Tread Coco laptop bag review

So here's the deal; a premium-priced luxury laptop bag that's made from old tyres that would be otherwise dumped, or worse burnt, on the roadside. Manufacturer Tread makes a range of bags and sleeves for laptops, iPods, iPhones and cameras that all started life as the inner tube of South American truck tyres. Recycled from the tip, rescued from the fire, they are crafted by a local workforce that, we are promised, earn a decent living in agreeable factory conditions. It’s a novel and worthy idea that, thankfully, is backed up by some quality accessories, four laptop bags and sleeves particularly, that are designed to fit MacBooks up to 15 inches.

The Tread Coco is perhaps not the most stylish of the four bags, but the simple black design with discreet red accent stitching is likely to find favour with many, men and women alike. The bag features two large external zip pockets, one on either side, and one large internal pocket. Although it’s small, the Coco has room for all your daily essentials and feels surprisingly spacious. When you've filled the bag with your laptop and accessories you have the choice of carrying it by its two eco-leather handles or a detachable, adjustable shoulder strap.

The strap is black with a red finish on the underside, which complements the bag’s soft corduroy lining. All that plush red wouldn't look amiss on the set of a gothic 60s Hammer horror film. It's all very appealing and adds to the view that the Tread Coco is a quality product. A padded divider, again covered in corduroy, offers some additional protection for your MacBook, although it might be useful if this was detachable for additional storage and cleaning.

Tread boasts that the material is water, heat, acid and UV resistant; we just hope we’re never in a position to test all its claims out. Certainly the Coco feels well made and hard wearing, but at this price you'd expect nothing less. One additional worthy note is that as each bag is hand cut, no two designs are identical, and all show unique markings, but not wear and tear, from their former life up and down Columbia's roads.

OUR VERDICT

For those who want to make a statement beyond fashion, the Tread Coco is an excellent, if pricey, investment. The ecological and fair trade credentials are commendable but these would count for little if the end product wasn't so impressive. A quality laptop bag then, the Tread Coco, with a little care, should last a lifetime.

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