Words: Brooke Philips [Team Pedlas Pursuit] Photography: Goodordering.com
The main thing that makes the Market Shopper by Goodordering so good is its multifunctionality: It looks right when worn as a pannier, sholder bag and backpack. The other main draw is its beautiful fabrication. The rich, deep two-tone colouring contrasts beautifully with the white trim (mine is maroon, but there are more colours available), and the quality and execution is so good I thought it had to be British made until I saw the origin tag: made in China.
As someone who bikes to work every day, I greatly appreciate the bag’s resilience and smartly designed compartments. The velcro fastenings on the front of the bag are very strong (almost difficult to prise open!) and secure. The inside is roomy (35cm x 32cm x 14cm (height = inside height not including external flaps) and there’s a zipped compartment that runs the full width of the bag. The compartment is deep and would easily fit an iPad Mini, Kindle or workbooks, although I use it for toiletries – I commute to work every day and get ready in the office. On the opposite side, there’s a laptop sleeve (up to dimensions 29cm x 34cm (or 30cm x 34cm if its slim) or big enough for a 15″ MacBook Pro). Both sides of the sleeve are padded so not only does this protect one’s back but also the laptop in its entirety. The padding on the back of the bag is resistant to bulky objects that would otherwise cause discomfort when cycling. I compared the padding in this area with that of my trusty Eastpak rucksack (a similar price tag – £65) and found that the padding in the Market Shopper felt superior. As you’d expect the shoulder straps are padded too, and a useful addition to this is that they can be tucked away: so when you use the bag as a pannier or carrying it by the top handles, the backpack straps don’t get in the way.
Practicalities notwithstanding, the bag is attractive in an interesting, slightly retro style. The zip fastenings are smooth and open to reveal a contrast lining; the thin stripe pattern is understated in colour (soft grey and white) which looks beautiful against the richly coloured exterior. The lining extends throughout the pockets and feels like that you’d find inside of a cool bag. The exterior is water resistant and both the exterior and lining and can be wiped clean, the only part that is likely to attract dirt or discolouration is the white strap detailing.
Inside the bag, I found a coordinating dust bag which is ideal for storing the bag when not in use – this is a nice touch, as for me, living in a small London flat, space is tight and most of my cycling bits have to be packed away when not in use. Also, by design this is easy to do – the bag is flexible when empty and at the very bottom there is a fold down flap which when stowed upright allows the bag to be stored completely flat. When the flap is folded down the bottom of the bag extends out to create a sturdy base. The bottom of the bag is also adorned with four robust plastic feet.
Lastly, the bag is not without charm: its branding and design are quirky in a simple, Scandinavian-inspired style, inside there’s a plaque to write your name, phone number and email address – a detail that fits the brand aesthetic whilst being ideal if you’re prone to leaving things behind. The badge on the front of the bag is crafted from leather which is another attractive detail.
In all the fabrications are functional, lightweight and well thought out. The quality is very good, although there were a few stray threads, nothing out of the ordinary so I simply trimmed those off. The bag excels in looks (it exudes an obvious retro flair), comfort and practicality which makes using the bag effortless and worry free. I would absolutely recommend if you’re looking for a quality, versatile bag that has character. http://goodordering.myshopify.com/