3 thoughts on “Water to Summit Ultra-Sil Shopping Bag,Blue

  1. feydrus
    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Worth the price, July 20, 2009
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    feydrus

    I’ve been trying to stop using disposable shopping bags for years but the biggest problem has been not having my own bags with me when I needed them.

    I found myself avoiding the hassle of carrying around regular reusable bags unless I was absolutely sure I would need them. I’ve used other compressible or fold-away bags but I found them to be either too flimsy, too small or both. These Sea to Summit bags are both very-sturdy and reasonably large. I haven’t tested the advertised weight limit, but I can easily fit two gallons of milk in one bag and it can handle the load without problem. Despite this the compressed size is so small it’s a cinch to keep them next to my keys and clip them to a belt loop whenever I leave the house.

    It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but the opening at the top of the bag is just a little smaller then the base of the bag. I guess this discourages things from falling out? I can’t tell if that design feature has helped anything, but it certainly hasn’t hurt. The fabric has proven to be at least water-resistant. Though I haven’t submerged them in water, light rain beads off of them like a good rain jacket. The handles are just long enough to sling the bag over my shoulder.

    This combination of features means that I have used these bags a lot more often then any others I have. And they are so sturdy I expect to get returns on my purchase for many years to come.

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  2. C
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Lightweight, but easily punctured, noisy and stays creased., July 23, 2012
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    C (Guilford, CT USA) –
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    This is possibly the lightest, strongest and most water-repellent tote-in-a-keychain on the market today.

    Pros:
    – Ultra-lightweight (only 1.6oz!)
    – Water resistant fabric
    – Bar-tacking (extra stitching) at all the stress points.
    – Available in a variety of colours so you won’t accidentally put your new sweater in the same bag that had the leeks and salmon from the farmer’s market.
    – Strong mini-ripstop (Cordura brand) fabric. Resists tears.
    – Tote can be put back into its storage baggie.
    – Rubberized fabric fob with snap-button to easily attach bag to keyring. This is a very thoughtful as it enables the bag to be detached from and reattached to the keyring easily. That way you can leave the bag in your car and continue with your day without having to leave the keys behind.

    Cons:
    – Fabric is noisy
    – Fabric stays crinkled even after hanging up for a few days with towels in an attempt to relax the creases.
    – Fabric is slightly see-thru and so items will be visible.
    – Putting the tote back into the baggie takes a bit of practice but once you figure out the best way for you, it is easy to do.

    Additional Notes:
    – The baggie that the tote folds into is attached (not removable) on the inside (silicone-treated side) of the tote.
    – The baggie itself is also best turned inside out to be used as a key holder when in the tote.
    – The actual measurements of the tote are: 4.5″D x 17″W x 14.5H The base tapers to a slightly smaller top opening.
    -When putting the tote back into the baggie, tuck the shoulder straps in, whether using the folding method or the stuffing method (both work).

    Conclusion:
    I find that this is the tote I have with me all the time because of its compact size, weight and the easy-to-attach/detach keychain tab. However, this bag just doesn’t have the looks of some of the more fashionable heavier reusable bags such as Walker, Rume and Envirosax. Most of the time, the noise doesn’t bother me but sometimes it is quite embarrassing walking into a quiet room and everyone can hear the crunchiness and swosh-i-ness of the nylon. Add the impossible-to-get-out creases and crinkles and the bag can be mistaken for a cheap dollar-store bag.

    Overall I do recommend this bag. It is also excellent as a just-in-case compact raincover for more fragile and expensive handbags.

    UPDATE 7/23/2012
    After using this daily for the past 2 years, this is definitely the lightest tote bag on the market. The keychain feature is really convenient and the material itself waterproof. I have been mainly using this mostly as a raincoat for some of my fancier handbags and so far it has kept them dry even in a tropical deluge. My only major complaint is that this material is easily punctured by sharp edges of packaged foods such as envelopes of peanuts from a gas station or vending machine. As the material has a rip-stop weave, there was no tearing and the bag does still hold quite a bit of weight, however there are now lots of tiny puncture holes in my bag making it not water-repellant anymore. I will still buy a new one to use as a handbag-raincoat and keep my current one for use as a grocery bag (and see how long it lasts in that function and report back).

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  3. Lauren
    3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Pricey, but worth it., November 26, 2010
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    Lauren (Miami, FL United States) –

    At first I thought this sounded great, but was far to much to pay for a shopping bag. I added it to my wish list and forgot about it. My brother selected it off my wish list and gave it to me for my birthday. I has turned out to be great. I have been using it for over a year now. It comes everywhere with me. I live in Manhattan so carrying bags to the store often gets forgotten when I just stop by somewhere on my way home. I leave it clipped to my purse and use it every time I shop. I love it. I want another one. I just wish they didn’t cost so much. I can get a bag that fold up and clips to my bag for 1.99 at a lot of places now and higher quality ones for under $10. I do think this one to be the best I’ve seen but the price has steered me away from buying any more at this time.

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