A travel-friendly option for all your essentials.
Traveling these days seems to be an epic feat. When I leave the house, I have no less than two bags — my laptop bag and my purse. That said, it’s much more of an event when I leave the house for more than just work. I know that moms of young children can feel my pain because it just never seems like I have everything I need. It’s even worse when I fly somewhere because I want to make sure that I have essential items with me in case something happens to my checked bag. For me, I really like to try and eliminate hassle by having one bag that I can use daily and will also translate to travel use. I think I’ve found that ultimate travel companion in the Moshi Costa Travel Satchel.
The Costa is a gorgeous over-the-shoulder bag that is tailored for business as well as personal use. It has a wonderful executive feel to it and ample room to secure all your precious belongings inside. Costa is offered in four different colors — Bahama Blue, Granite Gray, Slate Black, and Sandstone Beige. Being a fan of blue, I selected the Bahama Blue and couldn’t be happier with it. It’s got a great classy look to it and it’s almost like a cadet blue color. Costa measures 20.08″ x 5.91″ x 11.81″ (51 x 15 x 30 cm) and fits well within the TSA standards for airline carry-on bags. The bag weighs 37 ounces when it’s empty and is very easy to carry.
The bag is made out of high-resilience polyester and PU leather. The exterior fabric has been treated to be splash-repellent and I can attest to the fact that it works beautifully. The first morning I took the Costa to work with me there were thunderstorms in the area and I ended up getting rained on as I walked into the building. The water that was on my bag brushed right off and everything on the inside was dry.
Costa has a padded pocket on the inside for a laptop or tablet and can accommodate up to a 15” laptop computer. Moshi added the ViscoStrap to this highly-styled accessory to alleviate shoulder and back pain. The strap helps absorb the weight and can reduce shoulder strain up to 30%. I have actually experienced first-hand how nice the ViscoStrap helps. Last week, I attended a volunteer fair for work. I was the only person manning our table so I ended up carrying all the items in one trip. I had a nylon grocery bag and the Costa. Inside the Costa, I had stowed away my 13” MacBook Pro, 12” iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard, a notepad, power cables, and other necessities. The bag wasn’t light, but since the weight was dispersed evenly and I had a nicely padded shoulder strap, carrying the bag wasn’t difficult for me and for once, my back wasn’t killing me by the time I finished the rather long walk to the event location.
There is plenty of room in the main compartment for your laptop, tech gear, and even some clothes if needed. I have to say though, that one of my favorite details of the Costa is the exterior, crush-resistant pocket. It is the perfect size for smaller items like smartphones and sunglasses. I personally used it for my iPhone 7, keys, and little knick-knacks that would otherwise get lost in the abyss of the main compartment. I had very easy access to the items inside this pocket but felt that they were plenty secure inside because it closes with a magnetic button fixture.
In addition to the ViscoStrap for the shoulder, Costa also has two beautiful hand straps that clasp together with a snap fixture. I really love that this bag has these easy-to-use handles available and that they can carry the weight from a fully-loaded bag. Even though I haven’t had the opportunity to take my Costa on a flight yet, I do appreciate the trolley strap on the back of the bag. It’s there when you need it, but out of the way when you don’t.
I’m a fan of the Costa. I feel that it is ideal for professional travelers and professional executives alike. There is ample room for any type of assignment you can give it and it makes a great first impression to anyone who sees it.
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