I've owned four different bags from the "other" messenger bag company. This is my first Rickshaw bag, and I couldn't be happier! Thanks to the short video, I was sure the iPad Messenger was designed to fit my device plus all my stuff. Additional videos sold me on the drop pocket insert, which I can remove and stash in a larger tote if necessary.
I emailed Customer Service for clarification on a custom color match, and received a prompt and VERY informative response that even included photos of the fabrics in question. My custom bag turned out even better than I imagined!
After countless pulled sweaters from the velcro loops on the front of my small messenger bags from the "other" company, I was thrilled to discover that Rickshaw puts the soft velcro strip on the body of the bag and the loop section on the flap. (This wonderful feature was difficult to see on the photos.)
Rickshaw has thought of every item on my bag design wish list. It is a pleasure to order from a company committed to providing both a well designed quality product and superior customer service.
I own the small zero, the medium zero, and now the iPad bag. I love the later two bags (use the small zero very infrequently because it's not practical for my usual walking all over the city).
Because it would have been useful for me to know at the outset, here's my comparison of the iPad vs. the Medium Zero. The iPad bag is my go-to bag for work. It fits my wallet, an iPod, some pens and maybe a Kindle. I don't think that I could get in a water bottle, and it's too small for folders.
The upsides: great quality, really comfortable for walking all over, looks more professional than the zero bags. It is also very lightweight.
The downsides: It's too small for me to use on the weekends. For example, I couldn't fit my lunch and a wallet. Also, I prefer two front pockets to the single pocket in the front, and the two pen pockets on the side are REALLY small (barely fit a Bic pen). If you're into organization, I would recommend purchasing one of the drop pockets.
Probably the best bag I have ever owned. I bought this because I was looking for something to take with me when I wanted to travel light with just my iPad and a few must have items. This bag does the trick. It took a little getting used to. There is not a lot of room for extra, but that is what I wanted. The only thing that I would have liked better was if the bag was about 1" wider at the base. That would allow it to accommodate a standard sized file folder and my Bluetooth keyboard. I really like the fact that the organizer Velcros in place. That way when I need to move up to a bigger bag to take my laptop, books, ect I don't have to repack. I can just move the organizer to a different back and I am off. I have been debating buying one of the bigger bags just for this purpose.