Is there anything like a bag of too many pockets? You will never make me say such blasphemy, but I can easily imagine someone pointing to WaterField Air Porter as proof of the most dire dead. It has 10 inner pockets, 4 outside pockets, and even more pockets in an optional removable sleeve. Because of how you interpret the term, it has pockets in some of the pockets.
WaterField manages to turn this bag into something that is both incredibly portable and yet able to carry quite a lot of stress, making it a perfect companion for both the streets and the sky.
Air Porter sounds like a complex bag, and in some respects it is. The beauty of it, though, is that you would never know it from a quick glance. It's a subtle animal, to the point that WaterField itself did away with its traditional logo and satisfied with a minimalist "WaterField: Made in SF" stamped on the front skin flap.
You see no other pockets except the flap and two cylindrical pockets at each end to stop water bottles or umbrellas. You can not even see them, in fact, because of the snaps on each pocket that keeps them pressed close to the bag when not in use.
Do you want to use it as a messenger page? It has a removable strap for it complete with two adjustable ends for better positioning of the cushion-but Air Porter's two handles also allow you to use it as a suitcase. WaterField armored these handles with real leather, like the tab along the bottom of the bag (which is flat so that the Air Porter is upright when stuck under a flight seat).
As for the rest of the outside material, it is up to you. Air Porter comes in either a beautiful wax cloth or a slim nylon material like WaterField calls "black ballistic". I chose the latter and while it is infinitely tough, I find myself that I would have asked for the growing canvas when WaterField sent me a review device. Nylon will last for many years, without doubt, but I know from user photos that it grew canvas ages beautifully and in a way nylon never will. I'm a little jealous.
Given how much I've gushed over pockets, you can expect another pocket on your bag. But no: You just want to find a trolley that makes it easy to push Air Porter over the roller shelf if you are more traditional luggage and port it over the airport.
Pick the pocket
Just do not do the wrong subtlety for lack of features. In all details, WaterField obviously showed convenience.
For example, let's peek under the front flap. You will not only find a wallet, the biggest one is meant to house the extra Air Caddy-like as later, but which I personally use for everyday items that would be a zipper problem: my iPhone, books, and my sunglasses. On the outside of it you will find a little smaller pocket, which is perfect for studying thin-but-essential things like pass and tickets on a trip. Unlike the larger cabinet, it is lined with WaterField's floor-orange honeycomb fabric, which is not only comfortable to move, but it also makes it easier to see objects that darker lining would accidentally conceal.
The flap itself is a wonder as it is filled with two powerful magnets that snap like a screw. They make it easy to access the necessities while providing a sense of security.
Large open spaces
But this is just the beginning. Two zippers extend over the middle section of the airport, each shielded from a rubbery coating that both protects them against water and hides the zips themselves. If it were not for the swaps, you can not even know they were there at all.
Then let's unpack the first zipper; the nearest front flap. Inside the room is spacious, so spacious that I once comfortably stopped a "trashcan" Mac Pro inside with little concern for safety. (It's a long story.)
In fact, pack it all out and you will find that the Air Porter is like a regular suitcase, making it easy to arrange a swap of shirts or two in.
And yes, you'll find pockets in this cave too . A trio of little ones clinging to the top, each big enough to hold AirPods or medications, but little else. The bottom is a series of romances, but only in the sense that a Magic Mouse could fit in without problems.
The two other sides of the room have only two pockets, but they are big enough to hold a pocket Moleskine notebook. Dangling from the corner you will also find a keyhole with a small lock that ensures you do not have to dig for your keys after a long trip away.
So what's behind Zipper Number 2? Here you will find the soft padded sleeve for studying the MacBook, complete with a velcro lock. It's a big one, and it works specifically with the 15-inch MacBook Pro in mind, as you'll find small notches in your sleeve that make it easy to charge your MacBook yourself without removing it from the sleeve.
But it's more than just a sleeve. Completely unzipped, this side of the bag unfolds as a suitcase, the idea is that the unfolded bag insulates the sleeve, thus negating the need to remove your MacBook during a TSA screening. Since the sleeve is fully exposed when the bag is open, so the logic goes, TSA will not give you hell because you did not remove your laptop. In fact, you are helping them.
Good luck with that, I say. I've missed a plane before just because I had a sleeve on iPad Pro: One device, remember it's probably almost immune to such requests. Use something like this to claim that you do not have to remove your laptop? It just seems like asking about problems.
And we are still not done. Opposite the sleeve you will find the two largest pockets on each other and they look perfect to study the massive power needed to connect the MacBook Pro. For that matter, you can stash a power bank in the other. You get another room to stash your stuff when the zipper is closed again, but remember that it will probably keep you from pulling off the TSA trick, there is something significant inside.
All the pockets. All that garbage . I expected that Air Porter would be rough to carry; I thought it would let me wincing after short walks from luggage to the taxi.
In one way or another, it is not the case. The weight is distributed evenly as long as I do not fill it beyond its limits; The shoulder strap never burrows in my skin. I have a lighter messenger bag that is less comfortable than this, although I almost do not have anything in it. I do not want to say it's as comfortable as a backpack for constant city walk, but it comes closer to the ideal than many of the strap bags I've used. That alone makes it good.
A sweet companion
It's about Air Porter itself, and usually this is where I began to process the review. Today, however, it is not fun to end there.
Air Porter has an optional $ 59 nylon or grown canvas kit called Air Caddy-a 12-inch 8-inch Sleeve designed to easily slip into the big front pocket under Air Peer's outer flap.
This is just another example of the tank dune behind WaterField's design. The idea here is to keep Air Porter even under the seat in front of you, while AirCaddy has everything you need for the plane. It is also designed to slip into a wallet with wallet, ignoring the need for interference and acrobatics while stretching to reach Air Porter.
You might think that a simple sleeve would do the trick, but even here the pockets point out. You'll find a front, like unzips to reveal the amazing honeycomb fabric and two smaller pockets for something bigger than AirPods, but less than an iPhone XS Max.
The main room has a padded sleeve that works for a 9.7-Inch iPad, while the space can hold either a physical book, some munchies or maybe a ignite. (If you're ambitious, it might suit all of them.) And yes, you'll also find two pockets on the second wall of the room, each big enough to hold a power bank.
It's a smart design; one that, technically, comes around the usual two-bag transfer limit for airlines. I do not want to say you need it if you do not plan to travel so much, but if you do, you'll probably find it solves problems you never knew you had.
Aside from smirking to the concept of a "TSA-friendly" bag, I have not really said a negative thing so far. So let's say this: WaterField Air Porter is expensive. The bag alone costs $ 359, and if you add $ 59 Air Caddy, you are looking at a total bill of $ 379.
Usually, I would say you were nuts to spend so much money to continue. But as I have already said, this is not just a carrying case; It's a everyday bag too, and a darn good at it. Thoughtful decisions reveal all aspects of the design, and much of that thought was aimed at Mac and iPhone users. And think about this way: The bag costs about as much as HomePod, and I could see myself using this bag much more than Apple's smart speaker.
Currently it's my daily carry (minus Air Caddy). One day I can switch back to a backpacking that owns the amount of urban trip I do, but right now I'm in love with how easy I can every thing on the underground and streets of WaterField's home San Francisco. I know I'm good at doing that too, and I know that the bag itself will last for many years. It's a philosophy that an Apple fan can appreciate.
Just a piece of advice: Consider getting the grown canvas.