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Price: $70 list | Available for $70 from Amazon
Pros: Stylish, easy to use, great storage, lightweight, expandable, eco-friendly materials, good value
Cons: No key clip, shoulder strap unpadded
Bottom line: Gem of a bag for a gem of a price
The Skip Hop Versa is a great diaper bag for $70. It resembles more a purse with its hobo style and soft silky-feeling fabric. We hold it in very high regard for being lightweight at 1.4 lbs and made of eco-friendly materials (PVC, Phthalate, and BPA-free) with a water-resistant lining. It is also expandable, zipping open to 20% more capacity, if desired. It has one unpadded adjustable strap by which to hang off your shoulder or across the body. There is plenty of storage space with well-appointed pockets on the exterior and interior. The exterior has two large insulated zippered pockets perfect for bottle and snacks. The interior even has a lightly colored contrasting lining to easily see contents. It also comes with a nicely padded changing pad. Overall, the Versa is a functional, easy to use bag with lots of appeal. For just $20 less than our Editor's Choice winner, The Skip Hop Studio Diaper Tote, it is a great quality value for a nice price.
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BabyGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
There is a lot to like about the Skip Hop Versa ($70). The Versa comes in 3 color styles: black (seen here), cream links, and navy. It is made of eco-friendly materials (PVC, phthalate, and BPA-free) and is remarkably lightweight at 1.4 lbs, saving the work for the stuff you choose to put inside. It is expands 20% by easily unzipping an external vertical zipper down the middle of the bag. The storage is ample and easily accessible. All pockets are zippered or open. There are 2 well-sized zippered insulated pockets on front of the Versa which is perfect for snacks or bottles (fits tall bottles up to 8.5" in height). There is a nice zippered pocket on front which is perfect for a cell phone and a very large zippered pocket on the back of the bag, great for storing the included changing pad and even diapers and wipes. The interior zips open widely revealing simplicity and functionality with a lightly colored water-resistant lining with 4 ample open pockets and a main compartment. The Versa has one main adjustable strap without padding which you can carry over the shoulder or across the body. What looks like a fashion accessory on the sides of the bag are actually non-skid stroller straps which you unclip as needed. However, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association doesn't recommend using stroller straps due to risk of the stroller falling backwards when a bag is hung from the back of the stroller's handle(s). We agree. Nonetheless, on this particular bag, the stoller straps look nice and bring style to the bag even when clipped in place. The only things that we feel are missing on the Versa is an attachment for your keys and padding on the shoulder strap. That's high praise. With expandability, easily accessible storage, quality, and eco-friendly materials, we think Skip Hop got it right with this gem of a bag for a gem of a price.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD
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Most recent user review: January 31, 2012
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