I choose the RickShaw bag over some of the others because of several reviews I read. The quality of construction is outstanding. And the reviews pointed to that as a primary concern. What I missed was they were Apple computers users (I assume). I have a Lenovo Ultrabook laptop and the included sleeve does not work with that laptop. It is a shame the bag was not 3/4" wider and the sleeve the same. The laptop would have fit fine.
I like the bag and even though it was expensive I am not going to give it back! I'm living with the limitations and I like the water proof capacity of the materials. I would recommend the bag but with a qualifier regarding the size and the sleeve.
I use my bag everyday and look forward to using it for a long time!
I've been using my Rickshaw Commuter bag daily for almost six months. It is the best laptop bag/briefcase I have ever had. The design is perfect, with just enough organizational pockets and a large main compartment. The laptop sleeve is perfectly sized for my MBP, but sadly doesn't reduce the weight... The construction of the bag is very good, and the design touches (like the handle and stiffened panels to ensure correct flap closure) make it a pleasure to use every day. Finally, paralyzed by the custom choices, I wanted to change the color after I ordered online. I called Rickshaw and got to a real person who made the change while the bag was in progress. Excellent service and highly recommended.
After a year since I bought my Commuter 2.0, I can honestly say its been one of the best laptop bags I've had so far. It fits everything perfectly without looking (or feeling) bulky. My 15" MacBook Pro, my iPad (in its Rickshaw sleeve of course), Kindle, moleskins, chargers, headphones, a couple of files folders and magazines. Aside from my everyday commute, I've traveled several times and fits perfectly under seat with room to spare. Aside from a tear on one the mesh pouches (which was totally my fault), its been a very durable bag. Even with a bright color like yellow, its resisted stains very well and has required minimal cleaning. I couldn't rant and rave more about this bag, and managed to get a couple of friends to grab one. If you're in the San Francisco area, definitely check out their factor store to play around with all the fabrics and colors to choose from.
I LOVE THIS BAG!!! It gets so many comments and compliments each day! It holds everything needed for graduate school and keeps things organized. It held up to down pouring rain and blizzards here in SD! The print is very cool too! The bag is perhaps more money than some...but it is well worth the money. It is very durable and the shoulder straps make it a breeze to carry with minimal joint stress even when carrying 30# worth of textbooks! Would like to purchase matching accessories for this bag print...looks like rows of avocados.
Thanks for engineering the best bag ever!
Carla (Graduate student/business owner)
For years I struggled to find the "perfect" bag to carry my laptop, portable HD, ereader and all my other stuff. I must've bought seven or different bags/backpacks and I was never fully satisfied until I bought my Rickshaw bag. It has all the right compartments, pockets, sleeve and space. It's stylish and attractive but isn't flashy. I don't want a bag that screams "hey, potential thieves -- there's a laptop in me!" I plan on keeping and using this one till it falls apart which, judging by its quality, won't be anytime soon.