So, I purchased this bag around two years ago, and I have used it everywhere, from school, to overnight trips, to camping, to traveling across the world! This, I have got to say, is the all-around bag for anyone. Mainly, I use it for carrying around my school binders and books, of which I have a great amount, as well as my laptop, but the bag holds firm. I remember when I was thinking of purchasing this, I was reluctant due to there not being an exchange policy, but trust me, you won't need it. The resiliency of this thing is amazing. Two rough years going, and this bag is still in almost-pristine condition. I've walked through a monsoon with this thing, and everything inside stayed perfectly dry. I cannot stress how pleased I am with this product, and how pleased I am with Manhattan Portage for creating such a fine product. (This is the only thing I have of them, though.) Whenever this bag breaks (Probably in a few hundred years. Legit.) I will immediately buy another one of these bags. I might, however, try another series, or get the larger one, but I'm definitely getting another one from here, as I know I won't be disappointed. (Far from it.) Manhattan Portage, please continue making products of this quality. Decades from now, I expect to be walking around with one of your bags.Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
I've had this bag for about 2 years and I love it. It's very sturdy and I even washed it a few times. It goes with me everywhere, including train commute & vacations. Very roomy.Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
I would like to congratulate Manhattan Portage for producing such a high quality product as your Europa Shoulder Bag (MD).
Recently I was on a two week build with Habitat for Humanity - Thailand; constructing low income housing in the flood recovered rice paddies of Northern Bangkok.
Your shoulder bag performed excellently as my onsite pack (work gear, water storage, first aid kit, etc.) as well as my day pack while exploring the city streets. The expandable body zipper added double capacity during long shopping trips, weekend bazaars and antique markets. Also your bag was an easy day-to-day clean, from splashed concrete to spilt soda pop, any mess just needed a quick wipe down and it was good to go.
Your medium (MD) model was the perfect size for airline travel. Even at double capacity your bag stowed well under seat, held its shape while being stowed overhead, and was very accessible during flights. The easy to use buckles and zippers made going through TSA checkpoints practically painless.
I will recommend your bags to family and friends, including extra
creature comforts like your (LG) Shoulder Pad and Camera Case.
Satisfied CustomerRating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
I rarely leave reviews, but I just have to with this bag. I got this (in the grey as pictured) last year while I was still a student in NYC. It served me well the whole year and was the perfect size for carrying around my computer and notebooks. Granted if I was going to the library with a lot of books or articles, I needed an extra bag. But for everyday use, it was the perfect size. Now I'm living and working in Thailand and I drive a motorbike everywhere. I knew that this bag was supposed to be water resistant, but when I got caught in a torrential downpour today while driving my bike to work, I panicked thinking all my papers were going to get soaked (luckily I had put my computer in my seat). When I got to work, I myself was soaked and the outside of my bag was definitely wet, but EVERYTHING inside was perfectly fine... not even damp! Bravo, Manhattan Portage... this truly is an extraordinary bag!!Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
This bag is strong, lightweight, and looks good. This is not labeled as a "laptop bag" specifically, but the pocket at the back of the main compartment fits a 13" MacBook Pro like a glove. The computer sits in there snugly and is protected from whatever else I'm carrying around.
I use this bag for work and rarely use the expandable feature during the week so the bag remains slim and sleek. But on weekend trips I can expand the bag and fit a change of clothes and a few other things.
Definitely recommended.Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]