I live in a two-story house and, given the state of the world today, I am moving around the house trying to change context and keep working while simultaneously being stuck in the same 1,500 feet with three other humans and a dog. For years I’ve had a bag that I used to carry stuff as I moved around the house. My kids call it my “upstairs/downstairs” bag. But in reality, it is my “upstairs/downstairs/kitchen/bedroom/back yard/everywhere” bag. The bag I used for this purpose wore out, and I needed a new one.
When WaterField offered to send me their new Hitch Crossbody laptop bag, I thought this might be just the bag for me. Since the pandemic began, I’ve been walking around my house like a vagabond with the Hitch Crossbody as my new upstairs/downstairs bag.
The Hitch Crossbody is a vertical briefcase. You drop your laptop and bits in on their side and can carry them around with you easily. Mine is a larger one, holding up to a 16” MacBook Pro, iPad, notebook, and pen, along with the other bits I use when getting work done, no matter where I land.
It’s a WaterField bag and immediately recognizable as one. It’s made of ballistic nylon or waxed canvas. The inside is lined with that gold liner that WaterField uses in all of its bags. Using a light color interior fabric is such an obvious improvement over the ways people have been making bags with dark fabric inside, making it harder to see your stuff. The zippers are reliable. My oldest WaterField bag is over ten years old, and I’ve never had a problem with their zippers.
The interior pocket has a large lined pocket for your laptop and a smaller pocket for an iPad. There are also smaller pockets to hold chargers, pens, and additional bits. Once zipped up, you have convenient handles to keep the bag vertically. There are also hooks and a strap so you can wear it across your body or on a shoulder. On the front is an additional zippered pocket and on the back is an open pocket and a luggage handle pass-through slip.
The Hitch Crossbody bag is the first vertical bag I’ve used in a long time, and I forgot how much I like them. It’s easy to get into your stuff but doesn’t take a lot of room on the floor or next to you in a chair. Because of the bag’s size and convenience, it’s so much more than my traditional upstairs/downstarirs bag. In times of pandemic, it’s become my mobile office. Once I can go out in public again, this bag will be a great companion.