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I was disappointed on receiving this item as upon investigation of the bag prior to its first use, the main zip was discovered to be faulty. The teeth on the zip to the main storage area of the bag .were not aligned which meant it would not close and this fault could not be fixed by me. I feel this was a quality control issue on the part of the manufacturer. The durability of the bag proved questionable also as it did not present as robust as I had believed it would be. I would however have retained the bag had it not been for the faulty workmanship of the zip. The bag was returned to Amazon - their returns department were very understanding and responsive to my complaint. I received a full refund including postage paid following return of the bag back to Amazon.
My bag arrived yesterday and unfortunately I must say I'm disappointed. While the bag has plenty of storage pockets there is no waist strap. I bought the bag for use when motorbike riding and without a waist strap the wind is sure to catch it. It also appears quite small making me think the near $80Au (including postage) I paid is far more than I would of in a retail shop. Finally on a minor point its black rather than the grey colour in the sale ad.
The material quality is good but it's smaller than expected. I've bought it for a trip overseas to bring my notebook. The main compartment can fit a 10" tablet but it cannot fit a 13" notebook. Thus I have to bring a messenger bag for my notebook.
The smartphone pouch is large enough to fit a Samsung Galaxy S7 with an Otterbox case.
I have traveled to over 40 countries and I often am gone for 2-5 months. The smartest travelers go light, especially if they are traveling to multiple countries. Consequently, I rarely travel with luggage. Instead, I rely on a 38 liter JanSport Odyssey backpack and a day pack or sling bag. I was looking for a better sling bag than the Swiss Gear one I currently have. Not to knock it, because it is sturdily built. However, the problem is the size and number of compartments. Due to these issues, I decided to purchase the NeatPack Sling Bag. The NeatPack is larger by approximately 2 inchs in height and 3 inches in width. I do not know the liter differences, but I can easily say that the NeatPack holds significantly more stuff than the Swiss Gear sling bag. Regarding pockets, again, the NeatPack rules, i.e., the Swiss Gear only has 1 main compartment, with 3 tiny zippered "pockets" that can only be used for very small items, e.g., change, keys, smart phone, etc. It also, has a small zippered pocket on the strap, but it is too small to hold a smart phone a la the NeatPack pocket on the strap. Additionally, it has a drink holder, which is practically useless . . . unlike the one on the NeatPack, which actually looks like it will hold a water bottle.
Conversely, the NeatPack has the following: 1. One large compartment and two smaller, albeit, generous compartments (all of which come with sleeves/other zippered interior pockets; 2. The RFID "hidden pocket" on the back of the pack to store valuables and prevent identity thieves; and, 3. the already alluded to smart phone pocket on the strap. In short, this is a killer sling bag, much like my Jansport Odyssey back pack - with maximum use of pockets and compartments.
In conclusion, I am impressed with the bag. The NeatPack has efficiently utilized the space within the confines of a sling bag. Many manufacturers fail to do that. However, the proof is in the pudding. Specifically, I have not taken it on a trip yet. That will be remedied in a couple of days, when I am on the road for the next 2 months through April 6th, as I am traveling to the big island of Hawaii and then I will visit Vietnam. When I get back, I will indicate whether this sling bag is durable and well made.
I bought this for my sister'/ birthday present, and I have to say I seriously considered keeping it for myself! I'd rate the quality right up there with the North Face backpack that I have, and I don't say that lightly!
The RFID pocket & cell phone patch on the strap are a really nice touch as well, and are simply icing on the cake considering the quality of the backpack itself!
Awesome little hiking bag! I say little, because it is clearly smaller than a two shoulder strap day hike bag, but you will be amazed at what you can fit inside this bag.
Be clear, this is a very well constructed, beautifully designed bag. Just took it on an 11 mile hike with an elevation change of over 1500 ft. and it was comfortable (adjustable), stayed in place, was easy to swing around to the front to grab my water bottle and snacks, and felt cool and lightweight (barely knew it was there). I carried two 16oz water flasks (one in outside pocket, other inside large compartment), gloves, rain jacket,bandana, lots of snacks, sunglasses, camera, cell phone,extra socks ,tissue, hand sanitizer,and first aid kit. I could have easily tucked in my 9.7 iPad or a book in too if I had wished. It comes in "layers", with openings for different sized objects, and includes a lot of pockets for small items. The pocket attached to the shoulder strap works really well for a cell phone and bandana. The zippers are well made and sturdy, easy to open and close.. My fellow hikers were all carrying full sized (heavy and cumbersome) day packs so I felt light and fast!
My only wish (when I buy my second bag, if this one EVER wears out) is to be able to purchase it in a color other than steel gray :)
Bottom line: I researched a ton of sling bags, chose this one, and could not be happier!
My boyfriend and I like to travel a lot, and we figured that it was time that we invested into getting each of a nice travel back pack. Our requirements were that it had to be small, but still carry everything we need. It would have to be durable, as nobody wants to be walking around and then suddenly their pack breaks. It has to be comfortable, anybody who went to school knows that carrying a backpack can seriously suck. It had to look nice, we're not to picky about how we look, but damn, these bags are nice! Everything on our list (which goes on and on) were met by these bags. We've only had them for a short time, but we've used them several times already as a trial run. On my first trial run, I walked to the grocery story with intentions of filling my bag with the most things I could fit, and walk home (only three miles) with out my shoulder killing me. I was able to fit a 6-pack of beer (bottles) several candy bars, a large block of cheese, some cucumbers, and a small pack of cuties (small oranges). The back pack has far beyond met all of the expectations and is ready to become our preferred and recommended travel backpack. Can't wait to take it to Montreal this summer for two weeks and carry it around with us everywhere.