Three months ago, Moshi, the west coast maker of premium backpacks, shoulder bags, headphones, protective cases, and other digital lifestyle products, introduced their Spring/Summer 2017 Collection. With Summer nearly upon us (Spring was almost non-existent here in New England,) we thought it was time to review their new seasonal offerings. So without any further delay, let’s take a closer look at the first of two new products in this Moshi Urbana briefcase review.
Moshi Urbana Briefcase Review
Per the press release: “Accessory designer Moshi introduced its new Spring/Summer 2017 bag collection, fusing sophisticated style with limited edition, marine-inspired colors for its classic Urbana briefcase.”
• Modern look, lightweight design
• Five beautiful color schemes
• Durable fabrics, weather-resistant
• $150 price may be deemed high by some
• Designed solely for women
This is one Stylish Briefcase for Women
I’ve done something different for this review, something I haven’t done before. I enlisted the help of others. As I’m not the target consumer for this product (being a guy and all), I felt I needed a woman’s perspective. So I asked and received the assistance of a dear friend and her daughter on the review of this laptop briefcase, the latter can be seen in a few of these photos.
First impressions are important, and the ones I received from the two were most excellent.
When I tell you that these women say that the Urbana laptop briefcase is gorgeous, take my word for it.
From the outside, you may have noticed that the Urbana briefcase is made from the same high-resilience polyester materials with the same weather-resistant surface treatment that appear on the Aerio messenger bag and Arcus backpack. (See the inline posts on these reviews above and below.)
On the front and rear, you’ll see two left-to-right zippers with tan-colored vegan leather trim. You can’t help but notice the rear zipper stand out. It’s just like the one on the front side of the Aerio. Both metal handles are rounded with a stamped or engraved ‘moshi’ logo. These rounded handles complement, while at the same time contrast with, the square metal ‘moshi’ logo located on the lower right front of the bag.
Inside the nearly-full-length front zipper compartment is ample space for business cards, pens, paper, etc. The rear zipper compartment is big enough to fit one’s hand. Not sure you would want to put anything beyond a small notepad here.
As stated in the past Moshi reviews, the color combinations of this 15″ laptop bag are gorgeous. “The zippers and straps are of high-quality, and the stitching is put together well.” The sandstone beige, slate black, coral pink, and mineral gray versions are equally attractive to the bahama blue.
On the underside, there’s a thicker, more durable padded surface to protect contents against drops.
Closing out the exterior are the briefcase handles as well as the long, durable, adjustable, and removable shoulder strap with a well-padded, sliding, and removable shoulder cushion. This protection is identical to that on the Aerio. What you may not notice is the proprietary ViscoStrap™. This viscoelastic strap was designed to mitigate shoulder strain. My female co-reviewers use laptop bags regularly, so I know they’ll take pleasure in something that can alleviate shoulder strain.
The inside of the Urbana is broken down into three compartments. The first is a thickly padded laptop compartment which protects your 15″ laptop in case of drops. Should the bag get upside down, you need not worry about the laptop sliding out. The full-length top zipper holds it in place.
The second is a two-compartment padded section which will hold your iPad or Android tablet, and another mobile device the size of a phone or calculator.
The third and final compartment is wide and deep, between 3-4″ wide at the bottom. It’s able to hold clothing, Moshi’s Avanti headphones, Moshi’s IonBank 5K battery charger, and lunch. We were surprised how much we could place in here with the bag still looking good. There are additional elastic pockets as well as one zippered pocket for your most sacred items, i.e. wallet, passport, etc.
If you haven’t noticed, the lining of the Urbana bag is luxurious. It’s what you see throughout Moshi’s 2017 bag lineup. And it’s similar to stylish bags 2-3x Urbana’s $150 price.
This laptop bag weighs 30.2 oz and has dimensions of 16.5″ x 11.4″ x 3.9″. For you Metric System users, Urbana’s weight is 857 grams, and its dimensions are 42 x 29 x 10 cm.
I happened to surprise the daughter of my dear friend when I said she could keep the Bahama Blue Urbana sample. The beaming smile from her and the middle finger from her mom, who had hoped I would gift it to her, will be a lasting impression in my mind.
There’s nothing unique about the sample I received as it came direct from the warehouse. Should you purchase one, yours would be identical in quality.
For what it offers, this Urbana briefcase delivers on its promises to the professional woman. It protects your electronics and more in a lightweight, stylish, and modern design. When compared against bags from other premium brands, we believe the $150 price tag is more than fair.All five color patterns of the Urbana bag are available for purchase on either Amazon (see link below), B&H, or the Moshi website.
Whether you’re an urban or suburban professional or someone who likes to accessorize with a beautiful product, I believe you’ll be most happy with the Urbana laptop bag. And just like Moshi’s other bags, don’t be surprised when this bag lasts a decade or more. It’s made that well.
What do you think of this Moshi Urbana briefcase review? Do you agree or disagree that this is one of the best laptop bags for the professional woman available in 2017? Let us know in the comment section below or via social media. We’re eager to hear your thoughts.
Don’t hesitate to head over to the Moshi press page to see their latest product announcements. To learn more about service and support, click here for their Support page. There’s a one-year limited warranty on all Moshi products. There’s also an extended warranty via product registration. We highly advise you take advantage of this.
FTC Disclosure: Moshi provided Beantown LLC with one (1) Urbana laptop briefcase sample for review purposes. This writer’s opinion is 100% his own and not a paid product ambassador.
All photographs are the copyrighted property of Moshi or Beantown LLC © 2017.