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Don't forget your passport.
The Patagonia Headway Tote has a low-key look with a technical design that withstands rigorous international travel and the crowded Los Angeles Farmers' Market. This sleek tote has a large main compartment with an internal sleeve and padded laptop sleeve, and it secures everything with a zip closure. Each pocket is made to fit certain belongings, including keys, money, phone, pencils, laptop, and other travel necessities. And since this tote is made from durable synthetic materials with a convenient DWR finish, it effortlessly endures constant travel and daily abuse.
- DWR finish on tote
- 940D 100% nylon Cordura Ballistic body
- 600D recycled polyester lining
- External zip pockets
- Internal sleeve
- Top access with zip closure
- Padded 15in laptop sleeve with buckle and strap closure
- Item #PAT01AC
- Q & A
Well thought out, but not quite right
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs small
The bag itself is well thought out and purposefully designed but a few things stand out to me:
- the odd shape of the top limits the amount of stuff you can pack in it - it seems like the bag is tapered but it's mostly because it's slightly wider at the top than the base when it's not stuffed full of things
- it probably won't fit a 15" laptop in the sleeve comfortably, I was surprised at how my 13" MacBook Pro came closer to the top than I expected
- it will probably not fit an iPad-sized tablet and a laptop in the sleeves (my MacBook and iPad mini fit fine)
- the interior pockets and organization
- the ability to fit over a telescoping handle
- looks more professional than a backpack but is durable
- the price
I debated whether to return the bag, but this has been the best option for business travel that both looks professional (enough) and is durable that I've been able to find.
Lots of organization, but heavy
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I purchased this with the intent to use it as a personal item carry-on for travel, but several things made it unsuitable for me. First, while the material is no doubt weather-resistant, the bag is very heavy even without anything in it. Inside is a lighter gray color, which would be helpful for being able to see your stuff. There are many organizational pockets-- inside has a laptop sleeve and a smaller tablet sleeve on one side secured with a velcro strap, and the other side has a small zip pocket, an open mesh pocket (each about 5" wide), a pocket secured with velcro that is about 4" wide but 7" tall (maybe for cords? not sure), and in front of that a couple pen slots and a phone pocket with a velcro strap over the top that is suuuuper skinny--there is no way my android phone fits in this. Outside there is an open pocket with a zipper on the bottom that could fit over a luggage handle, and on the other side there is a pocket with a zipper. The glass blue color is a nice teal-ish blue, and the handles and zippers are navy. The bottom was only 5 1/2" by my measuring tape, and once all those inside pockets are filled with gear I suspect there wouldn't be much room for a change of clothes or other odds and ends. The bag doesn't open very wide at the top, so it would be hard to find things or reach stuff that is on the bottom. The Patagonia brand is great and clearly some thought and craftsmanship went into this bag's design, but unfortunately it doesn't work for me.