Perfect for small essentials
I use this to carry my headphones, cables for my apple products etc. Great for the small things you always have to have near you. Recycled content to boot.
February 25, 2012
stylish, but not functional
I wanted to like it. But it suffers from a few glaring problems.
Lack of access to the pockets when it was closed was definitely one of them. You have to unfold the entire thing and then refold it if you wanted access to whatever item it was. At first, anyway.
It loses its shape, quickly, as soon as you try to stuff anything that isn't flat in it. I was using it to hold my mini-bike lock (for my bike chain) and some related biking accessories. It ended up being a bulky mess, usually.
Also, after heavy use, the wool stretches out. Which was nice at first, because it was really difficult to close. And then it got TOO loose, and then stuff placed in the snap pockets (bike lights and multi-tool, in my case) started to fall out even while it was folded up.
That being said, I took it everywhere I took my bike, and it survived snow, sleet, etc. while still looking misshapen, but otherwise professional. I definitely got more than a few compliments on it. But it's awkward functionality with its inability to hold onto things due to the stretched out fabric finally did it for me.
November 13, 2011
A little too small to carry essentials
When adding in the things you really need to carry along, this thing bulks up and becomes unwieldy. Oh well, I had some high hopes...
September 8, 2011
Looks Great, Needs Some Retooling
I bought the Fluent Stash because I loved the look of it and thought it could also work as a large clutch purse. Unfortunately, it's a bit smaller than I had thought and can't quite fit everything I need while still maintaining the shape of the stash.
In the top zippered flap, you can't quite fit more than the pictured cords. I usually keep credit cards and cash there. I've tried putting a small pocket Moleskine in the main center storage slot, an iPhone (in a hardcase) on the left flap and a small Canon SD1400 in the right flap. those three things turn out to be much too bulky when you actually fold up the stash. It becomes something that you have to throw in a bag or tote, not really something you can carry around in one hand easily, unless you have large hands. The most you can fit is two items, like either the Moleskine or phone, and maybe some folded papers in the other flap.
The other major issue I've run into is that I can't access things I need easily. If you're at the airport and you need to access things like a passport or cash, you'd have to stop and unfold it all to get to the inside compartments. It's less for being mobile during travel than it is for keeping small items together and organized, making it easily to find things once you are settled.
Like I said, it looks great on its own but the functionality of the product doesn't quite reach the standards that I expect from Nau.
July 12, 2011