REVIEW – Sometimes you don’t want or need to carry all your gear with you everywhere you go. For those times when you just need a small bag for your phone, wallet, keys, and a few other things, the WaterField Designs Marqui crossbody pouch is a perfect choice. Or is it? Let’s find out.
What is it?
The WaterField Designs Marqui is a small 8 x 5.5 x 1.25 inch crossbody pouch for a light EDC day.
Design and features
The Marqui Crossbody pouch is constructed of 1050 denier black ballistic nylon for the body of the bag and then you have a choice of five full-grain leather accent colors for the front panel of the bag. As you can see, I went with chocolate leather for the accent panel on the Marqui that was sent to me.
You’ll also notice that the leather has some scuffs and scratches. That didn’t come from my rough use of the pouch, it was like that out of the package, but that’s fine by me because it gives the bag character. The other accent leathers aren’t as rugged as the chocolate leather and won’t have the same “character” as the chocolate leather version of the bag.
The Marqui features a shoulder strap buckle that makes it easy to adjust the strap for the perfect fit. Just lift the lever, adjust, and then lock back in place.
Note that the narrow woven strap (which is 48 inches when fully extended) is not removable and is designed to be worn on the left shoulder which for me is the opposite way that I wear bags because I’m a lefty.
If you don’t care to wear the bag, you can tuck the strap into the open pocket on the back of the pouch.
There are also two small exterior loops on either side of the bag that you can use to attach carabiners to hold AirPods, a tool, etc.
There’s also a zippered pocket on the front of the Marqui that is large enough to hold a large phone or your wallet.
The main compartment of the Marqui is secured with a YKK self-locking zipper.
Inside is WaterField’s iconic gold rip-stop lining that makes it easy to find all your items even in dimly lit areas.
There is a large compartment with two organizational pockets on one side.
Here we see the Marqui crossbody pouch fully loaded with a WaterField Finn wallet, my car key fob, an iPhone X, and a few other small items that aren’t in view. This pouch is small, but it’s amazing how many things you can cram inside.
The style of the bag is modern and classy. I think it’s suitable for either gender. What do the guys out there think?
What I like
- It’s well made
- Pockets to organize gear
What I’d change
- Needs a removable strap
I’ve always been a fan of the bags and wallets from WaterField Designs and the new Marqui Crossbody Pouch has only affirmed that feeling. I really like this little bag because it’s the perfect size to hold just the necessities in a minimal way that won’t weigh you down when you’re on the go. So, to answer the question in the first paragraph of this review, yes, the Marqui pouch is a perfect choice.