|It may even be exclusive to The Container Store because I can't find it listed for sale anywhere else.|
Image courtesy of The Container Store.
|They are not unknown in the American consumer market, but they are not as popular here as they are in Europe, which boasts a larger collection of pedestrian societies. This makes finding a good one surprisingly difficult.|
Quote screengrabbed from ebags.
|While not explicitly promoted as a cross-body bag, the "Healthy Back Bag" was one of the first on the market to claim an ergonomic-type advantage.|
|Furthermore, they weren't well-designed from a compartmentalization standpoint. Basically all my junk would end up in a heap at the bottom of the bag. I didn't find the interior compartments to be very useful.|
Having had poor luck with fabric bags, I moved on to leather, which proved to have its own faults.
|I thought I was onto something good when I found this Fossil bag. The leather quality was better than average and the bag was reasonably well-designed.|
|However, I could not live with this atrocity. While the bag itself was a good quality leather, the straps that hold the handle onto the bag were a crummy grade of leather or vinyl wrapped around something that looked like cardboard to bulk it up. Almost immediately, the edges frayed, revealing the cardboard-like material inside, a flaw that was basically impossible to fix without incurring more labor cost than the bag was worth. Whenever I'd look at this, I'd recall that famous soul-crushing line from "Silence of the Lambs": "You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes?" Well, with this mess, I felt like I had good shoes and a cheap bag. *Fail*.|
|Mmmmkay, so what did I do next?? Bought yet another leather bag. I realize I was being a sucker for punishment but I have a very specific lifestyle and I simply need a good cross-body bag, so I had to keep trying different models.|
|Unfortunately the leather on this one was not as good as the Fossil had been, and it showed wear very quickly. I don't know what brand it is, because I bought it at DSW in the Baybrook shopping center of Clear Lake Texas, and it seemed to be no-name.|
CG-destroying weight if you choose a leather bag. I ended up concluding that the high-end look afforded by leather simply wasn't worth it.
|This one offered the advantage of a light-colored interior which allowed me to see the contents more easily. And mercifully, there were more credit card slots than the Fossil had.|
Sigh. Enter, finally, the baggallini.
|The front pocket is big enough even for oversized smart phones. It closes with a magnet for one-handed opening.|
|The front flap with the cell phone in it lifts up to reveal the zippered wallet feature. There's a photo ID slot on the outside, which is really convenient for me because I often need to surrender my TDL as I enter high-security facilities.|
|Close-up of the corner, where the wear tends to show the worst (it's about six months old in this photo, six months of heavy use). So far, so good.|
- Sophisticated enough for the skyscrapers
- Durable enough for the industrial dungeons
- Light enough so that it doesn't throw me off balance on long treks, and
- Efficient enough so that it doesn't leave me cursing and fumbling at the check-out counter.
Should I later discover hidden flaws, I will update this post, but for now, this is my hard-won winner.