The Patagonia Black Hole 24L wasn't without competition, but it earned its scores across each performance metric. In the end, it was the stand-out, overall winner. Our testers grabbed this versatile bag most when heading out the door. The hardy materials are durable yet low in weight, and it's not stiff like other messenger bags. A solid set of features kept our things organized, disappearing our gear like its namesake region of spacetime. As the theory of general relativity predicts, this sufficiently compact mass can, in fact, deform spacetime to form a Black Hole. We were able to carry heavy loads with comfort in our Black Hole, on most of our commutes. It is not optimized for bike travel, but with increasing options like cycling backpacks and panniers, this weighed less in our overall judgment.
If you like the stuff-ability of the Black Hole but seek a more bike-friendly model, the Timbuk2 Classic could be right up your alley. It has a cross-strap to keep the bag stable when racing through the city on two wheels.
Patagonia now offers the Black Hole in different color options but didn't change the construction or design. Performance remains the same.