Top positive review
Great little bag!
June 24, 2015
I was looking for a laptop bag that would fit my macbook air for traveling. The whole point of getting the air was because it was small and portable, but most laptop bags have huge 15 or 17 inch compartments. While there were a few options made for macbook, they were very expensive. I found the kanken and fell in love- small, well-made, and a retro design that reminds me of going to summer camp, and summer in general every time I look at it.
I got the lake blue, which is more accurate-to-color in the regular-sized bag listing. It is a little brighter than royal blue, closer to cerulean. It's a beautiful, bright color. I rinsed the bag in the tub (as recommended on the tag) to prevent excess dye from transferring, but none of the dye seemed to come off. It's a neat fabric. I thought it would be like canvas, but it's very rugged. It is not waterproof but it has some water resistance to it, and dried really quickly. It should be fine if you get caught in a quick storm. I wouldn't say you --have-- to rinse yours, but it helped get some of the stiffness of the bag, and mine arrived from amazon with some dust on the corners/edges from shelf wear that I was happy to get off. Some people also complain about the front pocket being wrinkly, so I stuffed newspaper in the front pocket when it was still damp and now it looks great.
As far as the size of the bag, it is a little smaller than I expected. When I was researching which bag model to get, reviewers made it seem like this bag had more room than the original size, but this is actually 3 cm narrower than the regular kanken, which reduces the interior space as well (13L vs 16L in the classic bag). The 15 inch is closer to the original kanken dimensions, and some of the bigger models have laptop compartments inside, so consider your size needs.
For me, this is fine for what I need it for. The laptop fits snugly in the back and has a good amount of padding to keep your interior stuff from knocking into your laptop. Since my laptop is so thin, I put the seat pad (a very confusing thing) in the laptop compartment for extra padding. This gives the bag structure when I'm not carrying the laptop, and opens up the one interior pocket for my kindle/notebooks/etc. You can stuff quite a bit in. For traveling, it fits my laptop, charger block + charging cords, kindle paperwhite, sunglasses, over-ear headphones, moleskine notebook, field notes notebook, pens, water bottle, makeup bag, small purse, travel pillow, wallet, cell phone, and of course 13 inch macbook.
Overall I'm happy with this bag. It's very minimalist, sturdy, holds everything I need to, and looks so cute. I will update if it doesn't hold up but so far so good!