I've had this bag in my wish list for as long as I can remember. Every time I ran across it in my list or as a suggestion, I would talk myself out of adding it to my cart. The $4.00 discount offered on this tote as a box add-on enticed me to take a chance on it.
I am very pleased that I purchased it. I have used it at least once a week since it arrived. I chose the sailor striped bag, which has long been a favorite pattern of mine.
I used my tote this morning to attend an appointment, shoving all my leather handbag contents into it. I didn't realize that how hard it would rain today, but I was glad that I had this heavy duty canvas tote to protect my contents.
The lack of a zipper has not been a problem for me, as the bag is tall and you can clutch it tightly to your body if you don't fill it to the very top. In addition to the snap at the top of the bag, near the short handles, there is a snap on both sides where the the long, adjustable shoulder strap attaches to the bag. This extra snap adds protection for your tote contents by creating a type of "cross-snap" closure.
I am very pleased with the sturdy material that seems to repel rain, although I do not believe that it claims to be water-resistant or waterproof. I have run into rain several times when I am carrying this bag and it works well at keeping my tote contents dry during a short sprint from a car to a building or vice versa.
If I had a longer walk, I would put any expensive electronics into an appropriately cushioned and zippered bag for additional protection.Then I'd feel comfortable putting those items into this bag and know that I could stand or walk in the rain with my items safe.
Summary: I definitely recommend this tote. I was surprised at the quality for the price when compared to the other canvas totes that I own. I hope Baggu retains their quality standards, as I would consider buying another to have in my car or as a gift.