KristenVwrote a review of Overland Equipment Bidwell Purse on October 25, 2013
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
I have another Overland purse and love it, but I wanted something a little larger. The Bidwell was the perfect size, I loved the colors (I got the dove/mist blue), and the leather strap was different and cute. The first surprise was the shortage of pockets and compartments (my smaller Overland has a ton). The main part of the purse is one huge compartment with a skinny divider (I put keys in the smaller side). The large pocket is very deep and has side bungees that can fit a water bottle or travel umbrella, but smaller items are impossible to find. There is an external skinny pocket, but because it cannot be secured closed I never really used it - only used occasionally for receipts. There is a nice small compartment with magnetic closure where I could put my phone (fuzzy pocket!), and a zippered mesh pocket for things you want to get to readily. The big reason why I do not recommend this purse is the leather strap and the way it is secured to the purse. There are small metal rivets that secure to punched holes in the leather strap. You can adjust the length by using different holes along the strap. The problem is the rivets are just as big as the holes in the leather, and with use the leather gets softer and the holes get stretched out. After ~3 months of use the strap comes off the purse every time I set it down! There have been many times when I am walking somewhere and the purse will just unexpectedly fall off my shoulder to the ground because the strap had become undone. If you plan to use this for travel, this is a BIG PROBLEM! Someone could grab the strap and it will simply become undone. I had planned to return because it is basically unusable now, but I missed the deadline. I plan to try to sew the strap to the purse - this seems to be the only way to keep it where it should be.