There are quite a number of bags and backpacks to carry around your computer gear and other electronics. Our Toffee Fitzroy Satchel review takes a look at a quality satchel from down under that should fit your laptop, tablet, and other carrying needs.
The Toffee Fitzroy Satchel has the following features:
- Premium water resistant waxed canvas (cotton infused with paraffin based wax) w/ genuine leather trims
- Push locks under front buckles provide quick & easy access
- Padded compartment for your notebook or iPad/Tablet.
- Separate iPad pocket on 13 & 15-inch bags.
- iPhone/smartphone slip pocket at the back of the bag
- Comes in 11, 13, and 15-inch sizes, available in khaki or black
- Size (Small – 11/12 inch):
- Width: 34 cm, Height: 24 cm, Depth: 5 cm
- Compatible with 11/12 inch notebooks including the MacBook Air & new 12″ MacBook.
- Size (Medium – 13 inch):
- Width: 37 cm, Height: 26 cm, Depth: 5 cm
- Compatible with 13 inch notebooks including the MacBook Pro/Air, Surface Pro 3 & 4.
- Size (Large – 15 inch):
- Width: 39 cm, Height: 27 cm, Depth: 5 cm
- Compatible with most 15 inch notebooks including the MacBook Pro.
Designed in Sydney Australia, the Toffee Fitzroy Satchel is a well designed and well constructed satchel. The main outer portion of the bag is constructed from water resistant waxed canvas with cow leather straps. The straps feature push locks under the front buckle for easy access. The interior is finished off with a cotton/spandex lining. On either side are metal strap loops which are attached to a non-removable adjustable fabric shoulder strap. Attached to the shoulder strap is a smaller removable piece with extra padding that can be moved up and down the strap to provide extra comfort while carrying the bag.
As mentioned above, the satchel is very well constructed and well stitched. On the back of the bag is a small slip pouch for smartphones. I was able to fit a Nexus 6P in there with a case on. It was a snug fit and the top stuck out about half an inch but it wasn’t going anywhere. A smaller phone like the Moto G4 Play fit as well and just barely peeked out of the top of the pouch.
Unbuckling the front straps allows the top to flip open, and there is a zippered compartment on the outside front of the bag under the flap. There is no padding on the back of the pouch between the inside of the bag, but there is some padding on the front of the pouch towards the outside.
Inside the bag is split into two large main compartments. The back compartment is lined with plenty of padding and has a smaller compartment with padding as well for a small tablet. The back compartment and smaller compartment have a leather strap that goes over it and snaps shut to help prevent your laptop or tablet from easily falling out in the off chance your bag gets flipped upside down. The main compartment towards the front has a little padding but not much. I had no issue fitting a 15″ laptop with its power cable and a few other items in the bag.
The bag is pretty comfortable to wear and even when fully loaded it feels sturdy with its stitching and construction. Our review sample was the 15″ model in the khaki colour, the satchel is also available in black.
As mentioned in the Design section, the Toffee Fitzroy Satchel has plenty of padding in the main inside back compartment, smaller tablet compartment, and even in the phone pouch. The padding is definitely enough to absorb the bumps and bangs you’d experience on your average commute, and I’d be confident that it’s enough to protect your laptop for an accidental drop at a lower height (waist high or lower).
In addition, the water resistant wax coated canvas is a nice touch so you don’t have to worry about getting caught in a sudden light rain shower or having a drink of some sort spilled on it and ruining your electronics.
Priced at $109-$128USD depending on size, the Toffee Fitzroy Satchel is a bit more expensive than a standard backpack, but given the padding and water-resistant wax canvas it is in the mid-range pricing for satchels. Overall based on construction quality and protection value, the Fitzroy Satchel is a decent value for the price.
If you’re after a well constructed satchel with plenty of padding to protect your computer, the Toffee Fitzroy Satchel is definitely one quality bag you should consider.