- What’s good in messenger bags?
After foolishly giving away my lovely (and indestructible) Manhattan Portage bag I now find myself in need of one again. I like the look of the Osprey Flapjack but they don’t make ’em any more and I keep missing them on the classifieds.
So what’s good? Needs to carry a 14″ laptop plus other gubbins like lunch and notebooks and a mirrorless camera. Sooner have something big than be cramming things in.
Working on a bike is less important as I have panniers for that.Posted 2 months agorossburtonSubscriber
Timbuk2 for the win.
I’ve an 11 year old classic messenger that is still going strong. Fell in love with the ‘hazzard’ colourway (daygo orange/green/black) and bought one in their sale earlier in the year: just as solid but with some good improvements.
Lots of people like Crumpler but I’ve never got on with their messenger bags.Posted 2 months agocolonel waxMember
Watching with interest as I’ve never found the right one for me, don’t drive so use it for commuting and general shopping etc. I’ve had:
2001 Patagonia Critical Mass. Still got it but it was never great, just a big floppy messenger. Worked well for lugging boxes on my bike as it sort of just wrapped round them. My Mrs still uses it as a weekend bag.
2004-2008, Crumpler something. Fabric was rough, pretty indestructible but didn’t get on with it. Then some North Face thing, that was rubbish.
2008 Osprey Flap Jack. OK as a slightly nicer laptop bag but not great for cycling. Sat in my office now, as a slightly nicer laptop bag for walking to on-site meetings.
2010ish medium Timbuk2. probably the best messenger I’ve had for cycling, but the strap annoys me. think they’ve changed to seatbelt material. Still looks mint, should’ve got a bigger one.
Current bag is an Osprey Momentum 32 backpack. Somehow manages to be massive on my back but tiny inside. Pretty hard wearing and has a waterproof cover, but low level annoying.
I’ve looked at Life Behind Bars bags but feels a bit risky buying one without seeing them. Not sure I’d want to pay Mission Workshop money. Bagaboo look good, especially with the extra cross strap.Posted 2 months agoyosemitepaulMember
Has anyone tried a Trakke bag. Before this thread became active I ordered a Wee Lug. It was quite expensive!!Posted 2 months ago
It’s well made and looks ok, but there’s just something about it. It’s quite basic for the price. That said I like the cotton finish
It is currently sat unused in the kitchen. Do I like it or not? Do I want it or not?
Just not sure, I need convincing!dissonanceSubscriber
Have a crumpler which is still going pretty strong after several years commuting with laptop. Although now only sporadic use. Specific laptop pocket and case which works well.Posted 2 months ago
Have a Bagaboo which is very nice for general use. Not really designed for laptop though although think can get it built with laptop pockets.donksMember
Ooh… I like those life behind bars bags…. Pretty much like the YNOT junction I have but for less cash.Posted 2 months ago
Also really like the mission Work shop bags and might have to get rid of my collection of Timbuktu and crumpler bags and purchase one…. Bit of a messenger bag fiend tbh.
I quite liked the crumplers as they sat well on the back when cycling but never got on with the Timbuktu as it always seemed to shift around…. The North Face one was shite, it never sat in place and was the sweatiest thing ever.
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