Really (really!) worth the investment!
I'm not gonna lie, a well timed IG ad sent me to the Stratus backpack by Caara. I do a truly ridiculous amount of research for anything I buy and I was on the hunt for a specific kind of everyday backpack. I spent at least 8 months searching for the right fit. My parameters were simple: no dangly bits, smart organization/weight distribution, large capacity and waterproof.
The Stratus hits all those marks and then some. I've spent the past month and change using it as my every day bag commuting to and from the office, going to rehearsals around the city and on a residency out of state and it has been a game changer for me! This bag is super lightweight, even when stuffed to capacity (with my water bottle, planner, laptop, idea notebook, umbrella, travel foam roller, wallet, wipes, extra rehearsal outfit, lunch/snacks, small pouches filled with odds and ends), my whole life fits in this bag. It is truly waterproof, with great zippers and zipper covers. My items were completely dry anytime I walked through a downpour and I looked good while doing it.
I got it in the nude color, which is more pink than beige in person. I didn't mind that at all, as it still works as a great neutral color that goes with everything I wear. I've gotten so many compliments on it and I'm seriously considering getting another in black. At first I balked at the price, but it really is worth it. I'd feel comfortable taking this on a long haul trip as a day pack. Caara, ever consider making a 30L-40L…