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Old 10-07-12, 03:32 PM   #1
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Posted this in commuter area too, but I think the ssfg crowd has their finger more on the messenger bag pulse. I've been looking at decent sized messenger bags to fit my 17" laptop plus other bits. I narrowed it down to the Chrome Metropolis bag and Crank Brothers Messenger Fully Monty bag. It is about 70 bucks cheaper but I can't find any reliable sources for more pictures or reviews. I am leaning toward the Chrome because of their reputation for making bomb-proof bags but for a price. Can anyone give me insight to the Crank Brothers bag? If not I'm just gonna get weird and get the Chrome bag.
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Old 10-07-12, 03:34 PM   #2
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Old 10-07-12, 03:55 PM   #3
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Choice C. Backpack.
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just posted a fairly detailed bunch of images and what my bag carries for some members last week, if you can find it.

hint: its one of the options youre considering and it holds what you want to hold
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Knog bags from jenson, tough to beat the price. While they last.
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Chrome. Although if I was in the market for a new bag, I'd get a RELoad
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Old 10-07-12, 04:27 PM   #7
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Tried messenger bag for a while and ended up going back to backpacks. Distributes weight much better.
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Knog bags from jenson, tough to beat the price. While they last.
I don't think any of those knogs do it for the OP's question, but damn son that's some mad deals.
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Tried messenger bag for a while and ended up going back to backpacks. Distributes weight much better.
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im looking into a good waterproof backpack that will hold all my **** now, messenger is good for light loads but when i got 30 pounds in there its annoying
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im looking into a good waterproof backpack that will hold all my **** now, messenger is good for light loads but when i got 30 pounds in there its annoying
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I tried using a Timbuk2 messenger for a while. It sucked. Then a Timbuk2 backpack. Much better. But I needed something waterproof. Rolled in to SF, picked myself up a Mission Workshop. Haven't looked back.
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Timbuk2 Tres Especial is highly water resistant. A little expensive but cheaper than MW.
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I've had the largest sized Chrome bag for 3 years now. Works great if you pack it right, but it only really has one internal pocket. Probably not great for a laptop.
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I find a messenger and a separate sleeve is much more functional on a bike than any of the laptop specific messengers's or backpacks plus it tends to be more waterproof. My Waxed Canvas Timbuk2 Bolo gets a coat of wax every 6-8 months and has been keeping my stuff dry for a decade now....That said its reaching the end of its life and I am thinking Seagul Blackbag or Seagul Retrogression bag when it's time
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I've had the largest sized Chrome bag for 3 years now. Works great if you pack it right, but it only really has one internal pocket. Probably not great for a laptop.
i found the best way (for me) to combat that is with the snoop camera insert from timbuk, fits perfectly in the metropolis, would leave extra room in the bigger size
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I find a messenger and a separate sleeve is much more functional on a bike than any of the laptop specific messengers's or backpacks plus it tends to be more waterproof. My Waxed Canvas Timbuk2 Bolo gets a coat of wax every 6-8 months and has been keeping my stuff dry for a decade now....That said its reaching the end of its life and I am thinking Seagul Blackbag or Seagul Retrogression bag when it's time
Really, cuz I'd take an average backpack over a good messenger bag any day. And good thing there are better than average backpacks out there.
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I have an osprey statos 24 backpack, and its pretty nice on your back, and doesnt give you too much of a sweaty back, but sucks to pack because of the arc of the frame.
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Mission Workshop everything.
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I like my Chrome Yalta a lot...it would be nice if the roll top opening was bigger but the side compartment fits my 16.4" in pretty nicely.
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I tried using a Timbuk2 messenger for a while. It sucked. Then a Timbuk2 backpack. Much better. But I needed something waterproof. Rolled in to SF, picked myself up a Mission Workshop. Haven't looked back.
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I have a MW Vandal. ****ing huge, and ****ing amazing. I have been caught in absolutely horrendous downpours and had everything in it stay completely dry. My wife and I went on a four day vacation and it was our only piece of luggage. We even managed to bring back a couple items.

Messenger bags are wonderful if you aren't carrying much and need to get in and out of them all day. Otherwise, get a backpack.
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I have a MW Vandal. ****ing huge, and ****ing amazing. I have been caught in absolutely horrendous downpours and had everything in it stay completely dry. My wife and I went on a four day vacation and it was our only piece of luggage. We even managed to bring back a couple items.

Messenger bags are wonderful if you aren't carrying much and need to get in and out of them all day. Otherwise, get a backpack.
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I have a Chrome Civilian and it fits a lot of stuff, I really like it. I have a few backpacks and one that is bicycle specific I was using before getting the Chrome bag and I don't use them anymore. At first the Chrome bag felt kinda weird but once I got used to it it feels really nice when riding.
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I'm with these guys. Backpack by Mission Worksop.

The Vandal and the Fitzeroy will fit a 17" laptop.
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I'm with these guys. Backpack by Mission Worksop.

The Vandal and the Fitzeroy will fit a 17" laptop.
Heh... The Vandal will probably fit a desktop with a CRT monitor if you try hard enough.
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