Cora Backpack - Deep Teal
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I love the colour design - the vibrant inner fabric contrasting with the outer deep teal. The exterior material is beautifully soft to touch; and I like the cushioning on the shoulder straps. The inner pockets and exterior front pocket are nifty and useful - great for storing snacks, keys and other knick knacks. The inner side straps and outer side pockets fit my water bottle (26cm[H] x 8.5cm[W], 950mL). The inner side pockets do not fit my water bottle, but I put my glass case in them instead.
The shoe compartment is very disappointing. In 1 of my photos, it shows the bottom of the inner lining extends down into the bottom shoe compartment. But with the shoes inside them (my feet are 25cm, AUS size 8-8.5), the lining is pushed up into the main bag space, which reduces the backpack's storage capacity (2 photos showing the inside of the backpack with and without shoes; 1 photo showing shoes in shoe compartment). So, the shoe compartment doesn't offer additional storage capacity, but reduces it. The compartment is also quite small - in the photo, my running shoes are squished quite flat in order to fit. My sandals (with loose fabric fastenings) fit fine.
My laptop (23cm[W] x 33cm[L[) was also a tight squeeze. The inner laptop pouch doesn't extend down far enough for my laptop to fit comfortably - the top corners push into the top of the backpack and stretches it once it's been zipped up (laptop only, nothing else inside the backpack). I don't plan on using this backpack for my laptop, but I do query its ability to do so as the back panel is also too soft to offer ergonomic support.
The yoga mat straps are firm and very stretchy. I don't plan on using them, but I can see how this particular strap design can be unwieldy for everyday use (per other reviews). An adjustable clip strap would be much more accessible.
Overall, the colour design and basic backpack functionality is great. I bought this backpack to use for work and it will do that just fine. However, it is very expensive for a backpack that has definite room for improvement in some of its proposed functions i.e., shoe compartment, yoga mat holder, laptop holder.
I love the color of it and the fact I can put my shoes in it AND carry my yoga mat at the bottom! 😍 definitely cute and functional
I received my bag and am so happy with it! It looks so gorgeous and the material is so soft.
I was worried my laptop wouldn’t fit in the mesh pocket, but it does! It’s an HP elitebook (38 cm across diagonally, 32 cm long and 22 wide, 3cm thick). It’s just the right size that I can still close the bag.
I love the pockets as I can organise all my stuff for work.
The print on the inside makes it easier to see in than my previous black interior bag, so it’s even easier to find things.
The key ring is such a great idea, I can also use it to keep my key card.
Overall, love it.
I wanted to love this. But the yoga straps don’t fit my yoga mat (must only be for popflex brand items) and you really have to cram shoes into the shoe compartment (I wear a 7 for reference). Those are the main reasons this backpack is suppose to be unique from other gym bags (especially the yoga mat straps) in my opinion and they’ve failed. With that, the bag is ultimately way overpriced.
Had high hopes for this backpack, it's so cute with so many pockets! I've used this backpack twice, the inside pen pocket, the seam is already coming undone. I used the yoga mat straps once and the quickly got bent out of shape. I wish these was a clip for the straps, it was hard to slide my yoga mat back into the straps. I like the straps on the back of the backpack, but they do slip out of place as soon as I take it off. As someone else mentioned the side pockets for water are not very deep, my water falls right out. The bag is really cute, but not as durable as I hoped for using it twice.