I'm a bit of a bag nerd, ok a lot of a bag nerd. What does that even mean you may ask? I would describe it as someone that is obsessed with the construction, portability, functionality and aesthetic of bags. I've had too many in my day, and my garage is still filled with some that are unused and just waiting for a trip somewhere, anywhere!
I've been buying/using Moshi stuff for a little while now. It all started off with their sturdy and design forward line of a iPhone accessories. I was hooked.
I just got the Helios Lite and Aerio bags sent to me for some road testing. So I did just that, I took them on a trip to Toronto and Kentucky (don't ask). Let's start with the Helio Lite.
Aesthetically the bag is slick. Its low profile silhouette, slate gray color way, leatherette details and top notch hardware make the Helios Lite really pop. It's also got some great details like zippers that fold flush to the bag, multiple pockets and magnetic closures.
This is a great daily commuter bag, it's lightweight and tough enough to take regular abuse and not weigh you down too much. One thing to note that this bag runs on the smaller side so I did have an issue with it grabbing the fabric on my shirt and hiking it up a little bit, which was not a huge deal but kind of annoying.
The fact that the bag is small and slim makes it a fantastic backpack for rocking in crowded spaces like airports, buses and subways. There is nothing worse than the huge asshole on the subway that has a huge backpack on that doubles his volume (yes, they are always dudes). With the Helios Lite you can maneuver with ease and not irritate your fellow commuters.
Fully padded compartment for laptops up to 13".
Magnetic strap closures with custom metal buckles.
Made from ultra-lightweight and durable materials.
Rear Napoleon pocket for safe access to your valuables.
Water-repellent coating (rain/snow)
Next up is the Aerio Messenger, this bag is built with the same solid materials and design as its cousin the Helios Lite. This messenger is meant for hauling bigger loads and is more buttoned up so you can look a little more Pro if you are rolling into that big pitch.
The Aerio has everything that I love about a messenger, a strong strap with a nice pad for your shoulder, plenty of room and simple clasps to lock it down. One of the features that sets the Aerio apart is the patented ViscoStrap that offsets the weight. It's essentially elastic built into the strap that acts like a shock absorber of sorts. This helps out a lot when you are carrying heavier items like books, laptops, etc. It's a should saver for sure and something I've never seen on a messenger bag only backpacks.
Great design and a really nice price point for the quality. I'm going to be rocking this one quite a bit.
Ultra-lightweight and durable materials.
Proprietary ViscoStrap™ alleviates shoulder strain.
Padded compartments for laptops up to 15", iPad/tablets, cameras or headphones.
Rear trolley strap securely attaches bag to rolling luggage.
Water-repellent coating to safeguard against rain and snow.
All in all if you are looking for a well designed bag for commuting and light travel these are both good bets. I would compare the quality of construction and design with a TUMI or Timbuk2 but with a better price point. So if you are in the market for a new carry all companion, these bags are well worth your hard earned cash and might even help you land that big pitch.