Philadelphia. Bagmaker-in-training. Obsessed with backpacks and messenger bags.

 

free-vibe asked
Im trying to buy a black rainbow project Messenger but they never reply to me. Any other place you think i can get it? and definitely digging the blog!! P.S. You mentioned a jacket blog in one of your post did that ever happen would like to take a look! Peace

oof, yeah, Black Rainbow is pretty rare these days. It’s next to impossible to grab one.

If you’re serious and patient, monitor LFGSS - it’s a long shot, but I’ve seen some Black Rainbow gear move. Shirts, water bottles, touring saddlebags, hip pouches, and even few messengers.

I think I saw one on eBay once?

The price is gonna be real, though. £300 used (a little over $500), not including shipping.

As for the jacket blog? Ha, no, haven’t gotten around to it, but I will someday. People need their techwear fix.

vayabags:

Sweet #custom #zelda #messengerbag we made for Anna! #totallybadass #bikenyc #handmadeinnyc #vayabags

This is seriously the coolest.

vayabags:

Sweet #custom #zelda #messengerbag we made for Anna! #totallybadass #bikenyc #handmadeinnyc #vayabags

This is seriously the coolest.

abaghabit:

topo-designs:

Topo Designs - Our new Field Bag is built for photographers - designed to fit a camera body, lens, and all the other essentials your need at your hip. 


Awesome shot.

abaghabit:

topo-designs:

Topo Designs - Our new Field Bag is built for photographers - designed to fit a camera body, lens, and all the other essentials your need at your hip. 

Awesome shot.

packconfig:

Via Packlite

Upcycled Flapsack by buckprod constructed from Conrad Anker’s haul bag used on the Shark’s Fin (East Face Meru, FA VI 5.10 A4 M7, India, 2011).

Found here

Nice.

kuroikami:

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Looks like it could be a knockoff of the Camelbak Trizip - here’s the original.
Notice the difference in the sides of the velcro? The lack of an embroidered label?
Slick pack design.

kuroikami:

[Source]

Looks like it could be a knockoff of the Camelbak Trizip - here’s the original.

Notice the difference in the sides of the velcro? The lack of an embroidered label?

Slick pack design.

mtthwgss asked
What bikes do you own and ride?

I have one bike, a Mott Street Cycles fixie that I bought back when they were called Strada Customs. It’s neon green.

Here it is with my custom Girl.Bike.Dog messenger.

I really like it. Some of the components weren’t the best (deep Vs = ruptured tubes, for me) and I changed to BMX pedals + RELoad straps, but  yeah. I call it the Light Cycle.

kidcocorico asked
Hey Bag Collector, I want to buy a messenger bag for my school commute, and I'm torn between the BO gear syndrome or a chrome citizen. Could you give me some advice? Great blog by the way, thanks!

Sure!

Chrome Citizen is cheaper, but not by much. BO gear Sindrome carries an extra 10 liters, which is decent.

I haven’t tried on a Sindrome, the Citizen doesn’t have a padded back, so I wouldn’t be surprised at the comfort of a Sindrome being a little better. Which, don’t get me wrong, the Citizen is just fine, comfortwise. I was very happy with it. But I do like padding.

The only concern I have is the strap on the Sindrome - I don’t prefer the way it’s sewn into the back. The strap piece that’s sewn down gets caught on my jacket, you can feel it sometimes, blah blah blah. Minor quibble.

Honestly, unless you NEED the extra cash, go with the Sindrome. Capacity is good to have, the laptop slot looks awesome, and the price is pretty good.

Spoke with a pattern maker yesterday.

Regarding the waxed canvas knitting bag I’ve been working on:

My wife and I think we’ve got the design all set. A few tweaks to do, but the prototype is ready to be sent out the the pattern maker. We’ll probably have them do the design changes - moving a few pockets, etc. I’m also hoping they can optimize the design to reduce fabric use.

From there, we’re looking at getting 5 or 6 samples made and sending them to some specialist folks to give us feedback.

After that? who knows. Production, hopefully.

magictiki asked
Hey there! Big fan of your blog, and a fellow bag obsessive. I'm shopping for a new messenger to replace my old, trusty timbuk2 extra small classic messenger... I need something a mite bigger, but not huge (I use a backpack for big loads, a messenger for lugging the essentials). I have been eyeing up the Mission Workshop Monty, but a also reading good things about the 2014 T2 classic messenger refresh. Any opinion on one over the other? Thanks for your thoughts!

I mean, I don’t really “get” rolltop messengers, but the Monty is a REALLY nice bag. Both will provide enough durability and cargo capacity, so that’s not really an issue.

The questions become: aesthetics, pricepoint, and if you want the rolltop.

If you already had a Timbuk2 I’d say make the change. I doubt you’ll be disappointed. And more capacity (in the form of a rolltop) is probably a good thing.

mudernism asked
hey man did you check the Ember modular backpack out? I bought it on kickstarter, will arrive next month. What do you think?

Ember Equipment.

I did check it out. Interesting design. I really like the aesthetic of the components, but I don’t think I love all the pouches on the outside. I’d probably run it with no external cargo pouches.

The removable grab handles though? Heck, I’m using that idea if I ever have a bag in production.