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The "New Yorker" by Charlie G Review

Classy looking bag with roomy interior but higher price
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Price:   $130 List
Pros:  Holds a lot, professional look, fancy accents
Cons:  Uncomfortable shoulder strap, higher price, zipper trouble
Manufacturer:   Charlie G
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz  ⋅  Dec 19, 2019
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The Skinny

The "New Yorker" by Charlie G is a professional classy looking bag that holds your breast pump, accessories and so much more. This bag has exterior storage organization that rivals most of the competition with dual side pockets for pumps and insulation and a laptop slide pocket to keep it separated from potential liquid mishaps. The interior of the bag has pockets for accessories and personal items and a vast main compartment for work supplies and organizational mini bags. While we like this bag it is on the more expensive side and some users report quality control problems. But the company has good customer service and the attention to organization means you won't lose items in the vast void of an overstuffed bag.


Our Analysis and Test Results

Charlie G. Bags was started by Kristi Geronimo, a working mother, who in 2015 was "shocked" by the lack of available breast pump bags. Kristin wanted a quality option capable of holding everything in one place for pumping, work, and personal needs. She spent over a year creating "The New Yorker."

Performance Comparison



Even the larger Spectra pump fits in the New Yorker and can be used in the bag.
Even the larger Spectra pump fits in the New Yorker and can be used in the bag.

Ease of Use


The New Yorker is easy to use with a place for everything and everything in its place. We didn't have any trouble with zippers or other closures and the pockets and insulated compartments work as well as expected.

The crossbody strap on the New Yorker is comfortable but would be better with padding.
The shoulder/tote straps on the New Yorker are comfortable enough if you don't overfill the bag.

We do think the shoulder body cross strap could be wider or padded as a full bag can cause shoulder strain.

The New Yorker has flashy hardware and zippers.
The New Yorker has flashy hardware and zippers.

Quality


The Charlie G is durable nylon but lacks some structure which results in the bag "collapsing" when empty. The insulated pockets can sweat when overtime and the moisture bleed through the outside potentially getting other items wet. Some users experience zipper problems, but our zipper was fine. We do understand from others that the customer service is good and replacements and repairs have been offered for faulty products.

The New Yorker is the heaviest and largest bag in the review which can be both a hindrance and a blessing.
The New Yorker is the heaviest and largest bag in the review which can be both a hindrance and a blessing.

Weight/Bulk


The Charlie G is a large bag and rather heavy compared to the competition. The bag is 2.8 lbs which is twice the weight of the average bag and it is 2-inches longer and 1-inch wider than most of the competition. However, this larger size allows it to handle up to a 15-inch laptop with case. The bag can fit everything you need for a full day, but it will be large and bulky.

The main compartment on the New Yorker is large  but it also has a variety of pockets inside and out.
The New Yorker has a variety of features to keep you organized.

Features


This bag has internal and external pockets that hold a variety of supplies from smartphones to a laptop. There are dual side pockets for a pump and accessories that are insulated to keep milk cool. This bag has a zippered outside pocket for personal items and a side pocket for a tablet and laptop. The bag comes with a dust cover and metal feet to keep it clean and looking fresh for years to come.

The New Yorker lives up to its name with a stylish look and features  like the gold metal feet  you'd expect to see in a professional  upscale New York environment.
The New Yorker lives up to its name with a stylish look and features, like the gold metal feet, you'd expect to see in a professional, upscale New York environment.

Style


This bag is a classy bag that looks high-end and professional for working mother's in professional environments that demand more than a basic backpack. The bag is black nylon and has shiny gold hardware accents and label giving the illusion of a more expensive option. The bag has a wide shoulder/crossbody strap and two handles for toting or shoulder hold.


Juliet Spurrier, MD and Wendy Schmitz