“ Brand: Roxy „
I needed a strong but light bag which I could use for overnight stays at friends houses and maybe the odd weekend away or shopping trip. After a quick search on Amazon I settled on this one - it was simple, pretty, robust and most importantly cost only £7.99. This bag is absolutely perfect for what I needed it for and has lasted me for quite a few years now.
--- The Look ---
I love the appearance of this bag and it's definitely the main reason I chose it. The canvas-type fabric is a very eye-catching "candy pink" colour with a contrasting bright yellow lining and Roxy logo. There's definitely no chance of loosing this bag or getting it confused with someone else's! There are no pockets but it does have two strong handles, buckles on each side and a zip along the top to secure the opening. The bag is fairly large measuring approximately 60 (W) x 35 (H) x 20 (D) cm.
--- Functionality ---
This is an incredibly useful bag to have around and I've ended up using it far more often than I thought I would. It's large size and flexible material makes the single inside compartment very spacious and it can easily accommodate everything you need for an overnight stay such as clothes and toiletries. The buckles mean that you can make the bag smaller if you are not using all the available space which makes it much easier to carry around. The thick straps are comfortable to hold for short periods, even with heavy items in the bag although for carrying things a longer distance than say from the car to the house or a short walk around town then you may need something with more supportive straps.
The material is extremely durable and sturdy. Like most Roxy products the bag is well-made to a good quality and there are very few signs of wear other than the odd scuff mark on the bottom despite using the bag regularly for the several months. It's also waterproof so everything is kept nice and dry if it rains.
--- Summary ---
A fabulous bag and ideal for a girly night at a friends. It is great value for money given the use I've gotten out of it, incredibly durable and also pretty. I would definitely recommend it.
I recently had a period of time in rented property with no working washing machine and as a result I unexpectedly became acquainted with the notion of using a launderette. I seriously felt like I was in a film every time I set foot in the actual place because to be honest the only time I had ever seen one was either Eastenders or in films. But anyway...
So, I initially carried all my dirty washing in carrier bags but soon realised (after my first visit actually) that they are neither the most reliable or glamorous of methods, the regulars used these godawful check patterned blue and red square, zip top bags I noticed - but they did not appeal to me so it was on to beloved Amazon to see if I could find something similar and cheap to do the job. This ticked every box!
For a start it was less than a tenner (£8.24 was the price I paid) and made of durable canvas style material in a lurid shade of pink (no risk of me accidentally picking up someone elses bag in the launderette then!). Secondly it is a very sensible and useful square shape which makes it very easy to use for the purpose of carrying clothes - the same shape that the awful (but designed for it) checked bags are. The zip is across the top and enables you to open the bag wide enough to easily pack items in.
Personally I would not use this bag to travel with as it has no shoulder strap, only two smallish handles so you have to carry it by hand, also I think it would be slightly too big for the measurement requirements on some of the budget airlines (it measures W 60CM, H 35CM, D 20CM) but because it has no rigidity you could probably squash it into the baskets they use to check. In any event this is not what this bag is really designed for.
The Roxy logo is featured on the front and back in a pale yellow and the inside lining is a garish neon yellow colour. The handles are pink to match the bag and there is a buckle strap on each side which can be adjusted to allow more room or restrict the size of the bag.
There are no feet on this bag so it is not very good for outdoor use and again this does not commend it for travel use, the material is pretty hardy and probably could be wiped clean if you managed to get it dirty but because it is a pale colour, stains will show up easily. There are no internal pockets, just the one main compartment - this is a very basic bag!
Personally I think this is great as an occasional use bag, especially for moving clothes around or for launderette use as I found. For less than a tenner you really can't go wrong with it but do not expect any of the frills you would get with a dedicated bag for travel.
All my life, I've been a rucksack kind of gal. I managed to take off for 9 months around Europe with every essential packed into a big Eurohike one. Granted, the damn thing was so heavy that if you so much as tapped me on the shoulder whilst wearing it I keeled over backwards in the manner of a freshly felled tree. Still, it was easy to carry and could comfortably contain all I ever needed. As far as I was concerned, holdalls were the preserve of the middle-aged traveller.
Well, it would seem I'm now middle-aged as I've recently eschewed my rucksacks in favour of a nice travel bag. After all, rucksacks are unwieldy, you can't turn around whilst wearing them without taking out whoever happens to be walking behind you, and they have loads of straps and bits of cord hanging off them that are designed to a) get trapped in baggage carousels and b) be chewed by mad cats. If further reason were needed, well, not to sound horribly snobby or anything, but you look a bit pikey if you walk into a nice hotel toting a huge backpack.
So, onto Amazon it was. My criteria for weekend bag shopping were that it had to be robust, commodious and pretty. What more could anyone want? As I searched for weekend bags, this one popped up and I'll freely admit I was suckered in by the fact that it is bright pink.
Roxy is primarily a surf label, aimed at teenagers and those in their twenties and thirties. Their products tend to be brightly coloured, hard-wearing and sporty with a feminine edge. Most, if not all, of their items carry either the logo (kind of like a flat-topped heart) or the brand name. On most products, this is fairly discreet. On the bag in question the logo is in yellow on the upper part of both sides of the bag but is quite unobtrusive at about 2 inches square. The brand name is in small lettering on the straps at each end of the bag.
If you don't like bright colours, this isn't the bag for you. The pink is almost fluorescent and the inner lining is acid yellow. That sounds a bit migraine-inducing but it actually manages to be loud without being flashy. At each end of the bag are two short straps and a buckle; these can be fastened to make the bag slightly smaller. However, if both straps are completely undone to maximise internal space then they flap about which looks untidy. Either the bag itself or the waterproof lining must be made from the same material that children's water wings are made from, as the smell is remarkably similar. I quite like this and I've never found that the smell has transferred to my clothes.
The material this bag is made from is thick and sturdy, and you'd have to give it a serious battering in order to tear it. As it's a light colour, though, it will show up dirt and marks. The care label states that it cannot be washed but I've run a damp cloth over mine with no ill-effects.
The zipped top runs smoothly and isn't prone to bursting open even if you've shoved a lot of stuff in there. The underside of the bag does not have feet or wheels, so you'll end up with a dirty bottom (heh heh) if you set it down on wet pavements or unclean floors.
As this is a 'soft' bag (i.e., one with no internal rigidity) it can accommodate quite a lot and is forgiving of awkwardly shaped or badly packed items. I've found that mine will happily hold all that I need for a couple of nights away from home (this is generally a pair of shoes, make up and toiletry bag, complete change of clothes, PJs and a fluffy dressing gown). Obviously, if you can't go away for the weekend without bringing 9 pairs of shoes, then you're going to have to compromise on space for your other clothing.
The inner part of the bag is waterproof, but there is only one compartment so any wet towels etc. will be in contact with whatever else you've packed. Similarly, if you have a shampoo bottle explosion you can expect to be washing all your clothes.
I don't fly, so I'm not sure whether this bag meets airline regulations for carry-on luggage. Amazon's listing gives dimensions which seem very generous; when I measured my bag it was length: 22", depth: 16", width: 8". It's worth noting that the flexibility of the bag's sides means it can be packed much wider than the 8" of the base panel.
The bag has two carrying handles but no shoulder strap, unfortunately. The handles are not big enough to be slung over your shoulder so this bag would just have to be shifted from hand to hand if you were carrying it for a long distance, this would be quite a downside for me if it wasn't for the fact that it tends to only get toted by hand between the car and the holiday home/hotel.
The fabric at the zip has started to fray slightly after a few uses. This sounds worse than it is; the fabric is the kind where a few threads come loose and pull away easily but without causing a massive long run that gets snagged up in the zip. It's certainly not anything that would cause me to demand a refund.
Overall this is a great bag that is perfect for a weekend getaway (albeit one where you don't plan on doing too much walking).