Review Details

Citizen Messenger Bag

Product Review (submitted on April 30, 2013):
This bag has served me very well as I ride around Olympia, WA. Personally, I find the one-shoulder design of messenger bags much more comfortable for urban riding, and this is the most comfortable messenger bag I've ever worn. The durable construction is obviously a winner, and the large main compartment allows for more versatility than a bag featuring several dividers.

Unfortunately, is isn't completely perfect. There is no padding at all on the back, which made carrying even small amounts of oddly shaped groceries feel more uncomfortable than I would otherwise like. I solved this cutting up a foam sleeping pad to shape and attached it to the bag with adhesive backed velcro. Now it's much more comfortable and only slightly bulkier. On the front of the bag are very small pockets that I felt were only really of use for pens. I made small cuts for an opening at the bottom of these pockets and now I can thread my U-Lock through them perfectly! Then I took a lighter and singed the cuts I made so they wouldn't fray any further. I wish there was a way to secure the stabilizing strap when not in use so it wouldn't swing around, as I only use it when carrying a load. Lastly, at this price I'd like to see the laptop sleeve included with the bag. The sleeve is a necessity for me, and works very well.