A messenger bag is so much more than a fashion statement. It’s an important piece of travel gear, a great protector of your personal items, and a smart way to transport your life across town or across the world. Having a good messenger bag is as important as having a good piece of luggage, but you might even use your messenger bag even more often if you’re always on-the-go.
Important Feature # 1: Don’t Fight The Flaps
The most important thing to look for in a good messenger bag is the flaps. This is typically the number one complaint heard most by users who purchase their bag from a discount department store. Flaps that are too difficult to open makes getting into the bag more complicated, but not having enough security leaves your possessions in a compromised position. You need something that gives you protection but allows you to open the bag quickly. Look for a bag that has high-grade fastening strips that keep the flap closed as opposed to bulky buckles. A bag that has an easy access zipper on the top of the main compartment will also allow for easy access that stays secure.
Important Feature #2: It’s All About The Strength
A messenger bag that is strong and durable on the outside is essential for protecting the electronic devices and important documents that you take with you, so choose a bag that is constructed from a high-grade nearly indestructible material like ballistic nylon. Water resistance is important because chances are you’ll get caught in a downpour at some point. Having a bag that protects your belongings from the rain is like having a lucky penny in your pocket. The zippers should be water-sealing, too, and those with YKK zippers will give you the highest quality as YKK are also self-repairing.
Important Feature #3: Never Question The Protection
Inside, your messenger bag should have high-density foam pockets that keep your laptop safe in the event that you run into something unexpected; like a swinging door! And having plenty of room for organizing your personal items gives you the peace of mind to know that there’s a place for everything and everything is in its place. A phone pocket, quick access pocket, and a modular insert for your tablet will keep you organized. Plus, a 16-liter capacity messenger bag is just the right amount of space when you need to get everything to the conference room—or the airport--on time.
Important Feature #4: An Easier Way Through TSA
One final thing to look for in a messenger bag is one with the ability to get you through the TSA checkpoint easier and quicker than a standard bag. For example, the ecbc Trident Laptop Messenger Bag features the FastPass® System, which allows you to unzip the specialized electronics compartment, lay the bag flat on the security conveyer and go through TSA without having to unpack your electronics. This feature alone is what makes your time at the airport a little less hectic.
Now that you know what to look for in a good messenger bag, start shopping and never settle for less than the best.
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