Remember back in April when I wrote The Bag Struggle, a piece about the different bag setups I had developed for all the different things I had to carry around;
"For a long time I had just one bag that I used for several years, cramming whatever gear the occasion required into, but since then I've made a handful of bag purchases (both good and bad) which lead me to where I am today. I'm not completely happy with my current setup, but it certainly works. Albeit with regular bag-changes and lots of moving gear in-between different packs.
The ONA Prince-Street looks to be a bag that would be big enough to tote around my iPad work setup, some school supplies, and be easy access-enough and padded enough to work well as a camera bag as well. Doing all those things while also being a small and convenient bag for any occasion would be quite the feat, but I think the Prince Street has a valid chance of pulling it off. That, and it'd look really nice too. "
It's been a couple months since I wrote that post, and now that I have an ONA Prince Street in my possession I'd say it's about time to check back in and see how I'm faring now that I've slimmed down to one bag again. Let's take a look.
4. The Hopefully-Perfect Bag: ONA Prince Street
I've been using the Prince Street as my single daily-carry bag for a little over a month now, during which I've mainly been working as a barista part-time and doing a lot of writing & reading apart from that. The main appeal of the Prince Street to me (aside from it's gorgeous looks) is that I can carry everything I need to tackle just about any sort of creative project, and it all fits in one bag really comfortably.
I've been carrying:
an iPad Air 2
an Apple Bluetooth Keyboard
the TwelveSouth compass stand
a 53 Pencil stylus
an Apple charger & Lightning cable
a Xiaomi Mi Powerbank battery pack
a car charger
my FujiFilm x100s camera
a Fuji battery charger
extra Fuji batteries
a microfiber cloth
whichever Apple Watch band isn't currently on my wrist
a pair of prescription driving glasses
a pair of sunglasses
various Pilot G2 pens
a Field Notes steno-pad
a Field Notes Arts & Sciences note book
a Takeya water bottle
& last but not least:
- a beanie (Because even though I haven't worn one in months, you never know when a bad hair day may strike.)
Even with the full loadout inside, the Prince Street has some room to spare, and you could probably fit a sweater or something similar on top of everything else if you loosened the bag's latches a notch or two. Right now the Prince Street fills every bag need that I have. It's small & compact, fits my full creative kit, and looks & feels like a quality product in every respect. I'm looking forward to fitting it into a school-year lifestyle as well, and I think it'll perform well then too. Let's hope.
Maybe I'll check back in again later on. For now though, the Prince Street gets a colossal thumbs up.