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Bought one in each material, here's what I think of each!
August 27, 2017
So after days of contemplating all the different prints and materials, I ordered 4 kavu rope bags. One in each material, to see which one I liked best. Cotton canvas, polyester canvas, the lighter polyester, and cotton with PU coating. This review is for the polyester canvas in the Mohave print, hence the 5 stars (I gave the cotton canvas a 3 and the lighter poly a 3 and the cotton PU coated a 4). Here's my full rundown of each material...
The light polyester in the Arrows print. Cheap zippers and the hard pointy plastic coating that must surround and seal the top of the ropes pokes through the top of the bag where it meets the top of the ropes. The material is not thick enough to prevent that sharp ending from poking through. In comparing it to the other three bags, this one seemed to be the least sturdy and most cheaply made bag.
The cotton canvas was too brightly colored (Everglades tiles) and a bit stiff, and I can't get over the fact that it's not water resistant, and that other reviewers said theirs faded, so I'm sending this one back too.
Then there's the cotton PU coated one that I got in the black and brown Python print. It's ok but a bit too stiff and eh. Also, I thought it would be a safe print in muted color, but it just doesn't make me happy. Sending it back.
Now finally, the polyester canvas one that I got in the Mojave print...it's love! The bag is made well, it's sturdy but not too stiff, the colors are right, it's water resistant, and there are no annoying pokey parts!
The bag itself is the perfect size for me. I was worried it would be too big and bulky on my petite self, but it's just right! I plan to use it for traveling, but might want to break it in beforehand ;). ALSO, so many reviewers complained about the front pockets not fitting their iPhones and I don't know what the heck they're talking about!!! The small top one might be too small for the iphone, but the bottom one can probably fit the bigger iphone 7 plus. There's plenty of room! I agree with others that the zippers could be of a better quality though. Looking forward to this bag being my go to!!!
UPDATE!!!! - I returned it and lowered the stars from a 5 to a 3😔. The zippers are in awkward spots and I found it uncomfortable to access the stuff inside. I also found that it doesn't fit much, and I would sooner grab my LL Bean stowaway pack instead. This bag is probably more suited to people who don't need to carry much, and just want to keep their few belongings on their backs. In the end, I just found $50 to be too much money to spend on something that is just eh. I loved the straps and the look though, so I bought a knockoff for $14.95 that has the same rope straps! Not Amazon, but cheap enough to risk it 👍🏼