If you’ve never used a backpack as a bag, you’ve been missing out. Backpacks can be just as stylish as a traditional handbag, but with extra space and less shoulder strain. They’re not just for hikes and grade school.
Enter Caraa Sport’s dance 2 bag. Easily the most adorable tiny blue backpack I’ve ever seen.
Caraa Sport is one of the top names in the active bag world: their designs nail both fashion and function in creative, luxe ways. I had been pining after this particular bag for ages, so I was ridiculously excited when Caraa sent me this one as a gift. It’s got me on a bit of a Caraa kick–I also recently bought Caraa’s studio bag (as seen in this post), which I’ll have a review for soon.
Here’s all the details on the dance 2 bag.
Much to my delight, the azure blue is as bright and vibrant in person as it is in photos. I have a soft spot for saturated blues, and this one is a really lovely shade.
The bag is made of spacer mesh, which has a thick, slightly spongy feel to it. It’s an extremely lightweight material, which means that the bag itself weighs very little. Mine weighs in at a little above 1 lb, which is considerably less than any of my other bags. That said, I wouldn’t call the mesh delicate. I’m not really worried about it tearing. The bag has leather accents at the zippers to provide visual and textural contrast to the bright mesh.
The backpack is equipped with adjustable straps and a top carry handle. The straps are about halfway tightened in these photos. One of my favorite design details is the zipper closure. The zippers have leather pulls that nest in each other via a little turn lock. The lock is a brilliant feature to ensure your bag doesn’t gape open.
One of the things I like about this design is that it looks great regardless of whether the bag is empty or packed to the brim. It has good structure and doesn’t deflate and flop over when empty. It has little feet at the bottom, which both protects the bottom from scrapes and dirt as well as makes the bag stand nicely on its own.
What fits inside
The inside of the bag zips open about halfway down on either side, which makes it easy to access the entire contents. The inside is mostly one large compartment, with one zip pocket on the inside. The zip pocket is large enough for a wallet, phone, small notebook, or other little items you don’t want to sink to the bottom of the bag. The outside of the bag has two diagonal zip pockets. These not only add some nice flair and are surprisingly deep. I can fit my entire phone inside easily. These zippers are also reflective.
Although you don’t see it in my photos, the back of the backpack also has a flat, padded pocket for a tablet. It would also work well for a small or medium-sized notebook or folded documents. There is no zip, however, so you’d have to be sure whatever is stored inside is secured well.
Despite its petite appearance, this little backpack is actually quite roomy. I can fit a pair of my shoes laid flat at the bottom. In addition to the shoes, I can pack in an entire outfit (tank, sports bra, leggings), a 500 ml water bottle, plus all my essentials (wallet, keys, headphones, etc) with room to spare. I also like that the wide, flat bottom makes it easy to transport even my largest food storage containers for lunch without having to do some kind of Tupperware contortion to fit them inside.
This bag is up for anything from short hikes to work to the gym–all of which are ways I’ve used it in the couple of weeks since I got it. I fell in love with this bag the minute I pulled it out of the box and would recommend it. The black and gold version is utterly swoon-worthy too.
Caraa Sport Dance 2 bag – azure blue – c/o (also available via Nordstrom)
Olympia Activewear petra tank – jet
Lululemon energy bra – raspberry glo
Koral Activewear gauge capris (past season)
Nike metcon 3
P.S. Insider tip: if you’re planning to place an order from Caraa, send me an email and I’ll send you a little something to save $$.