Most helpful positive review
52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on June 21, 2011
I bought this bag because I'm transitioning from being a grad student to being a professional, and frankly my old backpack wouldn't cut it. The old girl has served me well, but let's face it - she's only one step up from a Transformers lunch box in the professional world.
First impressions are excellent. The bag is a deep, rich brown leather. It's slightly distressed, but looks professional enough for anyone who can get away with a messenger bag for work. The construction seems really good, all the seams are well done and look strong. The inner liner is a nice dark brown that matches the leather. Oh, and it smells sooooo good!
It's a good size too - my ancient 15 inch Dell laptop fits comfortably inside it, though with no real room left for accessories (charger etc). A newer (i.e. thinner) 15 inch laptop would easily fit. I'm not sure about a 17 inch laptop though, so fair warning if you're lugging a larger lappy around with you.
Plenty of smaller pockets, two pen holders. There is a zip pocket on the outside of the main flap and another inside the bag itself.
The main compartment does not have a zip. The main flap stays closed via magnets, which is great and very sleek but they are fairly weak. I'd have preferred something a little stronger in the absence of a zip.
The strap is fabric rather than leather. It's pretty clear in the photo of the bag, but for some reason I missed it. Just a warning if you were expecting a leather strap. I actually like the strap that does come with it, it's sturdy and is a good length (I'm 6'2" with a long torso and at full extension the bag sits nicely at my hip).
The "cell phone pocket" is kind of a joke these days. It's definitely designed with an old-school cell phone in mind. Seems to me that most people who'd want this bag would have a smart phone like I do. A smart phone will not fit in this pocket.
I'm really pleased. The cons are all pretty minor and collectively they don't warrant dropping a star in my opinion. For the price (I paid $60, the tag on the bag showed an MSRP of $260) you really won't be disappointed. I'll use this bag pretty intensely over the coming months. If this field testing reveals any issues, I'll update my review.