Ok, i write this cuz I love you so so much and want to make babies with you. If I could impregnate a company, I'd impregnate you. that's exactly what I'd do.
But I'm also a whore. There, I said it. I'm a bag whore. I f*ck around.
For instance, I used my old timbuk2 commute 1.0 bag for a couple weeks. Why? because she has lots of pockets for my little shit. I want my little shit hidden away somewhere out of sight where it won't rattle or need to be lumped in with a bunch of other shit I may or may not need... so I don't have to think about it.
But i've come back to you, baby. Even though your two medium pockets on the front of the bag are not so sexy... they're droopy and saggy and I have to just throw everything in there rather than have a place for my business cards, a place for my pens, a place for the headphones I use everyday, a place for my Etymotics which i use when I seriously need to listen to some sexy music, a place for my sexy-time vitamins, a place for my iphone cable, a place for my keys and those "toys" you love so much... instead of having places for those things I have lumps of things and no general sense of which side is which and where the hell is my chapstick goddamit!?
I know you've got that rear pocket on the back with the small places... I like that place of you, but I don't use it unless i *really* feel like ti. I use this as a place for "i don't use this" things... which is perfect. Because getting into that pocket in public is awkward.... a little dirty, cuz I have to put you down, lay you out, talk sweetly to get you to relax and then open up and pull and spread to look inside, etc.
Other than that, you're hips really are getting wide, arent they... you're a boxy bag... there, I said it. And I'm so torn on this. Boxy means you can stand up on your own (not to mention child-birthing, but we're not there yet... you and I... bags and humans aren't there yet). Boxy means you're this big beautiful rectangle I can throw stuff in and see stuff clearly in. But it also means, a little awkward trying to get through that packed, small market that has the breakfast burrito we like. Boxy means a big box on my back... No contour, no sleek, all utility. Which, is really really beautiful, baby. Truly. That's why i cant' leave you for very long.
I mean it, I love you. Lets work things out.
This is the best bag I have ever used.
This is a beautiful bag, but for my purposes, it was far too big.
I LOVE my bag! This was my second commuter bag, not because the first one had any issues (it's still in pristine shape); I was just drooling over one of the new patterns that Rickshaw offered, and I couldn't wait the years it would take for the first bag to live a full life. My only concern with the bag is that it sometimes gets pretty heavy, but that has more to do with what I need to lug around than with the bag itself!
Man, I came out of another brand of bag and I'm really, really, really happy with this one!
First, it's light and just the right size. My last bag was too dang heavy, and too big. The truth is, I get just as much stuff IN it, but I don't have to carry the extra weight and bulk of a larger, less well designed bag.
Second, it's ORGANIZED. My last bag had basically two big compartments that couldn't be accessed easily. This bag? It's awesome. I can get into a back compartment for daily needs, the main compartment for stuff I need often, and then two big pockets for stuff I only need every-once-in-awhile. (Example: My inflatable travel pillow.)
Third, It's cool. I like the looks, the materials, and the way it hangs. And it's comfortable. Strangely, my last bag could only be hung on one shoulder. I don't know why that was, but it got old. I can now switch shoulder-to-shoulder, and it fits and feels great.
Downsides? I always carry a water bottle of my own, and the water bottle pockets are too small and not secure. I'm going to lose a bottle, for sure. Second, I actually use my bags bike commuting, and little extras like a waist-strap and a phone sleeve aren't "extras," they're necessary. I didn't know the bag didn't have these until I got it, and was disappointed that I had to order these things. The bag should come with them.
All in all, I'm super happy with this purchase, and would do it again and again. If this bag had come with a waist-belt - at least - it would've merited a five star rating, for sure. Buy it now, and don't forget the accessories, if you need them!