For years I've resisted buying this tote due to the price, and for years I've cycled through various briefcases, travel bags, messengers, backpacks, and crossbodies. I've never found "it.". I finally bit the bullet, dropped some $$, and bought this quirky Swedish hipster bag that I thought was all hype. Well, it is as close to "it" as I've come to bag perfection.
Versatile strap options
Work tote to purse to weekend - all purpose
Spacious without weight or bulk
Organization without too many compartments to lose track of things
Side pockets for water/umbrella
Intuive and easy to carry
There isn't much wrong with this bag. Where it lacks in organization and pockets it makes up for in size, versatility, and durability. The extra long key lanyard is perfect for going straight from bag to door or bike without detaching! One outer pocket works for cell phone and "go to" items; inner hidden pocket is good for a tablet (or, in my case, checkbooks and bank bag) and a small interior pocket for tissues and chapstick. The remainder is a large (dark) void so I recommend small packing cubes or pencil bags from the dollar store to stay organized.
Basically, I jam all of my daily needs in this bag - from day job to night job to home, out, on the bus or on the bike (yay backpack option!).
The straps are thin so it can get heavy but I plan to put a small shoulder pad on one of the straps for extra comfort.
It does collect lint as others mention. What I have not found true, however, is a problem with the strap length. I am 5'2" and do not find them to be too long.
So for nearly a Benjamin would I say it's worth it? For sure. It almost lives up to the hype.
The Tote pack No.1 from Fjallraven is a handy bag made from strong, waxed fabric. The bag can be carried in the hand, on the shoulder or across the back. It offers a zippered opening and a safety pocket-