Lots of space, zipper attachment is worrisome..
This tote is large enough to hold my iPad (without the Vera Bradley case) but with the magnetic cover in the front tablet pocket. The front turn-lock compartment has a decent amount of padding to keep it protected. Inside there are three pencil/pen slip pockets on the inside center with 2 slip pockets on either side. These are large enough to hold my iPhone 5S in a large (lifeproof) case, but it just fits. The other side has a large zip pocket. On the outside of the bag there are 2 deep slip pockets on either side. I have used these for my umbrella (not mini but a smaller sized one), a Brita water bottle and sometimes carry a pair of ballet slippers on the side with the umbrella.
Today I fit this in my tote : accordion wallet, a zip ID case with misc store loyalty cards, a medium cosmetic bag, VB contact case, file folders for work, a scarf & mittens, flashlight, stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, finger oxygen meter, a couple of Clif bars and an apple. The tote was a bit heavy but not overstuffed and I could easily zip the top.
The zipper is my concern on this bag. The tape end (that is, the fabric part of the zipper at the end that doesn't open) is attached to the inside of the bag. This doesn't look as though it will hold up over time. I may need to make a few reinforcement stitches on this to keep it in place. I've carried it about 6 times and when reaching in the depths of this it puts strain on that area where the zipper is attached. That's why I've given it 4 stars, plus it would be great to see a key clip on the inside of these larger bags so we don't lose our keys in the bottom.
December 12, 2013
Great work tote!
I originally ordered the Bucket tote because I wanted a new bag for work. I LOVE the Vera, but it's a little too big. I love the Tote, but wanted an outside pocket/pockets. I was disappointed when the Bucket Tote arrived because it was much smaller than I thought. The dimensions were very similar to the Tote but the Bucket Tote is definitely more of a purse. I needed something for my 13" macbook air to fit in so I exchanged it (at a Hallmark store--so glad they made the exchange!) and opted to get the Tablet Tote. I love it. The front pocket is made for a tablet, but I typically carry my mac, so I slid my agenda and a small notepad into the front pocket. The side pockets are perfect for a water bottle on one side and your keys on the other side. There's an inside zipper pocket (I use for feminine items I don't want thrown loose in my bag), 2 slip pockets (cell phone or pack of gum size-- that's what I have in them), and 3 pen/pencil slots. I have my 13" macbook air (in a neoprene Incase sleeve), a spiral notebook, a couple folders, coin purse, and still have a little room to small.
I wish the quality of the straps was a little better. It's got fairly thin material on the straps and I prefer the thick quilted straps like the Vera.
I would definitely recommend as a work or school bag if you want something with just enough room for what you need and a little extra on days you might have an umbrella, cosmetic bag, or other small accessories.
February 23, 2014
Favorite Vera Bag Ever!!
I recently purchased the Tablet Tote in Canterberry Cobalt and I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! I have many, many Vera bags and this by far is my favorite! I do not have a tablet but was looking for a bag big enough to carry all of the many things that I take with me on a daily basis. Some of my favorite things about this bag are: it has a zipper to keep all of my things safe in case I knock it over, the front turn lock compartment is perfect for keeping my keys and phone (now I know exactly where they are and do not have to search all over my bag for them!), there are two very deep outside pockets that are perfect for carrying my water bottles or my son's sippy cups, the inside has places to keep pens, two other pockets for smaller things, and large zip compartment inside to keep other things safe, or out of sight. I always have a ton of things to carry with me to work every day and I am amazed at how much room I still have to store other things. I have a 2 year old and am expecting a baby girl in April and this bag would also be perfect for a diaper bag. I think I will be purchasing another one shortly!! :)
January 23, 2014