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Could be so good, but isn't. Am looking for a new one.
on 6 November 2014
After 6 weeks of use, I have to say this is a disappointing bag. It's a great size and shape, but the design is poor and feels like one of those ideas that's good on paper, and really doesn't work in real life.
First: the outside zip (the metallic one on the front) is poor quality; mine only properly connects 4/10 times.
Second, it has too many pockets. I didn't grasp this from the picture, but aside from a flat zipped pouch on the outside front and back, and a button pouch on the front, and the two card-pouches on the front of the inside, the main compartment is divided into three sections. That would be ok. Unfortunately, the middle section is also divided, with a sort of extra zipped pouch that sticks up to form another division (so you get the zip section, plus another pocket on each side of it), and a hidden zip at the back. Consequently, no single pouch is big enough to put a larger item (although, one of them does fit my 7 inch tablet). To avoid a nightmare trying to find things, I have opened the zip in the middle compartment and try to treat it as one larger pocket, but it means lots of flaps getting in the way when I'm trying to extract something.
Third, all of those divisions I've described are enclosed by a single zip that closes up the whole bag (this is a good feature - it looks nice, and the zip is good quality). BUT the pieces of material that make up the divisions are longer than the bag, so the zip is constantly getting caught in them. They sort of lie flat across the top but it makes it fiddly to get to things, and because they're not really designed to lie flat, they don't do it very well.
Finally, it's pretty heavy - I'm sure that's because of all that extra material taking up space and weight in it, for a gazillion unnecessary pockets!
I'd give it 1 or 2 stars, but for the fact that it's so nearly what I hoped! It has a good length shoulder strap, material feels sturdy and waterproof, it looks great, and it's a perfect size. If anyone sees one that's a similar size and also in 'portrait' orientation, please comment on this review. One pocket is too few, but 12 is waaaay too many.