First, it can be used simply as a shoulder bag. Clever Feature #1 is that a zipper located on the outside of the bag zips open so that you’ve got double the space inside. I’ve seen this with luggage but never with a shoulder bag.
Clever Feature #2 is that two Velcro straps, hidden in a back compartment, pull out and strap together so that you can wrap them around your bicycle handles. Voila. You’ve got a bag that’s connected to the front of your bikeÂ making items like keys, cell phone, wallet and water bottle easily accessible as you’re cycling around.
Full disclosure: I’m not a cyclist. But if I were, I’d think this was the the cutest bag ever for this feature alone. It’s still a cute bag… even if you’re not a cyclist.
The inside lining is a lighter printed material making it easy to find things inside the bag. It also has a key clip in the front pocket, which closes with Velcro, to help you stay organized. A key clip, by the way, is one of my favorite features on a bag because otherwise I’m always digging around for my keys.
The Timbuk2 Harriet Shoulder Bag comes in four colors (Recycled Pet Black – pictured, Tweed Confetti, Weathered Canvas Dark Brown and Nylon Black).
What I Love
- The fact that the interior pocket can be expanded to hold more items.
- The interior lining is a polka-dotted print. Not only is this fun but because it’s not a dark solid color like so many other bags, it’s easy to find items.
- Double zipper for the main compartment means it can be opened from either side of the bag. This is great if you switch shoulders while carrying the bag on.
- The bag flattens down and can easily be packed away in your luggage to be used at your destination.
Not So Much
- The front pocket flap secures down with a couple of Velcro tabs. While these appear quite secure, I always feel better having a zippered pocket to make it more secure and so that items don’t accidentally slip out.
Available on Amazon for less than $60.
Disclosure: Timbuk2 sent this bag to me for review. Regardless, everything I have said in the post reflects my honest opinions.