On the sides of the bag are two zipped compartments, using meshed protection inside to prevent items from falling out when unzipped. The compartments are small enough not to make the bag too bulky but are only large enough to hold a small drinks bottle or umbrella – and then only with the zip open. We did however find them particularly handy for keeping a compact digital camera close at hand, where it would have gotten lost in one of the larger pockets.
The main compartment at the front of the bag comes with an array of pockets to keep pens, business cards and mobile phones in order. There is also a mesh pocket, which according to Dicota is for CDs, but it is way too small to accommodate discs of this size. Of course, most people no longer carry CDs with them anyway. However the pocket is also useful for holding cables for your various gadgets as the mesh allows you to see exactly what’s inside. There is an attached keychain in this front compartment to help ease the worry of lost keys while abroad.
At the top of the bag is a â€œmultimedia pocketâ€ that is large enough to hold a PMP or phone, and handily has an earphone loophole – always a welcome feature â€“ though getting your earphones in and out of the compartment is a little tricky at first. The one issue we had with this pocket was that we consistently found ourselves opening its zip when trying to open the main front pocket, which led to much exasperation.
Moving on to the main compartment, we find the main fault with the Take.Off Sport. While the compartment itself is voluminous enough to hold everything a roving techie could need, it falls down in the most basic of areas. The Take.Off Sport is described by Dicota as a â€œstylish backpack for notebooksâ€ however the padded compartment designed to store a laptop is a major disappointment. The high-density foam (HDF) divider is too thin and feels loose, especially if your laptop is smaller than 17in, which most are. A 15in MacBook looked lost in the compartment and, even with a Velcro strap to secure the laptop, you donâ€™t feel your portable computer is all that secure.