I realized I hadn't reviewed my Zero medium, yet... and I've had it for about a year now! LOVE this bag. It is showing no signs of wear, after a year of almost daily use that included bike commuting in inclement weather, sunshine, being thrown on many floors, and travel in cars, planes, and trains. I really does look brand new.
I *strongly* recommend messaging the staff directly about special needs. They were perfectly happy to have waterproof liner and a blinky light strap added (before these were regular offerings). It's lightweight, yet I have never had a problem fitting my entire load. In fact, if I ever load it so full it's uncomfortable to carry, it's a sign to me that it's not the right day to bike commute. I do NOT have the extra straps. I find I don't miss them- if the bag is so full it can't be held by the velcro, it's probably not the day to bike. Perhaps I would add them if I got another one, if I could have the SHHH! option.
When bike commuting, I can load:
-lunch in a tiffin or Mr. Bento lunchbox,
-my bike lock and cable which fit perfectly in the front pocket,
-my work calendar
-an extra shirt and sweater
-my wallet and a little girlie bag
-a Kindle touch
-(not every day) my macbook in its sleeve.
-I also keep the deluxe drop pocket in there all the time.
I did a grey exterior with purple piping and turquoise interior. I love the pops of color. I've taken it as my "personal item" on several flights. Because it's small and squshy, it's never been challenged.
All in all, the big drawback is that it's so well made that I have no opportunity to buy another one. So I'm looking at the folios and will probably have a custom folio made soon!
I wish the Market Tote would come back. I didn't like the image, but if a plain tote came out, I'd love that for the weekly Farmer's Market ride. Currently, I empty out my Zero to take shopping.
Dusty Candland – Verified Buyer
The bag is really well made so far I really like everything about it.
Evan – Verified Buyer
This is the perfect bag for your everyday commute to work or school -- especially if you're taking a 13" laptop with you. Most importantly, the size is just right: big enough to fit everything you'll need for the day, but not so large that it feels unwieldy. And the velcro strips are long, so you can really fill it up without worrying about the flap opening up. I'm really happy with my choice to get the waterproof material.
My favorite thing about this bag though (and what I'm coming to appreciate from American-made goods in general) is the high quality of construction. This bag clearly has a long life ahead of it.
AL SMITH – Verified Buyer
Medium Zero Bag is the best bag i have to dates. It stays in place while riding and easy to access with out taking the bag off.