This backpack is great. Perfect functionality. I will use this bag for years to come. In yoga teacher training, I have many textbooks to carry and typically have to have a separate bag for my mat. With this pack, I can fit all my required materials for class and still carry my mat. I know later it will fit all my prop/block I may want to bring. I like the mat straps underneath are super convenient (another pack I trying held the mat vertically in a pocket and it compressed the inside where my textbooks would not fit very well.) and the symmetry it has many others lack is very aesthetic.
I have OCD and teach Design classes, so with that in mind, I was disappointed to see the way design aesthetics weren't carried through the whole pack. The clips on the straps (shoulder and mat carrying) were gray plastic and the zippers were metal, I'd have loved to see the metal for all clip pieces and zipper heads. I also really liked the zippers color matching the branding leather label, but found it disappointing the strapping was a gray color not used any were else on the bag. When viewing the images this was not clear before purchasing. It does not effect the function but I think of it everytime
I loved this bag because of how the yoga mat attached to thw bottom and the fabric style. However the materials and sewing were not the greatest. The back pack strap ripped away at the backpack seam / strap interface where the stap connects to the bag making it essentially unusable as a backpack.
I purchased this because I thought it could double as a yoga bag and a commuter bag. However, the "laptop sleeve" is not appropriate for a laptop. It's not deep enough to fit a laptop (it only goes half-way down the back of the bag) and the "sleeve" pocket material is super thin, without any padding or stretch--it wouldn't even use it to hold a tablet.
I recently bought the yoga mat backpack and instant felt discomfort on my shoulders. I had only my light travel mat at water bottle in the pack, went for a walk, and had chaffing and redness on my shoulder. The quailty of materials is poor and caused pain. I've never had a backpack do this... I emailed the company and never got a reply. I want to return this backpack.
Vast improvement over the one I had and it fell apart in a month