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Kipling Madhouse Messenger Bag

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Product Features

  • Adjustable shoulder strap with signature Kipling silver buckle and shoulder pad
  • 13" zip pocket and signature Kipling logo on front flap
  • Rugged nylon zippers
  • Front flap has velcro closures so you can adjust the size of the bag
  • On inside of the flap there is a place to write in all of your contact info in case bag is lost
  • Underneath flap there are two open top slide pockets
  • Hanging key fob
  • Interior small zip pocket
  • Main compartment has center divider and a 13" zip wall pocket
  • Zipper around bottom of the bag allows for expandability
  • Messenger strap adjust to a maximum drop of 22"

Detailed Product Description

Keep your everyday essentials stylishly stowed in the Kipling Madhouse Expandable Messenger Bag. This lightweight and durable, water-resistant coated crinkle nylon messenger book is available in a variety of fashion colors and features classic flapover construction. It has Velcro flap closures and opens to reveal a spacious, lined and divided interior with a zippered backwall compartment for keeping valuables safe and secure; a section for your laptop computer in its own sleeve; and plenty of room for your files and other daily necessities. A zipper around its bottom allows for expandability, and the Kipling Madhouse Expandable Messenger Bag comes with the trademarked Kipling furry monkey key hanger and has an adjustable, padded shoulder strap for your carrying comfort.

Product Specifications

15" x 12.5" x 5"
1 lb
Coated crinkle nylon
One year against manufacturer defects
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Based on 402 reviews

90% recommended
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  • Posted: 1/7/2014
  • Reviewer: Anonymous Customer from Elk Grove, CA
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1 person(s) out of 2 found this review helpful.
"Gave this as a present to our daughter. She is still getting much use out of it. Good quality and functional."
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  • Posted: 12/20/2010
  • Reviewer: Kim from Pittsburgh, PA
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18 person(s) out of 18 found this review helpful.
"I needed a messenger bag that could carry the usual purse items--wallet, check book, Smartphone, cosmetics case, keys, sunglasses--and accommodate (via expansion) my lunch tote, work shoes and, on occasion, Pilates wear. I did not want a laptop messenger or one that had multiple storage compartments as I don't carry my laptop to work, and I find all those pockets/pouches for accessories more frustrating than useful. Just more compartments to go through when I'm frantically searching for my keys, phone, etc. The Madhouse Expandable is lightweight and commodious. The wide strap with the non-slip rubber grip does not cut into my scapula or clavicle. And I don't have to worry about fabric abrasion and pilling because the crinkle nylon glides smoothly across my coat and clothes. Always know where my keys are (hanging from the key fob) and where my ID and phone are (in the outside zippered compartment). And speaking of zippers, the zippers and pulls are large, sturdy and glide easily. This is especially important for me as I have limited dexterity because of hand injury and surgery. One negative--the VELCRO! Would have preferred plastic snap clasps or magnetic closures. I've ruined two cashmere sweaters and pulled threads on numerous clothes by catching them on the Velcro. I'm considering refitting the bag with clasps or magnets."
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  • Posted: 1/26/2005
  • Reviewer: Tina from Alhambra, CA
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13 person(s) out of 13 found this review helpful.
"Great bag. I use it for school and I can carry many books. It also can expand if you need more room, but does not look bulky. Also has pockets to put personal stuff and key holder. The velcro closure stays secure. Strap is comfortable even when heavy."
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  • Posted: 3/31/2003
  • Reviewer: Daniela from New York, NY
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63 person(s) out of 67 found this review helpful.
"It's really great. It's cute and there's plenty of room inside. It's good for students because on those days when you need to take a lot of books home the bag gets a lot bigger when expanded. It's also easy to clean and when it rains your books do not get wet. The monkey is a bonus also."
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  • Posted: 3/27/2005
  • Reviewer: Anonymous Customer from Chattanooga, TN
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28 person(s) out of 30 found this review helpful.
"GOOD: The interior of this bag is primarily one large pocket with a slightly mobile flexible divider splitting it into two large pockets which can each easily hold four books roughly the size of most college calculus and physics books. Most of my reference books are slightly smaller, and I have occasionally hauled around ten books and a small stack of journal articles in this bag. The lack of "gadget pockets" and "organizers" plays a large role in the bag's ability to haul significant loads. The bag's construction seems to be sturdy, and I expect it to hold up well over time. BAD: The shoulder strap is not well padded, and the pad is only positioned acceptably if the strap is lengthened enough to be worn across the body on the opposing shoulder. The strap is stitched in place and can not be easily replaced or upgraded. The black version of the bag has silvery grey stitching and zippers and a sandy brown "KIPLING" patch which are a bit too contrasting to look reasonably professional. The covering flap is exactly the width of the bag at the corner stitching rather than being slightly oversized. This allows a gap about one-half of an inch in size to form at the edges when the bag is mostly filled with books, exposing the books to rain or other environmental hazards."
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  • Posted: 6/26/2003
  • Reviewer: Marian from PA
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52 person(s) out of 59 found this review helpful.
"The bag is great - roomy, functional and stylish! The only problem I had was the two front pockets being open so I bought some sticky velcro and used that - works great!"
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  • Posted: 7/6/2005
  • Reviewer: Anonymous Customer from San Francisco, CA
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12 person(s) out of 13 found this review helpful.
"The expandable feature of the bag came in handy but was %*$bersome to carry when fully loaded and expanded -- even with a laptop. The strap does not have any padding and would get pretty heavy when traveling/walking long distances. It does fit under most airline seats -- even when fully expanded. The pockets are versitle but found that I needed to use other smaller bags to keep things organized. It is easy to access everything in the bag because of the top opening -- great for files! In the end, I have switched to a smaller backpack for daily use with my laptop and save this bag for when I'm traveling or need to take more "stuff" with me."
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  • Posted: 2/12/2005
  • Reviewer: Donna from Lake Barrington, IL
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12 person(s) out of 13 found this review helpful.
"This bag was a great buy. This size was just right and the pockets worked well for organizing. It has held up really well during daily use and is lasting longer than bags purchased in the past."
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  • Posted: 3/10/2003
  • Reviewer: Laurie from Salem, MA
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39 person(s) out of 45 found this review helpful.
"The only challenge I have with this bag is that the two inside pockets could be more secure. I have found that I am continually losing items from these pockets which otherwise would be good for calculater/palm/etc."
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  • Posted: 10/17/2003
  • Reviewer: Anonymous Customer from Bridgewater, NJ
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10 person(s) out of 11 found this review helpful.
"Great looking bag. Love the monkey. It's a bit pricey, but the organization is good; lots of pockets inside and zippered pocket outside. I use it for college. It holds my books and supplies for the day, but is a bit small for any extra books. Can hold everything else I would put in a pocketbook."
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  • Posted: 2/15/2005
  • Reviewer: Anonymous Customer from Bloomfield Hills, MI
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14 person(s) out of 16 found this review helpful.
"This is a great bag. Not embarrassing to carry around since it's not intense, but still durable and organized enough. Semi-stylish to wear with nice clothes, but strill casual. I use it for school and travel. It's roomy but not embarrassing;y large. Very well priced also. It also holds up well in the rain."
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