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Old 07-30-05, 12:58 AM   #1
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reload mid pack for messengering

hey does anyone use the relaod midpack for messengering if so is it big enough? im looking into getting a backpack and cant decide which is the right size the fullsize pack or the mid...thoughts are appreciated

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Old 07-30-05, 03:30 AM   #2
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get the biggest bag possible...if yer interested in making money, that is...
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Old 07-30-05, 05:26 AM   #3
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As I told you in that PM, I just ordered the midpack, and I'll post an update about how it works for me (and I am a courier) after I use it for a few days. The backpacks that I've seen seem silly big, thats why I went for the midpack.
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Old 07-30-05, 11:27 AM   #4
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I've never heard a working mess say "I got too big of a bag, I can put too much stuff in it."
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Old 07-30-05, 12:42 PM   #5
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Here's me saying: My Bailey XL is too big. The L or even the M would have sufficed just fine. The XL slides around too much on my back when empty. It's really hard to carry a mail bin/box on my handlebars when my bag is < half full, it always slides under my armpit. This doesn't happen with the smaller bags (or backpacks, hence....).
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Old 07-30-05, 04:45 PM   #6
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I did my first 6 months with an old timbuk ocho (midsize). I now use a larger bag, but rarely did I wish for just a little more space. I'd say the reload mid is fine.
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Old 07-31-05, 11:23 AM   #7
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I opted for a size inbetween the 2 (midpack and the courier sized one) and told them to size it a tad bit smaller than a case of bottled beer. The size is better than the small one because I needed it for carrying everything from laundry/groceries to using it for travelling to India as I did last month. The straps help compress the backpack if you want it smaller but I prefer just leaving it as big as possible and have had no problems with it moving around. Even loaded up to the max the airlines allow (38lbs) it is really comfortable and with the sternum and waist straps it stays put and the weight is evenly placed in the middle.
The regular sized backpack is nice for daily stuff but when I saw it in person I realized that it isn't as big as I needed it and the shoulder straps aren't as comfortable as the ones on the bigger sized ones. The courier one was way to big for me who needed it to double as a school bookbag also. The midpack would be perfect for a schoolbag plus a change of clothes from what I saw but I doubt it would work for boxes and such while messengering.
I can post some pictures if you want.

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Old 07-31-05, 12:48 PM   #8
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Dude, that's the midpack. It's huge.
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Dude, that's the midpack. It's huge.
I've been pretty happy with the almost-full-on backpack. (I picked one up that had an inch chopped off the width, used.)

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I've got two bags, and I use the bigger one when I'm going around doing my buying (which is when I make my money), so far I've been thankful for every cubic inch.
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I am curious how things are working out for you. My Bailey seems a little big for me as well - and bothering my back a little.


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As I told you in that PM, I just ordered the midpack, and I'll post an update about how it works for me (and I am a courier) after I use it for a few days. The backpacks that I've seen seem silly big, thats why I went for the midpack.
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Bejay,
I don't know if we ever got the chance to discuss this in detail before I left town. But I would highly recommend going with the larger size. Some reasons:
1. Since its a backpack, you won't have to really worry about the bag sliding around your back when its minimally loaded (as compared to a "single-strap" bag).
2. The more packages (and remember, these can be anything, such as a 8"x8"x8" box AND 3 blueprint rolls AND 2 garment bags) you can carry, the more money you'll make, as well as get on the good side of your dispatcher when you tell him that you'll take the large pickups without hesitation.
3. That box that someone is riding with on their handlebars only slows them down. If you could fit it in a larger bag, which you can then carry on your back, then you'll be faster (and indirectly make more money).

Sure, the large backpack is a bit cumbersome when you're getting a beer after work, or anyplace where you need to squeeze between people. But if this is truly your work bag, you'll want the largest size possible.

Lastly, when you order whichever bag, request an extra "External Side Pocket". Trust me, it'll be worth the extra $10 (or whatever).
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Dude, that's the midpack. It's huge.

my roommate swore that was me on that bike. i had to take a double look. same profile.
i love that bag. i wish i owned one
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Old 02-15-06, 09:05 PM   #15
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I've said that. Hell I even warn people not to tell their dispatchers they're using an HG because they'll fix you a route of death.
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Old 02-15-06, 09:17 PM   #16
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Hg?
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I am curious how things are working out for you. My Bailey seems a little big for me as well - and bothering my back a little.
It wasn't big enough. At all. I'm getting a custom Push The Envelope backpack made for me, which should be here next week, and then this midpack is moving on to greener pastures.

Also, a note, that picture of the girl with the Midpack on.....she must be about 4' tall for the bag to look that big. Quite deceiving IMO.
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Dude, that's the midpack. It's huge.
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im going with the chrome backbone. cant wait for it to come
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my roommate swore that was me on that bike. i had to take a double look. same profile.
i love that bag. i wish i owned one
erin - i totally thought that was you, too!
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Old 02-15-06, 11:49 PM   #21
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In an earlier post you said that you thought the L Bailey would work for you. Both the L and the midpack are around 1900 cu in. Am I missing something or was the drop from the XL to the mp just more than you had thought. Btw if you need help unloading the mp shoot me a pm.


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It wasn't big enough. At all. I'm getting a custom Push The Envelope backpack made for me, which should be here next week, and then this midpack is moving on to greener pastures.
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Old 02-16-06, 12:35 AM   #22
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crazyjohnson called that mp, but if anyone else has a bag they want to ditch for $$, lemme know.
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Hg?
"Heavy Gear," I assume.

http://under-the-weather.ca/bagsHG.html
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Old 02-16-06, 05:59 AM   #24
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This is an old thread.
Just in case you people are still interested in the size of the Reload Midpack here is mine next to a 2 liter for comparison. It is a great bag and plenty big for me but I am not a messenger
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^^ That looks real nice!
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