diapers, wipes, a Kindle, headphones, etc. (I am a dad of three young girls all under age 6). By placing my everyday items in this organizer, I not only can keep them securely organized in each case, but I can easily swap them back and forth between my briefcase and messenger bag without having to move the items one by one (nor "reorganize" them) each time. I just lift this insert out of my briefcase and pop it into my messenger bag, or vice versa. In short, if you're swapping between bags often, this is a phenomenal, uber-convenient solution.
It also excels at holding small items secure and stable in your bag, especially if you have a structureless (floppy) style bag like a canvas satchel or messenger bag. Whereas those bags are prone to letting small items spill out when you set them down carelessly, this insert keeps them tightly in place and even lends a rectangular structure to "fill out" the bag (assuming you pick a size that matches your bag's dimensions relatively closely) so that the bag is less floppy as well. That's the purpose of this organizer, so it's good to know it works very well at its job.
THE SHORTCOMINGS: I'm satisfied with this product, but a few shortcomings bear mentioning. First, it is slightly heavier than expected. In one regard, that's good because it means a more durable construction. However, if you're aiming for the lightest load possible, know that this organizer will add approximately 4 ounces to your load (i.e., a quarter of a pound). While that's not too bad, it may be important to some people. I've decided the convenience is worth the weight, but if I were considering this for ultralight backpacking, for instance, I would probably pass.
Second, although the elastic straps are fairly varied in length and placement, it takes a fair bit of thought to plan out how to use the organizer most efficiently. As I began filling it with gear, I found myself having to rearrange it many times to get everything to fit in a convenient arrangement. I also found (predictably) that it is most stable when you secure the heaviest items (e.g., a full tin of Altoids mints, a portable computer mouse) along the bottom of the organizer and stow lighter items (e.g., chapstick, earbuds) higher up. That makes it less prone to flop over, as well as less likely to "teeter" back and forth inside a fairly spacious, stiff-structured bag like my leather briefcase. Once you find a configuration that works for your gear, it will be time well spent, as everything rides nicely and stays put thereafter.
Unbeknownst to me, this particular divider--possibly all of the models--has a zippered case on the backside. It's quite thin, so it won't work for stowing items much thicker than a USB/flash drive, and may be difficult to access if small items slip to the bottom; however, it would be a good place to stow some spare cash for emergencies or something like that. The small zipper also looks to be of dubious quality. It works fine, but it gives the impression that it would break easily if stressed or if not handled with care. I probably won't use this zippered area for anything except spare cash, as I mentioned, since I wouldn't care to access it very often.
This is a great way to organize a briefcase, messenger bag, or purse--especially loose/floppy style bags that don't excel at holding items securely anyway--as long as you don't mind the added quarter-pound of weight. It is ideal for someone swapping numerous items between different bags on a regular basis. In the latter instance, I would even go so far as to say this is a must-have item, as it really does add enormous convenience in that regard. If that sounds like it fits your needs, then I recommend it without reservation. As for long-term durability, only time will tell, but having seen it in person, I do trust that it is rugged enough to yield years of reliable service.
|商品尺寸||0.97 x 19.05 x 26.67 cm; 240.4 克|
|型号 / 款式||CPG8BK|