WANDRD Tech Bag (Medium) Review
The WANDRD Tech Bag has lots of useful organization and can easily integrate into WANDRD backpacks. The front pocket can be a bit tight, though.
- Accordion divider creates a segmented main compartment
- Easily integrates into WANDRD daypacks
- Available in a variety of sizes
- Front pocket can be a tight fit for some phones
- Segmentation feels a bit awkward when using it as a sling
- Velcro on optional carry strap can be problematic if you have long hair
4.5 oz (127.6 gm)
4.5 in x 9 in x 3 in (11.4 x 22.9 x 7.6 cm)
Ripstop Nylon, YKK Zippers
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The WANDRD Tech Bag has a stylish look, and its accordion divider is an interesting way to keep things organized inside. It’s available in three sizes—small for daily carry, medium for short trips, and large for extended stays. We tested the medium, and it served us well during a week-long trip and day-to-day.
Similar to the WANDRD Toiletry Bag, you can also get it with an additional strap that you can use to turn it into a sling. It works well enough, but the accordion divider feels better suited for tech accessories than essentials like credit cards and cash. It is a tech bag, after all, and the “clip this strap on and carry it as a sling” angle doesn’t seem extremely thought out here, but the option is there if you choose to use it that way.
Materials & Aesthetic
The outer material is an N420 Ripstop Nylon. It has a square pattern that reminds us of the graph paper you’d use in a high school geometry class. Luckily we didn’t have any issues with rips or tears, but the ripstop should prevent them from getting larger in case you do. It feels pretty smooth to the touch and is functional while looking stylish. We dig it.
Weather-resistant YKK #5 zippers will protect your electronics from a bit of moisture or spills, but you wouldn’t want to get the tech bag drenched or anything. Those parachute-looking plastic zipper pulls are dope too. They add to the bag’s modern style and are easy to grip, making it a breeze to zip open and closed.
On the back, you’ll find two oversized nylon loops. These are to help you grab it out of the side access pockets of WANDRD daypacks like the PRVKE or DUO. Depending on how you’ve packed, and especially if you’re not using it with a WANDRD backpack, it makes more sense to have a grab handle on the top. Then there’s a thicker pass-through carry handle on the underside of the bag. We didn’t use it much as it felt like a strange place for a carry handle.
We do appreciate the minimal branding on here with just a simple WANDRD tag on the front. If you opt for the additional carry strap to convert it into a sling, there’s just one small logo on there as well.
Features & Usage
Inside the WANDRD Tech Bag is this funky accordion-style divider that separates the main compartment into three sections. On one side of that compartment, there are three stretchy mesh pockets, and on the other side, you’ve got two elastic pen slots. Of course, these slots work best for pens and styluses, but you can use them to hold a phone charger or other cables too. The elastic is nice and tight, so everything stays in place securely.
Gussets on the main compartment’s sides hold the pouch open pretty wide, but it’s not quite fully clamshell. The divider itself is an attractive way to keep things separated. We found it helpful to put one item in each little section. So earbuds in one, chargers in another, and a mouse in the last one. Then you can put smaller tech bits like USBs in the mesh pockets. They’ll be safe in here without floating around since the elastic at the top of the mesh keeps it relatively cinched in.
WANDRD does this thing where they include gatekeeper clips on the back of pouches so you can combine two together, making a “mega pouch.” They did the same thing with their toiletry bag, and it seems a bit strange to us. If you need a bigger pouch, why not just buy the bigger size? The gatekeeper clips are also there so you can clip the tech bag onto a WANDRD backpack. This makes more sense as attaching it to the outside will save you some space inside your bag. Then again, having our tech on the outside of our bag makes us uncomfortable. What if someone snatches it off and steals if? We don’t know about this one, WANDRD.
As far as using it as a sling goes, it works, but it’s just a little awkward. The front pocket is lined with fleece that’s supposed to protect the screen of your phone. This makes sense in theory, but it was kind of a tight squeeze for an iPhone 12 with the main compartment fully packed. We used this “sling” to dump everything out of our pockets when going through airport security. The spaces created by the divider were a bit too big for our credit cards, ID, and keys. It really depends on what you need to carry, so your mileage may vary on that front.
One thing to note about the sling strap is that the strap keeper has a velcro loop, which can be a nuisance if you have long hair. It will get caught onto the velcro—don’t say we didn’t warn you.
- From microSD cards to external drives, every gadget has a place inside
- There’s a great degree of separation, really helps keep things organized
- Put on a strap and it makes for a decent sling too
- Front pocket can be a bit tight depending on how much you’ve packed the main compartment
- Accordion style organization is a bit awkward for sling mode, but works great for carrying a large amount of tech