Monday, May 12, 2014

Review: Retro Metro Bag from Thirty-One

I know I spent most of last month talking about Thirty-One, but I wanted to share my thoughts on the grey Retro Metro Fold-over Bag I purchased during my virtual party. It's a good thing I ordered mine when I did, because this color is no longer available - I'm guessing they swapped out grey for natural for spring and summer, so perhaps we'll see grey return in the fall.

As I've mentioned in this previous post, I am always on the prowl for a good knitting bag which can also be used for everyday activities. It needs to be durable, roomy (but not too big!), have plenty of pockets, and a crossbody strap since it's a little more secure when you're walking around the city. I also prefer to avoid animal products (i.e. leather) whenever possible. 

This bag certainly hits all of those marks, although I do wish it had just a few more pockets on the interior. The size is big enough to carry my wallet and knitting bag essentials, plus 1-2 projects. I like the foldover top, since it gives me the option to stuff more in if I'm willing to carry it as a tote. It's easy to wear and isn't awkward against my body as some bags can be. I like the casual look of the canvas fabric and the slightly distressed detail at the top.
There are two pockets in the front for easy access to keys, lip balm etc. On the inside, there is one large zipper pocket where I can safely stow my transit card, iPod and cell phone (or anything else that needs to be secured). Since there isn't a secondary pocket inside, I have put all of my knitting tools into a zipper pouch, which makes it easy to arrange it in the bag alongside my project bag and wallet. 

It's probably too soon to make the call on durability, but I've inspected the seams pretty closely and it appears to be a very well-made bag. I'm a little concerned that there is no lining on the inside, but I think the canvas fabric should be able to survive the abuse I'm about to put it through. I plan on taking it with me on a road trip later this summer, so I will keep you posted on how it performs under pressure!

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You may like to know: I was not compensated (nor asked) to write this review! 

1 comment:

  1. I like the way the bag hangs! Cross body bags are hard to get right.