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Buy the Siamod Pastenello instead
on August 15, 2014
I purchased the McKlein LaGrange (155); Siamod Novembre (175) and Siamod Pastenello (225) from Amazon as the fulfiller.
I needed a vertical laptop bag with wheels to use when flying for business. I wanted something to fit under the seat. (An aside: I also recommend the Zo&Co Travel Tote. It slips on the pocket of the airline seat so all your stuff is at arms reach and then folds up into thirds to slip in your bag. Love it!)
Here are my observations:
-These are all the same manufacturer. The sizing is very similar, if not identical - the differences are in styling and leather.
-The telescoping handles on all 3 are identical, even though some of the photos for the Siamond bags show the button on the top- it's NOT, all three have the button awkwardly placed in the handle (annoying, but not a deal breaker).
-The insides are all the same, even the same fabric, however, there is an additional pocket (open top, attached to the padded middle zipper section) on the PASTENELLO that is NOT on the other two. **Alert: this Pocket is NOT for your laptop - I saw some reviews saying it was too small for your laptop. Your laptop goes in the bag, not the pocket. I place my laptop in the section closest to the handle- that way the bag doesn't tip and it has extra protection by being near the back of the wheeled section.
-These are the equivalent of a standard laptop bag as far as sizing and capacity, although it is deeper.. about twice as thick as my HP laptop bag.. (I can fit two laptops in these without issue) They are not as large (capacity) as a traditional briefcase. If you are looking for a laptop bag, I think you will be pleased. If you are looking for something that holds more like a briefcase, you will likely think these do not have enough room.
-These come with two FOBs - one contains the keys for the outside pocket stuffed inside.
-McKlein LaGrange: cheapest option. I like the styling best. VERY stiff leather, difficult to get things in and out of.
-Siamod Novembre: Compromise $ between the other two. Least favorite style.. Softer than the LaGrange, but still stiff. Not a huge fan of the Croc look.
-Siamod Pastenello: Most expensive. Styling more casual than LaGrange, but much better in person than online IMO. Soft leather; no contest between the other two. Easy to get into the bag. I wish they had the McKlein Style in this leather.
Winner: Siamod Pastenello. Despite the heftier pricetag, the softer leather allowing easier access to the bag is worth it.