Waterproof and built to last a lifetime, Chrome’s Mini Metro messenger bag is a classic. From its signature seatbelt-buckle strap to its double-clasp closure mechanism, the Mini Metro is a true messenger bag, designed with the life of a bike messenger in mind. You load it up and swing it around your back, keeping all the essentials safely packed away.
The waterproof finish and liner are heavy duty too. I carried one of these for years, through storms and snow. Each time, it was fully loaded with a MacBook and an assortment of notebooks and everything managed to stay dry. The Metro is also a great choice if you need a little more storage space, as it will carry everything you need to and from the office.
Made of simple, humble canvas with just three pockets and a little zippered pouch, this messenger bag is as straightforward as they come. It’s inexpensive, lightweight, and it’ll last you a really long time if you treat it right. I’ve had one since 2006, and while the color has faded a little, there are no holes or rips anywhere.
It’s not a great choice if you need something water resistant though, as the canvas soaks up water like a sponge. For everyday use during the spring or summer, it's a great choice. Even with my stable of more expensive bags, I often pick this one up because it's not structured, and when carrying a light load, it's pretty thin and light.
Billingham bags have something of a reputation among photographers. They’re renowned for their durability, understated style, and lifetime warranties. These slick and stylish shoulder bags aren’t just for cameras though—they are excellent everyday bags if you’re looking for a premium bag at a premium price.
The Hadley 2020, in particular, is a perfect mid-size bag that can fit a 15-inch laptop with ease, along with other essentials. It features two front pockets and a water-resistant exterior that makes it withstand the elements.
The Ristretto is the perfect grab bag for a remote employee. It only has a 9-liter interior capacity, but because it’s made by Tom Bihn, it’s superbly organized, very comfortable, and made with high-end materials, like water-repellent YKK zippers.
It’s the exact size for a 13-inch MacBook Pro (in a fully-padded, suspended interior compartment), a water bottle, and a light layer, and it has an exterior organizational pocket for pens, battery packs, and lip balms. It also has an optional, removable waist strap for when I want to cinch it down and hop on my bike.—Adrienne So