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Colour Name: black/black/black
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I've been using (and wearing out) messenger bags for about 20 years now (before they were trendy...), so I was happy to find this one. It is a real messenger bag, as in "appropriate for using on a bicycle, not just looking cool on the commuter train."
The keystone of the cycle-friendly design is a two-part adjustable/openable buckle on the shoulder strap. When cycling (or speed walking), you really want your bag to be high up and tight against your body, to minimize play and have a controlled center of gravity. Problem is, you can't take the bag on and off when the strap is tightened up all the way, so you loosen it, and then re-tighten it, and then re-loosen it, and eventually it wears out. What this bag has is a strap with a loop on the end, and a buckle that opens into the loop. So opening the buckle doesn't give you an open strap, just a looser one - you can open the buckle to take off the bag, but keep the tighter adjustment setting. I love it. But. When you're wearing the bag over your left shoulder the buckle is in front of your right armpit, which makes it easy to adjust the strap. When you're wearing the bag over your *right* shoulder, however, the buckle is sitting on top of, or right behind, your shoulder. Not a good place for a hard thing with a lot of weight on it. (I also worry about the loop getting caught in an accident, but I live in a very urban environment).
The bag has other features that are also mixed blessings:
- The strap is attached at a slight angle to the plane of the bag, again making it bike-friendly. But the attachment points for the strap are tiny, maybe 1''x2'', and sewn in with no kind of fabric reinforcement.
- The flap is velcro-closed, and the hook part of the velcro is on the bag, as two long vertical strips, with the loop part on the flap. This is good engineering: hooks are far more likely to catch on a sweater or hoodie inside the bag, and long vertical strips mean you can close the bag if it's overstuffed as well as relatively empty. However, the long attachment area is also LOUD when opening the flap, which may not be a good thing in a lecture or meeting. Straps and buckles would dangle, so there is always a tradeoff.
- There are no accessible pockets when the bag is closed, which makes for a sleek profile. I personally prefer one wide pocket on the body side of a bag for things you'd want to get to without opening it, but again, it's a tradeoff. This bag has two small pockets (one zippered, one not) on the outside of the bag but under the flap, and some small organizer-style pockets on the inside. There is nothing appropriate to hold a water bottle.
- There is a large compartment for your macbook (the company knows its demographic). This compartment is unpadded, though it does do a good job of holding a laptop tight against your body. Again, designed for cyclists.
- The bag is made in Vietnam, not that other place.
Overall, I found this to be a good bag, but not a great one. Also, unfortunately, not for lefties.