Top 80 Best Reviewed Messenger Bags - Buyers Guide 2018


Messenger bags seem to be everywhere, so it's no surprise that there are lots of different models to choose from.

First of all you have to consider the many different designs - and at the same time, you also have to consider the different sizes, features and qualities.

To help you choose, we have checked 63,957 reviews to find the best reviewed messenger bags.

Check out the top 80 list below - and the top 3 most popular messenger bags, if you just want to check out some of the most popular models (the models that most people end up buying).
How we rate the bags

We have checked thousands of reviews, so we can show you the weighted average rating of all the bags.

Using the average ratings, you can check what all the reviewers think instead of just viewing the subjective opinion of one specific reviewer.

It's much simplier to find the best bags that way.



Top 3 most popular messenger bags 2018


Osprey FlapJack bag
Osprey FlapJack
Rated 4.6 based on 79 reviews.
Osprey Ozone bag
Osprey Ozone
Rated 4.4 based on 388 reviews.
Timbuk2 Command bag
Timbuk2 Command
Rated 4.4 based on 3,738 reviews.



Below is the top 80 list based on the thousands of reviews we have checked.


Top 80 messenger bags 2018


Michael Kors Hamilton bag
Michael kors logo
4.9
37 reviews

Mammut Neon bag
Mammut logo
4.8
27 reviews

Patagonia Black Hole bag
Patagonia Black Hole
4 bag types available.
Patagonia logo
4.7
1,192 reviews

Michael Kors Rhea bag
Michael kors logo
4.7
34 reviews

Kipling Machida bag
Kipling logo
4.7
49 reviews

Burton Flint bag
Burton logo
4.7
11 reviews

Osprey FlapJack bag
Osprey FlapJack
2 bag types available.
Osprey logo
4.6
79 reviews

Michael Kors Sloan bag
Michael kors logo
4.6
39 reviews

Osprey Flapjill bag
Osprey Flapjill
3 bag types available.
Osprey logo
4.6
125 reviews

Michael Kors Mercer bag
Michael kors logo
4.6
191 reviews

Tumi Alpha Bravo bag
Tumi Alpha Bravo
4 bag types available.
Tumi logo
4.6
271 reviews

Michael Kors Selma bag
Michael kors logo
4.6
950 reviews

Michael Kors Raven bag
Michael kors logo
4.6
173 reviews

Tenba DNA bag
Tenba logo
4.6
363 reviews

Lug Carousel bag

4.6
54 reviews

Maxpedition Fatboy bag
Maxpedition logo
4.6
902 reviews

Kipling Alvar bag
Kipling logo
4.6
2,789 reviews

Ogio Brooklyn bag
Ogio logo
4.6
1,267 reviews

Travelon Anti-theft bag
Travelon Anti-theft
4 bag types available.
Travelon logo
4.6
23,084 reviews

Mountainsmith Adventure bag
Mountainsmith logo
4.6
49 reviews

Ricardo Beverly Hills Mar Vista bag
Ricardo Beverly Hills Mar Vista
4 bag types available.
Ricardo beverly hills logo
4.6
335 reviews

Michael Kors Fulton bag
Michael kors logo
4.6
486 reviews

Tumi Voyageur bag
Tumi Voyageur
3 bag types available.
Tumi logo
4.6
474 reviews

Ogio Renegade bag
Ogio Renegade
2 bag types available.
Ogio logo
4.5
1,666 reviews

Pacsafe Metrosafe bag
Pacsafe Metrosafe
5 bag types available.
Pacsafe logo
4.5
2,180 reviews

Timbuk2 Classic bag
Timbuk2 Classic
2 bag types available.
Timbuk2 logo
4.5
5,203 reviews

Timbuk2 Ace bag
Timbuk2 logo
4.5
140 reviews

Chrome Citizen bag
Chrome logo
4.5
67 reviews

OGIO Newt bag
Ogio logo
4.5
174 reviews

LowePro Passport bag
Lowepro logo
4.5
2,264 reviews

Vanguard Alta bag
Vanguard logo
4.5
26 reviews

Timbuk2 Jet bag
Timbuk2 logo
4.5
2,510 reviews

Kipling Callie bag
Kipling logo
4.5
109 reviews

Timbuk2 Sunset bag
Timbuk2 logo
4.5
1,190 reviews

Fjallraven Foldsack bag
Fjallraven Foldsack
2 bag types available.
Fjallraven logo
4.5
145 reviews

Brookstone Dash bag
Brookstone logo
4.5
90 reviews

Thule Stravan bag
Thule logo
4.5
123 reviews

Kipling Klara bag
Kipling logo
4.5
318 reviews

The Sak Silverlake bag
The sak logo
4.5
1,184 reviews

Timbuk2 Command bag
Timbuk2 Command
2 bag types available.
Timbuk2 logo
4.4
3,738 reviews

Brenthaven Collins bag

4.4
79 reviews

Osprey Ozone bag
Osprey Ozone
3 bag types available.
Osprey logo
4.4
388 reviews

Tumi Alpha bag
Tumi Alpha
6 bag types available.
Tumi logo
4.4
322 reviews

Thule Crossover bag
Thule Crossover
3 bag types available.
Thule logo
4.4
702 reviews

Incase City bag
Incase logo
4.4
154 reviews

Timbuk2 Commute bag
Timbuk2 logo
4.4
1,627 reviews

Chrome Niko bag
Chrome logo
4.4
5 reviews

Chrome Chekhov bag
Chrome logo
4.4
8 reviews

Hynes Eagle bag

4.4
1,712 reviews

Timbuk2 Especial bag
Timbuk2 Especial
3 bag types available.
Timbuk2 logo
4.4
467 reviews

Pacsafe Vibe bag
Pacsafe Vibe
3 bag types available.
Pacsafe logo
4.3
226 reviews

Peak Design Everyday bag
Peak Design Everyday
3 bag types available.
Peak design logo
4.3
431 reviews

Mountainsmith Drift bag
Mountainsmith logo
4.3
26 reviews

Briggs & Riley Kinzie Street bag
Briggs & Riley Kinzie Street
5 bag types available.
Briggs & riley logo
4.3
87 reviews

Victorinox Lexicon bag
Victorinox logo
4.3
22 reviews

Dakine Switch bag
Dakine logo
4.3
3 reviews

Timbuk2 Snoop bag
Timbuk2 logo
4.3
33 reviews

Geoffrey Beene bag

4.3
423 reviews

Timbuk2 Stark bag
Timbuk2 logo
4.3
16 reviews

Pacsafe Slingsafe bag
Pacsafe logo
4.2
379 reviews

ONA Brixton bag
Ona logo
4.2
84 reviews

Chrome Metropolis bag
Chrome logo
4.2
7 reviews

Outdoor Research Rangefinder bag
Outdoor Research Rangefinder
2 bag types available.
Outdoor research logo
4.2
36 reviews

Ortlieb Velocity bag
Ortlieb logo
4.1
69 reviews

Vanguard Heralder
Vanguard logo
4.1
694 reviews

Henty Wingman bag

4.1
120 reviews

Timbuk2 Heist bag
Timbuk2 Heist
3 bag types available.
Timbuk2 logo
4.1
27 reviews

Pacsafe Intasafe bag
Pacsafe logo
4.1
126 reviews

Timbuk2 Catapult bag
Timbuk2 logo
4.0
123 reviews

High Sierra XBT bag
High Sierra XBT
2 bag types available.
High sierra logo
4.0
1,270 reviews

Timbuk2 Delta bag
Timbuk2 logo
3.9
8 reviews

Alienware Vindicator bag

3.8
126 reviews

Booq Boa bag

3.8
40 reviews

Arcteryx FYX bag
Arcteryx logo

Chrome Kadet bag
Chrome logo

Jack Georges Voyager bag


Booq Python bag


Mystery Ranch Invader bag
Mystery ranch logo

Chrome Buran bag
Chrome logo

Chrome Soma bag
Chrome logo

Ortlieb Ultimate bag
Ortlieb logo

Case Logic Reflexion bag
Case logic logo

ONA Bowery bag
Ona logo

ONA Prince Street bag
Ona logo

ONA Union Street bag
Ona logo

STM Radial bag
Stm logo

Think Tank CityWalker bag
Think tank logo

Brenthaven Prostyle




Review Summary

63,957 reviews of bags checked.

Average rating is 4.5 out of 5.
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
72%
16%
6%
3%
2%



Top 10 messenger bag brands

The 10 highest rated messenger bag brands based on the 63,957 reviews we have checked + the highest rated bag from each brand.

BrandAverage ratingTop messenger bag
Mammut4.8Mammut Neon
Patagonia4.7Patagonia Black Hole
Burton4.7Burton Flint
Tenba4.6Tenba DNA
Lug4.6Lug Carousel
Michael Kors4.6Michael Kors Hamilton
Maxpedition4.6Maxpedition Fatboy
Kipling4.6Kipling Machida
Travelon4.6Travelon Anti-theft
Ogio4.6Ogio Brooklyn



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If you are looking for a bag that is great for all environments or one that you won’t outgrow, then the messenger bag should be your top choice. This type of bag truly is incredibly versatile. So, whether you are a bike messenger, college student, or business professional, you will not have to look any further than this bag.

While it may be clear that a messenger bag is the ideal carrier for you, what might be less apparent is which one you should choose. After all, there are numerous designs, features, and styles to choose from. To make it simpler for you to narrow down your search, we have come up with some criteria that you can turn to.

Learn How to Find the Best Messenger Bag for You

Everyone needs that one bag that you can really on in day to day life. While a backpack may typically fill this role, this type of bag isn’t especially suitable for certain environments. A messenger bag, however, is the best of both worlds. On the one hand, it is just as useful as a traditional backpack. On the other, it looks chic (and age appropriate) enough to suit practically any adult.

The buying practice for a messenger bag, however, may be less clear-cut than you imagined. While the carrier may appear to be quite simplistic, it does have more than a few features that require careful consideration. So, to make sure that you actually need, here is a compilation of the important facts and details:

What Type of Messenger Bag Do You Need?

There is no denying that messenger bags tend to look alike. As such, it may be surprising to learn that there are different types available on the market. Before you decide on one, though, you first need to determine what you require your messenger bag for.

Considering that these are actually referred to as messenger bags, it would stand to reason that these bags are quite beloved by cyclists. While this is the main purpose of this type of bag, you will need to remember that not all of these carriers are designed to be ideal for cycling. If this is what you need your bag for, look for one that has a malleable back so that it can mold to the shape of your back. Not to mention, you should be able to tightly secure the bag to your back.

Students and business people often like to carry their digital devices in their bag. If this is something that you want to do as well, then you need a laptop messenger bag. Perhaps one of the most important things with such a bag is to make sure that the laptop remains protected. So, you will need to look for a padded area where your laptop can be stored and preferably secured with a strap. Of course, you will need to check that the compartment is just the right size for the device.

If you are looking for a messenger bag that you can use every day, including when you are headed out hiking or camping, then you need something that is quite durable. In this situation, you will find that a tactical or military messenger bag will come in quite handy. This type of bag is made from very tough material and also has numerous pockets so that you can store a greater amount of gear.

Some people prefer to travel with their messenger bags. The only thing to look for with a travel messenger bag is a shorter strap and perhaps, a more compact design. Since you will be walking around quite a bit, the bag will need to sit higher up on your torso and not be too bulky.

Women’s vs. Men’s Messenger Bags

Messenger bags, on average, tend to be just as popular among women as men. Most men find a messenger bag to be a nice alternative to both a backpack as well as a briefcase. So, when shopping around for this type of bag, are there any male-specific or female-specific features to watch out for?

The only discernible variation between messenger bags for men and for women is the style. Men’s bags tend to have a more defined structure and are typically available in neutral colors. On the other hand, there is usually more variety among women’s bags. They have more choices in color, pattern, and even shape. Not to mention, the messenger bags for women often have a softer design and can also double as handbags as well.

Messenger Bags Material

The most common materials used to make messenger bags are nylon, canvas, and leather. Let’s take a look at what each of these fabrics has to offer:

A canvas messenger bag is ideal for anyone who is looking for a bag that they can use day in and day out. It is strong and tough, which makes it unlikely to succumb to rips or tears. Also, it is excellent for carrying loads. These bags are usually better suited to more casual environments. The one downside of this material is that it can be a little heavy. Also, should it get wet, the bag would increase in weight even further.

Nylon is used in more affordable messenger bags. The fabric is durable, strong, and relatively lightweight as well. There are different types of nylon messenger bags, depending on what you require. If you want a bag that is truly heavy duty, you should search for one that is made from ripstop or ballistic nylon.

Last but not least, there is the leather messenger bag. This is often favored by businesspeople or those who want a stylish bag. There is no denying that this type of bag looks incredibly professional. Here, it is important to choose a higher grade material. So, you will need to keep an eye out for full grain leather, top grain leather, or genuine leather. The benefit of these higher end fabrics is that they look a bit better as they age.

Messenger Bag Capacity and Size

Messenger bags often range from small to medium in size. Due to having just one strap as well as the structure of the bag, this isn’t a bag that works well with too much weight or heft. So, these are the capacities that you are most likely to come across:

  • 5 – 10 liters: these bags are best for cyclists. They are large enough to carry small electronic devices, stationary, and some food and water.
  • 11 – 20 liters: bags of this size work well for students. They contain enough space to carry a laptop, books, and a few other supplies.
  • 21 – 35 liters: this range of size is best for travelers. In addition to laptop space, there is also room for clothing items and other essential supplies for short trips.

As previously mentioned, size is also something that you should think about when choosing a messenger bag. Most cyclists will benefit from carrying smaller bags as these will be less likely to move around while they are cycling.

With travelers, though, it is more of a personal choice. If you will only be using your messenger bag as a means of carrying your belongings then it doesn’t matter if you get a bigger one. However, if you are planning on trekking around with the bag, you may want to look for something a bit more compact.

Carrying System

Now, having just one strap does make the messenger bag a bit more versatile while carrying it. You can choose to sling it across your torso so that the bag hangs in the front or the bag. Or, you can hang it from one shoulder so that it sits by your side.

At the same time, there are a few disadvantages associated with this carrying system. For one thing, it means that all of the tension of the bag is carried on just one strap. This means that, often, messenger bags can feel heavier to carry. This is what makes that one strap on the bag quite so important.

First, look for a strap that is a bit wider. This will allow the weight to be distributed a little bit and will stop the strap from cutting into your flesh. Also, you may want to get a strap that has a padded strip, where the bag rests against your shoulder. This, too, will help to spread the weight around.

Security Features

One of the downsides of messenger bags is that you typically have to choose between user ease and security. Most of the messenger bags have a main flap that protects the internal compartments. These flaps are usually fastened to the bag with the help of plastic buckles, Velcro, or hooks.

The thing with plastic buckles that they are easy to separate even while you are wearing your bag. Unfortunately, others, including pickpockets, will find it just as simple to get into your bag. Now, hooks put up a bit of a challenge – for both you and potential thieves. However, you will need to choose one that is incredibly strong and secure for it to work.

If you are going to be commuting all that far, you will probably stick with Velcro strips like most people. Since they are easy to open, it is a good idea to carry your bag in the front when in crowded areas. Now, Velcro does have an annoying habit of making a ripping noise when you are trying to appear nondescript. To avoid this, you can look for Velcro silencer strips.

Additional Features

Now let’s take a look at some of the extra features that you may want to consider:

Water Resistant Features

Most materials like nylon and canvas aren’t naturally water resistant. So, if this is a feature that you are interested in, you will require fabrics that have a special coating on top of them. With nylon, this is usually polyurethane while with canvas a more popular coating is polyvinylchloride. These external layers prevent the moisture from being absorbed into the material.

Reflective Strips

If you cycle or walk around at night, it is important for you to be visible to both cyclists as well as motorists. This is why you should look for a messenger strap that is luminescent in poor light. It will keep you a lot safer.

So, there it is – all that you need to know to find the best messenger bag for yourself.


Last updated on April 21, 2018

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