Mezzo BackpackQuite some time ago, I reviewed a Waterfield tablet case and came away extremely impressed with the quality and finish. To ring in a new year, they have launched the Mezzo Laptop Backpack. Waterfield describes it as “a sophisticated midsized pack with padded laptop and tablet compartments, large water-bottle pockets on either side, and a front, pleated pocket inspired by old-world saddle pouches that closes with a sumptuous, full-grain leather flap.” Judging by the picture, it certainly looks the goods!

Mezzo Backpack features at a glance:
• Full-grain leather with black ballistic nylon or tan waxed canvas.
• Plush, padded compartments cushion a 16-inch laptop and 13-inch tablet.
• Interior zippered pocket secures valuables.
• Gold, water-resistant liner lights up the interior for increased visibility.
• Waterproof zipper secures main compartment and maintains clean lines.
• Expandable front saddle pocket includes interior organization pockets and a key clip.
• Pocket closes with full-grain leather flap secured by either a self-finding magnetic Fidlock® clasp or performance-grade paragliding buckle. (Orders received after January 10 will come with the most popular pre-ordered clasp.)
• Two large water-bottle-sized pockets flank the bag.
• Rear panel slides over wheeled-suitcase handle for easy airport navigation.
• Full-grain leather bottom enhances durability.
• Rear and bottom foam padding prevents sagging and helps bag maintain its shape.
• Ergonomic shoulder straps and rear of bag lined with breathable mesh padding.

The Mezzo Backpack comes in one size only:
15.5 x 11.25 x 1.5 to 6 (tapered) inches; 14.5-liter capacity; Ballistic—2.4 lbs.; Canvas—2.9 lbs.
Colors and materials: tan waxed canvas with distressed, full-grain chocolate leather panel or black ballistic nylon with full-grain black leather panel.
Padded laptop compartment fits up to a 16-inch MacBook Pro or 15-inch Surface Pro.
Padded tablet compartment fits up to a 12.9-inch iPad or similarly-sized tablet.

Tech PocketRight now, early adopters have until January 10 (SF time so us Aussies have a few extra hours) can choose either a self-finding magnetic Fidlock® clasp or performance-grade paragliding buckle and will receive a complimentary WaterField Tech Pocket with their purchase.

The Mezzo Laptop Backpack is valued at USD$299, and the complimentary Tech Pocket (if you get in by January 10) is valued at USD$49