The waxed cotton canvas bag is roomy inside, lined with dark fabric--it can be tricky to see stuff--plus a 13" laptop sleeve inside, a zip pocket perfect for a phone or small wallet, various sized pockets on the outside under the flap. The flap closes with a single magnetic closure plus two metal stud buttons that fit snugly into two thick leather straps. There's an embossed logo strap on the outside of the flap that serves a dual purpose as a bike light holder.
The Two Wheel Gear messenger bag's sturdy straps are wide with beefy metal buckles. Like most messenger bags, the bag is designed to be worn cross-body, with a second smaller strap that goes from the centre of the strap under the arm to prevent it from twisting around while riding. The bag is symmetrical & the secondary strap can be attached on either side so that you can wear it over either shoulder. I found the straps quite comfortable, even when loaded with a few items & a full growler of Brassneck beer (Blacklight--I recommend it!).
When I met Reid, the man behind Two Wheel Gear, he demonstrated his messenger bag's water resistant properties. He'd ridden to work in the same downpour I'd ridden there in, but the papers he'd stashed in there were bone dry. The bag is also machine washable, which I asked about before choosing the lighter colour.
The Two Wheel Gear bag has a classic masculine feel to it with the waxed cotton & nubuck leather, available in a dark grey-green, a warm rusty tan, & an off-white. It's be big enough for a diaper bag (I fit diapers, change pad, wipes, big wallet, wetbag & hardcover library book inside easily) or to carry books & a laptop to university or a folder & a change of clothes to work. If you're not really into using panniers on your bike commute, this is a great option to carry your things.
The Two Wheel Gear "The Heath" Waxed Canvas Messenger Bag is made right here in Canada & retails for $199. You can get them online at TwoWheelGear.com
Disclaimer: I won this bag in a random draw at the Vancouver Bike Show, & was not otherwise compensated for this review.
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