The Topo Designs Mountain Briefcase challenges the limits of what a messenger bag can be. It keeps pace with this evolving category of personal bags by adding backpack straps and briefcase handles. Instead of trying to make the side strap system more comfortable with a cross-body strap in traditional messenger fashion, deploy the backpack straps and ride in comfort. The bag is suited to many uses, from your daily commute to light hiking. It is durable and well organized for your many adventures, in many modes of travel, over many miles of terrain.
The lack of water resistance is what kept this model from our top spot. The Patagonia Black Hole 24L takes home our coveted Editors' Choice Award with its excellent performance overall, including impressive wet weather applications. When it comes to looks, though, the Mountain Briefcase lacks many rivals among its competitors.