I own several Haiku bags from their earlier line (Vertical tote, Weekender, Bucket bag, and 2 Pouches) and was looking for something to update my Bucket Bag without increasing the size too much. I settled on the Ascend. I am very happy with the small outside pocket which I use for my briefcase thermos when needed. My only quibble is with the non-zippered pocket inside the bag. It is too floppy. I have difficulty getting my wallet and other items in and out of the bag. A little velcro or a magnet would have been nice but, without it, I plan to stitch it closed. Minus 1 star for this design flaw.