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Rated4out of5byWildcatBackpackfromLots of pros, few consI went to the store, after researching online for laptop messenger bags, planning to buy the Patagonia Half Mass. The store didn't have the Half Mass (despite rei.com saying it was available at the store) so I had to look at all the other options. I tested every Timbuk2, bag, the Patagonia Mini Mass, and sever REI bags. None of them were exactly what I wanted (even the Half Mass wouldn't have been just right after seeing the mini mass in person). Most of the bags are really heavy and don't have a good system for latching onto a roller bag - I travel in airports a lot and like to have the laptop bag connected to my roller bag.
I wanted a thinner bag that isn't too bulky yet would hold my 15" laptop. None of the options I looked were thin and would have been more bag than I wanted. I was about to give up when on the next isle, all by themselves, were the Osprey messenger bags. This one turned out to be just what I wanted (although I would prefer all black, I had to get the silver one instead). It can be very thin if you don't put much in it yet it will expand to hold a lot of files and gadgets if needed. I just got back from a trip to Europe and it worked great, the hidden handle on the back slides onto my roller bag handle, and it held everything I needed.
The biggest issue I have with the bag it is doesn't want to stand up on it's base. It always falls over to one side or the other. Part of the design that lets it be so thin when the pockets aren't stuffed causes it to not have a wide base to hold it upright. Not a big deal but sometimes annoying when you are loading the laptop.
Date published: 2014-04-18
Rated5out of5bySwims with FishfromI think I've found the perfect bagI purchased this bag for several future trips where I will need to take my computer. I am amazed at how fantastic it is. In the main part of the bag there is a well padded computer pocket with room for folders and it is held shut with a velcro flap. You will also have room for an e-reader-- no matter what brand, it's going to fit. Between those two pockets is a mesh zippered pocket for additional organization. I plan to put my wallet and itinerary in here. Osprey thought of everything because I find there is room for my camera in it's case, power cords, something to eat, small toiletry bag, my and a little room left over for a paperback book or a very lightweight jacket. Great planning was put into this bag because there is a full length top zipper to remove your computer and not expose your other items. You can access your other items and the computer from a second zipper in the main compartment which allows the bag to open wide. There is a clip on each side to cinch the bag down and keep things from shifting.
Moving right along, the front organizational pocket has a key fob, shallow pocket with slip pockets on the outside of that for pens, flashlight, phone, glasses, passport and similar sized items, and a deep pocket for other larger items. There are 2 external stretchy pockets for water bottle, sunglasses, or a small umbrella. Between the 2 compartments is a hidden zippered pocket for a TSA 3-3-3 liquids bag….and there's even more to shout about over this great bag!
The adjustable padded shoulder strap is fixed to the bag but very comfortable and easy to adjust and also has a carry handle at the top of the bag. There is a flap on the back to slip over the handles of your roller luggage. It easily slips over my wheeled Osprey carry-on and with a little coaxing slips over my checked rolling bag. The flap will also hold the strap to keep it from dangling while using the carrying handle. Just fold the straps and tuck it under the flap. The velcro will hold it and the padded area will hang below the flap. Osprey even has a front loop to add a small light so you can be seen at night.
This bag is very lightweight, durable, good looking and it's functional. I chose black which I think is a new color for 2014. All compartments are lockable which I plan to do with a cable-style TSA lock which will reach 2 pockets. This bag is also backed by Osprey's All Mighty Guarantee. REI had it shipped to me in the caribbean in 2 days--unheard of!
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated5out of5bybuutamanfromExcellent for commutes to grad schoolThis replaced my backpack for grad school. It easily carries my books, notebooks, and my tablet. The front organizational pocket is better than those found in backpacks. Yes, this bag is a bit of money and most commuter cyclists would probably gravitate more towards a pack with a buckle on the strap, but I've found I like this pack much more.
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated5out of5byIndiana BethfromOutstanding messenger bagThe Osprey Courrier bag is a perfect sized, lightweight "briefcase" that protects smaller laptops/tablets and has room for files, cords and miscelaneous. Lightweight but durable for use on small planes with strict weight limits for rural travel. It has LOTS of pockets and room for just about everything. It is easy to overload, because it is so roomy... so I've had to gauge how I fill it.
Am enjoying this versatile and attractive travel bag.
Date published: 2013-10-10
Rated5out of5byKateCfromTerrific bag for daily use or travelJust took this bag on a long trip and it performed perfectly. The overall design is superb: lightweight yet sturdy, lack of a front flap allows instant access to any compartment, well-padded slots for laptop and tablet, and large central area that fit my small electronics and cords, books, maps, toiletries, snacks, even a lightweight jacket! A bonus feature is a well-hidden, full-depth zippered security pocket just behind the front pocket - perfect place to stow wallet, passport and other valuables that will be impervious to pickpockets. I was able to pack about a third the volume of my 22" roller bag into this bag as second, "personal" carry-on - astonishing capacity yet really comfortable to wear. I got it on sale but it's well worth it at full price.
Date published: 2013-10-07
Rated4out of5bynerosmamafromWaiting to Use ItI plan to use this on an upcoming trip to Eastern Africa. I will have a backpack as carryon and the Courier as my personal item. I expect it to be very useful as it is lightweight, roomy, and easily accessible, since it doesn't have the usual messenger bag flap. That flap has always turned me off messenger bags so I was delighted to see a product w/o a flap. If this bag works as well as I hope, I will report back and upgrade the stars to five. Only time and use will tell.
Date published: 2013-10-03
Rated5out of5byheidiyfromAbsolutely AmazingI am completely blown away by how perfect this bag is.
There is a sensical compartment for everything (15-inch macbook pro [fits perfectly], tablet, and phone all have their own, protected spaces), so I am able to stay organized without feeling encumbered by tons of pockets I don't know what to do with and without excess weight and padding.
Even with all of these features, the bag still incredibly compact and light. It has clips along the side so that you can compress the bag if needed. Yet, it carries everything you need for a day at work or on business travel. I am able to easily fit a computer, charger, papers, books, all of my personal items (wallet, keys), and a change of shoes into the bag, all while feeling like it was small enough to stay out of the way. The strap padding helps to balance the weight of the bag comfortably.
Everything about the bag is absolutely perfect, and I couldn't be happier.
Date published: 2013-09-24
Rated4out of5byJeanminfromI am very satisfied with this carry-onI bought it online from our local store.
Date published: 2013-07-25
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