i searched the forum for info/reviews on push bags and came up pretty much empty, so sorry to start another bag thread, but i'm considering buying one and if anyone has a 'push the envelope' bag and can offer a review i'd really appreciate it. -specifically, how's the 3-point strap system? is it easily adjustable? how does the bag hold up to weather, daily use, etc?
i've had a timbuk2, reload, and bailey and have loved all but the timbuk2, but i'm looking for a bigger bag (i'm using a medium bailey right now) and variety being the spice of life, i checked out the push site and am considering one.
They're good, solid bags. It'll be entirely different from what you're accustomed to but they do work. The bag will sit lower on your back than any others you mention. I don't go for a bag sitting low on the back myself but as far as construction goes they are peachy. They're wider LHW than many you've had, like the Cocette in shape but not exactly like. The strap system has lots of bits and peices to it, looks like a jumpsuit when you've got it all hooked on and it looks good that way.
They offer, or have offered an optional lumbar belt/pad. If you are planning to carry heavy loads every day you should consider it since the weight will be lower down than you're used to.
I've had my push bag for about four years with off and on use. It stands up to weather great. Super easy adjustment and hugs the body really well. It does hang a bit lower then other bags but it makes it easier to swing around your body to remove packages. Plus they are made by some rad folks here in Canada who have been a part of the messenger community for a long time.
thanks for the info (and the reminder of under the weather)...i hadn't thought about how it will sit on my back, but i also don't plan on too many big loads. when you're riding with it do you need to have it all hooked up or is it like the stabilizing strap on many other bags that you typically only need for big loads? i mean, can i just toss it over my shoulder and roll or is a 'clip-in/clip-out' then roll kinda thing?
i'll think about it a while and wait for some paychecks.
my timbuk2 got lost when i moved cross-country; my reload was gifted to a friend after only a couple years of use (he needed a BIG bag, and i didn't....then), and my bailey has been great, and holds up great, but i want something bigger than the medium. -and it's kind-of a graduation gift to myself...woohoo, master's!
(yes, i'm a bag-*****. but, digging through old threads i know i'm not alone)
I think you pretty much need to have the straps done up to wear it comfortably - the design is more integrated than a standard stabilization strap. It's much more of a three-point strap, than mani strap + stabiliser. I'm sure you can run without it, but it's probably not ideal. Construction is rad. I know several couriers who use them everyday and love them. They do ride low. AFAIK, they don't offer the big hip belt thing anymore.
I heard from a friend of the main seamstress that they have significantly ramped down production, so it may be a wait to get one, but email them to find out.