This is my second bag from the Kenneth Cole Reaction
family. I originally purchased the littlest member of the family, "In Bag Taste - Canvas Day Bag" (which is easily confused for the slightly larger and more popular "Home Again") to carry around my DSLR camera. Despite traveling with it for a month straight, that bag held up perfectly. Very sturdy and well made.
Needed a bigger bag to take with me on jobs so I turned to the Reaction family again and got the "Don't Mess Out On". Other retailers list this bag with different dimensions being 13" x 9" x 4" inches, or 15" wide. Even though Zappos size is listed differently, it's actually the same bag, and Zappos dimensions are true to the actual size. The images here look dark as if its charcoal or almost black, the bag is not that dark.
When these bags
are empty, the top flap looks a touch too long and it feels floppy. Hopefully you don't plan on carrying around an empty bag though, and in that case, you'll be just fine! Full, it handles much better and the top flap is properly aligned.
do fine in some rain, and even a short down pour. I never managed to soak mine through, though the outside fabric does absorb the water.
I decided to wax this bag and couldn't be happier with it! Waxed canvas is water-resistant and more stiff--great modifications for a photography bag. Waxing is an easy DIY using .25 lb of paraffin, .25 lb of beeswax, and a hair dryer. My empty bag now can stand on its own and has that great waxed canvas crinkle to it. Also made a gear insert for it using 1/2" foam and fleece. With the insert, the bag can snuggly hold 1 flash, 1 body, 2 lenses, batteries, chargers and misc.
This bag does have a Prop 64 warning on it but I don't plan on licking it or using it as pillow, so I'm not too worried...
Sturdy, great quality
Loads of room
No exterior logos
Unless it's mostly full it's a little floppy
Would be even better if it came waxed!
Wish the faux-buckles weren't so plain