Locked, loaded, and ready for fragging.
Anyone who has ever attended a LAN party knows it’s impossible to stow a full-sized keyboard in a standard backpack. Typically, players have had a few options: 1) carry the keyboard under your arm, letting the cord precariously dangle, or 2) find a big, unwieldy carry-all to haul your equipment. Now, Dust-Off, the manufacturers of compressed gas cleaners, have a third option with the Quiver.
The Quiver is an elongated messenger bag, specially designed for the ‘tech’ crowd. It is worn across the chest, and comes with two places to secure the bandolier-style front strap, depending on if you want the bag on your right or left side. A keyboard can be steadily fastened inside the bag by two Velcro straps. Shrewdly, the designers of the Quiver coated the inside with a non-marring synthetic fabric, so the paint won’t come off your “WASD” keys.
Don’t forget to put some cheddar in your Quiver- ’cause a mouse loves cheese.
Additionally, the Quiver has three zip-sealed pockets, along with an internal mesh lined sleeve. Inside, users have six envelopes for optical based (DVD and CD) media, as well as a pocket on the front strap for their cellphone. The top pocket is ideal for mp3 players, as there is a handy cord port for headphones or earbuds. The Quiver’s construction is nearly flawless; the front strap is securely sewn to the bag, and all the zippers are of top quality. We tried overstressing the zippers, but they held up consistently and refused to fail. With the exception of an iron-on logo on the top compartment that looked like an afterthought, the build quality of the bag is top-notch.
For gamers on-the-go worried about damaging their gear in transit; the Quiver has got you covered. The carrier has one quarter inch of protection all around. Fortunately, this protection doesn’t come at the cost of excessive weight or unwieldiness – the bag is about a pound and a half when empty, and created no discomfort when worn for two hour outings.
When we first heard that the Quiver had a MSRP of seventy dollars, we thought that price would be prohibitive for many gamers. Well, Dust-Off listened to feedback, and the new price is a much more reasonable $45. So those seeking a first-class method of transporting their gear safely and elegantly, should definitely look into purchasing one.
Tech-Gaming will be giving away one Quiver bag courtesy of Dust-off. To win, just leave a comment stating how the Quiver will assist you in toting your high-tech gear. A winner will be randomly chosen from the valid entries on October 31st, 2008. One entry per reader, please.