Philadelphia. Bagmaker-in-training. Obsessed with backpacks and messenger bags.
Sorry, no hands-on experience. I can ask ‘em to send me something! But my reviews are predicated on the kindness of the bag companies to send me stuff, so I can’t promise anything. I’ll make an announcement if they send something my way!
In the meanwhile, here’s a few reviews of ILE bags:
I’ve heard only good things, for what it’s worth.
PAC Designs is actually shutting down for six months to a year. This is hopefully not permanent. Although Girl Bike Dog said they’d be back soon and they ended up shutting down.
As for X strap messengers? Off the top of my head…
Chrome has the Berlin.
YNOT Cycle has the Mongoose.
Burro will let you customize a messenger with an X strap.
Might be others, that should get you started.
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.