I'm on the quest for the perfect bag. Light, not too big (I'm a small woman), secure (no worries about the contents falling out if it gets knocked over) and above all: organized. I hate bags that are just big black holes, or who have a couple shallow pockets that don't zip.
I ordered this bag in orchid as an everyday carry and a carryon when I don't need my computer with me. I need to be able to fit a kindle, wallet, notebook, penwrap, phone, tablet, keyboard, along with cords, chap stick, snacks, etc.
It all fits, but it is a very tight fit. The bag is a tad smaller than I expected. I've added the Rickshaw Organizer pocket which gives me more zippered storage for small bits but lessens the large stuff you can put in the main compartment. The organizer is also just a tiny bit too tall for this bag, I wish they'd make one designed to fit it (the organizer is technically meant for the Zero Messenger.
The quality is top notch though, incredibly solid. The magnetic closure over the velcro is genius and makes this a bag I can take to work. The bag stands up on its own (huge plus). Everything about it makes me think it will last for years and years. I'm happy with it, but I'm pretty sure I'll need to order a larger bag as well for airline travel, even if not carrying a laptop. But for everyday running around town this is perfect. Small enough to use like a large purse, big enough for everything I need. And pretty! (So hard to find an attractive and functional bag in one.)
Inga H. – Verified Buyer
I'm not certain you make my bag any more. One of my friends tried to order one like mine but could not find it on your website and settled for something very similar. I'm wondering if my bag was redesigned. In any case, I love mine, but hers is better!
Mine is more like a camera bag and hers is more like a purse. I use mine for a purse, so the lighter weight that hers is would be better for me.
For mine: It is a very nice looking bag, the sides do not collapse when I open it (big win!) I love the pockets. All zippers and fasteners are very sturdy. My only two complaints are: 1) it is heavy and 2) I have a fastener (like the kind that fastens a bicycle helmet beneath the chin) that I do not use and I wish were optional or removable. Overall the pros outweigh the cons by a huge amount. I wish I could split the fifth star in half. It is really a 4 1/2 :)
In any case, I love it and keep up the good work!
Neil Vincett – Verified Buyer
I absolutely love my new bag. Its very warm were we live in Summer and its always good to have water with me my new bag allows me to do that.My tablet fits in it perfectly . The bag does all that I want it to and is very handsome. One small thing, one of the clips on the strap has come loose a couple of times. I like to put the strap over my head and twice now the bag has nearly fallen. Its no big deal. The fact that it is made in San Francisco , one of my favorite cities, makes all the more appealing.
Elizabeth Davidson – Verified Buyer
I have a regular Commuter which I love love love. Seriously, it's my favorite bag of all time and I want to take it everywhere.
However, there are times I go places that I don't need that big of a bag. I want something I can use to keep me organized, big enough for my iPad and Kindle, and doesn't scream "work bag".
The Mini Commuter in Graphite Tweed (Mine has black binding) is the perfect bag for me!
I can keep my iPad, kindle, iPad bluetooth keyboard, ipod, knitting project, wallet, phone, various cords, external battery, make up, medicine, moleskin, various pens/etc in it without overstuffing it!
For a small bag, it holds a lot! And the graphite tweed is just lovely. I hope Rickshaw keeps it in stock going forward. It makes the bag nice enough to use as a large purse, the waterproof backing leaves me secure in the rain, the padding makes me secure of my tech toys.
I love the inclusion of the Shhhh and Riiiip options! I was never a fan of magnets on bags until my Rickshaw bags. Again, would like to have some way to pull the buckle up so it's not hanging because that is the one single detraction from this bag. May try the velcro trick here.
Go with the tweed- it is very pretty and I've received multiple compliments on this bag already. As someone who likes to be prepared, this bag has room for more than you would think. I can't wait to take it on my upcoming road trips!