(with apologies to Mazda’s ad campaign…)
My eggplant (really? I thought eggplant was darker, maybe with brown undertones?) Zuma finally arrived yesterday. Maybe it was the roughly 6-week wait for the new bag in the special color, but I was underwhelmed. I’d call the color “grape” and I finally know what some Namaste customers have complained about with the odor. I have had FIVE other Namaste bags pass through my hands, and this is the first one that has smelled like new plastic.
Then, there’s this funky accordian-style front pocket. (Go to the website linked above and click on “view photos” for some use ideas.) I haven’t had time to switch over to this bag yet, but I’m not sure more is better. I can’t imagine what I’ll put in there, but when I figure it out, I’ll take a picture for you.
Natalie had asked to see how it compares to my beloved Newport. Keep in mind, the Newport is stuffed and the Zuma isn’t, but…
One obvious difference; when I fail to carry a portfolio of some sort with me, my friendly Newport allows me to slide papers or other roughly 8×11 materials inside. Sometimes the snap won’t shut, but those killer magnets grab hold of each other and it works. Zuma isn’t going to be so accomodating.
They’re roughly the same height, but while it doesn’t matter if I have on a sweater and my heaviest coat, Newport slides up to my shoulder, again, Zuma won’t extend that courtesy. It didn’t even stay put yesterday while I “wore” it on my shoulder, into the house, empty.
Worst case, I think Zuma will be an awesome large project bag. I tried to get a cute photo of Gretchen inside the dividerless main compartment, but she wouldn’t cooperate. I don’t know if it was because it was cold outside or if the smell was too much for her, but trust me, the wee fur-girl could curl up inside, with a little blankie, and if those magnets weren’t so strong AND all around the wide opening, I’d try it as a Gretchie tote.
Stay tuned. My plan is to switch over tonight and give this bag a whirl.
You beat the reviewer to the review! I’m awaiting my review bag arrival this week… and am very interested in trying it out myself.
As for that front pocket – what about business cards?
PS – my newport is still the BEST bag and I next to never even bother to snap it shut…
How does that front pocket close? I would use it as a “wallet” of sorts, putting all the essentially cards – driver’s license, etc, right there, up front, with easy acess. Depending of course on how it closes.
I like the shape, don’t know that I love the color, but it’s hard to tell in photos, no? g
Just received my zuma bag(eggplant)-does the odor disappear?
Hmmm…I’m thinking I might need to order the newport then. I really want a multipurpose comfortable on my shoulder bag….off to look at colors!! Thank you so much for all the great info!!
ooohhhhhh, ahhhhhhh, I like the purple:) It looks to be a functional bag. Just right for all those WIP:)
I haven’t used my zuma either. I was kind of shocked at how much smaller it is. I was wondering about that front pocket too. Guess we could use it to sort different kinds of tea bags!:) I was going to put Fuji in it too but she gave me the look! Now my Laguna is huge…Jimmy calls it my luggage! Still love Namaste though. Might like it better once ya start using it too.
I actually like your Zuma AND the color you selected! On my screen it does appear to be eggplant and not grape….hope you warm up to it!
Definitely more grape than eggplant, but still pretty cute.
Well, in the worst case I could imagine… that grape (PURPLE!) bag could come stay with me for a while… he he! It’s pretty even if it doesn’t measure up to the newport. 🙂
Well it’s pretty obvious to me. You’re supposed to use those little pouches for circular needles!
I agree with you and think the first bag just looks more of a practical style.
Well, considering my new love for Vera Bradley, I doubt I’ll be buying more Namaste bags until I’ve had my fill of the other. lol
He doesn’t know about it yet, but my husband is going to be mad at you for introducing me to the Namaste product line. However, I would like to say THANK YOU!!
Hmmm, I’ve got to get one of those bags some day. I sounds like I should definitely consider the Newport.
I really like the color.
You are right, that is not an eggplant color, that IS purple. My Zuma in charcoal doesn’t smell, but my magnet closures aren’t as good as my Newport’s. In that I am disappointed. Well…nothing is as good as Newport, IMHO!
I’m sort of at a loss for how to comment, since my means of carrying around projects usually involves re-purposed gift bags or plastic grocery bags, or a gallon sized Ziploc bag!
Both bags sure look nice, though. I love the colors, but judging by your review, the Newport has to “win” because of it’s practicality.
I love the bag! I also have a Newport, and it also smelled awful when it arrived. The smell subsides if you let the bag air out a bit.
The grape colour is so pretty. I’m sorry you’re disappointed in it.
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