The perfect purse-backpack option
This backpack is the perfect purse-backpack! I have been looking at Vera backpacks for literally YEARS, waiting for something a little less-bulky and more slim-lined to come along, to use as a backpack-purse. This is finally IT! If you are interested in a true backpack for school or toting books - this is not the one you want. It IS a wonderful purse-sized tote, that gives you the functionality of grabbing it by hand, throwing the handle over your shoulder to carry as a tote, or wearing as a backpack. I am a mom of small children, and I wanted to be able to go hands-free on daytrips and vacations, but also access it easily by hand, or quickly throw over my shoulder - PERFECT! I wanted to be able to carry all of my purse basics, plus maybe bug spray, suntan lotion, baseball or car, or maybe even an extra t-shirt or thin cardigan ... without having the backpack stick out off my back, making me look like a giant orange from the side, by the time the backpack shape counters my front! BINGO! The room inside mirrors that of a roomy purse or small tote. The pockets are very functional, separating things just enough, while making a variety of your things easily accessible, inside and out. The backpack straps are wonderfully placed. They fasten on the outside at the top, so the straps fall further out on your shoulders, providing a much more flattering look from the front, while staying on very securely. (I LOVE that part!) The shoulder strap/handle is comfortable and stays on your shoulder nicely. I wear the handle folded down BEHIND the backpack (between the pack and my body) when I wear it as a backpack - eliminating concerns about someone walking by and grabbing the handle. It's very comfortable this way. I love the drawstring aspect. Typically, I wear it with the drawstring cinched closed. This gives the pack more of a vertical line to the look and shape. Wearing it cinched provides space inside like a nice, roomy "purse". But when we're out and we buy a shirt at the zoo, rather than carrying it, I can easily loosen the drawstring, which provides a nice, open rectangle space that easily accommodates the new purchase. Even when stuffed, the backpack is still nicely shaped, being more of a flat rectangle than a puffy pack on your back. Much more flattering! You can't beat this backpack for a purse-backpack option, it's truly wonderful! It goes on every daytrip and vacation with me, and I always get compliments and inquiries!
August 8, 2014
Purchased Almost Every Pattern
After reading various reviews I purchased one tote and then tested it out fully loaded for the day (wallet, phone, Kindle DX, Kindle 8.9 HD, BEATS, eyeglasses, meds and supplies, plus a few other items (yes I carry two Kindles, long story)) . This tote does everything I expected and then some. I'm not sure why people are having problems with items falling out of the bag, but here's a suggestion. I tie the drag string before snapping my tote shut and not one item has falling out in backpack, tote or when carried cross body. Of course if you're carrying loose change anything is possible that's why there's a zipper pocket. Now after my test drive I order 8 move bags just so I could switch things up when the mood or outfit hit me. That's how much I loved this bag. I hate writing reviews but really hoped this would help anyone sitting on the fence about this bag.
August 6, 2014
Cute tote backpack
Bought this tote backpack because i needed my hands free for my grandson. It is compactable cute and beautiful but the thread popped out from the strings which surprised me.I have owned lots of Vera's item but this one was poorly made. I wind up sewing it back instead of exchanging another . I would think all the strings are sewn the same way so it's really no point of returning. The only thing is not to keep pulling the strings so it doesn't pop.
August 3, 2014
I use my backpack tote as a backpack when I walk my dogs or go for exercise walks in the neighborhood. It is perfect for that. Just big enough for water, cell phone, keys, flashlight, and a few other things. It looks great - mine is in Julep Tulip - I have received several compliments from neighbors. I also have used it at the beach for walks on the beach or boardwalk. Very versatile and stylish!
Also, to answer a concern that was brought up by an earlier reviewer. The top handle - the loop that is used when it is used as a tote vs a backpack. That handle can be folded down when you use it as a backpack so noone would be able to grab the handle from behind you.
July 29, 2014
Rolled handle slips over luggage handle
I recently flew to VA for a weekend and used a small rolling bag and the backpack tote as my handbag. I just slipped the handle over the handle on the rolling bag and had no shoulder, back or neck pain. It also works great for everyday use.
June 26, 2014
Great for vacations
I bought this bag for a vacation that was about 7-8 months away, because there was such a great sale. I went on a road trip and decided to test this bag out. Often I had 2 cell phones, a wallet, 2 hard glass cases, a camera, and still had room to stuff at least 2 tshirts and random other things I was buying. I used it mainly as a cross body and have no complaints! In a few months (for the trip I bought the bag for) I will be using it as a book bag as well and cannot wait! I am an avid VB supporter and this has been by far my favorite purchase. I'm contemplating buying it in another color, I love it so much!
June 26, 2014
Great for one adult in Disney World
I took this bag on my first ever trip to Disney World and it was great! I went with a group of adults--no kids-- and it was the perfect size to carry what one adult would need for a day in the parks. In the main compartment I fit a pair of flip flops (for water rides), my small camera case, a light sweater and an autograph book. I left my wristlet and cell phone in the zipper pocket on the outside, to keep them secure against my body. In the two pockets under the flap I carried a poncho and small necessities like protein bars, aspirin and sunscreen. I easily fit everything I needed for the entire day, with room for some souvenirs. I also loved that I could change how I carried it--as a tote bag, a backpack or if I connected the backpack straps together as a crossbody. One note: when I carried it as a crossbody it was hard to adjust the straps so that the metal clips didn't dig into my shoulder. I mainly carried it as a backpack or a tote.
May 24, 2014
Love, love, love this bag!
I recently purchased this backpack/tote for a trip to Disneyworld with my family. I have not used the backpack straps but love it as a tote. I can carry so much in it and the rolled handle is very comfortable! A great purchase for ladies of all ages!
April 26, 2014
I wish I had the option of giving half-stars, as this is a 4-1/2 star bag in my opinion. First the pros: The two outside slip pockets are super deep & I feel like whatever's in there is secure (w/one exception, which I'll get to later). The flap over the drawstring closure stays closed almost w/o exception. The strap options are great. My wallet fits nicely into the zip pocket on the back on the bag & is secure against my back. The overall style is just what I was looking for, & I love the Clementine pattern. I've only had the bag for a week & have gotten at least one compliment a day on it. Now the cons, & there's really only one big one: If the bag is worn as a backpack on my back using both straps, things fall out when I bend over, not only out of the slip pockets, but out of the slip pockets inside of the main part of the bag, even w/the drawstring pulled as tightly closed as possible. I actually had bought one of these bags last winter & returned it after a couple of days because of this issue. This time around, because I got the bag on sale, I'm willing to do a few modifications to it to make it work. After thinking about it for a bit, I plan to add either dots or short strips of Velcro to the tops of the slip pockets, both inside & outside of the bag, & to the corners of the flap. It'll still be easy to get into the slip pockets whenever needed, but my things will stay secure even if I bend over or if my bag accidentally gets turned over. So far this is my favorite VB style—it can hold a lot & it's cute & casual like the Quick Draw, but it's slim like the Hipster. If it weren't for the things-falling-out-issue I'd give it 5 stars w/no hesitation.
April 23, 2014
I have to admit, I was feeling disappointed when I open the box and first saw it in person. Then I thought to give it a chance, switch my bag to work. After putting my stuff in it, this bag is surely the perfect size. I love the tote option specialy. This is now my favorite Vera Bradley bag.
April 22, 2014