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Kipling originated in Antwerp and have been making bags for over 25 years and are now a world-wide brand.
Made in China.
Designed in Antwerp and from the Basic range.
Classed as a medium bag.
Has one main compartment which has a further zipped packet approximately 7.5 x 6.5 inches, key fob and slip pockets. One the back is a large zipped pocket and either end has a velcro pocket. On the front are two patch double pockets - having a large back section and smaller front pocket - one is diagonally zipped and the other is velcro fastened with the Kipling round rubber logo on the front.
Has grey lining with white spots and random little white monkeys.
Large base 6.5 x 13.5 inches. Back pockets is 10.5 x 6 inches deep. Bag is about 14 inches long and 9 inches high. Side velcro pockets about 6 x 5 inches. Base is slightly stiffened.
Grab handles with removable shoulder strap al 1.5 inches wide. Shoulder strap is 58 inches long.
The size is shown as 11 litres on the Kipling website.
The Kipling website is selling Defea bags for £82.
On Amazon the full RRP price is now £70 but some are selling on Amazon from £48 depending on the colour.
I will confess I got mine on Amazon for just £31 (not any longer though) so it pays to keep on the lookout for bargains.
Amazon currently sell 27 different colours which includes 7 patterned ones.
Kipling.com have 15 colours.
This is a great workhorse of a bag and will serve you for years.
It is classed as a 'medium' bag and while not huge it is very spacious and not for someone who only carries a few essentials with her.
The Defea is now one of Kiplings most popular bags and I believe it has taken over from the Fairfax which used to hold that position.
I like the Defea better than the Fairfax as it does not look too cluttered on the outside. While it still has 7 outer pockets, I like the fact that the two end pockets which fasten with velcro and virtually invisible - unless you pack them out a lot. The two front patch pockets are both zipped and one has an additional zipped diagonal pocket while the other has a velcro flap front pocket. The back pocket is long and deep.
Inside the main section it is very large and capacious. It has slip pickets for pens and phones and also a smaller zipped pocket - as well as the usually key fob which is attached to the bag.
The lining is a lovely gentle mid tone grey and it is covered with white spots and the odd randomly placed Kipling monkey, also in white.
The bag can be carried by its grab handles which has the leather (effect?) gripped sections for you to hols. There is also a very long removable shoulder strap which can easily go across the body as well. The straps are thick and strong and being wide will not dig into your shoulders. As with all Kipling bags the clip fastenings and strong and sturdy and the adjustment for the shoulder strap just slides along easily to where you want it and then it stays in place.
The bag itself is made of lightweight and water resistant nylon which makes it a useful bag as it is very lightweight before you start loading it up with your things and is functional as it can be wiped clean or even washed gently if needed (Kipling themselves advice to wipe clean but most people have washed their bags gently either by hand (me) or on a 30 degree cycle with no problems).
The lining is a nice light colour so it is easy to find your things inside.
Having all the pockets and organisation is one of the things I love about Kipling bags.
I like having items where I can find them easily - from my camera and phone to my purse and car keys.
This is a wide and deep bag and you will be surprised at the amount of space inside, especially if you are like me and put most of our essential little items like purse, camera, phone, pens, comb, lipstick etc in the smaller outer pockets - the back pocket is even large enough for my Blue Badge to fit in easily, as well as all those fold up shopping bags we need to carry these days. You then have the whole of the main section for whatever you wish - lunch box and bottle of water, gloves and scarves, umbrella, waterproof jacket, spare shoes, net book, baby items, shopping, reading books or other work items.
The only thing I would say is that although the main section is large you cannot fit A4 files and folders in it - so bear that in mind if you use those type of things.
The main section closes with a long strong zip which has two zip pulls - so you can open it fro the middle or from either end.
The base is slightly stiffened but is not rigid. The bag folds up very easily and can be packed away when not in use.
Not so much a going out of evening bag but a great day to day bag where you can carry everything you need and still know where to find stuff. Great for shopping if you only want a few bits and pieces or for a day out if you want to carry a fold up jacket and drinks.
The bag comes in a vast array of colours and also some prints.
If you are interesting in buying a Kipling bag from Amazon you need to check the website daily as the prices often fluctuate a great deal from one day to the next and you may snap yourself a bargain.
I am not sure if all the Defeas have the spot lining or if it is just the newer shades.
Plenty of room without looking huge - could even be used for an overnight bag if you were very disciplined in what you took.
Easy to use as a shoulder bag but looks a bit more stylish if you remove the strap and just use the grab handles.
Kipling bags are renowned for their quality and longevity and personally I have even had any problem with any of my Kipling bags - not with the stitching, fabric or zips.
4 stars - depending on the cost.
===Would I Recommend?===
There is also a video on Youtube which shows you around the bag.
Kipling is my go-to bag brand of choice - I love all the features of the Kipling basic range bags; super lightweight, great organisation, water resistant, huge array of colours and the novelty fluffy monkey keyrings! By the time I had my fourth child, I decided against the usual baby changing bag (that becomes redundant after 6 months or so) in favour of the lovely Kipling Defea - as it is the perfect size and can be used beyond the baby years.
The Kipling Defea is described as a medium bag, but I would say it's really much larger than you'd expect a medium bag to be, without looking enormous. Kipling have this clever knack of making bags spacious yet compact, usually by making them deep from front to back (or a large gusset if you prefer!). For arguments sake, the measurements are 33 x 24.5 x 19 cm. It's large enough to hold an A4 folder with plenty of space to pack it full with other bits and bobs, OR as a baby bag you can fit plenty enough for a full day out in the main section, leaving the front pockets free for your personal items.
The Defea has a main zipped section, which has inner drop pockets/slots for your phone, IPod, 3 x pens. It also contains an inner zipped compartment for extra security or privacy, and a clipped key cord. The key cord is one of my favourite features of Kipling bags - it makes it so much easier to instantly pull your keys out from all the junk in your bag, without having to rummage or empty contents out.
There is also a back zipped pocket, which is good for keeping items close against your body when wearing (such as your purse), and two zipped front protruding pockets - one of which has an extra velcro closed pocket and the other a diagonal zipped pocket. Each of the protruding pockets are a great size to hold items such as a camera in a case, or several items of makeup (I use one as a makeup pocket/bag). The extra little velcro/zipped pockets are small, but still useful for things like parking/bus tickets, pack of tissues etc. There's even discreet dip velcro pockets on either end of the bag where the strap attaches. The organisation is just brilliant with this bag!
The Defea has three methods of carrying; either by the grab handles (these may be long enough to go on your shoulder if you have slim arms), or you can attach the removable shoulder strap, which can be adjusted to fit over your shoulder or across the body. The handles and strap are made of strong cotton canvas, with a metal slider to adjust the length which is really smooth to adjust and holds it's position without slipping.
The material of the Defea (and all Kipling basic bags) is a very strong, yet very lightweight crinkle nylon. It's has a lovely matt appearance, with a slight sheen in certain light, and is of superior quality. It's hard to imagine a nylon bag looking good quality, but it's not the cheap shiny nylon you might expect. The advantages of the material over leather/suede handbags, is both the weather resistance and the weight. It also allows the bag to be packed completely flat or folded, to allow easy packing for storage or taking on holiday.
This is a perfect bag both for work, or as I currently use it - a baby bag. But of course you could use it for anything you wish. I could also imagine it being a good overnight or possibly even weekend bag (if you pack carefully. It's definitely a design that works with you, and one that will last a long time. The only downside with Kipling bags is that they don't wear out!