In our household, you can almost always tell who something belongs to just by looking at it. Especially with luggage. Tazim’s is the pristine and unscuffed bag that’s still new and gleaming looking. Mine’s the one that looks like it was run-over by a garbage truck, then thrown under a train. At least, that always used to be the case. About a year ago, we stumbled across Waterfield designs, a company that makes travel cases and bags down in San Francisco. They caught our eye for their local manufacture and environmental mindedness—but what’s won me over is their cases combination of style and durability.
After returning from a recent road trip I looked at my torn mud-encrusted backpack, my scuffed and beat up messenger bag—and the mint condition iPad case from Waterfield that had gone through all the same abuse, but looked just fine—then I hopped online and picked out this Kindle Fire case from their line-up.
It’s the new home to my Sony e-Book reader. Often when I go on the road I deliberately leave my laptop behind. It’s just me, my boarding pass, my ebook, and a note-book—and the case is the perfect size for all of these. It’s just big enough to stick between the shoes I’ve just taken off (sorry neighbour), underneath the seat in front of me on the plane. It’s small enough that I can tuck it away when I meet someone at a café for an interview, and it has just enough stiffness that I’m not constantly worried about the contents of the bag getting crunched to smithereens. I’ve even figured out a way to jury-rig it to the frame of my bike in the spring.
Like other Waterfield bags, it has lots of clever pockets inside a soft and fuzzy protective interior—that miraculously doesn’t shed all over your electronics. The outside is a durable and highly scrubbable, and there’s a comfy strap for over your shoulder.
Open road here I come.
We were provided with this case for our honest review. No other compensation was given.