If you spend your life in and out of cars like we do, you’ll know how annoying it is carting everything about from one to the other, indoors and back again.
You know the kinda stuff, charging cables, sat nav, phone, drinks bottle, keys, some snacks. It ends up either littering the door pockets or ending up rolling around in the footwells. Yes you can put it all into a bag or backpack but then you can’t easily access it.
Now there’s a solution, izzy.
What is it?
It’s a modular backpack style bag that attaches to the seat back of your car so that everything is within easy reach when on the go.
Designed in Germany it uses foam inserts that can be moved around to fit the items you want to take with you. The partitions are attached via Velcro so make them easy to move.
The outside of the backpack is a hard wearing fabric finish with a non-slip top section, the underneath features two more non-slip panels on either side, and the same fabric finish down the middle. The whole bag is extremely well padded so everything inside remains safe while it’s not in the car.
At the top there’s a thick carry handle made from a similar material to seatbelts. You also get a longer strap so you can take your Izzy bag with you to and from the car, this can either be used as a side bag or tightened to form a single strap for backpack style wearing.
What’s it like?
I can’t stress enough how high quality the materials are, izzy feels like an OEM optional extra from a manufacturer. It really is top notch. Incredibly sturdy and the fabric tecture like it could stand up to a lot of abuse.
The black and grey colouring means it will suit the majority of car interiors, and instead of looking like some cheap aftermarket product it blends in totally like it’s original equipment.
Moving around the partitions is easy, they unstick with a light tug enabling you to move them however you want. A coffee cup will sit nicely, but you’re best off putting heavier items to the back…obviously.
The backrest section features three deep slip in pockets which area ideal for paperwork or documents, a tablet would even sit in here nicely. The top netted area is where the securing strap for the headrest is stowed and attached.
To fix it to the back of the headrest you simply loop it around, clip it in and tighten it up. The bottom section just sits on the seat, but doesn’t move due to the friction of the bag/seat fabric.
There’s also another front net part, this Velcro’s into the front lip of the bag and can be used for rubbish if need be. The side section unzips to allow easy removal of whatever is in there, I used it as a notepad holder though.
Over a six hour car journey it was incredibly easy to grab my water and snacks while on the go, instead of fumbling around in door bins or armrests everything was to hand on the passenger seat. Much safer.
Going to and from the car also meant one trip instead of two or three, I didn’t have to have pockets bulging with items either.
Clipping everything in is really easy, just plonk izzy down on the seat, unzip and clip in the top strap.
While on the move everything stayed in place with ease, the base of the bag is rather shiny, so smaller items can move around inside the compartments, which isn’t an issue unless you need to brake suddenly.
If there was Velcro on the bottom of each sectional divider it would stop that from happening, but then the interior wouldn’t be wipe clean. So it’s swings and roundabouts.
It would also be nice to have the option of full on backpack straps, that way izzy could be used on a day out, so you don’t have to leave valuables in your car, and can take your camera, water bottle, snacks etc with you.
The current single strap design is fine for a short walk, but not ideal if there’s heavy items in there.
Where can I get one?
After a successful Kickstarter campaign the izzy 1st Edition is currently for sale on their website at €79, so £70 plus postage.
While it’s not cheap, the quality really has to be seen and felt.
You may not think you need an izzy, but spend a lot of time behind the wheel or on long road trips and you’ll soon see how useful one is.