I loved last year’s Festival Bag so much, but ended up selling mine anyway come Autumn. What was I thinking?! The size truly is perfect for daily use (no matter the season). To say I was thrilled with the announcement of the Go Lightly Bag is a gross understatement. And…imagine my surprise when the Festival Bag was re-released early this month!!! Cue the angels singing! I will admit, because of the Festival’s release, I have been neglecting my Go Lightly (it had the tags on it until yesterday…gulp). My co-blogger shamed me into busting it out. So, I figured that today would be a perfect opportunity to do a little comparison of the two.
The U.S. initially got only the Go Lightly in Wamo Camo (which is my least favorite print of all time), so I chose to hold out for a solid color. The Deep Coal was released a few weeks later, so I snapped that one up.
My Deep Coal GL.
The internal pocket of the GL is definitely easier to use than the Festival. I love that you can open the main compartment two different ways – zip top and a zip front.
View from the top zip. Note the zip tablet pocket and the two mesh compartments.
View from the front.
There are so many fun details on the GL – patterned strap, braided zipper pull, striped interior, mesh pockets.
Interior “Mini Tablet” Pocket. See the fun striped interior?!
Patterned strap – gorgeous colors! Silver Lulu logo.
The GL (like the Festival) can be worn crossbody, on the shoulder, or as a “fanny pack”. It also features an “expandable design.” This means you can cinch (or loosen) the front buckle to make the internal compartment smaller or larger depending on what you’re hauling. According to the Lulu site, the bag’s dimensions are 12″ x 6″ x 8″. The strap has a 23″ drop when fully extended, which makes it extremely comfortable for crossbody wear.
Now…onto the Festival Bag…aka my “bag of life.” Seriously, this bag is EVERYTHING. Even complete strangers and non-lovers of Lulu have commented on how “perfect” this bag is… No joke. My mother, who could not care less about Lululemon, raves about the function of this bag. Two nurses oohed and aahed over it last week – one even described it as “perfect”. I totally agree.
I purchased the Earl Grey (and the Spray Dye Cool Breeze/Bruised Berry, but it hasn’t arrived yet). This color is stunning…and very versatile. I have worn it with black, Inkwell, Cadet, Forest, Opal, Blue Tropics, Bruised Berry, Angel Wing… It literally looks great with everything – even jeans, a tee, and Birkenstocks! This particular shade has the same funky patterned strap as the GL – just different colors.
My Earl Grey Festival.
I love the easy access phone pocket on the back of the Festival – one major detail the Go Lightly is lacking. When I am wearing the bag on my shoulder or crossbody I can pull my phone out with ease. It’s so much handier than unzipping a zipper – keeps missed calls at bay.
Quick access phone pocket – located on the back of the bag.
The deep (and zippered) compartment keeps items secure. I can comfortably fit my nook (or a book), makeup bag, wallet and coin purse in here. There is also another zippered pocket inside to hold your “items of importance”. This pocket is great for holding cash, change, and other…unmentionables. ;) I reserve the snap pocket for items that I want easier access to – lip balm, keys, and sunglasses.
View from the top of the interior pocket – see the mesh pocket, zippered “items of importance” compartment? So great for staying organized.
Inside the main compartment. I love all the zippered pockets!
The measurements of the Festival Bag are 8″ x 12.5″ x 5″. When fully extended, the strap is approximately 23″ – same as the Go Lightly.
All in all, the Go Lightly and the Festival are very similar. The dimensions are comparable, no doubt. Although the GL has a larger “main” compartment, I prefer the deep, zippered area of the Festival. I, also, prefer the design of the Festival, hands down. The abundance of pockets (especially the zippered ones) make this bag extremely secure and keep me organized. And, as a Lulu addict, I will proudly admit that I really love the Lulu logo on the front of the Festival Bag. Both bags are made of extremely durable, and easy to clean material. Either way, you really can’t lose. Both bags are amazing - handy for everyday use (or for carrying goods to a concert). You won’t be disappointed with either choice…
Which is your favorite?? Please let us know in the comment section! We love to hear from you!
Namaste…and happy shopping.