Review Details

Citizen Messenger Bag

Product Review (submitted on April 30, 2013):
I am rarely compelled to write reviews, but this bag has done me right for years, and I should share my experience.

I bought the bag a few years ago and shipped it to Bahrain, where I was biking to work. I overstuffed it with groceries, carried it empty, and everything in between. You’ll be amazed what you can fit in there - and how comfortable it is. Even without the little cross strap - the bag stays put. You won’t believe this until you use it for a while, but it is more comfortable and practical than a traditional backpack.

Besides the desert sun, I had an uncanny ability to get sand and desert dust inside the buckle. I’ve dropped it in a pool, spilled lighter fluid in it, just abused the thing. After a year there, my biggest complaint is that I wanted a bag with more of a broken-in look, and this still looked new.

I now use it in DC, both on a bike and around town on the metro. My sole complaint is the amount of compliments it gets you. Seriously. If you are as anti-social as I am, you may get fed up with people commenting on the buckle and asking you where you got the bag.

There is a small tear in my should strap, that is now a quarter of an inch and might be growing. The webbed strop is tough and seems to resist tears. If it gets worse, I might have to see what the warranty process is like, but for now, no complaints.