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Perfect travel bag!
on November 16, 2013
First, shipping was 7 days. I ordered it on the 9th and received it on the 16th, so right off, shipping was as expected. Second, the color is better in person. On my monitor it looks more purple, as in true purple. In person, it looks like a deep eggplant. I saw the description as "Eggplant", but I ordered it thinking if it was too purple I would just send it back. I won't be doing that though, it really is a deep eggplant and at night nobody will be able to tell it's even eggplant, it will look brown, which is perfect for what I want, but if you're wanting that true color wheel purple, this isn't it. There is a pocket on back that does not lock, but it's close to your body, so I will use it, but obviously I won't put anything too valuable in there. The back pocket will fit a paperback with a little room to spare, and it is perfect for a guidebook and some maps, so that's what I'll use it for. The top flap, which has the twist clasp, opens to the main zippered compartment, which is a locking zipper. I put my iPad in there just for size purposes, and it fits with about an inch left on each side (going side to side). Front to back, with the iPad in there, it left about an inch on either side. So, I'll put my iPad and hand sanitizer there. There's not much room for a lot of other stuff, but it does have a zippered mesh pocket inside, which I will use for my passport And it also has a little light attached to the inside so you can see what's in there without having to pull everything you own out of the bag. The bottom flap has two zippers that attach to the clasp in the middle, as seen in the stock photo. I will let you know, this does take two hands to get both zippers undone and re-attached. This isn't a problem for me, because I won't be holding anything in either hand that would cause this to be a problem. But I can see where this might be cumbersome for someone with dexterity issues or if you know for a fact that you're going to need to get in that pocket very quickly. For me, this is what makes it anti-theft and it's what I wanted so it's not an issue. When that flap is open, it opens to a wallet type compartment. It has 5 slots for credit cards, a smaller pocket that can be used for a cell phone, and a mesh pocket that does not zip. You could fit a pocket camera there, but not if it has a lense that extends out from the body of the camera permanently. Oh, and something that I didn't see in the description, is that the bottom compartment is RFID blocking. And it also has a cut proof strap that can be adjusted to be used as a crossbody but can also be shortened enough to put on your shoulder. You could also detach the strap and re-attach it after wrapping it around a chair or something, but I won't be doing that at all. I just don't see how this bag can get any better. It is well constructed and doesn't feel cheap or flimsy, yet is lightweight. I'll be using it for a week in Germany and a week in Paris.
Just got back from my Germany/Paris trip. Used this daily. It held everything I needed and it holds more than expected. What I carried daily: In the main section, I had two guide books, just regular, pocket sized books, a bottle of water, a mini umbrella, the foldable Eagle Creek bag that folds into its own pocket and zips up, and various maps that we picked up along the way, and at times, a Canon camera with a lens that extends probably 2 inches. With the camera in there, it was a little tight, but not that I couldn't zip it comfortably. I mostly did that when we were eating lunch and I didn't want to put the camera on the table. I also carried at times a travel journal and some pens in there, along with lip balm. In the front locking section, all I had was my ID's in the card slots and I did keep that locked at all times. In Germany, I also kept my passport there. In the back zippered section, I kept a smaller, pocket camera and my iPhone and maps occasionally. Still love this bag as much as I thought I would. My only issue is that when it's packed full, the back zipper gets caught on the lining if you don't zip/unzip just so. The lining never ripped, so that's a plus, but it was kind of a pain at first. Once I got used to zipping it just right, it was just natural to hold the purse so that the zipper didn't touch the lining. Even with the zipper issue, I would still highly recommend this bag. Loved the locking features and it holds a lot. And I mentioned the color being darker. Sure enough, I was complaining about not having a dark bag for dinner one night, and my husband, who hasn't read this review, said to me, well, your bag is dark purple, at night it looks black to me. So, as I mentioned in the first review, it does look dark at night, which was a big plus to me.