Review by Tina Koyama
My daily-carry is a Rickshaw Bags messenger bag that tidily fits my sketching stuff as well as all my usual “purse” stuff, and I easily take it everywhere. The only time I don’t like to carry it is when I’m taking a 3-mile fitness walk around my neighborhood lake. For that trip (which I make at least weekly), all I need is my phone, keys, ID, a notebook and a writing instrument. I don’t like to shove items into various pants or jacket pockets. I have been using a small cross-body pouch that is OK, but it’s still slightly bigger than I need. It’s now getting a little road-weary, so it’s time for a replacement.
With a name like Smart Fit Mobile Pouch, the trim little bag from Lihit Lab seemed just right. The JetPens photos indicate that it can accommodate a smartphone and a pocket-size notebook. The clip hook seems like a good place to attach a strap for cross-body carrying. Although I probably wouldn’t use them, it also has loops in back that can be used to wear fanny-pack style or on a backpack or messenger bag strap.
OK, so I didn’t read the specifications providing the actual dimensions. If I had, I would have learned before buying that it is not large enough to fit my Samsung Galaxy S9 phone (2 ¾ x 6 inches) or a Field Notes notebook (3 ½ x 5 ½ inches). Well, they fit, but then the pouch can’t be zipped closed.
Moral of the story: Just because it says “mobile” doesn’t mean all phones will fit. Read the dimensions and measure your stuff.
DISCLAIMER: Some of the items included in this review were provided to us free of charge for the purpose of review. Please see the About page for more details.
Tina Koyama is an urban sketcher in Seattle. Her blog is Fueled by Clouds & Coffee, and you can follow her on Instagram as Miatagrrl.
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Tina – which Riskshaw messenger do you use, and what all does it hold?
I have been using the “small” size of the Rickshaw Zero Messenger Bag for 5 or 6 years now, and it is still perfect for me. Please see my personal blog for info about all the stuff I carry in it: https://tina-koyama.blogspot.com/2018/02/leaner-sketch-kit-update-details.html
I use the Lihit Lab Smart Fit Carrying Pouch. It’s a bit bigger.
That’s the one I’m going to look at next! I’m hoping it’s just right.