Eastpak Delegate Messenger Bag
Time for another review for our friends over at Stand-Out.net. This time I’ll be reviewing the Delegate Messenger bag, in brown, from Eastpak. Once again, to give you the context; I chose this item to review and I’ve genuinely tried to put it through it’s paces to give you a fair and honest review.
First up, it’s worth noting that this bag is very well made. The material is durable and hard wearing and the fixings, joinings and fastenings are strong and sturdy. To be honest, this isn’t a surprise; I’m an advocate of Eastpak simply because they make very good quality items. Each Eastpak bag is covered by a thirty year guarantee; if, in the unlikely event that the seams or zips break, you can send the bag back to Eastpak and they’ll mend or replace it. Can’t say fairer than that.
Hidden away underneath the main flap of this satchel is a thin layer of material and a zip that seals the interior. I think this barrier is to keep your belongings away from the elements - nice and dry if you get caught out in the rain. I’m sure it’s an effective barrier, however this little piece of fabric feels a bit cheap and plastic-y.
This bag is roomy. As well as a good size inside, there is a useful zip that runs all the way along the bottom and sides of the exterior can be unzipped to almost double the capacity of the bag. I used this bag on a short overnight stay. I could pretty much fit everything I needed into the bag when the exterior zip was undone.
However, for me, this bag was a little too wide everyday use and the commute to work: It’s wide enough that when worn over the shoulder and across the chest, bandolier style, it would sometimes knock against my elbow.
The shoulder strap is made from webbing and is very strong. It includes a padded section for comfort, but for my height, the strap was too long. I’ve reviewed another Eastpak bag (here) and I find a similar issue with this bag. I think this may be something specific to me. Eastpak include two buckles to shorten the strap but even at it’s most extreme, I couldn’t get it short enough.
The following point is very minor, but like I say, I really put these review items through their paces to give you a genuine appraisal. There’s a rough texture on the back of the padded section of the shoulder strap that’s designed to provide some resistance and stop the bag from swinging around. This works perfectly but it’s a little too effective: When trying to swing the bag round from behind you to open the flap or access the front pockets, it’s not easy. The bag gets caught and needs a good pull to get it round the front. Like I say, it’s a minor point and it may be specific to me alone - but if you’re accessing the bag a lot it can get a bit annoying!
It seems like the design of this bag has been influenced by bicycle couriers and therefore some road-safety features have been built in: The numerous zips bear woven toggles that include a reflective fabric; they will reflect light and shine brightly when hit by a headlight.
The best thing about this bag is the many useful pockets it includes. Inside the bag there is a pouch that’s perfect for documents or a laptop; this seals nicely with a zip and looks to be somewhat water-resistant. On the front of the bag there are two good sized pockets, one slightly larger than the other. At the back there is a loose pocket that is sealed with velcro and would be good for magazines or a newspaper. I found the most useful pocket to be the front pocket, on the flap. Sealed with a zip, this pocket is perfect for your ipod or a book. It’s brilliant for easy access when you’re on crowded public transport; you don’t have to open up the bag to get to your items, just unzip this pocket and fish them out from the front.
I imagine this bag would be ideal for hand luggage on a plane journey: There’s lots of safe places to hide away your passport and travel documents and you can quickly access them with ease. There’s also lots of room inside the bag for everything you’d need on a long flight and a bit of extra room for a spare jumper or light jacket.
You can find the Eastpak Delegate Messenger bag at Stand-Out.net here for £44.00. This style of bag comes in a variety of colours and you can also find more Eastpak bags on their Eastpak page here.
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