Review Details

Citizen Messenger Bag

Product Review (submitted on April 30, 2013):
I've just stopped using my Citizen bag. It's nothing personal--the bag is totally solid. I just needed something bigger for work.

-Bulletproof design. The materials are standard on most good messenger bags I've found, but it's standard because it's tough as nails and totally weatherproof.
-Size. The size is great for day-to-day use (but see below).
-Organizer pockets. This is really handy for wallets, pens, et cetera, and I love the placement (outside, under the flap).
-Comfort. The strap is real comfortable.

-Shape. The bag is shaped kind of like an envelope than a box, which makes it hard to actually fill up its entire size, especially if you have one large item instead of a bunch of small ones.
-Size. It's too small for courier work, but it's also a bit small for my typical load of groceries (which is usually a frozen pizza, some bread, and possibly a few other items such as peanut butter, jelly, and beverages of some variety). I'm within easy walking distance of the store, but if I had to bike there I don't think I'd be able to use this bag.
-Buckle. When fully loaded, the buckle tends to press into the chest, which makes it uncomfortable.
-Lack of padded back. Pointy objects and large loads tend to poke you in the back and kidneys. It's not a major complaint, but I don't think I could go back to a bag without a padded back now that I have one.
-Other pockets. I didn't get much use out of the bag's other pockets, and ended up just using the main compartment. With the new bag, my main compartment is empty and everything has a pocket.

Overall, the cons are pretty minor and mostly came up while I was using it for deliveries. If you're just hauling your essentials (books, laptops, tools, etc) around and aren't worried about carrying anything else, this bag is pretty great. If you're worried about capacity, get something bigger.

So, 4/5 stars. I'd happily recommend Chrome to anyone. It loses one star because there's better options out there if you ride hard and use your bag a lot to carry all sorts of things (such as Dank, Seagull, and, of course, Chrome's Pro series). But for your average day-to-day use, you'll have a hard time finding better bang for your buck.