The Alchemy Goods Pike is a good-looking small messenger bag with an even smaller environmental impact. Used bicycle tubes and seatbelts contribute to the bag's 67% upcycled content- the greatest of any bag review here. Its construction is simple, too. A 15 Liter main compartment holds your lunch, a sweater, and a small computer. Our testers found the Pike to be great for small trips around town.
Those looking for a go everywhere, do everything bag will want something larger. Our eight testers found the Pike to be too small for everyday mobile use, not supportive enough to protect documents, and without proper storage options such as a sufficient number of slots for pens and pencils. We also found the seatbelt strap to be slippery and insufficiently padded for carrying heavy loads. In sum, this is a great bag for light trips. Think iPad, water bottle, lunch and a light layer.
Our favorite large, fully featured messenger bag is the Mission Workshop Rummy ($170), a spacious, super durable, and luxuriously comfortable bag that excels at biking and providing you with near instantaneous access to the bag's contents. Those who commute directly to and from work can't beat the Rickshaw Commuter 2.0 ($160), a office-oriented laptop and document taxi.