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Known for their long single strap and large rectangular pouch, messenger bags have always been popular among couriers, cyclists and those who were looking for something practical to carry around their day-to-day essentials like a laptop or notebooks. Now, though, their appeal reaches just about everyone, including people that want something functional and those that want something high-end and fashionable.

If you cycle or walk to work or school, a messenger bag is the perfect style for you because of its sheer size. Not sure where to start your search? Try looking for brands like Timbuk2 and LeSportsac. They make nylon bags with padded straps that protect your neck and shoulder and velcro and zippered compartments so you can stuff in just about everything you need. And if you think all nylon messenger bags look alike, think again! You can pick from basic primary colors or fun whimsical prints.

While messenger bags are known for their spacious pockets and storage capabilities, there are luxurious and soft options as well. Brands like Michael Kors and Proenza Schouler offer beautifully constructed bags that maintain the basic messenger shape, but with embellishments like soft leathers and sturdy hardware.
  • Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag - Extra Small
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    Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag - Extra Small
    The perfect size, the perfect space. It's... perfect. The Classic Messenger Bag from Timbuk2® will be your go to for just about everything. Internal water bottle pocket for quick stashing on the go. Side entry Napoleon zip pocket for easy access without undoing the flap. External front organizer with secure zipper closure. Smart hook and loop placement for fast, easy closure and reductes sweater-pilling. Corner flap wings into place for excellent weatherproofing. Double-Loop CAM buckle enables easy fit adjustment while eliminating excess webbing. Removable cross strap for cross-body stabilization while biking. Front vista loop for attaching blinky lights for added visibility during night rides. Heavy duty stitching. Exterior made of durable CORDURA nylon and waterproof TPU liner for protection and durability. Volume: 549 in³/9 L. Measurements: Bottom Width: 10 1 ⁄ 4 in. Depth: 3 1 ⁄ 2 in. Height: 10 1 ⁄ 2 in. Strap Length: 48 1 ⁄ 4 in. Strap Drop: 17 1 ⁄ 2 in. Weight: 1 lb 2 oz.
  • Timbuk2 Alchemist (Small)
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    Timbuk2 Alchemist (Small)
    Whether you are a worldly traveler or a daily city commuter, you are sure to appreciate the tough-as-nails build and weather-ready performance of the Alchemist messenger bag from Timbuk2®. Fits laptops up to 13 inches. Waterproof tarpaulin exterior keeps the elements out. Flap closure secures with two aluminum hooks, as well as a thick hook-and-loop strip. Flap corners fold into place to keep moisture out during inclement weather. Spacious main compartment with padded laptop sleeve. Internal, built-in organizational pockets are perfect for holding pens, personal media, and other small items. Two internal water bottle pockets at each side. Two slip-in pockets under front flap. Zippered pocket behind front slip-in pockets is specifically designed to store power cords. Napoleon side-entry pocket allows for quick access without having to open front flap. Zippered back pocket. Exterior attachment points for carabiners or a U-lock. Breathable air mesh back panel. Padded top haul handle. Adjustable webbing strap with comfortable strap pad. Timbuk2 cam allows for easy adjustments without excess webbing. Anodized aluminum hardware. Imported. Measurements: Bottom Width: 18 in. Middle Width: 18 in. Top Width: 18 in. Depth: 4 in. Height: 14 in. Strap Length: 52 in. Strap Drop: 25 in. Handle Length: 6 in. Handle Drop: 1 in. Weight: 2 lbs.
  • Timbuk2 Command (Medium)
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    Timbuk2 Command (Medium)
    Sophisticated and versatile. Your daily commute is just not complete without the Timbuk2® Command laptop messenger bag. Fits laptops up to 15 inches. Top flap opening with two buckle closures. Removable, adjustable strap can be worn crossbody or on the shoulder. Organizational pockets at front, underneath flap. Smart power brick pocket manages all your cords. Napoleon side-entry pocket for quick-and-easy access without having to unbuckle flap. Slip-in water bottle pocket at side. Zippered laptop pocket at back opens like a book for airport-friendly travel. High-density foam laptop sleeve. Separate padded sleeve accommodates e-readers. TPU liner for easy cleaning. Luggage pass through on back allows luggage attachment. Top haul handle. Imported. Measurements: Bottom Width: 13 in. Middle Width: 13 in. Top Width: 13 in. Depth: 6 in. Height: 14 in. Strap Length: 50 in. Strap Drop: 25 in. Handle Length: 7 in. Handle Drop: 3 in. Weight: 2 lbs 5 oz.
  • Timbuk2 Commute Laptop TSA-Friendly Messenger (Small)
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    Timbuk2 Commute Laptop TSA-Friendly Messenger (Small)
    Now you can impress the crowd with the amazing features of the Commute (Small) by Timbuk2®. TSA compliant laptop compartment. Laptop compartment unzips to lie flat for airport security. Two separate compartments for both a laptop and tablet. Compartments feature high density foam with quilted tricot lining. Laptop compartment: 14.4 x 9.4 x 1.6 in / 36.6 x 23.9 x 4.1 cm. Faux fur lined front pockets help keep your gadgets safe. Internal organizer helps keep your small items tidy. Interior mesh pockets for added storage. Luggage pass through offers added convenience while traversing crowded aiports. Red key tether. Elasticized external water bottle pocket. Vista loop. Grab strap for easy lifting. Removable shoulder strap. Materials: Ballistic nylon. Waterproof TPU front flap. Waterproof hypalon rubberized bottom. Measurements: Bottom Width: 16 in. Middle Width: 16 in. Top Width: 16 in. Depth: 5 1 ⁄ 2 in. Height: 15 in. Handle Length: 7 in. Handle Drop: 1 1 ⁄ 2 in. Accessory Strap Length: 58 in. Accessory Strap Drop: 25 in. Weight: 2 lbs 0.68 oz.
  • Timbuk2 Commute 2.0 Messenger Bag
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    Timbuk2 Commute 2.0 Messenger Bag
    The Large-size Timbuk2 Commute messenger bag has a clever laptop compartment that unzips to lie flat so there's no need to remove your laptop at airport security.
  • Timbuk2 Commute 2.0 Messenger Bag
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    Timbuk2 Commute 2.0 Messenger Bag
    The Medium-size Timbuk2 Commute messenger bag has a clever laptop compartment that unzips to lie flat so there's no need to remove your laptop at airport security.
  • Timbuk2 Spin Messenger Bag
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    Timbuk2 Spin Messenger Bag
    Light as a feather and water-resistant for everyday rides, this bag carries your laptop and more in classic satchel styling.
  • Timbuk2 Command Messenger Bag
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    Timbuk2 Command Messenger Bag
    Sporting a sophisticated urban design that's perfect for air travel or commuting, the medium-size Command holds up to a 15-in. laptop in a TSA-compliant foam sleeve.
  • Timbuk2 Command Messenger Bag
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    Timbuk2 Command Messenger Bag
    The large-size Timbuk2 Command Messenger bag is TSA-compliant and offers sophisticated laptop portage for the urban jungle.
  • Timbuk2 Command Messenger Bag
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    Timbuk2 Command Messenger Bag
    Sporting a sophisticated urban design that's perfect for air travel or commuting, the small-size Command holds up to a 13-in. laptop in a TSA-compliant foam sleeve.
  • Timbuk2 Command Messenger Bag
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    Timbuk2 Command Messenger Bag
    Sporting a sophisticated urban design that's perfect for air travel or commuting, the large-size Command holds up to a 17-in. laptop in a TSA-compliant foam sleeve.
  • Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag
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    Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag
    With its enduring 3-panel design and rugged performance, the Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag in extra-small stashes and protects your daily wares, whether bike riding or otherwise.
  • Timbuk2 Especial Claro Messenger Bag
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    Timbuk2 Especial Claro Messenger Bag
    Streamline your bike commute with the Timbuk2 Especial Claro messenger bag. It protects your gear from the elements and looks great on and off the bike thanks to its lightweight, sophisticated design.
  • Timbuk2 Spin Messenger Bag
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    Timbuk2 Spin Messenger Bag
    The streamlined, satchel-style Spin is built for speed. Lightweight and simple to access, it's perfect for errands or daily commuting.
  • Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag
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    Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag
    With its enduring 3-panel design and rugged performance, the Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag in medium stashes and protects your daily wares, whether bike riding or otherwise.
  • Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag
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    Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag
    With its enduring 3-panel design and rugged performance, the Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag in small stashes and protects your daily wares, whether bike riding or otherwise.
  • Timbuk2 Alchemist Messenger Bag
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    Timbuk2 Alchemist Messenger Bag
    With its waterproof exterior and padded inner sleeves for a laptop and tablet, the medium-size Timbuk2 Alchemist Messenger Bag is both sophisticated and tough for world travel or your daily commute.
  • Timbuk2 Bryant Messenger Bag
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    Timbuk2 Bryant Messenger Bag
    Your new daily carrier supplies you with room for a layer and lunch, a padded section for books or papers, and a sneaky Napoleon pocket for cards and cash.
  • Timbuk2 Commute 2.0 Messenger Bag
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    Timbuk2 Commute 2.0 Messenger Bag
    The Small-size Timbuk2 Commute messenger bag has a clever laptop compartment that unzips to lie flat so there's no need to remove your laptop at airport security.
  • Timbuk2 Stork Diaper Messenger Bag
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    Timbuk2 Stork Diaper Messenger Bag
    Equipped with built-in and removable features, the covert Timbuk2 Stork Diaper Messenger Bag supports your mini-me, then easily transitions to a work bag for you.
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