Top critical review
Great for the Left-Handed, Right-Handed not so much
October 24, 2017
I love the pattern on this bag and couldn't resist trying it out! I was hoping it could be a replacement for a larger back-pack for me.
The Pros: It fit everything I usually carry, wallet, cosmetic case, small gadget pouch, multiple sets of keys, cell phone (Samsung Galaxy S4) in a Trident Aegis case (the lower outside pocket worked fine for it.) My Kindle or Fire 8 fit fine. I stuck a collapsible umbrella in and it fit, too. It holds an amazing amount. A trade paperback or a hardcover I'm sure would fit as well. The canvas fabric seems sturdy but not stiff. I would not use it in the rain, though.
The Cons: I cannot hang it off my right shoulder, only my left. If I want to carry it on my back, the strap has to be on my right shoulder which feels weird. If you want to pull it around under your left arm to take something out of the larger main compartment it works ok, but the smaller compartment isn't accessible because everything in it would fall out. So I guess you take it off to get to that stuff? It just seems really awkward to me. Also, because it's canvas and rope it doesn't slide easily around. Probably the polyester Sling Bag version would work better for that, but it's also only left- oriented, unfortunately.
I think I will be returning this bag. My Ameribag HBB holds just as much and is usable on either shoulder.