Traveling light can be a challenge when you have so many gadgets and accessories. What’s even more challenging is finding a bag that can safely accommodate all of your tech and knickknacks without having them float around large pockets in disarray. The Cocoon Grid-It SLIM Backpack is only minimalistic looking, it has a dedicated compartment for every one of those gizmos, gadgets, and accessories, and even a laptop and tablet or two. It’s organized, convenient, safe, and even fun. You never would have imagined such a thin backpack could fit so much stuff, and so perfectly too!
Cocoon’s Grid-It organization system is the trick to neatly and safely accommodating so much stuff. The entire front pocket is one giant Grid-It, an interwoven matrix of elastic bands that strap in items of all shapes and sizes. The pocket is lined in an ultra-soft faux suede. Even items like sunglasses and smart phones will be safe. This front pocket has two zippers that zip all the way down to the bottom of the bag. The entire grid-it is 10.5″ by 16”, there’s a ton of room to really get creative with placement.
The back pocket on the Cocoon Slim is for laptops, tablets, and any other flat items. There’s three sleeves in this pocket, all covered in the ultra- sleeve faux-suede microfiber. The large back sleeve is for a laptop up to 15” and it’s very well padded. The two other sleeves could both be tablet pockets. One is sized appropriately for iPad Mini and the other sized for the full-sized iPad. In between these sleeves is space for anything else flat, like documents, magazines, or notebooks.
On the very front of the backpack is one last compartment, a pocket for the stuff you don’t need locked in.
The exterior of the Cocoon Slim is covered in a water resistant ballistic nylon. It’s black with a light shimmer and a premium looking appearance. The back and shoulder straps are breathable and very well padded. The straps are adjustable.
Cocoon Slim is an impressive backpack, but how is it for everyday use? It depends on what you’re using it for. Fully packed it’s only 3-4″ thin. You can fit a ton of stuff in it (like, a surprising amount of gear), but anything on the thicker side may not fit. This isn’t a bag for sweatshirts, over-ear headphones, small packages, umbrellas, or lunch (though you could get creative with it).
Slim is very comfortable and it’s been extremely convenient on the crowded subways where having a big backpack gets in the way. For someone with a lot of tech, the Slim with Grid-it is a godsend. My tech doesn’t shuffle around my bag, and more importantly, it stays safe and pristine. The two zippers that zip all the way to the bottom are convenient for grabbing whatever you need without exposing the entire front pocket.
Keep it Slim. If you’re running around with tons of stuff in your bag, and nothing especially chunky, the Cocoon Slim is one of the coolest backpacks out there. The Grid-It is a game changer. Pricing in at $79.99, the Cocoon Slim MCP3401 backpack is a great purchase.
The Good: Slim, Grid-It Organizer safely accommodates items of all shapes and sizes, Dedicated laptop and tablet sleeves, Fun to use, Endless configurations, Comfortable, Water resistant exterior, Durable, Protective
The Bad: Not for storing chunky items