12 Best Crossbody Bags in 2017

What do you use when your pockets aren’t big enough, a purse is too large and you would like to walk around hands-free?

A crossbody bag is the perfect solution!

These handy bags are perfect when you’re on the go: whether you’re traveling around Europe on vacation, working your way through all of the rides at Disneyland or simply shopping at the mall with your friends.

In fact, crossbody bags come in handy in quite a few situations, and if you’d like to know which are the best crossbody bags to spend your money on, you are definitely in the right place.

Below, you can compare and contrast the top bags in order to find the right one for your needs and since we included options for both men and women, everyone can find exactly what they need.

Top 12 Crossbody Bags Chart

DesignNameTarget GenderUseRating (1-5)
  1. Vera Bradley Hipster Cross-Body Bag Women Daily 4.7
  2. OutdoorMaster Sling Bag Backpack Unisex Travel, School 4.6
  3. Baggallini Big Zipper Crossbody Bag Women Daily, Travel 4.6
  4. Berchirly Small Vintage Canvas+Leather Messenger Cross body bag Unisex Daily 4.6
  5. Coach Signature File Crossbody Bag F34938 Women Daily 4.4
  6. The Sak Pax Swing Pack Crossbody Bag Women Daily 4.4
  7. Travelon Anti-Theft Cross-Body Bag Women Travel 4.3
  8. Zebella Men’s Unbalance Chest Pack Multipurpose Backpack Crossbody Shoulder Bag­ Men Daily, School, Work 4.3
  9. Baggallini Criss Cross Bagg Women Daily, Travel 4.3
  10. Sling Bag Chest Shoulder Unbalance Gym Fanny Backpack Unisex Travel, Outdoor 4.2
  11. Fabuxry® Casual Canvas Zipper Single Adjustable Strap Shoulder Bags Unisex Daily, Work 4.2
  12. Kalevel Cool Outdoor Sports Casual Canvas Unbalance Backpack Unisex Daily, School, Work 4.1

Size and Use

One of the most frequent questions that people ask about a crossbody bag has to do with the size.

Many need to know the dimensions so they can determine whether or their favorite items will fit in a bag.

The size depends on how you plan to use the bag and what you’ll carry, so here are a few things to take into consideration before you choose a bag

  • Will Your Electronics Fit Inside? – If you know that you’ll be taking your tablet or e-reader along, then make sure that the inside of the bag (or at least one of the pockets) has enough room inside. Ideally, you want to make sure that you can close the flap or zip it closed while the item is inside, so check into this before you purchase.

Some bags are quite small, and it’s common for shoppers to purchase something that ended up being too small for their needs.

  • Material – If you know that you’ll be outdoors with the bag, you should find out how water-resistant or waterproof a bag is since chances are it will be exposed to rain or snow at some point.

Nylon, polyester and leather are great if you’ll be wearing your crossbody bag outdoors or for travel, and lighter materials such as cotton or canvas are great if you’ll be spending the majority of your time indoors or use the bag lightly.

Construction

The cheaper the bag, the lower the quality.

You can learn a lot about the quality of a bag if you simply take a little extra time to check out the details:

  • Where the Strap Attaches to the Bag – It’s always good to see where a manufacturer has added reinforced stitching in order to prevent the strap from detaching from the bag, so be sure to check this area for sturdiness.
  • Corners and Bottom of the Bag – This is where a bag will show wear and tear the most, so ideally you want thicker materials used on the bottom of a bag and reinforced corners that won’t wear down easily.
  • Zippers – If the bag has zippers, find out if they are self-repairing and look for heavy-duty zippers.

Top 4 Best Crossbody Bags Reviews

1. Vera Bradley Hipster Crossbody Bag

Dimensions: 10 ¾” x 11” x 1 ¾” with a 52” adjustable strap

These bags from Vera Bradley are definitely a hot item, and with so many styles and colors to choose from, it’s no wonder that every woman wants one these days.

It’s great for daily use when you’re out running errands or shopping and is quite conveniently designed in order for you to keep all of your belongings organized.

On the outside it has one slip pocket and two zip pockets (one on the front and one on the back), and inside the purse there are three slip pockets.

Fitting a tablet inside is iffy – it seems that the iPad mini will fit just fine but larger tablets might make it harder to close the top.

We wouldn’t recommend this for travel since the bag is made of cotton on the outside, but we have plenty of travel-friendly options in our table above if that’s what you’re in need of!

There are literally dozens of colors and patterns to choose from, so check them out to see which one will compliment your style.

2. OutdoorMaster Sling Bag Backpack

Dimensions: 18.9” x 12.6” x 4”

Any of you in need of a crossbody bag for school or outdoor use will appreciate a quality crossbody bag like this one from Outdoor Master.

This is ideal for school, work or even a hike through the woods since you can easily fit larger items inside.

Store an iPad, tablet or up to a 12.5-inch laptop and plenty of personal items and it even has a hidden anti-theft pocket where you can stash your valuables (think about your passport and cash when you travel).

The strap is pretty comfortable and you can hook it to either the bottom left or the bottom right of the bag since there are D-rings on both sides.

In our opinion, this is one of the best crossbody bags for those with an active lifestyle: both men and women!

3. Baggallini Big Zipper Crossbody Bag

Dimensions: 11” x 11” x 1” with 52” adjustable shoulder strap

This unique crossbody bag by Baggalini provides you with four separate zip pouches to help you keep your belongings organized.

It may look simple, but it’s not a cheap bag. Inside you have tons of storage space and card pouches so that you can avoid the bulk of a wallet, plus you get a key hook, electronic pouches and a zip pouch for the rest of your items.

Did we mention it is also an RFID blocking purse?

This is slim, lightweight, water-resistant and perfect for the minimalist in need of a day bag or even travel bag.

There are plenty of colors available, too!

4. Berchirly Small Crossbody Bag

Dimensions: 8.66” x 6.69” x 1.96”

We’ll start off by pointing out the small size of the bag. It’s noticeably smaller than the other bags we features, which makes it an ideal choice for a night out with friends, shopping around the mall or anywhere else you may be headed without the need for larger electronics. Surprisingly enough, it does state that it can fit an iPad inside, but note that what they really should tell you is that it can fit an iPad mini at best. Regular sized tablets are too large for this bag.

It’s more of a fashionable choice rather than functional one, and we think that the price reflects that.

For light, occasional use, it’s a nice looking bag with a retro, vintage feel.