Give and Take with the New
I owned the previous backpack that you sold, and loved it. So when I saw the Cruiser Backpack I was pretty much sold. love the material, the compartments, the higher cup sleeve. MAJOR downside, to me as a runner at least: the previous backpack that you made had TWO straps that held the bag down. One across the straps and the other at the base of the pack that held at the torso. It doesn't sound like much, but for a commuter who is very comfortable with running from place to place and wants the freedom of his hands to throw him forward, that hitch causes the Commuter to bob annoyingly up and down against my momentum, causing the bag to feel very very annoying when it's strapped to my back. It's so annoying, unfortunately, that I give it 3 rather than 4 stars. I really do hope that with the update you will bring the extra strap back in!
July 18, 2014
I love this backpack, it's probably the best that I've ever owned. However, there are some things that I wished was different.
1) The D-ring zippers, It just feels weird when opening/ closing the front zipper, it would probably be better with a O-ring.
2) I wish the water bottle pocket could have been a bit bigger, I take this bag to the gym sometimes, and I have to carry my Nalgene bottle because it won't fit.
3) The laptop compartment zipper could have gone a little more past than where it is right now it's a maneuver to get my 15" MacBook in and out sometimes.
July 7, 2014
Great backpack, really annoying zippers
I love almost everything about this backpack. It looks awesome, feels comfortable, is very durable, and has a ton of storage options. However, the zippers have a fatal flaw that really bothers me every time I use the backpack. The zipper handles are attached by D-rings, which normally wouldn't be an issue. However, the way that the zipper handles and the D-rings go together causes them to frequently bind and make it difficult to open the zipped compartment. This problem would have been easily solved if the bag had been made with O-ring zippers rather than D-ring zippers. The O would allow the zipper to move freely.
With this in mind, I went in to show the problem to my local lululemon. They agreed that it was an important issue, but told me that there was absolutely nothing they could do. Since lululemon sells other products with O-ring zippers, I'm not sure why this can't be taken care of.
It's really unfortunate to have a product that is so well made, and yet falls short in such an important area.
June 10, 2014
awesome products - offensive service
My wife is a lululemon addict for sure. I never understood it until she dragged me to my first (Bikram) Yoga class last Thursday. Class was phenomenal and Saturday I went shopping at the lululemon store on Halsted Street here in Chicago before our noon class began. My wife and I purchased over $600 in yoga gear (i got the black Cruiser Backpack, the Big Mat, the Loop, yoga shorts...she got everything else!). Monday I picked up the 'Namaste Yoga Tote Bonded' bag and some more shorts (gotta get the XXLs when I can find them - ordered some more online today! I'm almost addicted!) at the Rush Street store.
Lululemon service and atmosphere was great until today.
My wife took me to the 900 N. Michigan store this morning and I noticed the black Cruiser Backpack had black straps and not the blue straps like the one I purchased Saturday. I much prefer the all black and the salesman at the Halsted store didn't know it came that way (I believe he was new). When I mentioned exchanging it, the saleswoman treated us like we were thieves. She wanted to know if the tags were still on the backpack and if not we couldn't exchange it. I've never heard of such foolishness... The salespeople knew my wife when she walked in and this lady treated us like we were teenage flashmobbers. C'mon lululemon you guys can do better than that - I'm just starting with you but now both my wife and myself are developing a bitter taste for what's probably your flagship store in Chicago. Namaste...
May 6, 2014
This bag is good-looking, functional and durable. I wish it came in solid black or gray for the corporate scene, but I take it to work anyway.
April 18, 2014
Best Bag EVER
I will say I have had lots of gym bags and travel bags....this one though tops it all. I use this as my primary bag for all my crossfit gear and it works like a charm. I actually do not have enough stuff to put in all the pockets.
I am also using it when I travel and need to bring my laptop and tablets. It has room for everything and keeps it all compact. If you had the older version, this one is a bit shorter and sits like a true backpack!
Also, it has great "quick pockets" with magnetic buttons which make it easy to get everything. Absolutely love this bag, if you can get it, do it!
April 9, 2014
This is by far the best backpack I've ever owned. I needed a new one since I'll be doing a bit of traveling this summer and I came across this one. I was s bit hesitant because of the price, but after looking at any other good quality back pack they were all around the same price or a little bit more....but this looked the most appealing. I got the black camo. I chose this one over the cruiser 2 because the zippers look more sleek, not plastic, the eyeglass case is hard on the outside, it looked soft on the other one, plus better colours to choose from. I am happy with my purchase and I am confident that this will last for many years, if not forever.
March 28, 2014
Pros - This backpack is so useful and functional on so many levels. It has many pockets which is great for organization. In fact, I?m still discovering new compartments in my bag which I never noticed previously! I love the separate padded laptop sleeve compartment, the money pocket and the water bottle section. In my backpack, the insides are lined with light-colored printed lining which makes it easy to locate things. Best of all, it?s so comfortable to put on. The straps don?t tug downwards on your shoulders and you hardly feel like you?re carrying anything which is great for travel and commuting. I use it mainly for yoga and business travel which is where the laptop compartment comes in handy. It?s unisex so if you get it in the right color, you can share it with your significant other.
Cons - It can be a bit big if you are petite (I?m 5?3, size 4, and feel like the bag is bigger than me) and the straps can slip after awhile, requiring re-adjusting. The camera pocket is really tiny, I can?t imagine it fitting even a regular-sized digital camera (I use that portion to store hairclips and earrings to change into after yoga instead). Also, it?s really hard to swing the backpack off one of your shoulders to quickly grab something from the main portion of the backpack. You actually have to physically remove the backpack and place it down to retrieve stuff from it. This can be challenging if you have no place to put it down.
But overall, it?s the best backpack I?ve ever owned. Lululemon, please make this one of your staples! If you?re looking for a functional and comfortable backpack which can store lots of things, this is it! I just purchased the Wanderlust Rucksack too and look forward to trying it!
July 19, 2011
I have had my eye on the cruiser backpack for ages, but for me it has two very serious shortcomings, it has no breathing panels on the back, which is a real problem as I sweat very easily, and it has straps that are designed for a broad shouldered man and not a small-medium woman. I love all the other features of the backpack and dream of finding a backpack with all that you offer plus the comfort I need. Please could you design a women's backpack with narrower straps and breathable material on the back?
July 10, 2011
I received this backpack as a gift, overall it is great, but the print pattern peels off quite easily. I'm not abusing the bag either. It just rubs right off. Otherwise, the bag is very functional and I like it overall.
July 2, 2011