The Rickshaw Commuter 2.0 has been replaced by the Rickshaw Commuter 3. If you're in need of a messenger bag immediately, consider the Timbuk2 Command, $139, which wins our Editors' Choice Award. If you're looking for something more budget-friendly, check out the Timbuk2 Classic, $79; the Classic wins our Best Buy Award.
The Rickshaw Commuter 2.0 is an innovative, fully featured, and well-made laptop bag best suited to those who commute directly to and from an office environment. The bag offers excellent storage for all office essentials: documents, loose papers, and a 15" laptop are well protected; pens and pencils are easy to access and organize; and the bag opens and closes silently with a removable magnetic closure (one of three five features). Of the sixteen laptop backpacks and messenger bags reviewed here this is our favorite for office work, meetings, and conferences. It's highly functional, waterproof, durable, and looks good.
Other bags, however, are much better for mobile lifestyles. Our top rated messenger bag is the Mission Workshop Rummy ($175), a luxuriously comfortable, watertight, and very durable messenger for active lifestyles and biking. Where the Rummy is comfortable on and off the bike, it's comparatively poor at storing documents and small items. Can't afford the Rummy? Get the Timbuk2 Classic Messenger which is available at many major online retailers often for half the price of the Commuter 2.0.
Rickshaw bags are only available online directly from Rickshaw Bagworks.