Let me preface this review with I've only had this bag for a day and going into this, I was thinking it would be too big for my needs.
I received the Travelling Imago yesterday and quickly ran home on my lunch break to fill it up and give it a test drive. Here are the things I need/wanted to carry:
Quart size Ziploc bag with small snacks (protein bars, small packs of nuts)
Side Effect (small moleskin notepad, pen, mini OP used as wallet, assorted meds, eye drops, point & shoot camera)
Droid X smart phone
I've been thinking an MCB will fit my needs, but really like the styling of the Imago so I jumped at the chance to try it out. Today it holds all of the above including a pair of yoga capri pants and flip-flops and is in not stuffed full. First off, I love the look of the bag. The shape is great and with no real large items in there, it actually curves to my body a little which is nice. It is definitely much bigger than what I need, although I'm sure I could find a use for it. :) I hate whatever this strap is that came with it. You can see it in the original thread about the Travelling Imago started by Janine. The strap is awkwardly short (for me at least) and just seems huge for this bag. I do like how this bag is a little bit more structured and seems to really hold its shape. That is the one thing that has had me hesitating on a cafe bag. The pockets all work nice with the exception of the the small zip pockets on each end. The fabric inside the pockets doesn't fit tightly so it gets bunched up in the zippers making them nearly impossible to open and close. I've managed to fix one but have given up on the second. They are also small. I've yet to find anything that will fit in them. For me they are kind of wasted, but I could see if you had a smaller phone they might work for that. Although in this day and age with smart phones getting wider and flatter, a smaller phone might be difficult.
So far I'm on the fence about this bag. I really like the looks of it, but don't know that it is practical for my needs. I'm definitely ordering a MCB now. I'm going out of town for the next 4 days and am taking the Imago with me. I'll see how it works out, but I'm guessing I won't be adding this one to my collection anytime soon. :( (did I mention how great it looks?)
Oh, I do however LOVE this Forest color! I actually just had Katy send me a swatch of Forest and Conifer to compare and was already thinking they were both lovely. This bag actually makes me want to get bag of my own in one of these lovely colors.