December 22, 2010

Review: Instinctive Bags Bamboo Messenger Laptop Bag from CSN Stores

Ordering from CSN Stores:

Remember this post when I told you I needed a new school bag? I finally made my mind and ordered it! I placed my order on December 1st, and on the very same day I received an email to inform me that it has been shipped. The estimated delivery date was on or before December 15 but I received it on December 9, which is amazingly fast!


The invoice

My bag came in a plastic wrapping

Instinctive Bags Instinctive was born with the purpose of creating affordable, quality bags and backpacks. Using industrial design knowledge, Instinctive works to integrate responsible production and disposal methods with a casual lifestyle. The goal of each new generation of Instinctive bags is to make a more sustainable bag in an effort to support the global community.

Price: $34.99 at CSN Stores


  • Panda faces pattern on 600D poly
  • Padded laptop sleeve (fits 15" laptop)
  • Large main compartment
  • Side cargo pockets
  • Rubberized NON toxic and waterproof coating on underside of body fabric
  • Organizer / slide pockets
  • Ergonomic back panel & adjustable shoulder straps with padding
  • YKK Zippers - premium quality
  • Large panda screen-print
  • 100% recycled 600 D polyester main body fabric
  • 100% recycled polyester webbing
  • 100 % recycled plastic buckles
  • Dimensions: 12"H x 18"W x 5.5"D

All products are manufactured in a Fair Labor Association and Social Accountability International approved factory. We are sweatshop free.

At least 1% of gross sales will be contributed to The WILD Foundation.
The WILD Foundation - A Voice for Wilderness
Founded in 1974, WILD is the only international organization dedicated entirely and explicitly to wilderness protection around the world.
Working for Wilderness, Wildlife and People
WILD works to protect the planet’s last wild places and the wildlife and people who depend upon them, because wilderness areas provide essential social, spiritual, biological and economic benefits. We believe that intact wilderness areas are an essential core element of a healthy modern society.

Motive Collective offers a lifetime of closed loop service. If this bag is damaged or if you just want a new look, you can return it for repair or replacement. Bags should be returned directly to Motive Collective LLC for repair, responsible disassembly, or reuse (donation to a charity). You will receive ANY new in stock bag or backpack directly for 10% off our current wholesale price plus shipping costs. This is an unlimited service, but certain restrictions may apply.

Our products are built with industrial design experience, high quality materials and responsible manufacturing methods.

Dimensions: 12" H x 18" W x 5.5" D

What I think: 

One of the most important thing I had in mind when chosing my school bag was the comfort of the shoulder strap, as well, I have to carry my bag around all day. This one is adjustable and padded, so it's perfect! The strap length is very good too (it's also adjustable), as I prefer to wear my bag low on my back.

Another important thing was the space available, as I carry lots of stuff with me when I go to school (netbook, books, pencil case, makeup bag, wallet, water bottle, food...). The main compartment is quite large, and there's even a padded laptop sleeve, so that means I don't even need to carry my own! But I would have like even more compartments (the ones on the outside are small and not very practical).

I made a little video to show you the details of the bag:

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration to review. I was not paid for this review,  I am not  affiliated with this company and the fact that the product was free absolutely does not influence my opinion.


  1. Ouah un gros merci! Je garde ça dans mes favs!
    Je retourne à l'école l'an prochain,et j'ai 0 sac!
    En plus d'être beaux,ils sont pratiques!

    Encore merci! :)

  2. @"L" : Isn't it? (=

    @luckiebeauty : Mais ça me fait plaisir! Je suis contente que tu l'aimes! J'étais tannée de traîner tout mon stock d'université dans ma sacoche, les straps commençaient à se relâcher -_-

  3. this bag looks nice and sturdy!! i hate laptop bags with thin straps, there's seriously no point because the straps would break in 1 month! the price is amazing on this bag!

  4. @Jenny : I totally agree with you on this! I use this as my school bag, not only to carry my laptop, so it needs to be sturdy and to have good straps.

  5. This looks like a really well built, sturdy bag. Laptops already weigh a ton, so after I pack everything else in, it feels like I'm carrying a load of bricks on my shoulder lol

  6. Hi Gaby! Ah you're super lucky to try out fake lashes :)
    Hmmm....well, I don't have to cut most pairs of lashes I have bought...some yes, but it's pretty easy and quick once you get the hang of it. I had a year's practice!
    Eeek, what glue did they give you to try that the translation is so bad? Is it some kind of Asian glue?
    Yes, I did have MadameMadeline mess up one of my last orders when I was ordering different lashes from them. They messed up my order quite a bit but luckily they did refund me on the messed up pairs :S
    You have good memory Gaby!
    I have thought of lash extensions but not only is it expensive, I heard it can be very damaging to my real lashes and I just can't afford to get my natural lashes ruined :S Plus, I have such a bad habit of rubbing my eyes in the morning and that's a huge no no for lash extension wearers. But thanks for sharing! Lash extensions look great if they're maintained well.
    Great review on the messenger bag! It looks exactly like it did in the picture online. That's nice that it has a padded compartment for your laptop and that the strap is padded too. I hate it when a shoulder bag has a crappy strap and it digs into my shoulder :( And it's nice to know some of the funds went to the Wild Foundation :)

  7. @Rinny : I agree! But I'm lucky I have a netbook so it's already less heavy to carry... but it still adds tons of weight LOL.

    @Karen : Oh I didn't realize that lash extensions could be damaging to our natural lashes! But they require lots of maintenance so I'm not sure it's something for me as I tend to get quite lazy xD For the bag, I really wanted a padded strap as I always carry around lots of stuff for Uni.

    @Musicalhouses: Thanks =D