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What is the best over the shoulder “dispatch” style bag / “manbag”? There are many on the market but I need one which is ideally waterproof and well constructed, and is durable enough for every day use. It would be nice if it could fit a standard 15in laptop and has enough depth to hold large(ish) books. I have had many that have broken and others I have seen just don’t look very good in terms of the style. I’d like the bag to be eith Oakley Sunglasses Outlet Oakley Sunglasses Outlet >er black or brown, quite plain, and of quite a high quality at a reasonable price. Any ideas?

posted by samengland to Clothing, Beauty, Fashion (25 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

I’m a big fan of Tom Bihn’s bags, though I have not used one of the messenger bags. I have several others, though, and I can’t praise them highly enough. My Empire Builder briefcase was my daily companion for many years; it’s still going strong but now it sees competition from another Bihn bag the Western Flyer suitcase (used as briefcase) which fits perfectly in one of the baskets on my bicycle rack.

My brother in law makes great messenger bags: Zugster Bags. He makes them as a hobby, so there’s a long wait for custom bags, and his standard bags are snatched up very quickly once he posts them for sale.

posted by brianogilvie at 2:35 PM on December 4, 2009

When I rode my motorcycle (sigh) I used one of these. It’s entirely waterproof (I rode with my laptop often in heavy downpours) and after literally years of daily use it never ripped or tore. In fact, I stopped using it only because it had gotten so grimy that my wife started giving me shit for walking around with it. I think Aerostitch also makes smaller, “notebook” sized bags.

posted by lex mercatoria at 2:36 PM on December 4, 2009

Timbuk2 bags are highly regarded around here. I’ve never owned one, but some friends of mine do and they all seem to like them. They can get a little expensive, though.

I use a Land’s End Classic Attach While not waterproof, it looks great, is insanely durable, and Land’s End will replace it if it wears out. (I went through two or three bags in ten years, until someone stole mine, and I got another shortly thereafter.) They also have other bags you may like; if the attach is any indication, it’d be hard to go wrong.

posted by tellumo at 2:43 PM on December 4, 2009

I’m at a point where I’m pretty loyal to Timbuk2’s products. Specifically, I had a laptop in one, walked through unexpected downpour for twenty minutes, and had a bone dry laptop. For that certainty, I’m happy to pay a few bucks more.

(For what it’s worth, these are usually called messenger bags, at least in the US; other names are less common by a large margin, at least in my own experience.)

posted by Tomorrowful at 2:48 PM on December 4, 2009posted by kestrel251 at 2:51 PM on December 4, 2009

I’m actually in the UK any recommendations for bags available from UK retailers?

posted by samengland at 2:52 PM on December 4, 2009

+1 Tom Bihn. I have been carrying an “Id” bag for 3+ years and it is in great shape.

posted by Mid at 2:52 PM on December 4, 2009

Thank you for recommendations so far.

posted by samengland at 2:53 PM on December 4, 2009

I’ve had a Briggs Riley bag for a couple years that would seem to fit all your requirements (waterproof, durable, high quality, intelligently organized) except maybe width since it barely holds my 13″ laptop. But lo behold, they have another bag that’s specifically designed for a 15″ laptop.

posted by Jaltcoh at 2:54 PM on December 4, 2009

(UK stores)

posted by Jaltcoh at 2:55 PM on December 4, 2009

I have a Chrome bag, but they’re not exactly reasonably priced anymore (the bag I got is about 2x as expensive now as when I got it), and they’re not exactly ‘quite plain.’ It is, however, a fantastic bag; absolutely nothing is wrong with it after 4 years of basically every day use. The outside is entirely waterproof, the inside has 2 sections that are both waterproof also (so spills are contained), and even road grease works out of the cordura pretty easily. The last year or so I’ve been kind of wishing I got a BaileyWorks bag instead, so I’ve been trying to be a bit rougher to this one under the reasoning that if this one breaks I’ll get a Oakley Sunglasse Oakley Sunglasses Outlet s Outlet BaileyWorks bag, but I haven’t had much luck. even all of the pieces that you’d assume would break, like the fancy seatbelt buckle and all the snaps, are still going strong.

I lie. One piece of stitching from the backside of a seam on one of the inside pockets pulled out maybe an inch or so.

posted by devilsbrigade at 2:59 PM on December 4, 2009

I recently bought a wonderful The North Face messenger bag from john lewis. It is the most awesome bag. EVERYTHING fits in it. Its got a compartment in it for my 15′ laptop and carries all my large cisco networking books to and from university.