Messenger bags – It's been a horrible evening
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.
Advice please.Posted 4 years agobigblackshedSubscriber
My Chrome Metropolis is everything you describe. They are just too hipster now.
Bagaboo, Belk, Mission Workshop, BigXTop, PAC Designs. The ultimate would be a Black Rainbow Project (used to be Archie’s Grobags). Unfortunately they are like rocking horse do-do, sprinkled with unicorn horn and wrapped in mermaid placenta.Posted 4 years ago
STW is great! So far the big Patagonia is meeting all requirements I think.
Waist straps are awful when you’re cycling and quite a few suggestions so far are tiny. My laptop would fill those bags with nothing left over. Plus I usually have two carrier bags completely full of stuff.Posted 4 years agobrakesMember
I have a Timbuk2 medium and can carry what you list above, but only just, and it makes the bag a bit teetery on your back so you might want a large.
Mines only 2 years old but it is used and abused every day and in all weathers and still looks like new. Fully waterproof despite being ‘open’ at the top.
Downsides are that you have to pack it right to get it to balance, the padding on the shoulder strap could be a bit thicker for when you’re fully laden with 10+kg of gear on your back.
I’d also customize it a bit with a couple of extra loops and fastening points for a mesh bag and lights.
I’m considering getting a large for overnight stays and shopping trips, but might get a Bagaboo for something different and they seem well priced.Posted 4 years agogarySubscriber
Medium timbuk2 here – about 16 years old I think and daily commuting for at least 10 of those. Still waterproof based on todays ride.
The medium one would probably be a tight squeeze for what you listed though I’ve been known to strap forks and all sorts to mine to ride home.
There is a group test in issue 30 of the magazine if you have a pile of them in a corner somewhere – has a lot of the bags mentioned above in it.Posted 4 years agoNZColSubscriberspacemonkeyMember
Crumpler Cheesy Disco here. Lovely piece of kit. Stabilising strap, loads of compartments, light but strangely rigid and hardy. RRP used to be something like £120 but I picked mine up (not even used) off someone on here for a bargain.
Not sure how it would stand up to incessant rain oop north though!Posted 4 years agozbontySubscriber
I had a large Timbuk2 one that i was pleased with for years, but ultimately fell apart.
Replaced by the STW logo’d Pac Designs large one. I think they made about four or so and its a great bit of kit.Posted 4 years ago
Way more solid/overbuilt than the Timbuk2. Comfy, stable, massive, adjustable. A great bit of kit.
Possibly encouraged me to carry too much wight on my back though. Now using panniers daily due to knackered back!tinybitsMember
Very happy withy large north face black 17″ one I’ve got. Goes most places with me, I reckon I could fill it with enough for a week away at a push.
Edit, like this but the large:Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
Mission Workshop bags. They set up Chrome originally, then sold it to concentrate on more unconventional designs.Posted 4 years ago
The roll-top design will keep out just about anything apart from total immersion, I think, and the strap adjuster is simple and very easily adjusted. Very solid bags, I just can’t really justify the expense.
Or that’s what I keep telling myself…
Had one for 6 years used daily by me or my missis and it stilllooks new once wipped down and cleaned,
I can fit my 17inch laptopin my work clothes lunch and dinner tools. and stillspace for more.Posted 4 years agouser-removedMember
I’m amazed that no one mentioned Ortlieb until Molgrips towards the end of page one.
I used one for courier duties for two years through two filthy Aberdeen winters. None of the contents ever got wet, mine was white so very visible and when I gave up killing myself for peanuts, I sold it for the same as I paid for it 😀
And if needed, the roll top could be unrolled to make it massive – if I was just carrying court documents, it rolled down to the size of a smallish Crumpler.Posted 4 years ago
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