Finally purchased the bag in X-Pac Red. I just received it today and all I can say is WOW! Everyone should have one of these. It's perfect for someone on the go. I am petite 5'4" but the bag still looks good. Talk about QUALITY! Something that will last for MANY years! If you're looking for quality, you'll get it with Rickshaw Bagworks. I also purchased the pad folio in X-Pac Red and have been very happy with it. I did wait for the bag to go on sale but to be honest, I would have paid full price for it because now I see that it's worth the price. Like they say, "You get what you pay for" Thank You for such a great product -- Made in the USA!! YEAH!!! I will definitely be showing it off tomorrow at work!
Damien – Verified Buyer
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.
Emily Schoch – Verified Buyer
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.
michael – Verified Buyer
Quality is great!Lots of room. Best bag I ever owned. A little heavy because I have a lot in it but the strap helps a lot with that.Love the magnets that close the bag .Water proof you can take it into any kind of weather.Its made in the USA.
Thomas Weber – Verified Buyer
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.