Review Details

Citizen Messenger Bag

Product Review (submitted on April 30, 2013):
I've been researching messenger bags for months. I've tried on several brands (the usual suspects and even one from a local bag maker), but couldn't get my hands on a Chrome bag as no one in my area stocks them. Regardless, I wanted to pull the trigger, but had a hard time spending money on something I couldn't see and touch.

Well, thank god for good friends. Several days ago, I received this bag (Citizen, black and white) from a friend as a gift. She had noticed my obsessing and decided to just make the decision for me. Needless to say, I am thrilled. Now, let me be honest: I've only got a couple of short rides on my bike with this bag, but so far, it has performed admirably.

-Looks GREAT (better in real life than in the pics, as usual).
-Spacious (I've yet to pack it completely full while riding, but it holds a LOT of stuff).
-More pockets than I know what to do with. Initially, I was a bit concerned about the lack of pockets, but found the front to have five and then the liner separates for a file/folder compartment, which I dig.
-Tail light attachment.
-Comfortable padded shoulder strap.
-Super-functional cam system.
-Chrome quality. Made with care, you can tell.
-Stable. Unlike my old bag, this one stays put. No shifting around on my back, no need to constantly adjust its position.
-Seals tight. Unlike the Timbuk2, which leaves open corners for water seepage.
-Compatibility with Chrome's laptop case, which anchors your 'puter inside the bag. I'll definitely be picking on of those up.
-Oh, did I mention it looks great?

-I'm somewhat thick chested and I have the stabilizer strap maxed-out without a full-load. I could use another inch or so on that strap.
-When packing a full-load, the bag obstructs my view when turning my head to see traffic behind me. Perhaps this is just the position of the bag on my body, but it's still a bit unnerving. I'm going to have to do some testing to see if I can find a way to overcome this.

Coming from my first messenger (a Novara Buzz bag), I can tell you this is night and day difference. Frankly, I find myself wondering how I rode with the other clunker as long as I did. Short of my small list of complaints, I'd call this a near-perfect messenger.