I’ve had my eye on this bag for a very long time; the regular price was a little too much for me at the time, but the warehouse sale made it accessible and I was okay with having an imperfect product. To be quite honest, I’m not even sure what is considered imperfect about it; the only thing I can think of it is the key ring, which is on a long strip of leather as opposed to a ring mounted inside the bag near the cover, as per the video in the product description.
The bag is beautifully crafted and the detail is wonderful; each metal rival is embossed with a P from the Pond logo and the adjustable straps are very convenient. It’s great to carry my laptop and files around; the magnetic closure for the inside laptop pouch sometimes has a hard time catching but works very well for the most part. There is a nice zippered pocket where I keep my wallet and two extra pockets for anything else you may need, like a mouse or sunglass case.
The pocket along the back, where the backpack straps would sit, is very ideal; for COVID, it’s a great spot to keep a mask. From other reviews I’ve seen, it’s a great spot to keep a phone, but if you have a larger phone, such as Plus sized iPhone, the magnet closure won’t fully catch; it’s ideal for smaller sized phones.
I’ve yet to use any other straps than the backpack straps; they’re perfect for distributing the weight of the bag. If you have a short torso, even the smallest strap adjustment can feel a little long, but it’s still very nice to use.
In all, a lovely bag and I highly recommend! Be prepared for high duty fees if having it delivered outside of the US, however.