by juststevefromDecent Bag, Odd DesignI've used one of these for six months almost daily, mainly walking the dog (3-6 miles on sidewalk and trail) and some bicycling. I'm satisfied with the bag but not pleased.
The size is right for a couple of water bottles, a dog-bowl, and a snack, and it holds an eReader or a hardback book just fine. The outside bottle pouch holds a 800 ml water-bottle and the top slash pocket holds a smaller one.
It carries the weight well if the bag is thrown over the neck and slid around to ride on the small of the back, but -- and here start my gripes -- when you do that the padding on the strap rests on your chest, not on your shoulder, and can't be adjusted. That's not awful, but it's odd. That top pocket that holds a water bottle well occupies space inside the main compartment and makes the main hard to get to. If it were half the size, like a sunglass pocket, it would make more sense. The front slash pocket is too small for a hand and too deep for fingers, so fishing something out of there is a real pain. The front flap sort of opens to sort of reveal some pockets that are too small for much -- I have a pencil and a spork and have tries other things but have ended up just throwing them in one of the two bigger pockets because it's easier. There's a side pocket in front of the main pocket which is fairly thin, I have a couple Cliff bars and a notebook that wouldn't stay in the front in it.
The hideable waist belt is a nice feature, especially for bicycling, and the fact that the bag is made from recycled material is a definite plus, but I keep looking for a replacement with better pocket placement.
Date published: 2012-12-10
Rated 3out of5
by DrStevefromGreat for day useI would first clarify by saying this is perfect for an airline carry-on IF you do not have a laptop. But when I travel without the laptop, this is one of the more comfortable satchels available.
I use this bag almost exclusively when I go birding. It is perfect for the binocular, field guide, notebook, (small) water bottle, and all the other little odds and ends I carry. I even put my wallet, passport, keys, etc. in it. I try to avoid anything in my pockets when I am out walking/hiking.
That being said, the pockets are mostly a pain to access. I am always squeezing my hand into an awkward position just to get something out. Even the front flap does not fold completely out of the way, meaning I have to hold it away from the bag with one hand while getting items with my other hand.
Overall, I would say this is a great design. I would strongly urge Osprey to improve the openings to the pockets.
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 4out of5
by ptexercisefromAwesome bagThis bag is great, the only thing I would change on it would be to have a flap instead of a zipper for the main compartment. Otherwise this bag is perfect, it has a lot of pockets and plenty of space. I use it as a purse/handbag and have received plenty of compliments about it
Date published: 2013-01-03
Rated 4out of5
by Tokyo MikefromForm and FunctionGreat design, but the strap might not be long enough for tall (6 foot+) users. It has a lot of very functional compartments.
Date published: 2008-09-16
Rated 4out of5
by fatmimifrommade of mostly recycled materials a plusI am not a man (I noticed the other 2 reviews mentioned it as a manly product)but chose this product for my everyday bag. One of the reasons I choose it was because it is made mostly of recycled materials. Lot of organizational pockets etc. I know exactly where everything is and I don't have to search at the bottom of a purse. I wanted something to go over my head and ride on the hip for security purposes. No purse snatching or pickpocketing on this bag. Every opening has a zipper and is secure. I really like it and have had lots of positive comments from both women and men wanting to know where I got it. It also has a waist strap tucked in the back pocket to use to secure the bag to the body if needed. The only con so far is that the mesh back on the bag seems to be getting snags on it. I would give it a perfect rating if it wasn't for the snag factor. But that is only visible to me. Wish it came in other colors than black and gray.
Date published: 2009-04-03
Rated 4out of5
by dayvayenfromNice functional bagWater bottle compartment is a little small and awkward, otherwise, I use this bag daily and it's great. Waterproof, has lots of pockets, and very functional. I use it as a purse (I'm a girl), but I can im
Date published: 2010-01-28
Rated 5out of5
by Traveler530fromExcellent choice for city trekkingI needed a new bag for running around town and city trekking when traveling, but wanted something smaller than a full-size backpack. This bag fit all those requirements for me.
I just returned from a 2-week cruise in the South Pacific. This bag was perfect for shore excursions. It had room for my point & shoot camera, small travel tripod, North Face rain jacket, maps and a travel guide, pen and paper. It has a nice phone pocket on the strap that fits an iPhone perfectly (but it might not work for Galaxy phones). There's also a side mesh pocket that's perfect for a water bottle or an umbrella. The shoulder strap is completely adjustable for just about anyone.
If you want a good bag for travel, but don't want to haul around a normal size backpack, consider this bag.
Date published: 2013-03-15
Rated 5out of5
by tummyacidfromexcellant daily carry bagI'd used the larger version, the Warp, for years and loved it while biking to class. After graduation it carries my keys, wallet, hat, gloves, spare eyeglasses, etc.
I bought this smaller Veer simply because it was on sale and after daily use for over 3 years the Warp was finally showing it's age. I hate keeping my wallet in my back pocket and this bag system solves that problem well. I've added an S-Biner to the front strap attachment to hang my car keys on, while the outer pocket has its own clip for keeping my house and other keys on. I have simply never misplaced my keys using this system and sometimes I will carry this bag with nothing else in it as an oversized key chain. I know it sounds funny, but it has entirely eliminated misplaced keys and saved me countless hours searching while staying small enough to carry everyday.
The large, open back pocket is very handy for tucking the shoulder strap out of the way when I don't want it to get caught on anything. The waist strap is amazing on my bicycle, I can actually bunny-hop higher due to the weight being snug at my center of gravity and it stays put very well. It also tucks neatly into that back pocket so no snags! The cell phone pocket is a bit small for most smart phones so I keep a flashlight there. I keep my concealed weapon in the main pocket and no one gets nervous because the bag is very far from the typical paramilitary bags one would expect.
At this point the bag is pretty full so if you have any further requirements beyond some pens and pencils then you should probably look elsewhere but simply having a central place to keep my keys plus a few other accessories make this bag wonderful for me.
Also on my Warp bag, I sewed some PALS/MOLLE webbing onto the front just below the wallet pocket so that I could add a cell phone pocket. That worked well but made the bag just a bit too bulky for everyday use. I do wish they would include some accessory straps for times when I need just a bit more space. Perhaps some thin straps inside would be nice to help organize the contents.
Overall I love this bag!
Date published: 2013-04-03
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