Rated4out of5bybearskinrugfromGreat style and function, poor qualityI didn't buy this for yoga, bike, or stroller, though I hope those will be part of my life in the future. I bought it for travel because I lost sunglasses in an airport/airplane out of an unzipped bag.
For work/travel, it's lightweight, it has a double closure which I find convenient in public busses because it's not easy to pickpocket. It's a bit of a clown car, or Mary Poppin's bag, in that you can fit a surprising amount in it. I can squeeze an old 13" Mac in it in a pinch, or a jacket.
I get compliments on its style. But whoever they outsourced its construction to was a joke. The designer was good, lots of pockets, but the materials - a plastic-y synthetic liner that unravels on the inside, and the exterior canvas and hadware are cheap (though the leather bits are good). The outside fabric on one side is terribly warped, too much cardboard/plastic liner and not enough canvas so it's taught and a bit lopsided. The handle has started to unravel because the fabric was cut too small.
I bought it at about half price of what REI is selling it now, from REI at a winter sale plus a coupon. Price for style, it's reasonable considering the mythical value of handbags. Price for quality is low because of the materials used. Po Campo seems like a cool company, but they're unwise to cut corners on quality. I would never pay full price for this bag with its minimal inputs of materials and labor.
Date published: 2013-03-26
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