THE (best) CA­BLE GUY

Stor­ing your small tech in this elec­tron­ics bag makes life on the road far sim­pler, says Gear Editor MATTHEW STERNE

Getaway (South Africa) - - Escape -

Trav­ellers are pretty re­source­ful, so it didn’t sur­prise me when I dis­cov­ered our deputy editor uses a toi­letry bag for his elec­tron­ics and our editor uses a pen­cil case. They both kind of work, but not re­ally… It would seem my su­pe­ri­ors are yet to master Zen and the Art of Ca­ble Main­te­nance. But the Thule Subterra Pow­erShut­tle ad­dresses this. ‘Bring your life’ is its motto, and for trav­ellers that’s ex­actly what this elec­tron­ics holder does. The size of an A5 di­ary, it has a firm 800D ny­lon-padded cas­ing, inside com­part­ments, zip­pered pock­ets and elas­ti­cated loops, and is de­signed to store your charger, cords, hard drive, SD cards, ear­phones, a small note­book and a pen (even in the Dig­i­tal Age a pen al­ways comes in handy). A bril­liant fea­ture is that there’s a hole de­signed for the charger ca­ble, so there’s no need to re­move the whole charger from the bag, and the ca­ble can be con­ve­niently tucked into an ex­te­rior slip pocket af­ter it’s done the job. The out­side zips have hard plas­tic tog­gles for dura­bil­ity and there’s also a han­dle for easy car­ry­ing. Items are pro­tected from scratches, dust, tan­gles (there’s no rage like tan­gled-ear­phone rage) and dam­age, and there’s lit­tle chance of leav­ing your stuff be­hind. I can’t count how many phone charg­ers I’ve for­got­ten in overnight rooms – probably as many as I’ve stayed in. For some rea­son, I think this handy bag would rem­edy that. But pri­mar­ily, it prom­ises to keep the small stuff in one place, sav­ing you time and frus­tra­tion. R399, thule.com (PS: Af­ter this test, both the ed and deputy bought this bag.) Want to keep ear­phones tan­gle-free? Use a clothes peg to grip the buds and then wind the ca­ble around the prongs.

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