Great travel bag Review by RK
I bought one of these about 9 months ago, before going travelling. The biggest flaw is the side strap, as getting it to tighten enough and to stay tight is a losing battle. Otherwise, it's fantastic for travel: phone in a front pocket (I used an iPhone in a hard case, so a little rain wasn't an issue, and jacket can close over the top if you're going to stand out in heavy rain). The back section is perfect for carrying things like tickets, passport, maps and small guide books, or portable game machines, while the inside pocket is great for carrying things like coins and tickets that you need immediately. The back expands pretty well too when you're trying to stuff as much stuff as you can in your carry-on luggage.
The best part for travel is that on domestic flights around the USA and Australia and international flights in between, wearing this wasn't seen as a carry-on bag, they just see it as a sash or belt or something, so I could carry a regular carry-on AND this bag. And it looks pretty cool.
It's not a laptop bag or an iPad bag or a bag for people with big sketchbooks or something, but if you just want a bunch of extra pockets on a stylish shoulder strap, this is your bag. (Posted on 9/6/10)
Perfect minimalist bag Review by MQM
I am a student in the UK recently just bought this bag. The minimalist form is just great to bring it around. I would also agree to the review below if they could make a stronger strap tighter. Although it is just too narrow by a few inch to fit my netbook inside, I can still hold on to my netbook while putting the adapter inside. A perfect bag to travel around too. (Posted on 5/16/10)
not bad Review by Sebastian
I think is cool but the problem is that in case of rain the mobile phone will be uncovered. (Posted on 4/13/10)
Setgo transport bag Review by Maria Sin
Service is best. Products are great. (Posted on 3/24/10)
Fantastic Bag, A Few Tweeks Review by Shivian Balaris
I think this is a fantastic bag and merely needs a few tweeks. I have an Android G1, iPod Classic, and Flip Mino - all fit JUST fine into the front pockets. On the back I often carry a standard moleskine (which fits just fine), a clamshell hard eyeglasses case, a small bag of trinkets, extra USB thumb drives (4), an extra camera battery, and a "extra wallet" with ID's and cards that I don't every moment o fthe day-to-day world. All fits great, not feeling crammed.
I could see a few improvements, namely the addition of a stronger belt-tightener (I had to double-run the strap through the clip, as it kept letting the slack out) and slightly (hear me, SLIGHTLY) thicker back package size (rather then being a flat envelope, having, say, 5mm of thickness to the panel).
To be honest, it's the severity of what I *can't* carry in this bag that makes it fantastic for me. I never over-pack, over-carry, or over-burden myself.
A perfect bag for a minimalist world.
I strongly disagree with the 2 star review posted on 3/9/10. (Posted on 3/24/10)
Terrible design Review by Dharmansible
I was an early adopter of this bag. I saw it previewed on Yanko, and then ordered one right after they went up for sale. It looked great in the detailed pictures but it just turned out to be a bad bag all around.
First of all, the pockets openings are on the sides, and there is no pleat to let them expand. It's fabric stitched flat down against the back. So nothing seems to fit, and everything wants to fall straight out the side and into the bottom of the bag. None of the pockets seem to hold any standard men's wallet size.
And the width of the main compartment is just narrow enough to be useless. Mass market paperback book? Medium moleskine notebook, or any notebook that's not super mini size? Not happening.
The cell phone pocket on the front strap was also really user unfriendly. It's too tight to be convenient. My iPhone would go off, and by the time I was able to wedge the device back out of the super tight webbing (sometimes having to squeeze from the bottom - doesn't feel safe!) I'd miss the call.
In Seattle a bus card is a standard ID/credit card size. I found that getting this standard card size into the "metro card pocket" was also a nearly bad fit.
Balance wise, with only a few items in the main pocket in the back, the whole thing becomes awkwardly weighted at the back, pulling the front side up on the shoulder too far. And since it's smooth fabric on the underside, it will just slide around your shoulder freely to assume this bad balance. If you set it in a balanced position, the back wants to bend, but the construction assumes you have a perfectly flat-from-the-shoulder surface to your back with no curve, so it crimps oddly over your lower shoulder/back when it's loaded with a few items. The bag looks stiff in the pictures: I assure you it is quite stiff in reality. Overall, I feel like the stiff back part needed to sit lower across the back, while the softer, more flexible front part needed to be longer to come further down, and extend over the shoulder. This would have made it rounder over the shoulder in a more comfortable, secure feeling way, instead of forming a bit of a tent over the apex of the shoulder.
And then the side strap... If you're a medium to slim build, you're going to pull the slack out of the strap. What you have left is this long, wide strap dangling around at your waist. For $80, they couldn't put some kind of strap management clip or bracket on the strapping to hold it secure?
All around, just poor design, all packaged and priced like some highly tested, designer item. It's an interesting proof of concept design that should be refined before it's really ready to be useful to a wide range of people. The amount of things this bag really holds before it becomes unwieldy is no more than one could load in their pants and jacket pockets. (Posted on 3/9/10)
Great Traveling companion Review by Clint
I purchased this bag while planning a trip to italy to be used as a day pack instead of the traditional backpack or fanny-pack. I ended up taking it everywhere the front pockets are perfect for a cellphone, camera, or small gps unit. and the back had just enough space for everything i needed (map, spare batteries, and translation book), while preventing me from bringing anything extra out of my room. It's pockets for cash and transit cards were perfect from keeping pick pockets out. There was no way anyone could take my euros with it right in front of me. The design is very unique and stylish, it made me stand out in the European crowd but differed from the mass mobs of tourists. I continue to use the bag in the US traveling through Chicago, the bag provides a comfortable fit like a messenger bag with out all the excess and well worth the price. (Posted on 12/16/09)