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    Ortlieb messenger bags opinions!

    Give me opinions/experiences! My XL Bailey is great and all, but when it's empty and I have to carry a mail bin, the slipping is a big problem.



    The price is right on these, and I've seen a couple guys who ride with them in Boston, and their bags look beat up enough to prove to me they can take a beating... Anyone had one?

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    The material makes me nervous - I rode with a chrome kozmo bag for a while, and the plasticy outer shell made me sweat even more than usual.

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    ive had one for three years or so...its great....bombproof...definitely waterproof...surprisingly comfortable...the plastic document holder thing makes a pretty good framesheet so even fully loaded this thing carries surprisingly well...waistbelt is removable if you dont use it...velco still hasnt worn out...welded seams are doing fine....fyi i'm not a working messenger...but i do play one on tv...and i do carry tons of bike **** back and forth between one shop and another....i've used it every day for three years...definitely a good bag...and if you already carry an xl bailey this wont feel that big...

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    They are good. Not what I'd call water or weather proof, a step further to submersible! They have great capacity. The only things negative I've ever heard/seen with my own 2is is that sometimes the seal is broken where the bag rolls up and grates the material against a solid bit (dive bags may not have been meant to be opened/closed 30+ times a day) but they may well have fixed that. And the only thing they can't fix, you have to take it off and if it's mostly empty or full of small stuff then getting something in particular out is...well, I've heard it referred to as "spelunking"

    Ortlieb backpacks overall get a high rating in anyones book for the most part. They are fairly standard issue in Europe.

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    Haven't ever messed with their Mess bags, but their other stuff is super tough and water proof.
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    I have one of their day packs. My only complaint is that when you slam a car door real hard on the 'male' part of the buckle it breaks. But ah, that would be a complaint about me, not the bag, wouldn't it. I've been trying to get the buckle replaced for two months, the shop keeps calling Ortleib, and still no buckle. It is a nice bag, don't overpack it though, the velcro will open up on you, would have been better to have a plastic buckle at the top like Chrome bags. Also, it is made in Germany...no offense but the US trade imbalance is bad enough, buy American. I rather wish I had, not that the bag really leaves anything to be desired.
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    It's a really nice,really comfortable, really tough bag. Only problem is some things(like boxes) won't fit.

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    man my brother has had one for like 4 years,got it from pricepoint it was a close out he got for 50 bucks.i can load my crumpler seedy three full to the top and then stick it is his bag with all his crap i want one but cant find one i think they only make the back packs now.

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    thanks everyone! i have the opportunity to get one on the cheap, and the 2 strap backpack design has always seemed like it would make me happier than the over the shoulder mess bag. i think i'll give it a shot. if i don't like it, maybe one of you will buy it! and if i do, maybe i can sell my baileyworks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by climbinrocks
    fyi i'm not a working messenger...but i do play one on tv
    which television program do you play in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jacobs
    thanks everyone! i have the opportunity to get one on the cheap, and the 2 strap backpack design has always seemed like it would make me happier than the over the shoulder mess bag. i think i'll give it a shot. if i don't like it, maybe one of you will buy it! and if i do, maybe i can sell my baileyworks.
    were are you getting from

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    Outstanding bags had mine since 92. My friend had his since 89 or 90. They improved the bags since mine was made years ago.

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    So you can screen print on these, ok?
    Last night I thought of something fun to put on mine.
    The words "CHEAP GAS" and below that a picture of a can of black beans.

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    does anyone have any experience with the velocity (the smaller one)? also, where are you getting yours from?

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