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Excellent bag that keeps me organised,
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I love Kipling bags in general, and this style, the Defea is definitely one of the very best. If you are a minimalist, you might find it a bit too big for day to day use, but for travelling, holidays and days out, I find it absolutely ideal. The main compartment is sizeable and within it, there are drop pockets for pens, a large mobile phone (like my Galaxy S3), and a smaller one which would work for a smaller phone but which I use for my inhaler. There is also a zip pocket within the main compartment for things you want to keep extra secure. The main compartment opens with a double ended zip which means you can open it just a little way to find what you want. Having said that, the opening is large enough with the zip fully open to get quite large things inside. There is also a zip pocket across the back of the bag which is quite sizeable. I sometimes use it for my Kindle and when travelling, I use it to keep travel documents/passports etc close to me and secure, yet easily accessible. There are also four smaller outside pockets on the front of the Defea. I can get my Kipling New Money UA Wallet into one of the larger ones, which still gives room for other bits and bobs that you'd like to be easily accessible. Finally, and not obvious from the picture, there are pockets secured by velcro at each end. You can either use these for extra bits and bobs or stand a small bottle of water in one of them if you are out and about for the day.
I tend to use this bag as a shoulder bag in the summer - the straps are just about long enough for that - although with a heavy coat in the winter, this wouldn't be as easy. I should note that only recently have the straps for the defea been long enough to put over the shoulder. You may find that some of the older colours have slightly shorter straps. Compare the pictures of some of the different colours (eg black with brick) to see what I'm talking about. There is also a detachable strap which can be used on the shoulder or across the body for extra security. The bag itself is made of Kipling's trademark slightly crinkled nylon material. Don't be put off by the fact that it's nylon if you haven't had a Kipling bag before. It is highly durable, very easy to clean (I've put one of my Defeas in the washing machine on a cold wash/non bio powder and it's fine) and very shower-proof, not to be mention extremely light-weight. The straps are made from a soft webbing type of material which are comfortable to use.
I most recently got this bag in Brick which is a lovely terra-cotta red/rusty colour, and now own 4 bags in different colours in this style as it is so useful. If you are in need of a medium-large casual handbag with lots of sections for organisation, then I would recommend that you look no further than the Kipling Defea. Now all you need to do is to pick your colour. I'm wondering which colour to purchase next time funds allow ....