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Price: $198 list | Available for $179 from Amazon
Pros: Stylish, functional, quality, built to last, well-sized pockets, shoulder strap
Cons: Uncomfortable handles, no feet at bottom of bag
Bottom line: If the price doesn't scare you away, you won't be disappointed
The Storksak Olivia represents the high-end diaper bag of our two Editors' Choice winners. Very similar in appearance to the Skip Hop Studio Diaper Tote which also received our Editor's Choice, the Storksak Olivia exceeds in both style, quality and price ($108 more than the Studio). It offers two carrying options: tote handles and an adjustable, removable shoulder strap and has nice features like an insulated bottler holder, a changing pad, a detachable accessory pouch, and plush wipe-clean linings. This bag exudes style and quality craftsmanship with such details as metal hardware and nylon satin material. The Storksak Olivia is a bag that you will want to use even past the diaper changing days, and it is built to last. If style is key and you are willing to sacrifice a little more from your wallet, the Storksak Olivia is a diaper bag you will be happy to own. It's our Editors' Choice.
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The Storksak Olivia delivers in style and quality: it looks more like a designer purse than a diaper bag. The nylon satin material with faux leather trim has easy upkeep with wipe-clean linings throughout. It comes in five colors. Moss (as seen in our video), champagne (pictured here), black, and berry have chunky gold hardware and zippers. Grey has chunky silver hardware and zippers. One downside we found in our testing is that the bag's handles are uncomfortable when resting on the shoulder. It does, however, come with a removable, adjustable shoulder strap which can also be worn messenger-style across the body. Although the shoulder strap is unpadded, the material is soft and is more comfortable to hang on the shoulder than the bag's handles.
The Olivia also executes on function. All pocket closures are either zippered or magnetic. The 5 external pockets are deep creating almost as much room for storage on the inside as on the outside. One of the external pockets has 2 zippers so that you can either use it as a pocket or use it to hold bulkier items like a blanket or a sweater. The internal compartment zips shut and has plenty of well-organized storage with 1 zippered and 6 open pockets and a detachable accessory pouch. The pouch is sized to hold items like make-up, sunscreen, and diaper cream. We also can't help but love the feel of the plush interior lining of the Olivia, and the lining is lightly colored making it easy to see what's inside. The changing pad is made from the same fabric as the interior lining. The pad is well-cushioned, machine washable, and a good size. The pad also folds up into a little package for easy storing. The thermo-insulated bottle holder is not attached to the bag which allows you to store it where you'd like. It keeps liquids warm or cold for up to 4 hours.
Weighing 2 lbs, the Olivia is 1 to 1.5 pounds lighter than its high-end competitors making it a great bag for day to day use. Check out the Olivia, our Editors' Choice winner. If the price doesn't scare you away, you will not be disappointed.
— Juliet Spurrier, MD
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Most recent user review: April 9, 2012
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