by HnubCifromLove the BagThe quality is excellent. Perfect size for my use, which isn't on a Bicycle, but as a meeting type of bag.
My only concern was the snap closure being too short. If you fill the bag at all full it is too short to snap. I solved the problem by going to the local fabric store, bought a gray piece of similar belt like material as the closure, bought snaps that were the same size already on the closure, and basically made an extension to the closure, one snap attached to the existing closure, and I put 3 snap options for closure about 1" apart. So depending how full it was I could snap at different lengths. I love it enough that I will probably buy another one. Love the colors, bummed that the 2013 only is black.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4out of5
by going placesfromA lot to love, bit that bugsMy XS timbuk2 messenger bag was constantly overloaded, and I knew I needed something bigger. Enter the Haiku handlebar tote.
Starting with the most superficial of aspects: Color- I bought the bag in weirdly named blue... the blue/army green is a great looking combination the blue is a stunning shade and the green pairs great with it. I'd have called it peacock blue, as I find that's a blue related adverb that more people would recognize than marja-whatever. The picture though close does not look as great as it does when you get the bag itself. I'm not a super flowery type of girl so I was a bit annoyed that haiku put a giant flower on the bag, but I'm almost already over it. I say almost because I'm still mentioning it in the review, so I can't be totally over it. This would be number one of my "things that bug" and like I said before, the most superficial of my gripes.
A biker's best friend: Handlebar straps. I was tickled pink by the handlebar straps, I'd like to say I'm not much into gimicky "perks" but the handlebar straps did strike my fancy. I used to have a messenger bag which I wore slung onto my back when I rode, it usually stayed put and only took a second to reposition if it didnt. Then I had another kiddo, and my 3 year old went from the bike trailer to riding on my rear rack and I hand carry my bag in front of me, where it would knock around between my knees and bug me to no end. Handlebar straps had completely solved the problem. The bag is off of me, but within easy reach (as opposed to in the back of the bike trailer) I LOVE THIS FEATURE. The straps do come off, my guess is a majority of the ladies buying this bag will never use the feature and they wont want the straps there, so its understandable that they do. But because of this my bag fell on the ground a couple of times as I was detaching it from my bike (things that bug #2) until I wised up and used a hair tie to attach the straps to the bag, they'll still come off if I ever feel the need to remove them but they will stay in place until then and I'm not bugged anymore.
OH STRAP! Along with the handlebar straps, this bag has every way you might otherwise wish to carry said bad around covered. Tote straps and a crossbody strap. I don't buy bags that don't have a cross body strap, I just don't. I cant stand bags that are constantly falling off my shoulder and needing to be readjusted. This bag has one, but its a bit narrow to be a load bearing (things that bug #3)... I can see it digging in to my shoulder when its fully loaded as the bag is not small. My other bag, at half the size had a wider strap. While getting to close to the nit-picky its not, at least not when you're carrying around EVERYTHING you need for the day in your purse. I guess that's what I get for buying a bag from a fashion oriented bag company. I'm not really big into the little dual purse/tote straps but if you are, this bag has them too, and I've even found myself using them instead of the crossbody strap on occasion. And all of these straps can also be removed with nice sturdy seeming clips that make it easy to take the straps off and put them back on.
Pockets! Pockets and MORE POCKETS!!! I love all the pockets in the bag, the two side pockets the zippered middle pocket and the zippered side pocket. I have designated space for a diaper, drybag and wipes (the side zipper pocket), and spaces for reusable shopping bags and my organizer (the open pockets on the other side) plus the zipper pocket in the middle (where I keep my wallet and change). And I still have the two big main spaces of the purse to keep everything else. I kind of wish it had more small organizational pockets, like waterbottle strap/pocket on one side, a couple of little pockets where I could keep loose change, feminine hygiene products and a couple of pen slots.
I almost didnt buy this bag as it completely lacks any means of sealing the bag up, a big zipper along with the button and strap closure it does have would have been perfect, or something that would keep the contents of the bag where they belong if the bag were to fall or become up-ended in some way. This almost was a deal breaker for me, and still might be. It and the narrow strap are the only reasons I didn't give this bag 5 stars.
Date published: 2014-04-18
Rated 5out of5
by Darn Fine ConsumerfromLove, Love, LoveThis bag does what it is advertised for and more. I was looking for a way to carry things on my bike that wasn't "blah". This is pretty, it can carry a lot, and it has handles as well as a cross body strap, which comes in handy when running errands on a bike.
I have found that I use this bag for so much more than bike rides. The padded middle pocket easily fits an iPad and it is very protected - the pockets on either side of the middle are spacious and can hold my sketch book, pencils, pens, wallet, first aid kit, sunglasses case, a notepad, cell phone, a small camera, reusable shopping bag, tissues and wipes.
I almost gave it 4 instead of 5 stars because there is some room for improvement:
- The snap closure could be longer.
- The cross body strap gets twisted easily, but I solved this with one of my daughter's barrettes.
- Could use a dedicated cell phone pocket.
Date published: 2014-02-15
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