First I have to say I am a little over-the-top crazy about Duluth Trading Company. I buy a lot of clothes there. Seriously. A lot. Their stuff wears like iron. And its made to fit real women who get up in the morning and get shit done, not anorexic models with zero body fat. And they’re fast with no-hassle returns, which is important when you do something stupid and forget what size you wear.
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It’s available in three colors: dark brown, navy and burgundy. All would do an excellent job of hiding dog dirt. I have the dark brown one because a few years ago I became obsessed with owning things that are dirt colored. I have been known to buy things simply because they ARE dirt colored. I did not buy Phoenix because he is dirt colored. That was just a happy coincidence. And I'm generally defining "dirt colored dogs" as any dog who doesn't have white fur. Especially white foot fur.
This bag has a nice wide pocket with a magnetic flap that runs across the lower front. Inside that, there are more little pockets and plenty of space for things to roll around loose. Also on the front, there is a deep zippered pocket. These pockets all have ample room to actually put stuff in them, unlike some bags where the pockets are sewn so tightly there is no wiggle room.
|My dirt-colored dog inspecting my dirt-colored bag.|
The inside of this bag is a nice light color. Not white. That would be stupid. Just a nice off-white cream beige neutral tan (get the picture?) so you can actually SEE what’s inside it. I have a big gripe with manufacturers who make a great bag, then line it with a black fabric that sucks all the light out of the immediate vicinity so I’m left fumbling inside what has become a portable black hole for a dark leash or some other bit of black minutiae.
Things I love the most about this bag: color, pocket configuration and light colored interior lining.
Things I love the least: the shorty pockets on each end. They’re not really tall enough to securely hold a water bottle or long tug. In fact, I wouldn’t put anything in them that I didn’t want to risk falling out during the general mayhem of being tossed into a vehicle and drug out again.
|Items placed in shorty pockets are not as safe as you think they are.|
Cons: The fabric is a little floppy (I braced the bottom of the main compartment with a piece of corrugated cardboard) and the outside zip pocket on the back isn’t big enough to hold a regular sized notebook or file folder. Little short pockets on each end aren't good for much besides holding poop bags. Which is actually a useful occupation.