Okay bag for price, but potentially lethal when riding,
This review is from: ABUS Men's/Uni Pannier Dryve Messenger Bag St 8600, 35 x 13 x 28 cm, Blackberry/Lime (Sports)
- Large without being enormous - easily takes a change of trousers, shirt, socks, laptop and paperwork when commuting.
- Reasonably priced
- Nice range of colour combinations
- The bag CONSTANTLY rolls off your back when cycling. I was forever pushing it back into place as the secondary strap is pointless. A belly strap is uncomfortable and does not prevent the bag from rolling around as you pedal. Tightening the belly strap just cuts into your stomach - not good. A second strap that goes under the opposite armpit like most courier bags is the only way to go.
- The shoulder strap is much, much too long. For cycling, you need to shorten it considerably. Instead of a sensible buckle mechanism with the surplus strap folding away, the excess strap hangs loose in a big loop at exactly the right height to catch a wing mirror. I hated riding in traffic with this bag as the loop of fabric hanging down was such a liability.
- The bag cannot be ridden on either shoulder. It is only suited to one shoulder, so expect to get sore if you commute. Putting it on the other shoulder makes all the clips and buckles even less use than usual.
- The shoulder strap buckle is incredibly stiff and needs two hands to unclip - very unhelpful.
- The bag is an odd shape - much larger at the top - which makes it ungainly to wear on the back. It is also quite bulky.
- There is no external loop for a light or reflector.
- There is too little reflective material on the bag.
Overall, it's okay as a general shoulder satchel/bag but hopeless as a messenger/cycling bag. Get a Mission Works bag if you want a cycling courier bag - absolutely outstanding in every way and has none of the problems above. It is significantly more expensive, but totally worth it.