Well it has been a while since I posted, and to be honest, I was having a bit of a break over the holiday season. I hope everyone out there had a relaxing time with family and friends. I certainly did.
This post is a bit of a request from a few people, and one I promised to do when I posted the original. I purchased a Moleskine Messenger Bag a little over 3 months ago (Review here!) and have been taking it to work and using it every day. Here are some photos of how the bag has been holding up.
One thing I have a bit of a gripe with is the way the bag sits. I’m a tall guy, (6’3″, or about 193cm) and have the strap as long as it goes. It sits just below my waist, and I find when I walk, it tends to wander to my side. I’m not sure if it’s because of how I have the strap, or if it’s due to the lack of shoulder pad to keep it in place, but it is mighty annoying.
As for the actual components of the bag, they are not holding up so great. The stitching which holds the strap to the side of the bag (there are two stitched areas per side) has let go on one side, stopping the bag from sitting right, and often making it hard close.
There are also some places where the exterior has been rubbing or peeling off. Considering one of the big selling points of this bag was that it “feels like a Moleskine notebook” and is waterproof, I find this worrying.
When I first got the bag I suspected that it would get dirty, and I was right. It’s not as bad as it could be, but general use including newspapers, lunches, umbrellas and my Laptop tend to leave the cream interior a bit darker than it should be.
Finally, the largest disappointment is after about a month, the bag just wasn’t looking as good as it first did. It’s not standing as well, and the base is sticking out a bit through the soft material.
While I was really happy with it when I got it, I am now thinking I should have spent the money on a bag made by a bag company, or something with real leather, which would stand up to the day-to-day punishment a bit better.
If you love Moleskine, and only intend to use it now and then, it could work, but if you are looking for a day-to-day work bag, for this price I would look elsewhere.
P.s. I have bought a new camera, and am trying some new ways of giving you pictures in full resolution, rather than Flickr’s cut down version. I’d love to hear your feedback.
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