Michael de la Cruz
Great bag. I love it. Only thing is the color (cordura cave) looked much different on the website than when I received the bag. Luckily I still liked the color.
I have been using this bag everyday for the past month and I love it.
It is the fourth bag I have owned in three years (different makes) and none of them have lasted or been as well thought out and designed as this bag. The moleskine pockets are a great addition as well.
I spent months deciding on what bag to get and am 100% convinced that I made the right decision, the laptop sleeve is a great addition and will shortly be buying an iPad sleeve from Rickshaw to add to my Rickshaw collection.
Great product and whomever designed it has my upmost respect and an amazing eye for detail.
To give you an idea about what I carry around in the bad:
- Macbook Pro 13 inch
- An A4 leather portfolio
- A4 notebook
- Personal Filofax
- Paperback Book
and it all fits perfectly.....I cannot recommend this product enough.
Extremely high quality material and attention to detail. I had a problem with the cross strap anchor coming loose, but I shipped it back and it was fixed.
The pencil holders in the back isn't nearly the problem I thought it would be.
Not a lot of ways to organize small items.
I'd had my Timbuk2 bag for 7 years, and finally decided it was time to replace it. I had intended on going with another from the same company because it had survived some pretty brutal use, but there was a deal on Rickshaw bags, so I decided to check them out.
So glad I did. I LOVE my bag. Absolutely love it. It's clearly extremely well-made, and I expect that I will be able to keep it for at least as long as my previous one. It's also aesthetically-pleasing and the colors are very "me," which is important for a bag I'll be using every day. Here are a few of my favorite things:
-The pockets are really well designed. I'm a big sorter (one pocket for medicine stuff, one for electronics, etc.) and I'm easily able to sort into separate pockets AND then separate things within those. More importantly, the pockets are easy to get to and don't make things super bulky, as can often happen.
-The back pocket. This is the one with the holders for pens and the clear card-holder, etc. I love that it's on the back instead of the front because I feel a bit better putting things like credit cards in there, knowing that, when I have the bag on, they're pretty well inaccessible to anyone but me. This pocket also has a double-zipper, so it can be opened from either side. This is important to me because I wear the bag "left-handed" and I can still be sure that it's easy to open.
-It's sturdy and comfortable. Comes with a padded shoulder strap, which isn't the most plush, but does the job of making the strap not dig into your shoulder, even with a heavy load.
-The handle on the top of the bag is way more useful than I thought it would be. Didn't have one on my last bag, but I use it surprisingly often.
-Okay, this is my favorite thing. There are three ways to close the large front flap of the bag: buckles, and then you can either use a velcro close or a magnetic close. I love the magnetic close. It holds well (e.g., you can pick it up by the top handle and not worry at all about the magnets coming undone) and is QUIET. I haven't used the velcro, but I imagine it holds well too. But what's really my favorite? The magnets are velcroed down where the strips are, and the little covers on them say "shhhhh." Seriously. I love it.
Overall, I love the bag. It was an adjustment at first, coming from a more conventional laptop briefcase, though as I've lived with the Rickshaw bag I've been liking it more and more. It is my first choice for the daily commute to and from my office in downtown Pittsburgh. It gives plenty of protection to my laptop and has room inside for my notebook, power supply, and computer accessories. Not a huge amount of room for files etc., but I have been getting by. Like the two zippered outside pockets, they have a lot of room for the easy-to-misplace smaller stuff.
I do go back to my Briggs and Riley "TSA-approved" briefcase for air travel, however -- the Rickshaw bag is not "check-through" and I have to take the laptop out for security check.
I think it might be improved with a second non-zippered outside pocket. I'm always coming home with my hands full and need someplace to stash magazines and mail for a few minutes until I get upstairs -- when I zip the stuff in the outside pocket I tend to forget about it. And, maybe a small zipped pen holder on the front panel.
But overall the durability and solid construction of the bag more than makes up for the few features that I wish it had.