Kenneth Cole Expandable Computer Compatible Messenger Bag
I needed a carrying bag for work and travel that would allow me to carry both my netbook, accessories, and work
papers, notebooks, etc. I did not want a tacky vinyl or polyester bag that looked like a laptop case. The problem
is that the really nice, leather messenger bags are in the $150-$250 range and I just didn't want to spend that much.
This Kenneth Cole case turned out to be the best compromise. It has a classy, simple style accented by the
brushed silver buckle. It is perfect for carrying a 10" netbook, which I have within it's own sleeve in the
separate compartment in this messenger bag. There is still plenty of room (probably another 4-5 inches in width) for
papers, notebooks, a portfolio, or whatever. That being said, this bag is probably not suitable for a student who
needs to carry three thick hardcover textbooks and notebooks -- a backpack or bigger bag would be needed. For
my purposes, though, this is perfect. There are plenty of handy extras, too: a zip pocket on the outside (under the
flap), a zip pocket inside the bag, and a pouch on the back (outside) of the bag. Also has pen holders and other
helpful features inside. The only negative about this bag is that it lacks a handle. Since it is a messenger bag
with a flap, the only way to have a handle is to have a cutaway on the top of the flap so the handle can go
through it...I had a bag like that previously...it didn't look as good, but the handle was functional simply for
grabbing the bag from the floor. I haven't found this to be a deal-breaker, as I just pick up the bag using the
shoulder strap. Still, some might prefer a case with a handle. Also, while the entire bag is leather, the
shoulder strap is nylon except for the shoulder cushion. I think that a full leather shoulder strap would have looked
better, though I'm sure it would have increased the cost. Overall, for the $75-$90 price point, this is one of the
best messenger bags you can find...trust me, I looked at dozens of them.
Classic Messenger Bag
Then life got weird.
Over the past two years this bag and I have been to sea. I've carried it across Europe. We've explored the caves
and jungles of Cambodia, and rowed down the fjords of Denmark. This bag has become one of my most trusted possessions.
When emptied it can be squeezed into a ball and tossed in a corner, or stuffed in a larger bag. It's roomy and comfortable, machine washable.
My criticisms are few and forgivable but worth mentioning. The zipper on the inside pocket broke just a few short
months after buying the bag and hasn't worked since. As one reviewer also mentioned, the forward metal loop (the
loop that connects the strap to the bag where it hangs under your arm, depending on how you wear it) twists
lenghtwise. This will not cause the loop to open, but it wears into the canvas of the bag itself. It's not a huge
issue, I've had this bag loaded to the brim and walked miles in it, but after over two years I expect the canvas
to tear very soon. It's frayed about 60% of the way through.
The buckle on the strap squeaks a little on occasion when walking. It has gotten on my nerves from time to time, but
for the most part it doesn't squeak, and when it does a simple shifting of the bag solves the problem.
But seriously, I've never had a bag put up with so much and be so useful.
It's not waterproof and not the best bag for a laptop. My laptop fits nicely in the bag and I have carried it many
times, but it isn't padded or waterproof and as a result isn't the best bag if you carry your laptop regularly without a laptop sleeve.
Despite all that I highly recommend this bag. I mean, this is just a green canvas bag and I could write another 20
pages on how trusted it's been. We've been to museums in Paris and ridden elephants in Asia, soaked in the rough
waters of the Atlantic and carried groceries home from the store.
This is a great bag.
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Timbuk2 Commute 2.0 Laptop Messenger Bag
I originally got to know Timbuk2 through my ex. She had worked for a messenger company and had one of the older
designs. I decided to purchase one for myself when I started going to school full time. I commute via public
transportation, and the little canvas bag I normally use wasn't going to be enough to carry my school supplies and
work gear plus a purse. I wanted a sturdy bag that would allow me to ditch my purse and would be comfortable enough
for walking around town and carrying on the bus. I used the Timbuk2 website to pick a bag that would be the right
size for my laptop. I don't carry my computer around every day, but I want to be comfortable when I do.
The Timbuk2 Commute 2.0 in medium was the correct size. It has more than enough pockets and compartments to carry all
of my "purse" stuff and my school work. When the bag arrived, I was worried it was going to be too big for me
to carry around comfortably on a daily basis. It turns out that the bag is just fine if not a tad on the larger side.
I can carry two large notebooks, my textbooks, and a few other items in the main compartment. That still leaves
room for my laptop (in the special laptop zipped area) and my other supplies. It can be a bit cumbersome on a crowded
bus, but pretty much any bag can get in the way. The handle on the top is helpful for maneuvering and for
grabbing the bag quickly. The fabric is definitely durable, and I am fairly certain it will last a while.
I'm going to have to get one (or two) of the add-ons for the strap. My cell phone does fit in the interior pocket,
but that isn't particularly useful if I want to listen to music on it. My biggest concern is that the bag doesn't
seem very secure from people who want to grab your stuff. The way the flap sits, it would be easy for someone to
stick their hand in the side and pull things out of the pockets. If I end up taking the bag on a trip, I will be
sure to stash my wallet somewhere else. The other issue is that the bag can be a bit off-balanced. I'm getting better
at adjusting it, and I think it has something to do with the way the bag is constructed.
Overall, the Timbuk2 Commute 2.0 in medium is a good bag all around. I may have to downgrade to a smaller bag when
I'm out of school and don't have as much to carry. For the meantime, it definitely meets my needs.