Thursday, January 3, 2019

Dagne Dover Allyn Tote Size Comparison

This has been my most-requested post topic, so I'm thrilled to be able to help now that I own the Allyn in all three sizes! The contents included in each bag were by reader request and aren't what I normally carry. If you would find a different combination of items more helpful to see, please let me know and I'll try to make it happen!

  • Small Allyn in Sienna, Medium Allyn in Oxblood, Large (Original) Allyn in Poppy
  • Small: L 12" x H 10.5" x W 4.75" (snapped), L 16.5" x H 10.5" x W 4.75" (unsnapped)
  • Medium: L 13.5" x H 12" x W 5.5" (snapped), L 17.75" x H 12" x W 5.5" (unsnapped)
  • Large: L 14 ¼” x H 13” x W 7” (snapped), L 20” x H 13” x W 7” (unsnapped)
  • All three bags have a dedicated sleeve for a tablet or laptop, a neoprene water bottle holder, a key leash, and an external cell phone slip pocket.

Bagception! Small nested in Medium nested in Large.
Small nested in Large


The Small Allyn is first pictured with a 13" Macbook Pro (mine circa 2011) in the main body of the bag, then with a 12" Macbook in the laptop sleeve. The iPad Pro (mine circa 2017) does not fit inside the laptop sleeve. Unlike the other two Allyn sizes, there is no large sleeve pocket attached to the front of the zippered laptop sleeve. The Small also features a longer strap that can be made into a cross body strap with a few modifications. To read a more detailed review of this size and color in particular and to see how I personally pack it for a day out, please click here.

(Removed 13" MBP, replaced with 12" macbook)


The Medium Allyn fits a 13" Macbook Pro (mine circa 2011, extremely tight fit with a case on) or smaller in the laptop sleeve. The iPad Pro (mine circa 2017) fits perfectly in the laptop sleeve and feels well-protected even without a case. 


The Large Allyn fits a 15" Macbook Pro (mine circa 2017) or smaller in the laptop sleeve. Unlike the Small and Medium Allyn, the Large has one small slip pocket and a smaller layered set of slip pockets on the side opposite the laptop sleeve. I own two Large Allyns and find that they can't stand up on their own while empty without toppling over, and they struggle to retain their shape—corner buckling has been an issue.

Includes flats in small dust bag

A heads up: it's difficult to see, but there are two laptops inside this bag for the photos (a 15" macbook pro in the laptop sleeve and a 12" macbook in the large slip pocket). Between the laptops and everything else pictured, the bag weighs a whopping 16.8 lbs!


I thought the Hunter toiletry bags might provide a helpful visual reference, so here are a few additional shots that were taken with that in mind.

  • Small Hunter in Sienna, Large Hunter in Heather Gray, XL Hunter in Dusk Camo
  • Small Hunter: 7.5” L x 4” W x 4.5” H
  • Large Hunter: 9” L x 4.75” W x 5.5” H
  • XL Hunter: 11.5” L x 5.5” W x 6” H

(I'll retake this photo and shoot the missing photo below soon!)

Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the Allyn sizes or requests for additional comparison photos—I'll do my best to help. If you decide to make a first purchase through Dagne Dover, please consider clicking this link for a 10% off coupon. (And if you make a $25+ purchase shortly after accepting their coupon, Dagne Dover will gift me $25 in spending credit as part of their referral/affiliate program!)

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  1. LOVE the poppy tote! Wish I could find one myself! Literally the perfect bag!

    1. It's a gorgeous color—I hope you find one!!

  2. Do you think the medium will fit a 14 inch laptop? I have the Charlie tote but it’s just too big/heavy for everyday use.

    1. I don't think a 14" laptop would fit in the Medium Allyn's laptop sleeve, but it should fit in the main compartment of the bag! (My 15" laptop fits in the main compartment with no problem.)

  3. Thank you so much for this review!! I'm in between the medium and the large, but am worried about the size of the bag in comparison with my height. I'm 5'2" - do you think the large will look ridiculous on my frame?

    In order to fit my 13-14" work laptop, I might have to go with the large regardless...but I'm unsure if I can make it work. Thanks for any help!

    1. I'm 5'10 and feel like the large is quite a big bag even on me! (Then again, I tend to gravitate toward smaller bags in general.) While I don't think the large would look ridiculous on you, I would recommend the medium over the large if you have a very streamlined set of items you plan to carry in it—the medium seems to maintain its shape well, so having a slightly oversized laptop in the main compartment shouldn't hurt it. That said, the large is great if you need to be able to fit a TON of stuff in it some days!