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Waterfield Zip Brief

The Perfect MacBook Bag

Waterfield Zip Brief
  • Design
  • Features
  • Performance
4.8

Summary

The Waterfield Zip Brief MacBook Case is is a great bag for your new MacBook. Like all Waterfield bags it is really good looking and built to last a lifetime.

Once I opened up my new MacBook I knew that a notebook this elegant needed an equally elegant and lightweight bag to protect it on the road. For that I turned to my friends at Waterfield Designs and I wasn’t disappointed.

My choice was the new Zip Brief MacBook Case the folks at Waterfield designed specifically for the new Macbook. I chose the the Grizzly Leather and Waxed Canvas model…it is also available in Black Ballistic Nylon but I preferred the more casual but classy waxed canvas because it looks good with the leather trim and will get better looking with use. The Nylon handles are securely stitched to the bag and feel good in the hand. For those who prefer a shoulder bag the Zip Brief comes with a shoulder strap that is impressive with solid hardware and a non slip shoulder pad. On the front is a pocket that will comfortably hold a large smartphone. I was able to fit my iPhone 6+ and my Kindle Paperwhite.

Waterfield Zip Brief

The YKK waterproof zippers are easy to open with leather pulls and the Zip Brief opens on three sides making it great for airport security. Now if you thought this bag looks great on the outside you will be blown away by the interior. It is a contrasting brown suede material that feels like cashmere. The notebook pocket is well padded and soft and feels like a cozy blanket for your precious MacBook…it certainly isn’t going to get scratched in this bag. On the other side are two equally soft pockets for the charger, a portable hard drive and other accessories such as USB-C adapters. As well, there is room for some papers, a magazine or newspaper. Waterfield is able to cram all this into an elegant bag that tips the scales at a mere 635 grams.

Waterfield Zip Brief

I appreciated that light weight when I took it on a trip to the Provincial Capitol with several local Mayors to lobby for better commuter rail service. Its elegant design also attracted more than one admiring glance.

Waterfield Zip Brief on the road

This cool bag is everything that I have come to expect from the folks at Waterfield and the perfect MacBook Bag. Check out their other great offerings at SFbags.com.

The Waterfield Zip Brief MacBook Case is is a great bag for your new MacBook. Like all Waterfield bags it is really good looking and built to last a lifetime. Your notebook will be well protected if you take this bag along on your travels. The Zip Brief comes in Waxed Canvas or Black Ballistic Nylon with three choices of leather trim. Available online at $179 plus $55 shipping taxes and duty which is shade on the pricey side but well worth it for a bag of this quality. The Zip Brief is also available for 13 and 15 inch MacBook Pro Retina.

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

2 Comments
  • Eric

    Thanks for the review! I was wondering about that color. You say that you purchased the Grizzly leather, but your pic looks like the Chocolate (versus the Waterfield website pictures). Is it actually Grizzly, and perhaps the picture just looks that way, or is it in fact Chocolate? Either way, what you have in the pic is great looking, and I’m making my purchase decision based on that look. Thanks again!

    August 20, 2015 at 10:56 pm Reply
    • Bob Benedetti

      Yes, it is Grizzly. It gets better looking with wear and I love it. You won’t be sorry, it is a great bag.

      August 20, 2015 at 11:08 pm Reply

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