Speck CorePack Fly

The Speck CorePack Fly has become the de facto standard for carrying my gadgets and gizmos wherever I go. And as usual with Speck’s range of notebook bags, it has a few tricks up its sleeves to help make life a little easier when you’re on the move.

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Designed with storage in mind, the CorePack Fly has a generous amount of space available for carrying your kit with you. None of this space is compromised when you slip your notebook in there either, as you would with other bags, since the notebook storage section is in a separated compartment of its own. The bag has been designed in this way for two reasons. The first is to free up the space in the main storage compartment. The second is to allow for easy airport screening that meets TSA requirements. For travelling through the airport scanners, you can split the CorePack Fly in two by freeing the velcro. This allows the bag to lie flat through the scanner, free from interruption of other objects that are in the bag.

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From the outside, the CorePack Fly takes a traditional approach to the messenger bag design, with a buckle at the front, detachable shoulder straps and a velcro fastened front flap. Along the top, a zipper hides away a carrying handle, and along the side you’ve got access to a drinks holder that can stretch to hold those larger 75cl bottles. Speck makes the CorePack Fly in two designs; Restart Greyscale Pixel (pictured in this review) and Speakeasy Grey Pinstripe.

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On opening the front flap, you’ll have access to an assortment of pockets and deep storage sections for carrying all of your bits and pieces with you on your travels. The front pockets are deceptively small, but once you open them up, you’ll find that they go deeper than you think they might. The main compartment is separated by a divider, with a further zip pocket that splits into two compartments for extra storage. The result of this clever compartmentalisation, is a bag with masses of storage for taking with you all of the gadgets and the cables and chargers that typically come with them. You get all of this and you can still make it through the airport scanner without having the hassle of having to take any of it out.

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Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should and that saying has never been more relevant in the case of the CorePack Fly. Fully loaded, the CorePack Fly will be a struggle to get off the ground – it’s a victim of its own success in some ways, so careful planning and packing will be required if you’re expecting to carry the bag with you all day.

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I’ve taken the CorePack Fly with me on a few trips over the last couple of months and one of the major changes its made to my packing is that I’m able to keep all of the usual cables and bits that sometimes make its way into my luggage bag. For frequent travel by foot, you may find the CorePack Fly to be a little cumbersome to keep around your shoulder as its essentially a messenger bag with a notebook sleeve attached to the back of it. That combination of design doesn’t really work for comfortable walking. But where the CorePack Fly really excels is its ability to keep your ‘stuff’ organised whilst you’re on the move in one neat and tidy bag.

2010-03-22 Onwah Tsang

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