Extra Large Natural Zip Top Canvas Tote Bag
Great Bridesmaid's Gift
I bought these extra large zip-top canvas totes as part of the gifts I gave my bridesmaids for my September wedding. I got the bags in the same color as the girls' dresses and had each of them personalized with the girls' first names. I ordered the bags exactly 2 weeks before my wedding, and because I cut things so close, I did have to order expedited shipping. I was thrilled to learn, however, that this shipping option was only $5 extra for my entire order of 8 personalized bags -- so worth it!
I gave my bridesmaids the complete gift the night before the wedding, and all of the girls loved them. They were all very excited about the bags and how much they could fit inside them. They even used them to pack for the next day, as they all stayed overnight at the venue where we had our reception.
The bags themselves are humongous--I'm sure you could easily fit several blankets or towels in one of them. They appear to be high quality and very durable, and the pockets on the inside and outside seem to be great for organizing different items. The monogramming came out beautifully, and the bag in general is attractive looking.
My mom has been using one of these bags for over 25 years (the SAME bag--for 25 YEARS!), and it's still in great condition--it barely looks worn, in my opinion. I wanted to get my girls something useful that they would have for years to come, and I think these bags perfectly fit the bill.
I liked them so much that I actually just ordered one for myself. It hasn't arrived yet, but once I start using it, perhaps I'll update my review to give more detailed information. From what I know of the canvas bags at this point, however, I would recommend them to anyone who's looking for a large bag for trips. They certainly make worthwhile gifts!
September 30, 2013
Huge bag, beautiful
I bought yellow and cream color, it is a huge bag. People stare jealously at the pool. Even without anything in it its heavy! I can fit 6 big beach towels and all my kids pool toys. When i just had 4 towels in it i could fit my 2 boys life jackets and sand toys, squirt guns, snacks and i still had room! It has a ton of inside pockets for your phone, snacks and sunscreen.
Biggest problem i have is this is not washable. No dry cleaning or machine washable. Which i didnt notice till after i was throwing the kids pool toys in semi wet for a week (theres a yucky water spot now on bottom) after a week of use my bag is dirty. If you want it for years of use buy the dark colors
I am 5"1 and carried the bag completely full to our timeshare and back to the room but i wouldnt want to walk 2 miles with it. Its heavy- it's the thick thick canvas material but its so beautiful i dont mind the weight. The quality is the best you will ever find. People will stop and stare :)
July 16, 2014
Durable, but HEAVY bag
I think this bag is of excellent quality, and the monogram is very nice. I'd intended to use it as a beach bag since it's so spacious. However, when I received it, I realized it is very heavy, and not something I'd want to tote back and forth to the pool/beach all the time. Instead, I will be using this as an overnight bag if I were to take a weekend trip somewhere. I think it is a great bag to travel with. I gave it 4 stars because I think the description should mention that is quite heavy on its own. Otherwise, it's very well made and has plenty of pockets.
July 3, 2014
Great bag, straps too short
I would absolutely love this bag if the straps were just a bit longer, so it was easier to put on my shoulder when full. I love the size and it holds everything you need for a day at the beach or pool, however, when its full its very difficult to get onto your shoulder because the straps are too short. (I'm 5'5" and 140lbs, for reference)
June 24, 2014
Very large and durable!
This bag fits everything I need for my family of five. Its our favorite pool bag!
June 23, 2014
I thought it was going to be too big..
I ordered this for myself and my 3 bridesmaids. When I first got it, I thought it was WAY too big but it definitely isn't. I use it for the beach and it fits everything I need and it isn't so tight with stuff that I can't find it. Considering how much it holds, it doesn't get awkward to carry (or at least it hasn't for me). I haven't even given it to the girls yet, but I bought a glass water bottle, a beach towel and a beach ball (to fill space) to put inside of it.
June 17, 2014
this bag is spacious and well constructed. Nice work Lands End!
June 10, 2014
This is a great tote. Period.
I have owned this XL Zipper Tote for almost 10 years. Its quality is unsurpassed. It has traveled to numerous beaches all over North America, been dragged (literally) to many pools, houses, and lakes in our state. It is as sturdy as the day I received it. It will hold five rolled up beach towels, numerous bottles of sunblock, various goggles and other pool toys, as well as a couple bottles of water. I love this tote. The only thing missing with the newer versions is more color variety - the "natural" color wouldn't hold up with our lifestyle :). I highly recommend this tote.
June 3, 2014
Spacy, Big, Well made
I've been looking for a really big beach bag for few years. This one size's PERFECT. It's only minus is that it's a little bit heavy for me even being empty. So, to carry it full with stuff it's a man job. For a woman it will be way too much. And another minus - I've ordered silver monogramming, but received navy embroidered lettering... Not a big problem, but my order wasn't respected 100%...
May 30, 2014
it was a mother's day gift for my daughters... to pack to take their kids to the beach... they both love it!
May 28, 2014