The Setgo Jump Jet is a bi-fold “dual-mode” messenger bag providing a minimalist approach to both conspicuity and capacity. In other words, the Jump Jet is the perfect carrying companion for those who don’t carry much.

Upon arrival I was discouraged to find that my 13-inch Macbook Pro wouldn’t fit into the Jump Jet’s main pocket. Coincidentally, I was replacing my aging Pro with a new 12-inch Macbook. The slim, smaller laptop fits nicely into the same pocket, as do most tablets, which is exactly the primary cargo for which the Jump Jet was designed.

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Jump Jet with 12-inch Macbook on the left and 13-inch Macbook Pro on the right. While the Jump Jet’s width is sufficient for the Pro, the laptop’s height stops the zipper from closing, and even the flap’s velcro will not attach securely when folded.

The bag’s “dual-mode” claim is a little misleading. In its folded “compact” configuration it looks to be the perfect sheath for transporting a custom pool cue. Certainly minimalist and covert, but because it is folded, only paper or the like will survive life in the Jump Jet’s main pocket. Otherwise, smaller items such as keys, gum, breath mints, etc., can reside in either the main pocket or the secondary, smaller pocket.

Pool cue sheath?

Pool cue sheath?

The adjustable shoulder strap features a smartphone pocket, but this too is limited in size. My iPhone 6 (with a thin protective case) fits snugly within, but any phone larger than this size will not. At least the snugness surrounding the iPhone provides a measure of confidence in the phone not slipping when wearing the Jump Jet, especially if you’re wearing it while riding. An added benefit of the phone pocket – having such easy access to your phone – is not often found outside of a handlebar-mounted device.

Easy phone access, but iPhone 6 or smaller models only need apply.

Easy phone access, but iPhone 6 or smaller models only need apply.

The Setgo Jump Jet is constructed from “high grade reinforced nylon,” which supposedly makes the bag durable, but not exactly luxurious, such as leather. Out in the weather the flap will help keep rain at bay, but while the Jump Jet comes equipped with waterproof zippers, a quick spray in the kitchen sink resulted in a very wet interior.

Velcro holds the flap in place and also secures the bottom portion when in “compact” mode. Waterproof zippers are a nice touch, but I wouldn’t trust my expensive electronic equipment to stay safe in a downpour.

Velcro holds the flap in place and also secures the bottom portion when in “compact” mode. Waterproof zippers are a nice touch, but I wouldn’t trust my expensive electronic equipment to stay safe in a downpour.

Is the Setgo Jump Jet worth its $60 retail price? If you’re in need of a minimalist messenger-type carrying device in which to shuttle your tablet, small laptop, or spare set of riding gloves, the Jump Jet could be just the ticket. In our opinion, if the Jump Jet were designed with expandable sides, Setgo could have maintained the bag’s minimalist dimensions while adding increased usability when the need arrives to shove the uneaten portion of a sub sandwich inside. Actual waterproofness would be nice too.

For more information on the Jump Jet and other Setgo products go to SetGoGear.com.

  • Old MOron

    Testing H2O resistance in the kitchen sink, brilliant! I guess this wouldn’t normally be a concern in SoCal, but this is the year of the super Godzilla BMF El Niño.

  • Alexander Pityuk

    I can’t see a single positive side of this product. Completely useless. And I seldom make such strong statements.

    • DickRuble

      As useful and trendy as the men’s purse worn in Europe.