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Day 5: Got My Kahava & Here’s My Review

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Day 5: Got My Kahava

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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9 Responses to Day 5: Got My Kahava & Here’s My Review

  1. Chris - The Aussie Nomad January 6, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    That’s actually pretty cool Brooke, There were times when I didn’t want to carry my daypack just to hold my camera and wallet, and there was no way I was getting a bumbag.

    Might have to check them out for my next venture this summer.

    • Brooke January 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

      Cool 🙂 You can also reach them on twitter @Kahava1 if you have questions. A guy invented it I believe, so it is a man-friendly bag option 🙂

  2. Jeremy B January 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    So is this for men or women or more for women? I do agree the colors are a little bright. The other concern I have for this is how easy is it to rip off of you if someone wanted to steal it? Obviously, it is more secure that a purse or bag strapped on your shoulder or back when stuff can be unzipped and stolen.

    I think a good idea would be to design this in such a way that you could wear it under a shirt and still have access to certain pockets (i.e. one pocket on your upper shoulder with the other pocket down by your waist). Any other pockets could be used for items you want to secure but don’t need access to.

    I really like the idea of this but think it could be improved. Just my two cents. 🙂

    • Brooke January 7, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

      Great feedback, and I’m still working it out completely. These were just my initial thoughts on the product. I hope to wear it around more and have more to talk about later and on http://herpackinglist.com.

      It is, in fact, for both men and women. There are more neutral colors like black and gray to choose from.

      I don’t think it could be considered a money belt alternative… it’s more of a bag alternative when you need extra hands or don’t have pockets (or being active). The section of velcro that holds it together is quite large and firm, but yes, it could potentially be a risk for the whole thing to get snatched. Perhaps that’s a feature that could be worked on.

      I don’t think this product can be made to go under your clothes as it is meant to hold big items like cell phones, cameras, etc in the outside pockets. I would be quite big and bulky looking!

      So, as a traveler, I would recommend this for active days when you don’t want a bag… hikes, walks, biking, running, etc.

  3. Kahava Bob January 8, 2011 at 10:25 am #

    Dear Brooke,

    One of your readers asked how easy it was to rip off you… This is actually a favorite of ours. Have a friend grab it while you are wearing it (grab hard) and pull on it like they are trying to steal it. Right, doesn’t go anywhere does it?? Yankee ingenuity and quality materials at their best. – Kahava Team

    • Brooke January 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

      Thanks, Bob! I’ll be thinking about testing it out with a video & having someone give it a good tug. 🙂 cheers for the feedback!

  4. amy August 23, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    i would like to buy one, where can i get one?

  5. Jane June 30, 2012 at 11:09 pm #

    Brooke,

    I love your website! I came across it when I was purchasing a hip bag from Happy Cow. I’ve since tried to find where to buy a Kahava and have had no luck. The website given on yours and other’s websites (kahava.co) doesn’t work. Any idea how else to get in touch with the company?

    Thanks!
    Jane

    • Brooke July 1, 2012 at 3:52 am #

      Hmm… they haven’t updated their twitter in over a year… must have closed shop. :/

      Thanks for dropping by! I do still have my hip bag in use after all this time –great buy!

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