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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2013
I admit to being a bit of a Kipling addict, owning a few of the bags and coveting many more. I love the unfussy style, the functionality and quality and generally find that no other bags come close. I bought the Delana in Warm Grey because 1) I needed a large bag in a neutral shade and 2) it was reduced to an unmissable price at the time. On unwrapping it, I loved the colour immediately (nothing like a grey, but a great neutral which really does go with everything without being too pale) but was very disappointed by the bag itself. At first I even considered returning it.

On first sight the Delana appears to be a very odd shape - far too wide for its height. It's not comfortable as a shoulder bag when there's not much stuff in it, nor is it a bag to be carried as a tote in one hand - it doesn't scrape the floor but it does fold or sag in the middle. However, extend the strap and put it on as a cross-body bag and the beauty of the Delana becomes apparent. Its shape and the two pairs of front pockets encourage it to fold slightly around the hip and it lies very comfortably and discreetly - probably the best shape for a large cross-body bag that I've found. And, of course, it holds lots and lots... I walk to work every day and sometimes need to carry spare shoes or a cardigan with me - and often do a bit of shopping on the way home. Using the Delana, I will no longer need to lug an extra shopper or carrier bag with me - the Delana will take it all with ease. It even makes more sense as a one shoulder bag once it's got a few large items in it.

There are still some major flaws to the bag. The main zip is not stitched in at the end, which does allow the bag to expand but is a bit irritating. The interior zip pocket is ridiculously small and will not take a long wallet, let alone a Kindle. In fact, there is nowhere in this bag to stash a Kindle or 7" tablet safely. The front pockets and interior pocket are too small, while the velcro pocket on the back is too long and insecurely fastened - in fact I'm struggling to think of a good use for it.

All in all, at under £30 this is a great bag for some, limited uses. For me it's perfect for work as it holds loads, is very comfortable for walking and goes with everything. Phone and (square type) wallet go in the front zip pockets while the inside swallows up clothes, shoes, books, shopping and so on. However, I wouldn't use it as a travel bag as I prefer better internal organisation, with spaces for the Kindle, tablet and travel wallet.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2013
I was not sure about buying this bag. It has the size I was after, and the pictures looked good.
On the plus side it is well made and feels sturdy. The outside pockets are useful for things you want quickly, tissues, mobile and travel cards.
The one thing that I dislike about the bag, is big gap at either end. There are 2 inches of zip sticking out, or you can tuck the end inside the bag, which makes it hard to use the zip. With a big gap either side, your content is open to the elements, and if you have a fair way to walk through rain, the content is likely to get soaked! I have other Kipling bags ( Elodie, Garan) which is made the same way, but the gap is less noticeable once the bag is worn. I feel it just makes the bag look cheap, as if the correct length of zip could not be found, and any zip with the right colour was used. So the bag looks a bit unfinished or sloppily done.
I am still unsure if I should keep or return it and get a different style of bag.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
As the title suggests, I've got quite a few Kipling bags, and this style is a favourite of mine. It holds all my stuff and provides lots of organisation. Love the summery pattern, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2013
I just love Kipling bags and this one doesn't disappoint. Lovely long straps to use over the body with lots of space inside and compartment on side to place iPad in when travelling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2013
This is bigger and more cumbersome looking than I thought it would be. I did look at the measurements and it seemed OK, but the shape makes it look very wide so that it doesn't sit well. However, as I bought it at sale price, I intend to keep it for holidays when I need more room, and have bought a Syro bag for everyday.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 August 2013
I bought this for my wife, her feed back is : the colour is more muted that you see it on the screen, where the yellow hue is strong, it is thinner than expected, the main zip does not close completly, hope will last, the reduced price is the correct, she would not buy it at full price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2014
Kipling bags are virtually indestructible, sturdy and fit for purpose. What I like about this one is that the length is good but it is not too deep, deep enough for a laptop, etc but the East West design really suits my needs. Fits everything you would need in your day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2013
I wanted a bag for multi use, big enough to fit my Dslr camera in but also carry the usual bits and bobs. I wanted it not to look like a camera bag though. This bage is perfect for the job, and at a reasonable price too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2013
A good size bag, with all the usual organisation that I have come to expect from Kipling. Won't be my last purchase of these amazing bags.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2013
Hold so much and so easy to find things with the different compartments only drawback is the velcro on the back could really do with having a zip as it's such a large pocket. All in all a fabulous bag
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