james duane – Verified Buyer
I was expecting a smaller bag in that it is too big for the basic materials I generally carry with me on a daily basis. I carry a laptop (MacBook Air) or an iPad, some pens, 2 phones (iPhone & Blackberry), cables (which may soon be removed from the bag), and a writing pad or Moleskin notebook.
I would hope the next iteration at least allow for the bottom of the bag to fold. This will allow some flexibility for people who carry less than what the bag can actually carry, to flatten it a bit.
The colors I selected are vibrant. But I didn't know about the red colors in the zipper pulls or the handle. It's heavier than I expected but given the quality of the material and the bindings, it's about normal.
Carrying it around, it has survived some good downpours, frigid weather and blowing snow. I wish the strap was longer to fit over my head and heavy coats. But that will change as the weather changes.
Overall, I'll give it a three star rating for now, but that may change as I use the bag.
J. Marc Gagnon – Verified Buyer
Overall, I have been very impressed with this product. It is clear that we are talking about a product which is built with care and good material.
However, the main reason why I purchased this product is that I wanted a bag which could withstand Canadian bad weather, read: blowing rain and snow. This is where an important design flaw became obvious the minute I used the shoulder strap. This strap pulls on the sides of the bag and opens a hole at each end, which means that unless there is no wind at all, snow and rain will find its way in the main section of the bag which has no water proof zipper. So much for the advertising about its capability to face the elements!
The other nuisance is that if you use the handle to carry the bag, you will not be able to carry it with the nice color of your cover on the outside. This is because the handle is attached on the inside and the weight of the bag will make it pivot toward you and it will hit your legs as you walk. I chose the color of the cover to reflect the sun so that the content of my bag would not suffer from overheating in the summer. I will not benefit from that as I will have to walk with the black side on the outside.
So, while I enjoy my new bag for its overall practicality and good material, I am quite disappointed with those two design flaws which make the bag extremely expensive, as in the end, it offers no better protection against the elements than the competition. The reason I paid big money is because I wanted to be above the competition in rain and snow.
Nabil Saleh – Verified Buyer
I use this bag for absolutely everything. There's a special place for everything you need (plus some stuff you didn't think you'd need). My favorite feature has to be the velcro/magnet close option. I prefer the magnet side because it's just as sturdy of a hold, but less noisy. I will continue to buy Rickshaw bags for the exceptional handmade quality.
The bag is absolutely gorgeous. I love all the fabrics and laptop sleeve is great. The front pockets are well thought out. The outside water bottle pockets are brilliant.
Now for the complaints. The bag isn't big enough. Put in a laptop and a power cord and there is almost no room left. It doesn't expand. Also, the straps to keep the bag closed are so short that with a few things in the bag they won't expand enough to easily clip with pulling hard. That is silly.
The main shoulder pad is comfortable but is always twisting around. I find that odd. I have had two other well made bags and those never had the pad flip over. This one does all the time.
Lastly the metal buckles where the strap clip are strong but noisy. If I set the bag in the car - the metal on metal constantly rubs and makes noises.
So all in all when I only have a small amount of stuff to take I love this bag. If you carry a laptop, power cord, and maybe a pad of paper and two power bars then your good. Forget putting any clothes or other bulky thing in here and the straps certainly won't close when it's full.