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Tough yet refined. Like you.
on December 3, 2011
The days when a guy could go out the door with a few things in his pockets are probably gone forever. Besides the usual stuff - wallet, keys, etc. - now there's also the cell phone, glasses, mp3s... the list goes on and on. I was looking for a way to carry the essentials without having to wear cargo pants all the time.
The "Bag Home Again" bag is terrific. The grey canvas looks great and is sturdy yet very soft and pliable. Personally I could do without the graphics on the inside of the bag, but they are not visible except when the flap is open and are not too garish. The outer sides of the shoulder strap, strap attaching points and buckles have a black textured leather look. The same material is used on the bottom panel of the bag for durability. The inner side of the 2 inch wide shoulder strap has a cotton web backing that should help keep it from sliding around. The zipper pulls and strap buckles are stout and have a brushed nickel look. One of the things I wanted was a grab strap on the top of the bag. This has got it and it looks very sturdy.
Pockets are well thought out and functional. The outside of the flap has a zippered pocket that extends down to about where the "buckles" (more on them later) are stitched on. Each side panel has a pocket as well. The right side has an open top, tube shaped pocket. It is about 7.5 inches deep and can handle a small collapsible umbrella. The left panel has a smaller zippered pocket that is about the size of an iPhone (as long as your case isn't too big), with a grommet large enough that the plug for your ear buds can go through it. That pocket is about 6 inches long with the zipper running vertically nearly full length. The back panel of the bag has an open top pocket that runs the full length and width of the bag, secured by a 2.5 inch hook and loop closure.
Lift the flap and there is another zippered pocket on the outside of the front panel. Again it runs almost full width, and is about 5 inches deep. On the inside of the front panel there is an organizer with an open top pocket, three credit card slots and two pen sleeves. The inside of the back panel has another zippered pocket about 8 inches wide and 5 inches deep.
Ignore Amazon's dimensions for this bag. Actually it is 15 inches top to bottom, 11 inches wide and 4 inches deep. It can swallow my 13 inch HP laptop and its neoprene sleeve with lots of room to spare. You can put more in this bag than you'll want to carry.
My only complaint is with the flap's closure "buckles". They're really not buckles, just decoration. Beneath them are two magnetic buttons that hold the flap closed. When engaged, they seem to be strong enough. But they are somewhat of a pain to get properly positioned.
OK, all in all it's a great bag. Well-built and versatile, it is refined yet tough enough for a construction worker. This isn't your typical "Man Bag". It will handle everything you need to carry plus your laptop and lunch, and it'll look good doing it. But this one's going back. It's simply too big for my needs. Instead I'm getting its little brother, the "Day Bag" (10x8x4). Can't wait.