The first time I saw a Cozmo bag
online I wasn't really that impressed. To start
with - I was thinking 'It's called Cozmo -
obviously it's a girls bag' - perhaps it was
conceived to give well to do business blondes a
handy storage place for reading Cosmopolitan
Magazine whilst on the move. Not so. Regular and
annoying harassment of the girlfriend gave me
enough re-assurance that the bag was not after all
just for girls but for anyone that needs a tough,
long lasting bag which gives them quick assess to
their stuff whilst on the move. Well worth
considering for Emojo bag investigation then.
Cozmos come in many colours, and two sizes
- Small and Large. We've got both, but we're
covering the small version in this review. Our
small version came in 'White'.
One of the
toughest problems with buying a bag from
Waterfield Designs is trying to choose which bag
is best for you, and then which size of which bag.
Unless you want to buy them all (I am slowly
getting there) here's a quick overview of what
makes a Cozmo bag in particular worth considering
over the other models.
Both sizes have
hard bases and so are floor and free standing. If
you were to put one down on a station platform for
example - Cozmo won't fall over on you. This is an
important feature because both bags have large
front and rear 'scoop' pockets in which you can
quickly stick magazines, tickets, papers,
timetables, notepads, maps - stuff that you tend
to be given in a hurry, and also need to access in
a hurry without having to fight your way into a
zip or velcro pad with one hand. Cozmos are bags
for demanding one handed people in a hurry.
The front scoop pockets are perhaps a
little too easy to access for you to want to
consider placing items such as keys and wallets in
there. During close quarter commuter fighting in
London - it would be relatively easy for someone
to lift any valuable from these pockets, so you're
better off finding a better, safer place inside
your Cozmo for your valuables.
also have bright yellow interiors, making it easy
to spot items inside, also both size bags have
internal 'Sleeve case' compartments, and internal
After using both
bags, I find the small Cozmo slightly on the small
size for my liking, you can fit 12" Powerbook
(installed in sleeve case) usual business
parapanaler, and of course you then have your
front and rear sleeve pockets. The Small Racer X
bag (also reviewed here) could be found to be more
suitable for moving around small amounts of stuff.
However, the small cozmos sleevecase addition (not
avalaible on the Racer X) adds a new dimension -
plus the Cozmo also looks a little nicer and much
less like a laptop bag. It does also hold more - a
large digital SLR will not fit in a Racer X, but
fits nicely into a small cozmo.
have enough structure to look good when either
empty or full, both have tough leather handles,
and comfortable removable shoulder straps.
Finally, both bags have double zips, and
so it's easier to access the main compartment for
Because there is quite a size
difference between the small and large versions,
the rest of this item, we'll look at each size in
most of the reviews found on the Internet are for
the small Cozmo. Not sure why this is - perhaps
Waterfield Designs don't ask for bags that are
reviewed back, so sending the small version will
be cheaper - not much cheaper though, there is
only $20 in it.
At a push, fully laden
with 12" Apple Powerbook, wallet, mobile phone,
cables, charge, magazines, tooth brush - I've been
able to use my small Cozmo as very compact
overnight bag. Not much room in there after you
have crammed a spare set of undies and a T shirt -
but this bag can take it, it's built strong and
actually feels more comfortable to carry when
there's more in it.
The front 'scoop'
pocket is slightly shallower than the rear facing
pocket - but neither pocket can fit your typical
(UK sized) magazine placed in sideways 'landscape
style'. Placed portrait you can get 2/3rd of one
There is no internal key loop,
but I'm actually pleased about this because I find
them annoying. Instead, I used one of the pockets
on the internal apron to store keys and wallet.
The double zips make it possible to create a zip
opening next to this pocket - giving you pretty
easy access if you need these items in a hurry and
you didn't fancy carrying them around in either
one of the scoop pockets.
The small cozmo
has been designed to fit 12" Apple ibook and
Powerbook products, but any similar sized PC based
notebook would fit. Simply purchase the correct
sized sleeve case size for your notebook, and you
can work out if it will fit. There is a separate
item on the genius of sleeve cases - but
effectively they are protective bags that are
perfectly designed to fit within your main bag.
Once you reach your destination, you can leave
your main bag back a the hotel, and simply carry
your sleeve case to a meeting.
All in all
the Small Cozmo is Waterfields best small bag
(above the Small Racer X, and the Small Cargo) as
it has ticks all the boxes that make a good bag.
It perhaps a shade too small and an extra inch I
think would make all the difference. The only
other issue is the lack of a secure-able external
pocket - something found on the large version -
which means you have to store wallet / keys inside
the case which can be a little annoying at
1 of 3 - Small Cozmo
Internals Small Cozmo internals
2 of 3 - Small Cozmo
with Mag Small Cozmo with Magazine in
3 of 3 - Small Cozmo
Pocket Close Up Pocket close up with
Waterfield Iridium wallet in lead just visible