I had been dragging this around on a 2-week trip to Europe, where I was likely to frequent many pickpocket-rich areas. I did not get pick-pocketed, but I was also very wary, mostly carried the bag slung across my body with the bag to the front, and did not engage anyone starting a conversation with,"do you speak English?" or "are you from America?" After the latch on a frontal pocket broke, I reorganized my bag to keep trash and other undesirables in that pouch in case anyone tried picking my purse. Overall, it was a good travel bag, but can use some improvement.
Pros: Lots of compartments, the side pockets on the side were great for carrying a small umbrella (it rained almost every day), mostly sturdy construction. It carries the weight well, save a slight problem described below. It is large enough to carry an iPad, my sketchbook (about the size of the iPad), and several other smaller items. (I am notoriously guilty of carrying everything but the kitchen sink) The somewhat hidden pocket on the back of the bag is perfect for carrying a passport and other high value items that do not need to be accessed regularly.
Cons: The front pockets cannot be filled too much without interfering with the main compartment. Within 3 days of using it, the metal latch intended to secure one of the front compartments broke, I will reach out to Travelon to see if it can be repaired. Lastly, the strap can be extended/shortened, but the metal piece and bands of cloth can be very uncomfortable to the shoulder/back depending on where it falls.
EDIT: Travelon is unable to repair the bag, but will honor the warranty and send a new bag if I send photos showing that I destroyed the bag with a knife/scissors and rendered it unusable. This strikes me as exceedingly wasteful, so I will just fix this myself.
- Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 29.2 x 7.6 cm ; 567 g
- Boxed-product Weight: 680 g
- Item Model Number: 33074 350
- ASIN: B01CHX4YWM
- Date first available at Amazon.com.au: 5 May 2016
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6,296 in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories (See Top 100 in Clothing, Shoes & Accessories)
- #9 in Tote Bags