there is no denying the quality of the leather this bag is made from. it is thick, strong and very supple. the bag looks amazing, the espresso color i chose is somewhat lighter and brighter than pictured, but i still preferred the brown. the one huge drawback is an obvious design flaw in the closure mechanism. there are small magnetic dots beneath the large buckles that do not hold the flaps closed as soon as the bag is lifted by the strap. i've tried adding neodymium (ultra strong) magnets but it still won't stay closed. i have decided that the real flaw is that the leather flaps are just not long enough to allow some slack when the bad is lifted. what a shame, i literally shopped for years for a new leather bag, and this one is gonna need some professional help to be of practical use.
First, the magnets do not support the closure of the bag when you have stuff in it. Second, it looks like pleather and its much bigger, the bag is floopy when folded down with no support. Third, I have been a loyal customer of O Stock for years and I love shopping on this sight. I purchase a ton of stuff with more than satisfying results, its a great place to shop but I returned this bag and they had the gawl to deduct 7 bucks for my return shipping. Beware before you purchase, if your not sure about something DON"T BUY IT OR THEY'LL CHARGE TO RETURN!
- How accurate was the sizing? much bigger
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Looks like pleather! madnets are defective, they don't support the heavy buckles!
- Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? No, the magnets are defective, poor design.
I received this item maybe 2 weeks ago and the lining in the inside zippered pocket has broken already. Still I would recommend the bag because the leather is good quality for the price of the bag. You'll just have to rummage between the leather and the lining to find your small items and I can live with that for the price. Will try to get a more sturdy material sewn into that pocket. I was keeping lipsticks, a pen, eye drops and small hand sanitizer bottle in there. Maybe that was just too much stuff. The only other thing I wish were a little different is when you wear it as a shoulder bag there is no way to adjust the length of the strap. That makes me mostly use it as a knapsack, which is the primary reason I bought it anyway.
Bag is well made and good quality leather and hardware. Used bag for trip to Africa and it worked very well to carry extra things on plane and as a day pack for short hikes and on safari drives. Use day-day now and iPad and regular purse items fit nicely inside. Outside pocket great for cellphone & keys. Only wish it had more internal pockets to help keep things organized.
The leather on the body of the bag is great. Interior lining and zippers are quality. However the strap is a cotton web with a small strip of leather on it. The cotton of course is getting dirty already and is not easy to clean. Also the corners of the large buckles lost their plating immediately, leaving rough and ugly corners. It is really too bad that they skimped on the strap and buckles as I really like the design and the spaciousness of the bag makes it super handy.
Overall, a good bag. I would have liked the clasps to close more easily. If you fill the bag so that the top is upright rather than the second flap falling over normally, when you carry as a shoulder bag rather than a backpack, it hangs funny with the top clasp sort of dangling awkwardly in behidn.
- How accurate was the sizing? fairly accurate
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. decent quality leather, metal buckles look a bit cheap
- Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? yes
I like this purse/backpack. It is a little larger than I really wanted but like that I can switch between a one handled bag or a back pack. It is a pretty heavy bag empty so you may not want to put a lot of heavy stuff in it if you are only going to carry it on your shoulder. Like someone else mentioned the magnetic snaps don't stay real well all the time. The could be bigger or stronger if that is possible.
- How accurate was the sizing? Yes
- Please tell us about the quality of the product. Leather is good quality.
- Was the product free of any manufacturer defects? I haven't found anything wrong with it so far.
I ordered this bag and I have to say it looks amazing folded down in the backpack position. When I need it to hold a lot of things the unfolded option will come in handy but it looks much better folded. It is the perfect size. I looks sleek and expensive. I have another amerileather backpack and the leather quality of this one is much better it is as soft as a coach bag.