JED GODSEY – Verified Buyer
Bag is of great quality, but frustrating in it's execution. It appears that no-on put much thought into where in the bag some one would place their things. In most cases it's very difficult to walk/bike/etc. and get what you want out of the bag without stopping. The most obvious case is the pen/card/document portion of the bag, which is on the body side of the bag when you are wearing it. if you want to quickly get a pen out, you have to literally stop and pull the bag away from you with to hands, then unzip the pocket, then get the pen... the placement also makes it impossible to sort through things while wearing the bag.
The zippered pockets in the front seem designed to get things lost. The velcro mechanisms on the two side pockets are really difficult to manipulate with one hand and without looking. One of them fits my phone fine, but the other is narrow and doesn't fit anything well. I'd like to put my keys there but the velcro is awkward and they would probably fall out anyway.
Things with no convenient place to put them:
unmentioned pros: strap construction makes it a great place to stick a sweatshirt/gym towel/whatever so that it doesn't stuffup your bag.
I have had this bag for about a year and a half and use it every day. The bag still looks brand new. There are no signs of wear, Velcro, zippers and elastic are still working great like they did the first day. I am a very organized person and all the organization compartments on this bag are great and never get in the way! I would highly recommend this bag!
Byron Roush – Verified Buyer
Love the bag. Looks great and has plenty of storage. I don't like the quick adjust shoulder strap though, it comes loose too easily, I prefer to keep the length fixed.
ophiesay – Verified Buyer
A great all-around bag. The real standout feature of this bag is that it keeps its shape with or without my laptop in it. I have owned many a messenger bag that get all floppy and then sit funny on my back. With the Rickshaw bag, it sits on my back/shoulder comfortably in the same way regardless of what is in it.
Also the hardware doesn't dig into my shoulder, it lies flat again my shoulder area and is barely even noticeable. I've had it for over 6 months now and it still looks new.
Jordan Farrell – Verified Buyer
I absolutely love my Commuter 2.1 Laptop Bag! I fancy myself to be a bit of a bag connoisseur, and my Rickshaw is the best bag I own. By far. The pockets are wonderful. But the two real reasons I got the bag were for the "SHHHHHH" strips and the fact that it stands up on its own. As a graduate student and soon to be person with a career, these are details I valued.
I rated this bag a 4 and not a 5 because the pockets on the sides are a little smaller than I expected. Also, the main compartment of the bag is not as spacious as I thought it was going to be. What makes this bag spacious is not the size of the main compartment but the strategic placements of pockets. The way they turn the front two pockets into six pockets is absolutely brilliant. And the portable office in the back of the bag is great.
I would highly recommend this bag to anyone...and particularly to you if you are reading this review. Get the bag. My guess is that you will be glad you did.