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Messenger Bag.... Fi!

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alrighty... since my backpack-fi thread was such a hit, i figured i'd branch off a bit.

seriously, though. my much beloved messenger bag, from a German company called Jost, is finally falling apart, so i need a new one. i'd get a new Jost bag, but the only place in NYC that carries them only has one model, and i don't like it.

i'm willing to get a little spendy on this... up to $300. i want something with a lot of style and a lot of function. leather is preferred but not necessary. a laptop bag would be great, but also not necessary. i like lots of organizing pockets, too.

ok, folks... shoot me with your m-bags.
post #2 of 260
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here's a pic of my current bag:

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I don't actually have it yet, my work is giving it to me for my 2 year anniversary in about a month.
post #4 of 260
I've used Timbuk2 for about fifteen years and have had three of them. The first one flat wore out from heavy daily use after about 9 years and Timbuk2 replaced it for free under warranty. I still have the replacement bag and it is still in outstanding shape after 6 years or so. I don't use it too much anymore, though. It has been replaced by one of their laptop messenger bags with built in padded slip. It's only about one year old but really still looks brand new.

Frankly, I am not quite convinced that the Timbuk2 bags are as good as they used to be. I don't think they're made in California anymore and I don't think their warranty is quite as good as it used to be but the bags are very, very good.

Unfortunately, the bags have also grown in popularity during that time so you might end up looking like a bit of a hipster if you do get one.
post #5 of 260
I got one in Germany a few years ago. Pretty cool...will have to take a pic and upload.
post #6 of 260
Jost bags are quite nice, you got an great deal if you paid less than $300 for it. Pretty much all my leather bags cost more than that, unfortunately, although you can occasionally get discontinued Tumi styles under that budget.

I really like the style and function of Hlaska bags, and have their Nominal Book Bag, Caliper messenger and Caliper briefcase, although in your budget you would have to get a fabric-and-leather bag like the Caliper.

You might also want to have a look at bag reviews from Pop Wuping.
post #7 of 260
Mine is a Camel Active. Mostly brown canvas and leather. Rectangular shaped...I don't really like square ones.
post #8 of 260
I have a Freitag messenger bag, the Swiss made bags are created from recycling used tarps and can be pre-fab or custom made by yourself. I suggest the latter which results in a unique durable eco-friendly messenger bag.

FREITAG LINK
post #9 of 260
Timbuk2 small messenger, on sale through their site for $38, hard to pass up. Well made, has lots of little organizer pockets and waterproofed. It was a solid purchase.
post #10 of 260
My dream messenger bag



I love this color also



They are made better than Timbuk2 from what I have read around the net. And how can you not love that chrome buckle on the shoulder strap?
post #11 of 260
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Originally Posted by majid View Post
Jost bags are quite nice, you got an great deal if you paid less than $300 for it. Pretty much all my leather bags cost more than that, unfortunately, although you can occasionally get discontinued Tumi styles under that budget.

I really like the style and function of Hlaska bags, and have their Nominal Book Bag, Caliper messenger and Caliper briefcase, although in your budget you would have to get a fabric-and-leather bag like the Caliper.

You might also want to have a look at bag reviews from Pop Wuping.
i did get a nice deal on the Jost, actually, but who am i kidding... i would spend whatever it took if i found the perfect bag.

those Hlaska bags look nice, i'll have to find a store and check em out.
post #12 of 260
I've been using Crumpler bags for a number of years, two of them for photographic equipment and one (The Low Flying Duck) as a messenger bag. They're quite durable. Probably not as well known in the US since they're from Down Under.
LL
post #13 of 260
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i definitely like Chrome messengers, but now that i have clients and meetings and all, want something a bit more upscale, but still cool.

i would look like a poseur with a Chrome bag.
post #14 of 260
for biking around:


SealLine Urban Shoulder Bag

turned out to be very useful with its water-proof-ness, and with vents in the back (I sweat like a pig when I exercise)

when I need to dress up a bit more:


Bottega Veneta Messenger.

Almost a purse, I know :P
post #15 of 260
I have a Timbuk2 Commute laptop messenger bag and it's great. Incredibly durable and can hold a ton of stuff. I could have gotten a Chrome but I probably see more Chrome bags than Timbuk2 around campus, and I'm not a huge fan of the styles.
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