I love the simple exterior appearance of this Samsonite Zalia Backpack. The quality nylon creates smooth clean shapes that are complimented by metal hardware. The gold accents, including the exposed zipper on the nude colored bag, are fresh yet refined. The hardware on the black backpack is silver. The design has a no-frills feminine look. Just like the other piece in the Zalia line, it’s a classic style with a up-to-date twist.
The sophisticated brushed pattern gives the bag a subtle textured look and feel. The fabric seems to hold up quite well and can be easily spot cleaned. The outside has a smaller nicely placed zipper closed pocket. For me this will prevent frustration! The outside compartment is just right for storing a passport, tickets, and other necessities.
There is a top sturdy fabric handle for handheld use. To free up your hands, there are two adjustable straps for looping over your shoulders. When I lived in Africa for two years I carried a backpack like this everywhere. One of the best things about backpacks are their ability to be worn on the back, or the front. I often wore mine front facing to protect my valuables and for easy access. It’s also great when maneuvering through a narrow plane isle. Instead of whipping my bag into my fellow passengers’ face I can hold if facing forward, while still having the use of my hands.
The back straps on this Samsonite Zalia backpack are lightly padded and comfortable. They don’t cut into you, rather the well-crafted cushions sit comfortably on the shoulders.
Again this bag has the handy SmartSleeve feature. The SmartSleeve slips right on to a handle for securing this bag on top of a another piece of luggage.