Every ten years or thereabouts, I renew my North Face messenger bag. It doesn't really need renewing but I generally choose to do this when it starts to get a bit tatty.
So I have a look and THEY'VE STOPPED MAKING PROPER MESSENGER BAGS!!!
Everyone else stopped making them years ago but now it seems even North Face have followed this appalling trend to keep with the groovy people who spend lots of money. What's that about?
Anyway, so I'd like a new messenger bag. Things it must have are as follows.
Decent size. I don't put a Macbook air and some sushi in mine. IBM laptop, full set of clothes, full set of tools and spares, butties, phones and some other stuff that I might have.
Proper shoulder strap WITH stabilising strap. I ride a bike me, not walk about London with my headphones in. It's got to stay in one place when I'm chasing down cars and leaving guys on 8 grand carbon lovelies.
Reasonably waterproof. I live up North and ride every day
Immortal. North face made bags that'd last ten years and more, I expect the same from the replacement.
Things I don't need.
Coolness. Couldn't care less. It's utilitarian, like me.
Roly poly. It needs to be like a proper messenger bag, not a rolled up sleeping bag.