As a female, I’m used to slinging around a bag of some sorts most days of the week, but I always enjoy times when I get to go outdoors with nothing weighing my arms down. It’s a complete feeling of freedom I think many men take for granted. I can swing my arms freely when I walk, and one side of my body is not stressed more than the other; it’s one of the reasons I enjoy my Happy Cow Hip Bag so much.
It goes without saying I was delighted that the people over at Kahava wanted to give me one of their hands-free Kahava sashes to test out.
My size small, purple Kahava finally arrived yesterday, and I took advantage of today to take it for a spin and see what it has to offer travelers.
These are my initial thoughts on this product.
A Kahava is said to be for life in motion, so for a traveler it works for days you’re out walking around cities, going for hikes and running the trails. If you’re a snowboarder, dog-walker or parent, a Kahava can be your extra pockets when you don’t have extra hands to lug around another bag. Worn across your body, it doesn’t have the added baggage feel of traditional purses and messengers that often leave you bumping into things.
The inside of the Kahava sash has two zipper pockets where you can store money, credit cards or keys. Being close to your body, it makes it difficult for anyone to pick-pocket you when out and about.
The outside of the Kahava has two pockets that close with a velcro flap, one with a see-through front, and the other solid. The pockets are the perfect size for cell phones and pocket cameras, keys, lip balm, medication and other little essentials.
Each of the outside pockets are removable, but don’t think that comes easy since they are held on with both velcro and a buckle. One thing I realized while having a refreshing walk at the park today is that I would definitely remove the bottom pocket when going for a walk or run that involves a bit of arm-swinging as I kept rubbing it on my left arm. However, this could just be because of the way it sits on my body in particular.
The material used to make the Kahava is quite hefty and durable, so it will most likely last for some time — always great for hardcore travel.
As for negatives, so far this is what I got:
The sash is kind of big and bright. Basically, the one I chose says, “Hey, look at me!” so if you’re not into gaining a bit of extra attention, it might not be for you. However, there are several colors to choose from, some of which are more low-key.
The pockets aren’t very big, so the sash as a storage device can be a bit limiting. For example, you won’t be able to carry your passport in it unless you buy the extra interchangeable passport pocket.
Coming in at just $20, this handmade-in-the-U.S.A. product has its benefits for travelers and people on the move in general. I can imagine myself out and about taking photos and not having to worry about where I put my handbag. Still, it’s not for everyone, but if you’re interested, feel free to drop me a line to ask more questions.
Kahava is now selling their products on Etsy!