Since January, I am using this pack daily to carry magazines, notebooks, art supplies, samples and my waterbottle. It is exactly as advertised. My only wish is that it had wider straps for comfort, and more inside pockets. The thin straps are only a problem when slung over one shoulder - as a backpack it is fine. I solved the lack of inside pockets problem by purchasing clear zippered bags to hold individual items and keep them from getting lost in the 2 big roomy pockets. I stuff the bag full and it is holding up beautifully. It looks great and sleek!
The details in the description were not particularly clear. Here's what the bag really is like... There are two outer pockets (a large colorful one in the front and a black one in the back), but both only close with a small velcro strip. You can't put anything small and important in those pockets, because it will easily fall out. There are two side mesh pockets for carrying drinks, and those work well. When you lift the colorful flap, there are places to put 3 writing utensils. To the left, there is a small zipper pocket, just large enough to store an eraser and some extra mechanical pencil lead. (To give you some perspective, I can't fit a small bottle of Advil in it.) On the other side of the pencil/pen holder, there are three flaps, but no school supplies will fit in there. Maybe you could use it as a business card holder, but I would imagine the bright colors of this bag appeal more to students than to working professionals. Finally, there is a small mesh pouch, which I use for additional things, like highlighters and extra pencils. There is one main pouch on the inside, and it is a good size. It holds a 3-ring binder and 2 textbooks well. However, this would not be a good bag to use if you are transporting a laptop around, as there is no padding on the inside. The bag appears to be well-made. I expect it to hold up for at least 1-2 school years. As a college professor who is using this bag to carry supplies and materials to and from class, it's not perfect. I wish I had somewhere secure to put my calculator and other small items, but it will suffice. For the price, it is a reasonably good bag.
The size is perfect and construction top notch. I saw on one review that someone said the cross body stray had to be extended so that the strap goes across the top zipper compartment. That is how I had it but went to the Travelon site and saw a clear picture of how the cross body strap should be and wala... Perfect
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