I’ve held off writing my review of the Grim Bags Messenger Bag for a long time now (sorry Rollo), but I’m glad that I have because now, I can safely give you my thoughts and opinions on this bag knowing that I’ve used it solidly for months in various situations.
To summarize the review before you read it all, The Grim Bags Messenger Bag is really, really good. I’ve had mine since just after christmas and I’ve ridden it every day (no word of a lie) on both the motorbike and push iron. In all-weather, in all conditions and at about 110 mph!
Read the review here.
The bag is sturdy but not uncomfortable. It sits really nicely on your back no matter what you’re carrying. I’ve carried a full weekends worth of clothing including laptop, iPad, shoes and a bit of food without the bag feeling like it’s overfull. It’s very well padded out around the bag so when you’ve got something weirdly shaped in the bag, you can still feel it but it’s not annoying or painful.
The ‘safety strap’ is always a welcomed addition to the messenger style bag. I’ve always steered clear of bags which don’t have them. They help keep everything secure on your back without feeling like you’re being hindered across the chest and the Grim Bags Messenger benefits from it. The same thing goes for the main padded strap. I’ve had bags in the past with no padding and they tear into your shoulders even when the bag is empty. The Grim Bags Messenger on the other hand has a very well padded shoulder strap which allows you can carry any weight and it won’t feel like it’s shredding into you. I recently had to carry a set of Hagon rear shocks for the Bonneville in it and everything felt really nice and secure from the bags point of view and it all felt safe on my shoulder too.
The guys over at Grim Bags have also put a rather handy lock holster on the main cross strap of the bag. I’ve got a Kryptonite mini and it fits perfectly, plus if you use the ‘safety strap’ through the main part of the lock, it sits nice and flat across your chest for easy access in whatever situation you find yourself in.
I don’t know if the Grim Bags Messenger is supposed to be waterproof, I don’t think it even claims to be, but I’ve ridden it in torrential rain with insane cross winds and snow/ice and the contents of the bag has stayed completely dry inside. I’ve been caught out recently with my iPad and MacBook Pro inside it and I was properly worried about them, arrived home, bone dry! Excellent
Like they mention on their site, they use big clunky fasteners all over the bag and when your fingers are either cold or inside some chunky motorbike gloves they’re very much welcomed. I’ve never had a failure either which has allowed me to trust this bag with my valuable possessions as I’ve been riding.
So… to the last thoughts on this bag. It’s definitely a bag to add into the equation if you’re looking at or wanting a messenger style bag. It comes in 3 colours (blue, burgundy and the olive-green pictured above), it’s Made in Britain and it costs £89.99. All of this combined, The Grim Bags ‘Burton’ Messenger is a great choice. Head on over to the Grim Bags shop and pick one up. Or you can hold out and try to win this one pictured above in our competition below.
The bag pictured in the review above was kindly given to me for use in this competition as a prize. I haven’t ridden in or used this bag at all, so I thought I’d give all of you lovely readers a chance to win yourself a brand new Deaf Pigeon x Grim Bags Messenger Bag.
All you’ve got to do is…
TELL US WHY YOU’D BENEFIT FROM HAVING THIS GRIM BAG IN YOUR LIFE
Get your comments in to us below before the 10th May 2013 and we’ll decide who wins the bag. Terms: Entries after 10th May 2013 won’t be included, there’s no cash alternatives, our decision is final and only entries via the comments form below will be accepted. Share it around, tell your friends, but please enter, this bag needs to go to someone awesome!
Thank you and good luck to all