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 10 months ago
Have been using a Chrome Citizen courier bag for a few years now – no issues at all with it, recommended.Posted 10 months ago
My Patagonia Half Mass is great for that. I squeeze in 15.6 laptop. It’s just big enough for an overnight too.
It’s now 15 years old and still going, used daily for work these days.Posted 10 months ago
Mission Workshop make some nice ones. Pricey thoughPosted 10 months ago
Timbuk2 fanboi here.
Plain black, ten+ years of use as cabin baggage, weekend bag, beach bag, shopping bag, work bag, etc. Only just starting to show any sort of wear now.Posted 10 months ago
I love my YNOT messenger which has a cracking strap plus a cobra buckle for easy release and is very tough…. Again, not cheap though and very much cut for cycling.Posted 10 months ago
+1 for Timbuk2Posted 10 months ago
Lomo stuff is good value hardwearing stuff not the most stylishPosted 10 months ago
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 10 months ago
Where is the best place to get a Timbuk2 bag in the UK?Posted 10 months ago
Not sure what they do now, but by Crumpler one must be 15 years old and is still going strong. I bought it carry a 15″ G4 Apple Powerbook in!Posted 10 months ago
I don’t think crumpler have a UK distributor right now. My Crumpler Cheesy Disco was bought in 2005/6 and has only just been replaced, by a brand new, old stock Cheesy Disco that I found on ebay for £20. Truly superb bags.Posted 10 months ago
Timbuk2 here.Posted 10 months ago
Survived me sliding down the road on top of it after coming off my bike.
Mack Workshop, Mission, ever reliable Chrome, Jordan@ BigXTop, not sure if Belk are still making.
My Chrome Metropolis is 13 years old and still perfectly fine. A bit too big really, because it weighs a tonne when full.Posted 10 months ago
+1 for the Patagonia Half Mass. Mine has done 10 years and still looks near enough new, despite being used daily.
Lifetime warranty as well for when it does eventually die!Posted 10 months ago
Has anyone tried the one in the STW shop? I like the ethical and eco side of these…Posted 10 months ago
Literally just posted my Flapjack Courier in the classifieds:
What’s good in messenger bags?
Messages.Posted 10 months ago
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 10 months ago
Just stuck my Timbuk2 bag up on the classifieds if anyone’s after one…Posted 10 months ago
Has anyone tried a Trakke bag. Before this thread became active I ordered a Wee Lug. It was quite expensive!!Posted 10 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!
A peanut butter sarnie wrapped in foilPosted 10 months ago
A small banana
A small flask of hot, sweet tea
A thick paperback novel of the intelligent-yet-ripping yarn variety
A few gingernuts wouldn’t go amiss either.
Keys, to get back indoors when you finally get home.
So the normal recomend what you have thingy – Defy bagsPosted 10 months ago
I am also looking for a messenger bag.
20L preferred as I use it for weekly shopping.
My ORTLIEB massenger bag that I bought from Classified few years ago is now knacked as the zip is completely broken.
So keep the suggestions coming … 😀Posted 10 months ago
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 10 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.
Well I just bought IvanDobski’s Osprey off the classifieds (my fourth Osprey bag I think, guess I’m a bit of a fan boy) but cheers for all the suggestions. If I don’t like it for whatever reason I’ve plenty more to go at.Posted 10 months ago
My mission workshop has been faultless for 5 or 6 yearsPosted 10 months ago
Kept lab top dry
My Timbuk2 is 24 years old…. used daily 😄Posted 10 months ago
Crumpler. Look good. Waterproof. Indestructible. Lightweight. Can be had from https://crumpler.co.uk/ and Amazon.Posted 10 months ago
Ooh… I like those life behind bars bags…. Pretty much like the YNOT junction I have but for less cash.Posted 10 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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