Review for Customized Commuter 2.1 Laptop Bag
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.