Saddlebag iPad Sling
Classy & cool
Extremely satisfied with my ownership of this saddle sling bag, a dream fulfilled after wishing it for years. Pricey, yes, but class and quality cannot be compromised. This product can probably be improved on by making the sling just a little bit longer, say 3" more. Shipment is secured and accurate as declared upon purchase.
April 25, 2014
Lots of Compliments
Originally I purchased this bag in brown, but did not like the color shade, so I returned it. I believe the Black version is much better looking. I was somewhat disappointed with the strap closure, the magnet was not very strong so the bag would not hold its shape or stay closed. Fortunately, the buckle is real, so I had it sewn on the bag. That fixed the issue, now the bag stays closed and holds its shape.
I have a smaller shoulder saddle bag purchased from Levenger years ago, which I like much better. It is made of a heavier leather and people are always complimenting me on it. I wish Levenger still sold it.
May 16, 2015
Great for organization
Always on the lookout for a bag to carry daily that can hold my iPad mini, junior circa notebook as well as wallet and other general purse fillers, i was drawn to this sling. I read through the posted comments and was concerned about the issue of the magnet closure not being strong enough, but I ordered the bag anyway. True to the reviews, the magnet did not keep the bag closed when it was loaded with my daily essentials. Since I love everything else about the bag, I took it to my local shoe repair. He removed the magnets, attached the flap the was previously for show, and I can now use the buckle to keep the bag closed. It is now everything I had hoped for from this bag. I love it!
May 7, 2015
Don't leave home without it.
I'd been looking for a man purse for awhile when I found this. It is perfect, given that I now don't go anywhere without a tablet of some sort. It has the typical Levenger high quality that I have found in all the other leather goods I have purchased from them.
There is the problem of the short strap, though. This is mentioned in several of the other reviews, too. Doesn't Levenger believe in focus groups, or field testing? Do they consider designers gods who can do no wrong? No shame; people can, and do, make mistakes. The length of the strap is one of them. It turns an A++ design into a B-. They should offer a fix to disgruntled buyers like me. An extension strap would do the job.
Others have also mentioned the weakness of the magnetic closure. The magnet can only be so strong on something that is going to hold electronic devices, but there are alternatives, like a simple twist lock (in brushed nickel, not tacky brass).
I'd buy Levenger's other man purse in a heartbeat but simply cannot afford it at this time. I'll try to make do with this one for the time being.
April 3, 2015
My big pocket
I rally dislike any bulky items in my pockets. This bag served to me for more than 11 years, DAILY CARRY. I don't recall the day without it. So it cost me about $20 per year and counting. Now I am buying one for my son.
March 7, 2015
This bag, like all lavender products, is of the highest quality. The leather is supple, touchable, beautiful. The capacity is also perfect. I like to travel light but I do like to carry some electronics journals, and a variety of pens. Perfect capacity! The only thing that did not live up to my expectation was the magnetic "latch" strength. My things were not secured" inside the bag, especially when I carried it, the magnetic closure system would not be sufficient token the bag closed. Fix that and you'll have the perfect mens sling at any price.
January 29, 2015
I am underwhelmed by the quality of this item. The leather appears cheap. I hope it will weather and gain some luster. My primary complaint is that the main exterior flap is secured with a magnet rather than a secure buckle. Likewise, the interior provides no zippers or secure areas. What were they thinking when they designed this case?
January 15, 2015
I like this bag it is of good quality and craftsmanship a little larger than expected but thats not all bad.
December 25, 2014
Great Bag - Except for the Magnet Closure
This is a very nice bag. The leather is top-quality, as is the lining. Very well made. The inside and outside pockets work very well, and the iPad pocket is large enough for an iPad inside a light sleeve. It would be nice to have an inside pocket with a zipper or Velcro closure, but it's not essential.
The only problem that I have with this bag is the magnetic closure. That is why this is not a five-star review. The magnet does not always keep the bag closed - if the bag tips over, there is a not-insignificant chance that the contents will spill out. That is a problem if you are carrying a tablet. Also, the magnet is a single point, so there is no tightening it if you have less in the bag than usual. Finally, after seven or eight months of use, the interior magnet came loose and is floating around the lining of the bag.
The magnet knocks two starts off function, and one off quality. With a functional closure, this would have been five stars in both.
Despite the closure issues, I would definitely buy this bag again - just with the knowledge that I would have to have a new closure mechanism added.
September 2, 2014
I love this bag!. The only problem is that the magnet is not strong enough to hold the bag closed. I'll have to get a shoe shop to install some sort of better closure so I don't walk down the street with the bag gaping open.
August 26, 2014