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Messenger bags

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by fast14riot, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. fast14riot

    fast14riot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 27, 2010
    I am considering a new messenger bag. I really like this style of bag because I bicycle commute to work everyday, and it serves as my man purse as much as I hate to admit it. I currently have a hand made, custom Timbuk2 in size large that serves me well, but am looking for other options. If you have one, what is your favorite? I have a budget of about $400 for a custom bag, so let's hear your opinions.

  2. k4df4l


    Mar 30, 2012
    I've got a crumpler that's a really nice bag on the bike with a good adjustable/removable strap pad and 'third leg' strap that keeps the bag from shifting around while you ride. Great construction and materials, lifetime warranty and reasonably priced.
  3. holygoat

    holygoat Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 25, 2004
  4. hoxhunbe


    Feb 6, 2012
    With that kind of scratch to spend on a messenger bag, I'd start my search right here: http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/forumdisplay.php/856-SaddleBack-Leather-Company

    This company makes some fine-looking and decidedly high-grade bags of all kinds, mostly out of single, seamless panels of premium leather. Nothing like a well-worn, well-cared-for and conditioned piece of leather baggage. I've been strongly considering their rolled duffel for a good while now.
  5. untamed


    Jan 7, 2003
  6. fast14riot

    fast14riot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 27, 2010
    Thanx for the links guys. Anyone have any experiance with Chicago Wig bags? I've been checking them out, too. Most reviews I read sound like they're from the hipster crowd, not a dedicated bike commuter/messenger.

  7. burleyman


    Mar 9, 2006
    maxpedition makes a med, and lg. messenger bag.Duluth trading makes one also
  8. holygoat

    holygoat Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 25, 2004
    I have a Saddleback briefcase. It weighs seven pounds empty: nothing you'd ever want to carry on your shoulder for more than a few minutes. (Believe me, I persevered for a long time… it's just not worth the weight to get something that pretty. Fully loaded I had it around 35lb once. It did just fine, but my body did not!)

    Chrome… sure. Same as Timbuk2. Not really in the top echelons. At that price point, look at Mixed Works, Bailey, and other well-made courier bag companies.

    Mission Workshop is likely to satisfy, but for those kinds of fasteners and materials, I'd prefer Tom Bihn, to be honest. (My travel carry-on is TB, and it's excellent.)

    In the $400 range you should be looking at Bedouin, Defy, Killspencer, or — apparently; I've never seen one — Black Rainbow.
  9. fast14riot

    fast14riot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 27, 2010
    I have been looking seriously at th Bedouin, but its a left shoulder bag which I cannot utilise. I have scoliosis and it hurts me to cary much weight left shoulder. The Bedouin is my top choice for style and construction, but unless they come out with an "American" version for right shoulder carry I'm going to have to pass on what seems to be the perfect bag.

    My riding buddy has a Chrome bag, and its basically like my Timbuk2, not bad for $150 and less. I look at them as <5 year bags.

    I'm not familiar with some of the brands mentioned, but I will deffinetly check them out.

  10. holygoat

    holygoat Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 25, 2004
    You should email them. The founder wrote:

  11. fast14riot

    fast14riot Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 27, 2010
    Hmm, thanx for that little tid-bit of info! I just might check into that.

  12. jason_enrique


    Apr 16, 2010
    I commute to work via bike as much as possible and have been using a large Bailey Works Superpro for a few years now. I've been happy with my bag and it's held up well. If you plan on all weather commuting make sure your bag has a floating liner.

    Companies to consider:

    Baily Works (US made) http://www.baileyworks.com/

    PAC Designs (Canada made) http://pacdesigns.com/

    RELoad (US made)
  13. wildmike


    Nov 17, 2007
    I have a Missionworkshop Rummy. Fantastic bag, total waterproof even in a downpour. I use it for a grocery bags as well.
  14. jason_enrique


    Apr 16, 2010
  15. Infi-del


    Apr 6, 2009
    I carry a Maxpedition Mongo everyday. It's messengerish as you can fit folders and stuff in the main compartment. But it's crazy versatile. I get a wild hair every once in a while and get some new bag or pack to EDC and I ALWAYS come back to my Mongo. Best bag I've ever owned. The only thing I don't like about it is the cell phone pouch permanently attached to it. I wished it just had a molle grid so I could choose what goes there. I up graded the large plastic buckles with aluminum ones and replaced the shoulder strap with seat belt style webbing as it's softer and more comfortable. Best bag ever though.
  16. Foilist


    Dec 20, 2004
    I use an Aerostich Courier Bag every single day, and have for the past eight years or so. It barely shows any wear. It is a very basic, simple design, but extremely robust (it is intended as motorcycle gear). Mine was about 80 bucks. They are made by a small company in Duluth, MN. I also have a riding jacket and pants from them. Excellent gear.


    Sep 13, 2012
    +1 on Aerostich - http://www.aerostich.com/bags/shoulder-bags-backpacks-and-hip-packs/courier-bags - utilitarian, very tough, does not have waterproof closure


    Tom Bihn - http://www.tombihn.com/CTGY/messenger_bags.html - top quality, excellent product as are all their bags
  18. ron_m80

    ron_m80 KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 1, 2009
    Saddleback leather company, Large Satchel.
  19. defaultuser


    May 3, 2006
    Do yourself a favor and check the ITS messenger bag. It is simply awesome.
  20. Joe L. Bachs

    Joe L. Bachs

    Aug 1, 2012
    Check out the Maxpedition monsoon, it's not a messenger bag but more of a sling bag. I have one and ride a motorcycle almost everywhere, it fits my mac book and what not, camel back capable, plus it has a sweet concealed carry pocket against the small of the back. I abuse the hell outta mine and I have no complaints about it.

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