The Rummy is the Bentley of messenger bags. It's large, luxuriously comfortable, and surprisingly nimble. A cavernous 27 Liter main compartment swallows a computer, books, and packages like the champion of a pie-eating contest. One drawback: this is not often available at many major retailers; our top-rated bag that is widely available is the is the Timbuk2 Command. If you find that this bag is difficult to find at major retailers, you could check out our Messenger Bag Review to compare all of the bags that we tested.
The Rummy has several awesome features that compliment its capacity: ) the strap, which is the easiest to adjust and most comfortable of all messenger bags reviewed here, can be fixed to either the left or right shoulder. ) The roll top closure can be rolled up to provide easy access to the front pockets or folded down and buckled like most other messengers. This makes the bag more versatile. On the whole, the Rummy provides a great balance between comfort, durability, water resistance, and features. Our main complaint with the bag's design lies with the zippered accessory pockets, which can be difficult to access when the bag is full and store small items, like pens, quite poorly. Although we don't view it as a significant drawback, the Rummy does not have a built-in laptop case: you'll need to slip the computer into the middle zippered compartment or provide your own case.
The Rummy's extreme opposite is the Rickshaw Commuter 2.0 ($160), an equally well made and innovative office style messenger for people who carry books, documents, and computers directly to and from work.Get a backpack if you don't need near instant access to the contents of your bag. Timbuk2 makes the Swig ($90), an excellent, comfortable, affordable, and versatile backpack that has great storage options and fits a variety of people. Those on the taller side or those who want more storage should opt for the Cilo Gear City Pack ($175), our favorite backpack for biking, grocery shopping, and everyday life on the go. Business types who want great laptop and document storage and the comfort of a backpack can't go wrong with the Arc'teryx Blade 24 ($175).