Review of Lo & Sons O.G. versus Dagne Dover Legend Tote as a Working Mom’s Bag

Desperate to ditch my minimalist backpack for something with easier access during crowded public transit rides, I fell prey to those perfectly targeted Facebook ads and ordered the O.G. from Lo & Sons and the Legend Tote from Dagne Dover. The goal was to compare the two and figure out which one delivers more in terms of meeting my needs as a working mom who commutes on a train and then on a shuttle bus with her toddler.

Before we get started, you should know that this is my unsolicited opinion and I was in no way compensated for writing either of these reviews.

Review of the O.G. from Lo & Sons

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What’s to love about the O.G. from Lo & Sons

  • It has a hidden compartment for an extra pair of shoes
  • Comes with a detachable crossbody strap
  • Plenty of pockets
  • Key leash
  • The back unzips to slide over your suitcase handle
  • Depending on the color you select, the fabric may be water resistant

What’s not to love about the O.G. from Lo & Sons

  • No designated spot for a water bottle or travel coffee mug
  • The bag doesn’t maintain its shape when full, making it difficult to access the items that you’ve stashed away in the front pocket
  • If you use the shoe compartment and load the bag to capacity, you will likely damage your shoes if the other items in the bag are heavy (like glass Tupperware containers or water bottles)
  • It’s easy to put shoes in the shoe compartment, but I found it difficult to get shoes out of the compartment

Review of the Legend Tote from Dagne Dover

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What’s to love about the Legend Tote from Dagne Dover

  • Designated oversized neoprene bottle holder for water bottles or travel coffee mugs
  • Heavily padded laptop compartment
  • Key leash
  • Very large interior zip compartment
  • Long interior pocket for sunglasses
  • Adequate number of pockets to hold small things like pens, business cards, toy cars, lipstick, etc.

What’s not to love about the Legend Tote from Dagne Dover

  • When I packed it full, including an extra pair of shoes, I couldn’t zip it
  • The fabric is listed as “coated canvas”, which I doubt is water resistant

Photo Review of the O.G. from Lo & Sons and the Legend Tote from Dagne Dover

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The unpacking experience: The Dagne Dover box comes clearly branded, while the Lo & Sons box is nondescript.
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The unpacking experience: The Legend Tote comes in a protective storage bag, stuffed full of paper, a bit of bubble wrap, and a nicely branded envelope that contains your invoice and some marketing materials. The O.G. comes in a clear plastic bag, is stuffed with paper, and there are no marketing materials, just a paper invoice at the bottom of the box. You may think the O.G. doesn’t come with a protective cover, but you will discover it inside the bag later. Dagne Dover definitely wins this round.
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What they look like when you take them out of the box. Legend Tote on the left, O.G. on the right.
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Fully unwrapped and emptied of paper.
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Side view – Legend Tote on the left, O.G. on the right.
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At the end of a very long Tuesday, I decided to try and fit everything from my backpack into the Legend Tote first.
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There is a spacious interior zip pocket that held all of my smalls, such as prescriptions, lipstick, toy cars, toddler sunglasses, hand sanitizer, collapsible hairbrush, and bandaids.
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Poor photography skills here, but you can see the neoprene bottle holder on the left and my cell phone already stashed on the phone compartment. This laptop sleeve is by far the most padded laptop sleeve I have ever encountered. I also stuck the children’s book in the spot meant for a tablet.
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It was going great until I tried to add the shoes.

Which one did I end up keeping?

Sadly, I did not keep either bag. After physically picking up the O.G. with all of my stuff in it, it weighed 12.6 lbs. And that is with all of the food and drink containers being empty. I can only imagine how much it weights when they are full! That is just too much weight to carry on one shoulder, so it looks like I will need to stick with using a backpack as long as I keep commuting with a toddler and insisting that everything fit in one bag, lunch and snacks included. If the weight were not an issue, I would have kept the O.G. for the simple reason that I can fit more in it and every mom needs a good Mary Poppins bag. However, if I was just a working female instead of a working mom, I would have kept the Legend Tote because it is both gorgeous and functional.

 

Thank you very much for reading my post! I am a mother, a résumé writer, an aspiring minimalist, a Douglas Adams fan, and a corporate recruiter in the tech industry. If you would like to stay informed about my future posts, please follow this blog for updates on reviews, personal musings, and unique advice that will revitalize your job search. If you need to update your résumé and are the do-it-yourself type, I have a few products that you will find useful at my other website.

This post was inspired by today’s daily prompt: Delivery

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