WaterField VertiGo

by PocketGoddess on May 20, 2005

The WaterField VertiGo is, as Mary Poppins would say, “practically perfect in every way.” I’ve seen, used, and reviewed plenty of bags in my time, but the VertiGo surpasses them all. Lovingly constructed of quality materials with style and convenience to match, I simply couldn’t consider carrying another bag on a daily basis.
The VertiGo is designed as a vertical bag with a roomy main compartment that closes with a self-locking zipper and two open pockets, one on the front and one on the back. You can customize your bag with a variety of options; I choose a medium VertiGo with green suede as an accent on the front. The effect is fun without going overboard; if you’re the exceedingly plain type you can get the VertiGo in all black, but why not have some fun and go with orange leather, or perhaps yellow-checker Taxi? Each one also comes with a black shoulder strap for convenient hands-free carrying.
Fortunately the VertiGo is not only stylish, it’s incredibly practical. And I’m simply in awe of what this bag can handle:

  • fully loaded Cable Guy pouch with all of my adapters and cables
  • noise-canceling headphones
  • iPod in Timbuk2 case
  • Tapwave Zodiac in case, with wireless keyboard
  • fully loaded PSP Gear Pouch with Sony PSP, two Intec game cases (each holds 3 UMDs), and AC adapter
  • Sony T1 digital camera in BoxWave armor case
  • cell phone, in case
  • makeup bag
  • two magazines in the back pocket
  • business cards, pens, etc.

It would also work well as a computer bag; larger laptops would go in vertically, while my tiny little Fujitsu Lifebook can still go in horizontally in its protective WaterField Sleevecase. I’ve even heard reports of the VertiGo being used as a super diaper bag for the future road warrior!
The VertiGo stands on its own, which is a major plus for me; I hate it when bags fall over at the slightest touch. The bottom is flat, and the sides are also fairly rigid– they aren’t stiffened with anything, but since the bag is made of heavy-duty ballistic nylon and lined with the trademark WaterField gold interior with all the seams turned in, it has a nice body without feeling hard or boxy. And even though I can pack in a ton of stuff, the VertiGo just takes it all in stride and seems to ask for even more; it can handle just about anything you can put in it.
The VertiGo is available in three sizes, as described below:
Large VertiGo $89 / 11.5″ x 14.2″ x 3.5″ / 1.6 lb.
Medium VertiGo $84 / 10.5″ x 12.7″ x 3.5″ / 1.4 lb.
Small VertiGo $79 / 8.5″ x 11.7″ x 3.5″ / 1.2 lb.
I feel quite comfortable about giving the WaterField VertiGo my highest rating, a PocketGoddess “Perfect 10″ award. The materials and construction are top-rate, the design is elegant, and the functionality is superb. I love the facr that I can pack all of the mobile gear (digicam, handheld, keyboard, phone, etc.) and entertainment (magazines, Sony PSP, and accessories) I need for a week-long trip and still have room for more. You can get your own VertiGo at the WaterField web site.
A Perfect 10!

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