Citizen Messenger Bag
- Product Review (submitted on April 30, 2013):
I initially had some reservations about plunking down $140 for what was essentially a new backpack for school. I had just started commuting by bicycle and was unable to use my previous messenger bag because it never stayed put and I found myself constantly adjusting its position; my hands and mind were off the bars and, as a byproduct, the road. Not a good thing.
I had seen these bags in a few stores, and on more than a few shoulders around town and was so in love with the design that I splurged and treated myself to a new "accessory."
Damn was this thing worth the investment. First off, Its a beautiful design. I went for the classic Black/Red with silver buckle. Its form is only outdone by its function. This bag STAYS PUT! Rarely slides around, and its easily adjustable if it starts to move around on a ride. The material is incredibly sturdy, and rugged. The liner is feels thick and durable and all points of contact are sewn with everyday use in mind. The belt buckle is hefty, and doesn't feel like its going to loosen up anytime soon. The webbing that holds the two main compartment buckles is laced with reflective trim, really nice touch.
I was more than impressed with its capacity. I carry a few books and notebooks, a large bottle of water, change of clothes, tools, iPod/cellphone, pens, and more daily with comfort and ease. The flap completely covers the main compartment, and the pockets are deep enough that I don't worry about ANYTHING slipping out on a commute. The velcro on the main pouch holds EXTREMELY well.
I'm a bigger dude, with a broad and deep barrel chest and this thing has more than enough length to accommodate me. The outer material is also very quick to dry. After a day's commute I usually sweat through my shirt where the bag is positioned, and it drys very quickly so its ready for the next day.
If you're on the fence about this, just do it. You won't be disappointed.