Sneaky Bags is taking 2016 by storm with new products, new partnerships and new reasons to fall in love with them. We will be reviewing the full line of bags they offer over the coming weeks. Today we are starting with the Sneaky Bags Trick Or Treat bag. We picked the ToT bag to start off, as it is the one I would personally get the most use from. This messenger style laptop bag is everything you could want in a covert highly functional laptop bag that does double duty as a utilitarian tactical bag.
What you would expect:
At its core, the ToT is a laptop bag for Every Day Carry (EDC). As such, it has all the features you would expect. It is more than capable of holding a 17” laptop in its padded laptop compartment. This is a lockable compartment to secure your valuables or to safeguard a weapon.
The main flap that covers the secondary compartment offers multiple storage options. From the outside of the flap, you can access a series of small organizer containers to store pens, flashlights, electronics, cables, external drives, a mouse and any other commonly used office items. You can fit a bunch of gear in here and still access them quickly. This space is also large enough to fit a full-sized iPad, maps, papers, etc.
Opening the flap the entire inside of the flap is a mesh zippered pocket. The pocket is large enough to secure up to a 15-inch laptop. It also works perfectly for carrying winter necessities like hats, gloves, umbrella, etc..
Once the flap is lifted, you can also access the main “dump pouch”. This generous space can be synched down to provide a firm hold on items of various sizes if required.
The rear interior of this pocket is lined in MOLLE Velcro. The bottom line is if you use MOLLE style pouches or kit you can attach that as the panel is cut to accept it. However if you have updated to all hook and look style attachments those will Velcro directly to the pouch wall. No more adapters!
To the front of the pouch is two more mesh pockets. On the outside is another two small hidden pockets that I didn’t even find until taking pictures of the bag for this article.
Store & Go:
The rear of the bag has crossed bungee cord perfect for securing larger items like a windbreaker, fleece or light jacket. Making this the perfect bag for the ever so unpredictable Michigan or Seattle weather.
While all these features are well made and certainly on par with higher end EDC bags there is not much unexpected. So what makes this a sneaky bag?
The Unpredictable Sneaky Bag
What it Doesn’t have:
The biggest problem in the tactical bag world is that most of these bags stand out like a fat guy in drag at Kroger. Military styled patterns, external MOLLE and Velcro scream, “hey look at me I love to carry gun!” It reminds me of 80’s off duty cops in their photographer vest in the middle of summer.
The entire Sneaky Bag lineup of bags takes this into account. The ToT looks like a basic, typical, mundane, boring messenger bag. In this case, what the Sneaky Bag ToT doesn’t offer is one of its advantages.
Inside the main weapon/laptop compartment, we find our first sneaky feature. Both sides of the pocket have hidden panels. These panels come packed with a soft foam that would protect your laptop. These are designed to be removed and replaced with soft or hard body armor inserts. Since I am unlikely to encounter rifle fire in my day to day life, my inserts are replaced with AR500 backpack panels. These will stop handgun rounds and are soft enough to still provide protection for my laptop.