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Please Suggest a Commuter/Messenger Bag...(9 posts)

Please Suggest a Commuter/Messenger Bag...peterkg
Oct 4, 2002 6:35 AM
I'll leave the clothes, towels, and toiletries at work, but will need to bring in shoes, gym clothes, and food on my commute, so it doesn't have to be too big. Any come with reflective material or strips? Thanks.
Oct 4, 2002 7:06 AM
I use a Timbuk2 PeeWee, the smallest of their messenger bags (but still plenty big). IMO they make the best bags out there, you can find them at some bike shops or you can "design your own" at their website They come with a super-bright set of removable reflective strips that hang down when installed.

I would suggest getting the strap pad option for more comfortable carrying. All have a waist stabilizing strap that works great at keeping the bag in place.

BTW why not leave shoes at work too? I keep a couple of pairs there permanently, they're bulky to carry back and forth.
Ortleib Express --Gregory Taylor
Oct 4, 2002 7:29 AM
Very well made (in Germany), and waterproof. You could take a shower wearing that thing and the crap inside the bag would still be dry. Mine is red, with a reflective tag.

Somebody (Campmor? Sierra Trading Post?) was blowing these things out for $50. Normal retail is about $100. Well worth it.
Patagonia Critical Mass bagSuddha
Oct 4, 2002 7:48 AM
Big, bombproof and with reflective strips. I actually have used a Timbuk2 for years and love it. But I'd consider the Patagonia as an option. $70 or so...
Go chrome or go home!Thaddeus
Oct 4, 2002 9:14 AM
My years as a messenger have seen many different bags, but the chrome that I currently use feels the best.

My first was a manhattan canvas, circa 1992. followed by numerous timbuk2s - IMHO the peewee is too small for commuting. Hell some people use it as a purse.

I have seen the patagonia, but it seems small and expensive.

The chrome that I have now is bombproof, and comfortable.

I have also seen a company out of Canada, pac, which claims that its strap system is more aero and more comfortable, but have been unable to find them, except online. Also they are expensive - approx. 160-180+.

how about these - custom available on most.climbo
Oct 4, 2002 8:11 AM are THE BEST!!! nmchrisbaby
Oct 4, 2002 11:50 AM
If you're a backpack guy....Steve_O
Oct 4, 2002 8:22 AM
I've commuted for two years with a backpack before trying a messenger bag. After several months I decided that I prefer the backpack and made the switch again. I simply like how the backpack is centered on your body. I also like the fact that I can use it for hiking...

My current favorite is the Kelty Velocity

- 1800 CI of storage
- Hydration pack if you want it
- bright yellow rain cover/mud cover for nasty days
- spot for a blinky light
- reflective accents
- Easy way to stash the waist belt if you don't use it

As you can tell, I'm a big fan... !!!pappy_d
Oct 4, 2002 9:13 AM
It is a little sad that these have become such a trendy "purse" for college girls, but they are a mean messenger bag.
I've used mine almost everyday for four years and still works/looks like new. On the web site you can custom build a bag with many features and color options- they're made right in SF. (the large bag will allow you to carry a small friend on your back) They hold way more than you'd think.