Gear Review: Lilypond Magnolia Tote

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Deodorant. Lunch. Assorted snacks, including three Larabars. 20oz. coffee mug. CrossFit workout gear. Swimming gear. Jeans for dinner out. Three varieties of lip balm. Bottle of Burt's Bees lotion. Water bottle. Notebook. Wallet. Phone. iPod. On a typical day, that's a sampling of what I might carry around in my Lilypond Magnolia Tote, and with room to spare. It's a fantastic bag with those of us who pack multiple activities into our day. Prior to seeing Lilypond pop up on The Clymb, I'd never heard of the brand, but one look at the Magnolia Tote and I decided to give it a try.

I'm low-maintenance when it comes to bags and purses; function takes precedence over form, though form still plays an important role. While in the market for a new tote I could both take to work and to the gym, the goal was to find something that could hold everything I'd need that was lightweight and attractive. It had to have enough pockets for storing little things, enough room for a variety of random items, and had to be comfortable to carry around. I found exactly what I needed in the Magnolia Tote.

With two side compartments, two interior zippered pockets, two internal mesh stash pockets, and two exterior slash pockets, the Magnolia Tote features plenty of options for storage. The two slash pockets run nearly the entire length of the bag and close with a magnetic snap, which is great for storing things you need easy access to. My work badge and a random collection of receipts or papers are my favorite things to store in those pockets. The zip-top closure keeps everything safely inside the rest of the bag, and the water bottle pockets are big enough for a full-sized Nalgene. The bag itself measures 14.5”L x 5”W x 14”H, which is big enough, but not too big to be bulky. The 10" handle height ensures I'm able to comfortably throw it over my shoulder.

The Magnolia Tote features Lilypond's lightweight recycled Cyclepond™ fabric, and the Cottonwood/Spring Leaf color combination is beautiful. But my favorite feature is Lilypond's signature molded bottom. Though it seemed bulky at first, the molded bottom means the bag stands up when I put it down on a hard surface. The bag doesn't tip over; it maintains shape and I'm able to rummage around for everything I need. The molded bottom also contributes to the bag's durability.  I bought it in November and it still looks brand new, which is a testament to the stain and water resistance of the Cyclepond fabric.

Overall, I'd recommend the Magnolia Tote to anyone with a penchant for bringing the kitchen sink around with them on a daily basis.

Though Amazon and eBags are the only sites I've yet to find that carries the Magnolia Tote in the color scheme I chose, you can find in in other colors through Backcountry.