Sometimes DJing I get wrapped up with so many things. Mostly it revolves around seven inch records, going from 45 bag to 45 bag, gig to gig and so on. I have three Tucker & Bloom bags that are serving me well in that area. The Rich Medina bag is great for traveling and the companion bag gets me through shorter sets or is that extra boost I need for carrying some extra records. I’ve been using a North/ South messenger DJ bag from them as well, which has got me to and from gigs I use Serato at with ease. All sturdy, stylish, and always getting a question from people who aren’t familiar with the company. Recently, I’ve been buying more 12″s as well as bringing them and a few Lps to gigs. I had tried to stay as portable and stealth as I could for years, but honestly, there are too many good records out there not on 45, etc. that I had to get back into the bigger records. Say hello to The Rhodes Backpack. Tucker & Bloom take a modern backpack design and put their own twist on this classic. What I like about this bag is that it’s sleek, streamlined, and functional. I can easily fit a hand full of 12’s (it can hold up to 30), my laptop (into the special laptop padded sleeve that Velcros shut), Serato records and accessories into the main pocket. The zippered front pocket houses my headphones, needle case, phone charger, etc. with ease, and the top zippered pocket with flap is great for my business cards, 45 adapters (you never know), Breakaweights, sunglasses case, and more.
Let’s talk about it in the field and on the road. So far, it performs just as well as the other bags. It’s waterproof, and I have gotten stuck twice in the rain with it. No problem. Everything was dry and I had no worries. It fits great on my back, and even when I sling it with one strap, still comfy. I’ve been able to set up at gigs (Serato/ laptop wise) I’d say even quicker than the North/ South, and breakdown has been just as easy. Just for reference, I was using a Soul Jazz 12″ bag for years. It killed my back. I love the look of the thing, and still use it to go digging, but with no padding on the straps it was doing my back a disservice. This bag is padded on the straps and comfortable. It’s ergonomic, snugs right up to the back nicely. The only thing I might like to see is some padding or a more comfortable pull handle on the top of the bag. You’re not carrying it for that way that long, but I wouldn’t mind some padding. No big deal though. This bag gets an A+ by our standards. It also has a lifetime warranty, which I can not stress enough. A bag for your whole life is an important thing. Most bags don’t last a few years. American made and built to last, we highly recommend this bag if you’re in the need for a new one. It’s not just for records though, it can easily be used for students, business people and the like. But you know we are using it for one thing, and that’s DJing. Definitely checks all the boxes nicely. So if you want a bag with a lifetime warranty and thatgets the job done, the Rhodes Backpack is it.
Check out the specs below:
-Backpack Dimensions: 15″ height x 13.5″ width x 6.5″ depth
-Made in the USA of waterproof backed 1680 Ballistic Nylon.
-Large, zippered main chamber fits up to 30 LPs.
-Roomy U-zip front pocket with an easy access organizer panel for business cards, an iPod, sunglasses, etc.
-Zippered front pocket for headphones or other fragile items.
-Interior lining 4 ply Taslan nylon.
-Interior padded laptop sleeve fits up to 13″ laptop
-Zippered organizer pocket secures laptop and provides storage for USBs, cables, etc.
-Self-healing, heavy #8 YKK nylon coil Zipper with two lockable zipper pulls for easy access when you want, and security when you need.
-Shoulder straps made of heavy duty nylon webbing with a comfy 3D mesh backing.
-Low profile handle attached to back shoulder straps for easy maneuvering in tight quarters.
-Covered by our lifetime warranty.