For urban riders who use their bikes for daily commuting, messenger bags have become a common sight.
With a large enough compartment for a laptop or, sling it diagonally over your shoulder and arrive without creasing or damaging anything. Funnily enough, that’s why they’re also known as shoulder bags.
Shoulder bags aren’t just for commuters; they can be a great alternative to a bulky backpack or waist bag. Thanks to their increased popularity, motorcycle-specific messenger bags have been designed that are more suitable for bikers – they can be waterproof, have easy access pockets, key holders and also shoulder straps that convert into a rucksack-like strap to make the bag easier to carry on and off the bike.
Things to look out for when choosing a bag:
Material - it should be durable and hardwearing
Size of compartments - make sure it’s capable of carrying your gear
Strength of fastenings - the last thing you want is the strap snapping or the bottom fraying which is why a motorcycle specific messenger bag is a better bet than a cheaper generic one
Ease of access - Buckles, zips or poppers - is your stuff easy to access or a bit of a faff to get to?
We’ve put together a showcase of the best messenger bags within each budget range so you can make an informed choice.
Smart-looking low-cost option
For just under £20, this canvas messenger bag is a stylish grey colour with leather strap detail. Large enough for bulky items, the adjustable strap will fit most riders. Its 18-litre capacity is decent. The bag is not waterproof and the canvas material may not wear well with frequent use; something to bear in mind when making your decision.
Built for bikes
With padded compartments that would be suitable for breakable items like laptops and tablets, this 18-litre messenger bag from Kriega is £135. Designed specifically for bikers, the construction is well made and comes with a 10-year guarantee; the 1000D Cordura base and harness will stand up to harsh environments while your gear is safe inside.
The closest you’ll get to being Steve
For £200, you can own this incredibly durable 12oz Scottish waxed cotton and leather messenger bag. With reinforced Cordura nylon abrasion panels, shoulder straps and trolley bag slot, it’s portable on and off your bike. Loads of practical pockets inside and out means your gear remains organised in its 19-litre capacity.
Messenger bags FAQs
Can you wash a messenger bag?
All bags with vary so check the care instructions. You should be able to wipe your bag down with a very gentle solution of hand soap in warm water to remove any stains.