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Monday Gear Review: Fishpond Westwater Messenger Bag

Fishpond Westwater Messenger Bag

Screen Shot 2014-02-02 at 1.09.25 PMWhether you are the city mouse that likes to hit the country or the country mouse that likes to hit the city, this is the ultimate crossover bag for you.  This killer messenger is bombproof with style and durability in spades. In their roomy Westwater Messenger Bag, Fishpond has included tons of space (17″ x 6.5″ x 16″) and a snugly padded laptop computer sleeve with rugged velcro closure. While not submersible, this bag is clearly designed to effectively keep the elements away from your computers, iPad, and the like. It has many briefcase features like little storage spots for business cards, zippered compartments for paper clips or SD cards, and pen sheathes so you can stay organized while on the go.  It also features the benchmark of the quality messenger bag, a wide and fully adjustable padded shoulder strap.

Brief-case features like little storage spots for business cards, zippered compartments for paper clips or SD cards, and pen sheathes so you can stay organized while on the go.

Briefcase features like little storage spots for business cards, zippered compartments for paper clips or SD cards, and pen sheathes so you can stay organized while on the go.

I walked with this bag for 2 days inside of the recent fly fishing show at the convention center in Somerset, NJ and was thoroughly pleased with the Westwater, both in terms of comfort and ease of navigating throughout the bag to find my belongings. Fishpond has really stepped things up on the design front and the Westwater series is a great example of the companies willingness to break the mold, take some chances and create unique items for today’s myriad of hybrid lifestyles. If you find yourself bouncing back and forth between your favorite piece of water and the concrete jungle, then the Westwater Messenger maybe the perfect fit for you. ($139.95)

Specs

-TPU welded fabric construction
-Large Zippered Flap Pocket with YKK #10 water resistant zippers with oversize rubber pulls
-Back zipped pocket with YKK #10 water resistant zippers for additional organization
-Interior laptop sleeve
-Secure interior organization pocket
-Adjustable padded shoulder strap

Check out the whole Westwater series at the Fishpond site.

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