I was working as a bike messenger in Budapest. When I started to design our first messenger bag, I was sure about what I want on my messenger bag, what pockets, what options can be useful. This bag was redesigned a few times during the years, I’m always trying to make it even better and better after your comments.
The messenger bag is made out of two layers: the inner layer is truck tarpaulin, a very tough, waterproof material. The outer layer is the good old 1000 Denier CORDURA®, an extremely hard, impregnated and double coated, UV-resistant material. These two layers are not sewn together – the inner tarp is floating, so water cannot seep in through the seams, not even in heavy rain.
The shoulder pad of the messenger bag is padded, and there is a velcro part on this – you can attach your cell phone holder or a small tool pouch here. The shoulder strap is adjustable with just one hand – there are two D-rings for this. One for loosening, one for tightening – even during riding your bike. The shoulder strap is reversible also, you can decide which shoulder you want to wear your bag on. The webbing we use here is seatbelt webbing, this is the toughest material I can find.
There is a rain cover on the messenger bag – this part prevents water seeping into your bag when it’s closed. No small holes on the sides of the bag flap – when the bag is closed, the inner parts are totally protected from water, rain, or mud. When your bag is totally full, the rain cover part helps you to extend the bag’s capacity.
There are 6 pockets in the messenger bag. There are two inner, slip pockets, and one bigger, inner pocket, which closes with a velcro. These inner pockets are made out of a mesh material, you can always see what you put there.
On the outer layer, under the closed flap, there is a bigger and a smaller zipper pocket, and a small slip pocket with a pen holder inside. Lot of pockets already, and if this is not enough for you, you can order some extra pockets also.
On the bottom of the bag, there is a reflective stripe, and a blinky holder. A second stabilizer strap helps to keep the bag always on your back.