Citizen Messenger Bag
- Product Review (submitted on April 30, 2013):
Used other messenger bags and liked em okay, but always had things I would've had different. Tried the Chrome. It rocks. I've had this some years now, and cane say I've used it on and off the bike (mostly on).
First thing you notice is that buckle. Yeh, it looks and works just like a seatbelt buckle. No, it doesn't get in the way much, and yeh, it is "cool". It's also nice for some days if, like me, you have a rebuilt shoulder. Especially if you are carrying soemthing heavy (a six pack, for instance, or something) and don't wanna have the bag catch on yer helmet putting it on and off. Inside: The Citizen is well thought out for riders. There is a pocket for a water bottle at each end, a velcro tab for the stabalizer strap to hold it out of the way when not in use, and a loop for attaching a rear light for nighttime visibility. The straps that hold down the main flap are also reflective. And then there is the layout itself... the small pockets, including the zippered one and several pen slots, which also hold snall wrenches, a pocket knife, or a tire lever, or anything else, are on the outside, under the main flap closure, allowing easy access.
I used this for commuting for almost a year, and general riding ever since. I've taken it to new england as luggage and rode with it there, and it's been all around New Jersey.
allows excellent rearward visibility of passed and/or overtaking cars, etc., and it feels comfortable. You can tell it is designed for riding.
Of late, since I had shoulder repair a year or so ago (car knocked me over) shoulder towards the end of April, I have been using the Chrome Citizen because it's buckle mechanism makes it easier to take it on and off. It's held up surprisingly well to daily use, but then, hey, that's what it's for.
Verdict: This thing "rocks!" Essential equipment for the person who gets around by bike. Sure, you could stuff your gear in your pockets or use a bookbag from wallmart... but what about when it rains? Seriously, this thing has lasted. My only complaint is that sadly I've notice some wear around the edges of the liner on the flap, but after several years of east coast winters perhaps that's about par for the course. I know other bags would have disintegrated by now.
If you ride, get one, you won't regret it. My only regret is not getting the full size model and opting fo rthe "medium" -- the extra room would've come in handy.