Still wishing for the perfect Go bag
I'll probably be taking the GoBox with me to the NorCal Tournament but I feel that I'm still searching for my perfect Go bag.
In my opinion, there's a multi-dimensional continuity spectrum to designing such a bag. One has to balance protection, size and portability. The GoBox leans towards protection at the expense of size and some portability. I can toss all of my gear into it and take it on a road trip with no anxiety that it'll get scratched or dinged. It's hard however for me to imagine wheeling it into a restaurant in the middle of the day when I take a break from a tournament.
I guess my ideal Go bag is somewhat more like a laptop bag. Being a padded but soft-sided design, there'd be a greater risk of damage to the goban, but I think I'd be willing to accept that for even greater portability and the option of transporting my gear as carry-on luggage on a flight; away from the unpredictable dangers of checked-in luggage.
The bag that I've drawn above is more along the lines of what I'm wishing for with these features:
- A heavy-duty and water-resistant ballistic nylon surface
- Padded sides (dense rubber foam) with a felt interior surface
- A rubber bottom surface for extra protection (because that's be were the bag and the 'ban would most often impact a solid surface)
- An extra-padded shoulder strap (because it would be as heavy as the old laptops I once used)
- An over-extended flap cover (to keep the rain out)
- Ideally, there would be a padded sleeve for a 9x9/13x13 combo board (for indoctrinating newbies).
My stones and bowls would be carried in their original bag. I had modified it slightly with adhesive foam pads to better protect its contents. I think the fundamental design of this bag is right and it would just need better materials and padding to make it perfect.