I usually use very small purses to keep only the essentials like phone, wallet and maybe a lip balm. I bought an ipad mini and love taking it everywhere so I had to upgrade to a larger purse. I am very short so a large bag looks like I'm hauling a piece of luggage. I would say I'm pretty sporty so I decided to go with a non-leather type cross shoulder bag. The good folks at REI let me set up shop in the handbag aisle with all my stuff and I stuffed and modeled 8 bags. The Haiku was the winner and I am very happy with my pick. I can fit quite a bit of stuff inside and it's very durable. Lots of pockets too to help with organizing.
I bought this bag shortly after I purchased an annual pass for a theme park. I got to use this bag for the first time just a couple weeks ago and I really love it. There is a small pocket that stays close to your body and is mostly concealed so I found that perfect for my debit card, cash, and ID. I used an exterior pocket for lip balms, the large interior pocket used for souvenirs or snacks. I also attached a carabiner to one of the metal rings so that I could clip on a couple of our Klean Kanteens. It's a great bag. Much better than a backpack that gets in the way while in lines or those fashionable fanny packs :P
I love this bag. Before buying I read some of the reviews and the one about the noise it makes surprised me and I couldn't understand why it would do that. Now that I have the bag and also hear the noise I found a way to solve my problem. I rubbed a Bounce dryer sheet on the metal loops that hold the strap - Ta Dah, no more noise. Also the point about the zipper - I think the zipper tab is supposed to hang to the outside, not the inside, it has a nice decorative tab that matches the purse. I've had many compliments on the bag.
Overall, this bag is well constructed. Two things I do not like about it: 1) the straps are really flimsy, so unless the bag is weighted down, it will not stay put; and 2) the end piece of the top zipper fabric is not sewn to the bag, so you have to be careful to not completely unzip the bag--if you unzip it completely, you have to dig out the end of the zipper to re-close the bag. I don't know if that makes sense, but suffice to say that these two design flaws mar what would otherwise be a lovely bag.
I really like this bag. Before choosing it. I did a lot of research regarding size, construction and utility. It looks good, fits a lot in it's compact size with easy access. I just wish it came in a few more color choices, I'd buy an olive one or a khaki too. No big deal, but the strap is thin enough to make the bag feel heavy if the bag is over-packed.
I got this bag in the raspberry. I wasn't completely convinced this was what I was looking for. It came and I love it. The color is great and it doesn't look big but it holds quite a bit. My iPad fits perfect too! The only complaint I have is that the strap is a bit squeaky. It can get really annoying. But all in all I love it.
Great cross body bag. I get so many compliments on the color and design. When I am asked where it is from, I say I can't remember! I want to be the only gal in town using this bag. I love the many zippered pockets on this small bag. However, I still manage to loose my keys in it.
Love the Haiku bag
I use this bag every day. I love the medium size, I love all the pockets, first purse I've owned with such a functional arrangement of pockets. I like the fabric, it seems very well made. It's kind of a light color (green) but doesn't seem like it will show dirt. I'm very happy with this bag!
Great casual purse
This is a great casual purse with a lot of storage and great cross body adjustable strap. The inside could be a bit wider to fit a regular sized wallet, but I use it as an everyday purse for the summer and it has worked out great. I have had several complements on it.
Exactly what I was looking for
I'm a vegetarian and didn't want a bag made with leather (aka meat skin). Its quite difficult to find one with no leather (including trim), in fact drove my 7 year old nuts looking for one. Awesome bag, perfectly sized for me, I totally recommend it. Haven't had any problems.