Backpacks are for kids

Stop wearing backpacks like a kid.

No more fanny packs/bum bags (do people still wear these?).

No more click-clacking with roller bags.

You need to be a fashionable adult and use a Messenger Bag!

These bags have become the new norm in the last decade for many reasons. Compared to backpacks and briefcases they are much more comfortable, more convenient and just plain look cooler. These bags can be a good fit for men and women with a multitude of offerings. In fact there are so many different kinds of bags out there that it can be hard to find the best one for your needs. I have found the best bags and have reviewed them for you here. Whether you are a hipster with a bike commute or a business woman with a ton of gadgets, you are sure to find what you need here.

I live in a urban area and have tried many different ways to carry all of my personal items and electronics and it took me a long time to find a bag that works. I used everything from backpacks to briefcases, but none of them felt right. Once I switched over to one, I found that I could fit everything I needed, it felt comfortable and look good as well. As I traveled around and my needs changed I soon realized that one bag didn’t suit all of my needs. The best bag for my bike commute wasn’t the best fit for carrying all of my design tools. Most people don’t realize, but they are not one size fits all. I thought I would create this review site to help people make informed decisions and find the bag for their lifestyle.


Chrome CitizenBike commutesQuick accessReview
Pacsafe Venturesafe 200 GiiTravelHigh securityReview
Kattee Crazy HorseMenDistressed leatherReview
Graco Tinker ParentsDiaper BagReview
Crumpler The Barney Rustle BlanketCollegeMultiple pocketsReview
Vicenzo ProfessionalBusinessHigh end leatherReview

Chrome Citizen

Man this bag is durable! The bag itself is made of weatherproof Cordura outer shell with a truck liner. The strap is a seatbelt style material with matching quick release buckle that doubles as a bottle opener. It has a foam pad on the strap that is generous and feels comfortable. There are spots for carabiners and velcro for other accessories. Inside there are not any compartments besides in the front for smaller items, but you could opt for a laptop sleeve (at an extra cost). This bag is not ambidextrous, so you have to make sure you select the left or right hand strap. The Citizen is the medium size to the larger Metropolis and smaller Metro versions.

Pacsafe Venturesafe

If you’re looking to protect your belongings while traveling, the Pacsafe Venturesafe 200 GII has a ton of good features. It is compact and will hold tight to you body and has slash-proof straps with locking clips so you won’t be separated from the bag, while the bag itself is slash-proof. The zipper hooks into a little clip at the end preventing it from easily being opened. One of the neatest features is the RFID blocking pocket to prevent hi-tech thefts.

Kattee Crazy Horse

The rugged looking Kattee Crazy Horse leather bag is the epitome of manliness. Each bag is individually made of distressed leather and metal buckles/hasps. It is large enough to use a briefcase, laptop holder or even an overnight bag. It has multiple pockets for numerous items with varying sizes and closures. This bag is quality made and is a perfect compromise between ruggedness and refinement, perfect for everyday use, whether in the office or at home.

Graco Tinker


Women’s bags shouldn’t look like diaper bags, but who says they can’t function as one? The Graco Tinker is a diaper bag that looks and functions like a messenger. It is made of durable nylon, with a waterproof liner and is machine washable. There are pockets for everything you need to carry with you and then some. The adjustable buckle is extremely comfortable and has a convenient handle. Why would anybody carry a traditional diaper bag when they could have this bag that works the same?

Crumpler The Barney

The Crumpler Barney Rustle Blanket bag is a great fit for those looking for the best bags for college. It has a large central pocket that can hold your larger items along with three velcro sealed pockets for smaller items. It is made with durable canvas and mesh materials for added durability. The strap is easily adjustable for different heights and has a removable shoulder strap pad. It also features straps in the back to hold other items such as your bike lock. This messenger is good for those that will be carrying a lot of items and will be walking between classes.

Vicenzo Professional

The Vicenzo leather bag is of the highest quality possible and features a manly distressed leather look. It is more of a briefcase style as it has individual slot pockets and not to many smaller pockets. It has a single handle as well as 2″ wide strap with additional strap pad. When it comes to having a high-quality leather professional briefcase mixed with a manly messenger, this is a great mix.