If you’re a woman, finding a reasonably priced fashionable and functional laptop bag isn’t that hard; men, other hand, usually have fewer options. Want a basic bag? You can get one without spending too much money. Want something more fashionable? Prepare yourself to throw down the big bucks. HOOK & ALBERT provides fashionable and functional products for a moderate price.
Last year Timbuk2 and Blue Bottle Coffee created their first travel kit, which released just in time for the holidays. This year they’ve got an even bigger and better holiday collaboration brewing, and if you are stumped about what to give your favorite serious coffee drinker (even if it’s you), then The Sabbatical should be a winner!
With Thanksgiving coming around the corning, you’ll probably want a nice sturdy bag to carry on your flight to visit your family if you’re heading out of town for the extended weekend. Why not get yourself the best weekender bag on the market?
My office is business formal. Men wear suits and ties, and women must wear skirts, pantsuits, or similar attire. It’s actually easy to dress that way once you’re used to it, but the dilemma for me is always in how to haul my gear. I am looking at the first of a few potential solutions in the Moshi Urbana Mini!
I’ve made little secret of the fact that I am a huge fan of all things Waterfield. Truth is, I use one Waterfield bag or another pretty much every day. That’s why I was excited to check out their latest offering, the Waterfield Design Vitesse Waxed Canvas Messenger Bag. It didn’t disappoint. The $159 bag is yet another Waterfield winner.
The Waterfield Design Vitesse Waxed Canvas Messenger Bag is available in brown, navy, burgundy waxed canvas. It is definitely one of the less structured bags I’ve used from Waterfield. That’s not a criticism however. The lack of structure means it can mold to your bag if you strap it on messenger bag-style. It also means this is one of the lighter Waterfield bags designed to carry a full-sized laptop.
The Vitesse Waxed Canvas Messenger Bag has the familiar messenger bag design. A large flap covers a plentiful storage area. The flap is held in place by two leather straps. Each has two holes so you can adjust how the flap fits depending upon the size of the load you are carrying inside. The straps close by placing one of the two opening in each piece of leather over a “metal screw studs.”
At first I was concerned that the system wouldn’t keep the flap securely closed and the contents, in my case including my new 13” MacBook Pro, would go tumbling to the ground. I tested the security of it by loading the bag and shaking it in every direction. My concerned were unnecessary. The straps, when closed, stay closed.
The design also means you can get into your bag by simply lifting up on each tag and tugging. It is a simple approach that makes it easy to open and close the bag while keeping the contents safe. Well done Waterfield!
On either side of the bag’s front there are are water-sealed zippers that open to reveal a front pocket that stretches from one zipper to the other. This is intended for items that you might need to grab on the go. The placement and angle of the zippers means you can access this pocket without lifting the flap.
At the front of this large space are three small, open pockets that are ideal for a phone, a small hard drive or something of similar size. If you are using an Apple watch this pocket makes a ton of sense since you, like me, are likely reaching for your phone far less now that notifications come to your wrist!
At the rear of the bag is a smaller pocket that reaches from one side of the bag to the other. This is designed to hold your laptop. It is worth noting that there is zero… and I mean zero… padding to keep your laptop or tablet safe. That means you will definitely want to follow my lead and use on of Waterfields wonderful laptop and tablet sleeves to keep your precious computing devices safe. Again, this isn’t a criticism but is something you need to know about when deciding if this is the right bag for you.
- Waxed canvas – brown, burgundy, navy
- Naturally-tanned chocolate leather tabs affix to black metal screw studs
- Nylon adjustable strap
- Top grab handle
- Internal pocket for laptop inside a sleeve + 3 organizational pockets
- Front waterproof-zippered pockets with internal Ultrasuede phone pocket
- Optional stabilizer messenger strap
- Dimensions: 16″–18″ x 13″ x 4″
- Weight: 1.5 lbs.
If you will be using the bag as a bike messenger bag you will want to spend the extra few bucks and pick up the optional stabilizer messenger strap. It isn’t an expensive add-on but I do wish the company had seen fit to include it with the purchase.
Here’s what Waterfield has to say about it:
Messenger Utopia. Messenger bags are great for bike commuting, but what about work? Introducing the lightweight Vitesse Messenger, an elegant bike-friendly, work-appropriate messenger bag with functionality and style to spare. A vast main compartment includes a pocket for a laptop in a sleeve plus organizational pockets for small items. Front zippered pockets are great for easily accessible items and a hidden scratch-free phone pocket keeps that necessity safe and ready. Take it everywhere!
In all, the Vitesse Waxed Canvas Messenger Bag is a minimalist messenger that looks great, holds plenty of gear and does so in a classy and effective manner. I’m a fan and, when I take my laptop with me, have been using it as my daily driver since it arrived. Learn more and order yours here.
Source: Company Supplied Review Sample
What I Like: Great design and build; Light but strong; Water sealed front zippers make accessible key items simple; Phone pocket within the front pocket; Simplicity without being simplistic
What Needs Improvement: Won’t protect items inside from bumps and bruises so you’ll need sleeves etc; Cycling strap is extra
There’s one thing that I’ve always thought that I could do a bit better in, and that’s packing for smaller weekend trips where I only need a few things to last three or four days. So I searched for weekender bags because well … It’s just for the weekend right?
As of late, I’ve been doing a lot of traveling. And one thing I hate is the fact that when going through baggage check I have to take my laptop out of my bag. So when I had the opportunity to get my hands on the ECBC Lance Daypack, which is every traveler’s dream bag, I jumped.
I’m coming toward the end of a two-week trip. I spent the first week in Israel with side trips into the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Rawabi. This week saw me in Greece with Raina. Through it all some key items have come in rather handy. Chief among them the Waterfield Indy Bag Judie reviewed some time ago.
It’s only July and we’re already talking back to school? Didn’t classes just let out a month ago? Well that seems to be the case, so why not go ahead and be ahead of the curve this year and get your bag for class early?
Announced today and available now, famous bag maker Booq will be releasing their Boa saddle today. You want to be fashionable when you’re going to class right? Let’s be honest, everyone else will have standard backpacks, and you know how bulky those things can tend to be. So why not switch it up this year and get yourself something a bit more mature?
The Boa Saddle isn’t your ordinary bag either. With it’s unique utilitarian design, not only will the bag be lightweight and easy on your shoulders and your back, but the genuine leather won’t ruin over time. Booq is known for their quality products and their attention to detail, down to the accents, including things you’d think you’d never need, like Zipper balm to make sure those zippers don’t end up bending or having some type of malfunction. I know I personally have my eyes set on one. I don’t carry a lot when I’m commuting these days minus my phone and my MacBook, but the Boa Saddle has enough storage for your books, cables, and even a laptop compartment that will carry a MacBook Pro or PC up to 15.6″.
That’s more than enough for the typical college student, or that person who’s attempting to limit their carry-on luggage. The Boa Saddle also features a weatherproof ballistic nylon material, genuine leather handles, a luggage trolley pass-through, and a removable shoulder strap complete with custom lightweight aluminum shoulder strap buckle. Exterior storage includes one front zippered pocket, one large back pocket, and a detachable key ring.
“Travelers know how quickly briefs fill up with documents, chargers and other gadgets,” says Kema Subsomboon, Lead Product Designer at Booq. “We designed the Boa saddle to maintain a mid-sized profile, but arranged the interior to offer a huge amount of storage space. Best of all, this bag is ten percent lighter than its Boa brief counterpart, making on-the-go carrying even more comfortable.”
The Boa saddle is available now for $195 at http://www.booqbags.comand other retailers.
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