5 Messenger Bags For Your Urban Adventures

The following is a small collection of messenger bags most suited to the type of urban environments I find myself exploring. Some swear by backpacks for all types of travel but I don’t over load my bags, so I don’t get sore, and with the heat I experience in Asia these help keep me cool.

Freitag F12 Dragnet

Freitag F12 Dragnet
Medium size robust messenger from Freitag — the maker of some the most beautiful bag graphics you will see anywhere. Tough, water-proofed, with great strap, quick-release buckle and a hip belt to keep your bag tight when biking. Velcro closures for quick, though noisy, open and close of the bag.
Freitag F12 Dragnet

SealLine Urban Shoulder Bag

The SealLine Urban Shoulder Bag features a breathable, waterproof back panel and tough, PVC-free coated polyester and scrim-reinforced urethane that should hold up to extensive use. The QuickClip closure allows for easy one-handed fastening/unfastening without the noise associated with velcro. Smart styling. This bag from Sealline looks like a perfect all-weather commuter bag but watch the interior fabric as it’s durability doesn’t appear to match the exterior materials.
SealLine Urban Shoulder Bag

Alchemy Goods Urban Laptop Messenger Bag

The Urban is made from recycled materials and features a seatbelt strap, internal cell phone pocket and a T-strap to stabilize the load while cycling. The waterproof zippered flap pocket protects your phone or iPod while the reflective tape helps keep you safe. In both style and function this bag looks perfect for those allergic to panniers or for those simply looking for a cool urban bag.
The Alchemy Goods Urban messenger bag is good for laptops up to 17″.

RE Load Custom Bags

R.E.Load bags are the ultimate in hackable bags. The personalisation possibilities are amazing. Standard custom bags generally have a 2-4 week turnaround, while bags with graphics have a 4-6 week turnaround. Love it.
R.E.Load baggage inc

Ortlieb Zip City Waterproof Bag

One of the constant worries about living and traveling in Asia for a gadget lover is the high humidity and sudden downpours that are a fact of life here. The humidity I take care of with large humidity controlled boxes and office de-humidifiers. It’s not cheap to keep running all this equipment but it beats watching mold grow on your Powerbook. The rain is only an issue if you tend to be active, hopping on a bike, scooter, or perhaps doing some location work. Most cities allow you to escape the rain and in fact in cities in Thailand it’s a given that you will take a break if caught in the rain. I’m still always a bit nervous carrying my gear during the rainy season and am always on the look out for a bag that will keep my stuff perfectly dry under the worst rain conditions. The Ortlieb Zip City bag with it’s airtight shell, welded seams, and waterproof top loading zipper looks to be an answer.

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