187 of 190 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2008
I was thrilled with this messenger bag. We took it to Disney. Passes fit nicely in the strap zippered compartment and were easy to reach at all times. The side compartment fit my cell phone which also was in easy reach but far enough away from the passes not to deactivate them. I did not need to carry a wallet as the inside front compartments held things nicely. I also appreciated the bottled water compartment on the side. It made water a quick reach. I love the main compartment, it is big enough to carry cameras, etc. Going to a theme park sometimes means carrying maps, etc. The zippered compartment to the back of the bag was perfect for this. The best part was that it was light and convenient and I could alternate between carrying it on my shoulder and across my chest for a messenger bag. In the past my neck, shoulder and back is always hurting at the theme parks by the end of the day. Didn't have this happen once during a 8 day trip! Love this bag and highly recommend it!
153 of 157 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2007
I got this bag as a gift and it's been my travel companion ever since. Its many compartments keep belongings organized and easily accessible, and I always know where everything is. Since compartments are all zippered, everything is secure. Another advantage is that it's discrete enough to double as a handbag (my sling bag is black), so no need to stuff extra weight in my suitcase. The nylon is rugged and resistant, zippers are good quality. I should know: I've been using this bag a lot and not being exactly kind to it.
I don't have any clanging zippers, but did find that the adjustable strap keeps slipping through the metal holder (I like the bag at waist length, close to the body, and the strap is long), perhaps because the nylon it is made of is so smooth. I solved this by getting a cheap metal barrette and closing it around the strap right below the holder (it works!). Another interesting aspect is that the bag is a lot more comfortable to carry when slung over the right shoulder -- not made for lefties! I'm a lefty, but this doesn't bother me.
130 of 138 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2008
I did a lot of research before deciding to purchase a Baggallini messenger bag; I wanted something roomy enough to carry books and various other items, but not as big or cumbersome as a regular messenger bag. The Baggallini fits the bill in both style and function. Like another reviewer of the same bag, I find that the shoulder strap slips, so the bag hangs lower than it should on a petite frame like mine, but this is not really a problem. The Baggallini has a LOT of room for a bag its size; multiple pockets and places to stash things, and I especially love the shoulder strap mobile phone 'pocket'. I can easily carry three medium-sized books and still have plenty of space for my wallet and other sundry items. I really like the mesh interior (a bright orange-red in the espresso bag) because it allows you to find things without having to rummage around. I also like the snap-on key ring holder; a bonus for someone who is continually losing their keys! I don't find that the zipper tabs make much noise; or if they do, I don't notice it. I am so taken with this bag that I will probably order a couple of others in different colours. I feel terribly stylish when I wear it.
63 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2009
I bought this bag for a trip abroad three years ago. I was very happy with it then and I'm surprised to find that I still wear it every day! I'm a busy mom so it doubles as a purse and small diaper bag. It's perfect for everyday essentials.
As a travel bag I love it but use with caution. When I'm traveling, I often leave my hotel early in the morning and don't return until late in the evening. I'm always struggling with where to put all my stuff that I may need throughout the many adventures during the day. This bag fit the bill! I never expected it to be secure so I stored such items as a bottle of water, a guide book and a light shawl in the main pocket. In the "secret" pocket in the strap that sits right at my sternum I put a ~10-20 euros for small purchases throughout the day, espressos, slices of pizza, gelato, etc. I still wore a passport carrier under my clothes for the bulk of my cash and passport. This way I had cash accessible without having to dig down my shirt but I wouldn't be out much if somehow the bag was taken off me (which would be difficult given the quality of straps). Overall this method has been a great plan. I even had someone rifle through my baggallini while I was wearing it once in Florence in a crowd. I noticed in time and was able to turn away but all I would have lost were replaceable items. Using the bag in this way, I think you'll be quite happy.
Three years later the bag is in great shape. I'm very hard on things and the bag has held up perfectly. I've even thrown it in the wash.
79 of 94 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2009
I bought this bag about two weeks ago in preparation for my trip to the UK at the end of December based on the great user reviews. I tested it out on a day trip to Disneyland a few days back and had a terrible time with it. My back was killing me! I realized that this bag was not made for short people at all! I adjusted the straps as tight as they could go, but the bag still hung way too low. I am 5'2" and it needs to be about 2 inches higher to fit perfectly and not cause any back pain. If you are taller this bag would be perfect. But if you are petite, I would recommend going to REI and testing out bags in person.
I would have rated this two stars, but customer service was great and they are refunding my money.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2014
It's great, but it's literally a small MAN Purse.
It is out of the question to fit a loptop--any size--into here.
Probably barely an iPad at best.
Can't use for books, folders, water bottle, etc.
Like a female purse but for men.
Nonetheless, has potential, looks fantastic, great shoulder strap.
Would be a pretty awesome laptop bag, if it was bigger.
I love the design and handle, but it's not a BAG.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2008
I bought this bag to replace the Ameribag I had purchased the year before. The Ameribag is advertised as being ergonomic, but I found that, being designed to be worn on one shoulder, it made my opposite shoulder rise to compensate for the weight of the bag. Over time, it caused me to walk crookedly, creating problems for my back. I decided to try the Baggalini Messenger Bagg so that I could sling it over one shoulder, but put the bulk of the bag in the front. My back pains have subsided, and I am walking much straighter now.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2012
Bought this bag for an upcoming Disney/SeaWorld/Orlando trip and future trips. Bag has lots of pockets and plenty of room for everything I'll need throughout the days. Have used it briefly in place of my purse to see how it felt and I only have 1 small complaint - I wish it had some kind of small handle (hook) where the strap attaches to the top - so you could easily pick it up/carry by hand or even hang it up. I've tested out various size water bottles I have in my house and had no issue with them not fitting in the water bottle compartment. Also my bag is not identical to the photos shown - they show mesh inside the bag between 2 of the compartments, mine is a solid fabric which is the same throughout the entire bag and I much prefer this to the mesh - things won't hang up in it. I assume this is a change they made and a very good change IMO.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on February 10, 2011
I had ordered the bag to fit my laptop with sleeve. The description states that the size of the bag is 20"x14". The actual size is 12"x9" which is not even close to the size that I require for my laptop.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2012
I'm baffled by all the perfect reviews. I love Baggallini bags (I own three others, well used) and was really looking forward to this one--had my hopes pinned on it, in fact, as a solution to my Goldilocks bag problem (too big, too small...never just right). This bag has many features that I like but one glaring one that I do not. Am I really the only person?
Because of the way the strap is attached--as it's facing you: on the top to the right, on the left side at the bottom--the bag hangs funny. There is no tension on the top left corner (again, facing you); the line of tension runs at a diagonal from top right to bottom left and the top left corner slouches. This makes it really hard to manage the bag's zippers and pockets while on the go. I have to use one hand to hold the top left corner so that the zippers are squared and taut, then use the other hand to zip/unzip. Plus, the corner just kind of hangs out, away from my body, which tends to get in the way.
I'm an urban, public transportation commuter who walks with a cane. I guess I expect a lot from a bag of this type. With any messenger bag of any size, I count on being able to manipulate at least some of its compartments using only one hand. Baggallini bags, even the less utilitarian ones (if such could be said of one of their bags), have always stood me in good stead in this regard. With this bag, however, one-handed use is a no-go. This brings things to a screeching halt any time I need to whip out my bus/train pass, for example. Even the side pockets for a water bottle and your cell phone don't work. The phone pocket is the perfect size for my phone but I am constantly getting tangled up trying to insert or extract it because the pocket's construction (like the whole bag) is not rigid enough to withstand the way the strap distributes load and makes the shape deform.
Is there some special way you're supposed to wear it to prevent the slouch? I bought this bag because it looked like I could wear it across my body from my left shoulder to my right hip. My cane is in my left hand and I can't wear a bag on that hip because it gets in the way. If I've just failed to find the right position, somebody help! Send pictures!
The other annoying thing about this bag, for me, is that it is just barely too small to carry a folder with a few sheets of paper in it; the ones I use measure 8-7/8" x 11-3/8". Even an 8-1/2" x 11" magazine or booklet is really too big; the corners get schmunched (technical term ;-). Of course, this may not be an issue for other people. It's fine for a netbook or tablet.
I've tried and tried to make this bag work but I've finally reverted to my old, way-too-heavy leather messenger bag, which is a huge disappointment. I give this bag three stars because it is, after all, a Baggallini bag. They make great products and if you can find a way that works for you to hang this bag off your body, it's worth a look. For me, sadly, it most likely will end up a waste of money. I'm going to see if I can take it apart and re-sew the strap at the *top* of the left side and see if that helps, but I don't hold out much hope.