We at Tiny Fix love bags. Cupcake has her Seagull bag that has seen more use than any carrying device in the history of mankind. I love my Mission Workshop Rambler and Mission Workshop Monty. We love Trash Bags and Vaya Bags too.
But for me, sometimes I don’t need the fully-teched-out waterproof carry-everything-you-own-plus-a-six-pack kind of bag. Sometimes I’m just going to the bar, and it’s not raining, and I just need something to carry a wallet, phone, and lock. And maybe I’m not going for the bike kid livin’-on-the-streets chain-lube-running-through-my-veins look where a hip pouch would fit in. Sometimes I want something functional AND cute. So sue me.
So when Serbags contacted us and asked us if we wanted to review one of their canvas messenger bags, I was all in. They sent me this Army Vintage 15″ Bike Messenger Laptop Bag and I put it through the paces for a few weeks.
Overall, this is a functional, utilitarian, well-made canvas bag. It has a shit-ton of pockets of various sizes and usefulness, and looks pretty cool.
- Lightweight canvas makes it easy to carry around.
- Wide leather-reinforced strap is comfortable on the shoulder.
- Two big front pockets fit my u-lock and tire leash easily (better than my Mission Workshop Monty, even).
- The front pocket is also the perfect size for my mini iPad.
- Fits my laptop in a sleeve easily with plenty of room for more stuff.
- Leather-reinforced bottom corners should help durability.
- I’m finding I love the flap pockets on the sides of the bag for quick access to things.
- It’s a little too big for my needs.
- Not waterproof.
- With the strap as small as it can get, it still hangs lower on my small body than I’d like, which makes my back/shoulders ache after several miles on the bike.
- The little strappy things on the front flap hit me in the face if I lift the flap with too much gusto. I have yet to stop doing this to myself. Granted, I’m kind of an idiot.
This bag has become my go-to bag for going to work if I’m not riding my bike (when I ride to work I shower and change at the office so I am more of a rack and panniers girl for bike commuting lately.) And I love it for riding to a show or the bar or whatever. It’s a little big to use as an everyday purse but I hate switching bags so I’ve even been using it for that lately. In all, I think if I were looking for a canvas stylish yet functional bag I would absolutely check out Serbags’ offerings, and would probably consider a slightly smaller bag, or waxed canvas for some water resistance.
Full disclosure: Serbags contacted Tiny Fix and sent us this bag at no charge to review. This review is my full, honest opinion after carrying it around for a few weeks.