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Useful size bag but let down by stiff plastic drawstring & straps
on 28 February 2016
I bought this for my teenage daughter for school. I was a little disappointed with the colour - I ordered the 'purple aztec' and the picture looked like a nice deep purple main colour, but the actual bag is paler and pinker. The bag is large enough for an A4 folder and some books, and has some useful pockets.
The straps are very plasticky and stiff, and it's difficult to close the drawstring as the plastic cord is very stiff. It's OK, and just about works as a school bag, but the cheap-looking brown plastic straps and trim spoil the appearance, and it tends to sag open due to the stiff plastic drawstring. Woven straps and a fabric drawstring would make this a much nicer bag.
Update: the bag lasted 6 months of daily school use. It did get very heavily loaded with books and folders and coped quite well, but the small zipped inside poclet struggled to hold phone, keys, purse etc. and the lining ripped under the stain. The straps were also uncomfortable when the bag was heavy, digging into shoulders. We've replaced it with a similar sized bag with wider padded shoulder straps, and better inside pockets for valuables.