48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2011
When I saw the bag on Amazon and read the reviews saying it was too small, I was still expecting a good-sized field bag. When I got it, it was actually a little bigger than I had imagined. It's about half the size of my standard messenger bag, and that was the size I wanted.
People also complained a lot about the straps being a very plastic-y leather, and my hopes weren't high when I got my bag. But even with all the bad reviews on it, the straps on mine were very soft and easy to work with, so I don't see why people were complaining, unless the bag has been updated since the time of their purchase.
All in all, I'm happy with my bag.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2010
Got this because I have a couple classes where all i need is my Netbook. Good thing that is the intended use, as not much else will fit in there.
I can get my Toshiba NB205 with the 11 inch screen plus a couple of spiral bound notebooks and that's it.
Will say good construction. Though it's small, it doesn't give off the "man-purse" vibe, but only because it has a mil-surp vibe.
The closures are not snap, so I hardly use them.
49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2009
Don't be fooled by the picture, this messenger bag is MUCH smaller than you would think. I've found some good use for it, but I would never use it as serious carrying equipment.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2010
I needed a Bag to carry around my change of Outfits (work & after work)so that I wouldn't have to lug my clothes around in a plastic bag.
I can fit a pair of Jeans, Shirt, make-up bag, lotion, and perfume in this bag, With extra room to throw in a pair of Sandles. The strap is adjustable, I adjusted it all the way to the lowest it could go so there was no extra strap flying around (which is the only negative, which another reviewer has said just to safety pin it down, and that does work), and it reaches below my hip.
This bag isnt boxy, it's like tough canvas and it's able to be folded up since there are no things within the bag to shape it besides the items you place inside.
I like the leather buckles/straps though; Make the bag look cool.
Worked Perfect For me :)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2011
The minute the box came i wondered what size the bad will be. From reading the reviews i thought it will be small but no, it normal size and i could fit my MacBook Pro 15" inside. Buy, its really good.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2012
As a substitute teacher I needed a small bag that suits my needs. As has been said in other reviews it's a cross between a purse (without looking like one) and a small messenger bag. I would say the size inside is roughly about a folder/binder across and high and about a book's length wide, it does contort well though.
Be careful with what you want to put in there, binders will be fine, but my folder gets a little worn given it's the only serious flat thing I have inside. Overall the bag is nice, the straps get a little annnoying to open, but also secure the stuff closed. I have found when I'm lazy if I reach in pull an item up and flip it around (Do a barrell roll with the item) I can get it out without having to undo the straps which is nice, but would only work for things like a small book.
Overall it's a nice enough bag to carry stuff for an extended trip places (Car rides, house sitting, Renaissance Festivals, girlfriend's house, etc) It's not going to be a replacement backpack, but it's good if you need to travel light, the bag doesn't weigh too much, and I'm comfortable walking home (a half an hour excursion) every day with it. It actually is nice in that regard it doesn't flop around.
And since I"m sure someone will lack the confidence because they're afraid of it looking like a man-purse according to my research (again being a substitute teacher and using said bag), if you carry it across your body (opposite shoulder so strap covers torso) it's fine according to high schoolers. As for middle schoolers I very rarely have any joke around (and they're the kind that normally would get written up anyways and just craves the negative attention), and elementary school students don't care. I have even had 5 year olds recognize the little plus sign on the bag meaning first aide (which is kind of cool, and I usually keep a small first aide kit in my bag just in case)
It's served my purposes well, and for the price it's done it's job quite well for a whole school year without fault, the worst I've noticed is it's gets dirty on the bottom quite noticeably (gets grey/dark), but apart from a little bit of noise it's fine in the washing machine.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2010
I purchased this bag to use as my first-aid/survival kit for camping and other activities. It is quite roomy, and very well-made. The straps on the front are a hassle if you need to get inside of it quickly, so it may prove to be useless as my first-aid/survival bag, but it is very secure. I don't have to worry about small contents bouncing out of the top of the bag. I am glad that I purchased this bag from this seller.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2010
I read the reviews so I was expecting it to be small and as some people mentioned a bit cheap looking, but I was quite happy with the product I received. It IS smaller than it looks on the picture, though not small enough to look like a purse for any guys that are considering.
The canvas material is nice and it seems sturdy enough; its absolutely perfect for my iPad, Moleskine, and wallet, with plenty of room leftover. However there are no inside pockets. :[
The medical symbol is unique and I really like the vintage look of the bag, the red paint doesnt look cheap or shiny. The straps are a bit plastic-y but I personally ripped mine off and sewed some nice distressed straps on instead.
All in all, I love this bag. Its a conversation piece and its a good size when I just want a few things with me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2012
At less than $20, this canvas bag is awesome!
I wanted a bag that did not have too many "pouches-pockets-straps", had clean lines and was also something small so it would remind me to reduce what I carry. Large bags (to me) = large amount of things invariably get carried, which over the years has become a bit of a shoulder pain. This bag offers the added carrot of looking smart.
It now holds a 1" file folder horizontally, a water bottle, a thermos, calculator, and a large pouch for my little doo-dads including a kindle and camera. Alternatively, it holds the file folder, the laptop+ wire, large pouch, calculator.
I hold my purse and phone in my jacket for easy reach when taking a bus.
Some other reviewer said the straps were poor in quality. While it is true that you wouldn't want to carelessly yank the strap open and close several times a day, the straps seem sturdy for the cause. They are leather-like and a very complimentary color for the lovely beige of the bag.
The medic screen print is a wonderful, matte, rust with good workmanship.
Three weeks down, it holds up well + several compliments to boot!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2012
I had loved the way the bag looked online. I wanted this is be my first messenger type bag. Once I received the package, which did come on its delivery day, I felt dumb for have ordering it. The second I saw how small if was, I went "DAMNNNNN!" As if I was ripped off, I considered returning it, but the hassle of the Amazon return policy didn't seem to favor my order worth of 16 dollars. The material it was made out of seemed okay, but the cross sign didn't look like the bright red at all, but a dark, dark red, with a seeming look of a tint of purple. I had drawn a box according to the dimension, which was about 12.5 by 11 if I recall. I had believed that I was able to fit in my spiral notebook and one of those accordion looking folder keeper, the kind you slide papers in. I believe that I'd be able to have it for school use, the notebook and a few durable folders, and a few misc things such a calculator, planner and glasses. I don't plan to use it any time soon, so I'm waiting to see if I see anyone worthy of the bag as a favorable gift, perhaps I'll settle whether or not I'll have it by then.
I really feel like I'm gonna be a minimalist by taking this to school though. I did want a change from the standard book-bag after all :/
I wouldn't recommend it for a friend, unless they plan to dress up as a battlefield medic, or just love looking like a medic. Yet, the design I think was worth it. IF ONLY IT WAS BIGGER! I WOULD TOTALLY BUY ONE with this DESIGN, BUT BIGGER! ;_;
UPDATE: It's been my first week using it to carry my stuff for school. The things I have is a 2 inch binder, a small planner, a book, my glasses case, a folder and little misc. items. I've magically been able to get around. It does bring the minimalist in you, only carrying what is truly needed. I just carry the single textbook i may be carrying in my hands. One problem I do see is how the strap, when adjusted, just falls back, so most times, it dangles down at full length, which is about 2 feet on both sides (so about 4 feet in total.) Once you start wearing it, YOU HAVE TO BE CAUTIOUS WITH IT! The material seems stable, but just enough to hold itself together, which is why i don't cram it any heavy books, afraid that it may wear out the bottom of the bag. I'm glad to have bought it, seems like a good change from the average joe's bookbag, only if you carry minimum things that is, like a a few notebooks and folders. Also, I do leave the little leather (which feels and looks fine) straps alone sometimes, since it takes about 8-10 full seconds to strap in and go to the next class...to undo and repeat the process again. The leather straps are sturdy and the bag itself seems fine in its stitches and how its been made. I've grown to like it, so I raised it to a 4 star, since its one of those things that take time to fully appreciate it.
PS. It can reach about more than the 11' width...to a 13' width, which looks kinda weird at first, but looks fine.