I received the product just now.
I don't normally write reviews unless the product is really bad or really good.
I'd give this bag 3/5 stars.
- Would use the bag.
- Would recommend the bag.
- You get what you paid for.
- Some inconsistency on the stitching quality.
- Decent metal work and zippers.
- Inexpensive so you can be rough with it.
1. You get what you paid for (and a little more?)
(1/5) Personal rating
It's a $100 bag so you shouldn't really expect too much, I would even say that it's a pretty decent quality for general use.
There is a weird rubber like lump/substance inside in one of the pockets (refer to the photo).
It is definitely not silica gel as it is far too big for a silica gel. I don't know what it is, call me an idiot if you'd like but I've seen enough Border Security Australia so my perception is kind of skewed here but let's just say that I'd probably avoid taking this bag on trips overseas until someone explains to me what that is.
I want to say that it's glue that was used to... - I don't know actually. I don't even know why there would be glue in that bag. Were they just trying to put on more weight to make the shipping expenses worth the money? Is this a clever ruse for garbage disposal? I don't know.
Needless to say I was so scared when I first felt the lump, cause I felt other lumps in my life before and that ended in a doctors appointment. I tried to show it to someone else but then I couldn't find the lump anymore so I got even more scared, is it alive? can it move?
I then found that it's in a pocket and I wanted to have a look so I mustered all the courage I could get to open the front pocket and hope that this thing is not alive and would not jump at me, or that it's not something that used to be alive but now encased in a glue like substance. I wasn't going to touch it when I took it outside to remove it from the bag so you see it being picked up from a blue garden shovel.
Would have given it a 3/5 cause "you get what you paid for" but considering that there's a weird lump, I'd give it a 1/5.
2. Leather quality.
(2/5) Personal Rating
I am not an expert at leather qualities so I won't comment on the quality of the leather.
But the texture and feel of it seems sturdy enough.
I have noticed that certain parts of the bag that would have a lot of friction as it is a pivot point such as the part where the leather meets the shoulder strap have a thin leather and would most likely not endure frequent use.
But you get what you paid for.
(2/5) Personal Rating.
I'm not going to claim I'm an expert at stitching as my experience at stitching would only extend as far as fixing buttons and patching holes in ripped skinny jeans to mock my siblings that wears ripped skinny jeans, but a lot of the stitching are inconsistent. I get that it's handmade and I generally prefer handmade products, but not when it comes to stitching, especially when they're quite inconsistent and has a lot of loose threads.
Some of the good bits and consistent on stitching are on the pockets. I think those were the only stitching that I generally wouldn't really be fussed about.
4. Metal Quality
(3/5) Personal Rating
I tested the metal and it is what they claim it to be - Brass. Don't really have any complaints aside from over greasing it but nothing that a little wiping can't fix.
Zipper is also good quality. I was actually very worried about the zipper before buying it cause I know that most cheap products neglect zipper quality but these are decent quality.
(3/5) Personal Rating
There are four pockets,
2 Side pockets (Identical) - 5.5 Inches in length and 4.5 inches in width.
1 front - Zipper mechanism, 8 inches in width entry but expands to 10 inches. 13.5 Inches in length.
1 back - Belt lock mechanism, 5.5 Inches in Width and 6.5 inches in length)
Side pockets - Personally, I find it a bit small but thats cause im used to stuffing an A5 sized compendium on my other duffel bag but the side pockets could definitely hold most random small objects such as keys... and idk, rubbish?
iPhone 6+ would definitely not fit due to its length. I'm not even sure if a passport would fit in there.
Front Pocket - Very spacious. You could definitely fit in a random lump of rubber in there if that is your thing.
Back pocket - iPhone 6+ would fit in, other than that, I don't know what personal affects you have that you want in there.
(1/5) Personal Rating
I get that it was done to cut costs but when you fold the product to severely reduce its size to cut shipping costs, you damage the product! Sadly I didn't take a picture of it cause I didn't know that I would want to write a review about the bag.
As for the size of the bag itself, it is what's described. You can generally fit in a lot of weekend clothes in there. You could even use it to carry your lump of rubbers with you.
(5/5) Personal Rating
Would I use the bag and would I recommend it? As I keep saying, you get what you paid for (and a little more).
I did paid $100 for it, so yeah I definitely would use it.
Despite my 'low' personal rating, I actually would use the bag cause it seems sturdy enough and you do get what you paid for. I most likely won't take this specific bag overseas due to that weird rubber lump. As a matter of fact, I think my general low personal review was greatly affected by that chunk of rubber.
Would I recommend it?
I probably would considering most leather bags locally (Australia) would set you back $800-1,500+ (AUD) when you just want a decent duffle bag that would be sturdy enough for some general everyday use.
This is a great product to take in situations where there's going to be a lot wear and tear so it won't hurt too much if it gets damaged.
- Product Dimensions: 61 x 27.9 x 27.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1.7 Kg
- ASIN: B07FMDKVGX
- Date first available at Amazon.com.au: 16 July 2018
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
21,142 in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories (See Top 100 in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories)
- #113 in Travel Duffels