Product Type: Antler Travel Bag
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Perfect man bag!
Antler Torque Leisure Bag
Author Name: superness11
Antler Torque Leisure Bag
Advantages: Plenty of pockets
Disadvantages: Uncomfortable shoulder strap
Often when we travel, my boyfriend and I tend to try and avoid taking bags that we need to check in and much prefer it when we can have just carry-on bags. This is definitely doable on a city break or short stay vacation and seriously reduces the cost of the holiday. Our last trip to Madrid was cut by £60.00 by us being able to avoid the extra supplement of checking in luggage. It also makes things a lot quicker, once you disembark the plane. I truly despise the hustle and bustle around the luggage carousels and I much prefer it when we can saunter off and jump in to a cab.
I have always had a large carry-on bag and my boyfriend usually has something similar and we tend to fill each bag together; we don't necessarily have a his and hers bag. The bag that he chose to take though was his Antler Torque. It probably was not the biggest bag he could have taken but it was big enough for a weekend away in a hotel in a hot country; no jumpers or coats needed!
The Antler Torque was bought by us around six months ago in a luggage sale at the York Designer Outlet. We ended up buying a couple of antler bags in the end. This one cost £19.99 and for a brand such as Antler; it was not a bargain to be missed.
As much as we do not have a his and hers bag; this is a bit of a macho bag and it looks really good slung across my boyfriends shoulder so casually. The bag is a little dull looking; being grey and black; however it does have an air of sophistication so it could be used on more formal trips.
The dimensions of the bag are 55.1 x 29.2 x 29.2 cm, making it a very decent sized bag for your travelling needs. The only problem that I have seen regarding the design of the bag; is that it is quite heavy even before it is loaded. The bag alone weighs 1.4kg. As we only had a 15 KG limit each this starts to eat into our valuable allowance. However, being used to travelling with backpacks; we know how to travel light.
The reason the bag is so heavy is because it is made from a really robust thick material. This material is shower proof and offers amble protection to anything you wish to store in the bag.
There are two carrying option; a large detachable shoulder strap that has a moveable cushioned area to take some of the pressure of the bag off the shoulder and two carrying handles. These can be Velcro fastened together, however once the bag is full, they are not the easiest way of carrying the bag.
The main compartment of the bag is fastened with a large zip, there are two zip heads that can be joined together and secured with a padlock. The zips open in a large D shape, this makes the main compartment very easy to pack and unpack. At either end of the bag are two large sized side pockets and then at the back is another zippered flat but quite large pocket. We kept flip flops and pumps in the side pocket to keep them away from the bulk of our clothes. We also used a side pocket as a laundry bag whilst away in order to keep clean and dirty clothes separate. This pocket is perfect for emergency access items such as guide books, passports and mobile phone.
The bag is very contemporary and designed to look good. It is practical to use for a holiday because it has a good selection of pockets and you can secure the main compartment with a padlock. Security is one of my main concerns while travelling; therefore this is an important feature for me. In terms of comfort, I do not find the bag as comfortable to carry as other bags and find that the shoulder strap is not as comfortable as it could be. My boyfriend finds it very comfortable however, so it must just depend on ones build! The bag has suffered the perils of chewing gum under the seat of a coach seat and it needed to be washed. I placed the bag inside the washing machine; removing the shoulder strap and put it on a low wash. It came out fine but the fabric took a long time to dry. It came out looking like a new bag, so I was rather pleased with this move.
I would recommend this bag; especially if you can pick it up in the sale. What a bargain.
Summary: A decent bag with a lot of space.
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