You can only get this backpack by hosting a Thirty One Gifts party. Whether it’s a physical in home party or an online party, as long as your sales hit a minimum of $200, you can purchase this bag for $45 plus shipping and taxes. It even includes embroidery at no extra cost!
P.S. This is a "2 for 1" set. This backpack includes a nice sized crossbody bag.
I do these reviews to share my feedback so you can make your own decision based on my experience with the item. Detailed pictures with captions are provided at the end of this blog for your viewing pleasure.
It is compact, lightweight, and easy to put on and take off with its double straps (Thank god they didn’t redo that one strap bag. See this post to learn more about that product)
Lots of pockets. One of thirty ones many signatures. Pockets and organization
There is a nice small pocket on the back for holding sunglasses, business cards, and other small items.
Two large bottle holding pockets on the exterior sides of the bags. See red Gustbuster umbrella on one side. It was deee enough to hold my umbrella in place without tipping out.
Two large compartments. The smaller of the two is large enough to hold letter sized folders and note pads.
The largest compartment is big enough to hold my laptop or macbook. Inside this large compartment, there is a cross body bag stored within the mesh pocket at the bottom and there are 2 large pockets that span the entire height of the bag.
The pocket away from your “back” is a completely thermal pocket. The other zipper pocket that would be against your back is not thermal and good for putting loose papers or smaller books.
There is also a lobster claw on the inside of this main compartment for keeping your keys within reach. I LOVE this feature. Who hates digging in a full bag for keys? I do!
The adjustment buckles are made of metal. It’s easy to adjust and durable.
One of my favorite things about this bag is it sits upright on its own. There’s no need to prop it up against something if you need to put it down. The gusset is nice and wide and gives this bag a nice base.
The embroidery on this bag is amazing. Thanks to the nylon material, the stitching comes out clean, neat, and tight. No loose threads. The letters on my bag are 1” wide x 1.5” tall.
Well not really con’s. But my tips and suggestions on how this bag could be improved....
At the very top of the bag is a single nylon strap for easy pick up when the bag is on the floor. The strap itself is thin but well stitched onto the bag. Depending how how heavy you load your bag up, I anticipate this being one of the first things to begin fraying or ripping away from the bag. Therefore, I don't recommend hanging this bag up by this nylon strap when not in use. Keep it on its base.
You can fit sandwiches and other “flat food” items in the thermal pocket. If you choose to put food in that pocket, I strongly suggest placing them in shallow Tupperware (or similar) containers to prevent smashed meals. Beware of soupy foods also. Unless you trust your seals, don’t do it. You have to place your containers on its side. Note that this thermal pocket sits within the main compartment of the bag. You will be stuffing majority of your items in this compartment which takes up space. So consider that when filling your thermal pocket up with food.
I suggest they add feet to this bag. Because it sits nicely on the floor, feet would help keep this bag clean when putting it down.
The straps are a bit narrow which makes it easy to put on and take off. The straps are curved which make it ergonomic to your body and allows the bag to sit nicely while wearing. If they would make the straps just a tad bit wider and add a cell phone pocket, it would be icing on the cake.
The zipper to the main compartment is a single zipper. So, if you have a large item like my umbrella on the side pocket as you see pictured, it will get in the way of opening and closing the bag. So, be aware of what you’re placing in those external bottle holding pockets. Put the smaller item on the side where the zipper sits when shut so you’re not having to dig around to find the zipper pull to open it.
Note that this bag is NOT waterproof. It is made of a nylon material so it is water "resistant" but if you are carrying this in heavy rain, the water will eventually soak through. There are a few layers that the water will need to get through so you've got some time to spare.
Yes, I took water and splashed it on the bag to see how it repelled. I also got caught in some light rain walking to the office this morning. The water ran right off off its surface leaving very light dampness behind. If I'm ever caught in a torrential downpour, I'll be sure to post my findings. LOL!
The pro’s greatly outweigh the “cons” to this bag and as I continue to use it, I will be posting updates to this blog as time progresses.
This not only makes for a great bag for new parents, it's also good for outdoor people who like do to light hiking. This obviously is not a hard core hikers pack. Great for the beach or a picnic. And, you get two bags in one with the included crossbody bag. Score.
So far, I’m really enjoying this bag and its ability to keep things in place while still being easy to carry and kind to your body. No sore shoulders and back.
If you’d like to qualify to get this hostess exclusive bag, let me know. This bag is currently available for party hostesses during Summer of 2014 and I’d hate to see you miss the opportunity!