The fastest, most comfortable, versatile and easy to way to carry stuff on a motorcycle, scooter or bicycle. Triangular in cross-section, messenger bags wrap around your back and stay in position when riding. The original ‘Courier’ size holds a small briefcase, a few magazines and some files…plus a tablet and notebook computer with room to spare. It is the most versatile and best selling size.
All are constructed of 1000D PU-backed Cordura nylon, with a seamless bottom for maximum strength and durability. All also feature a bright yellow reinforced PVC waterproof inner lining. Also inside is a usefully-sized organizer pocket (two on the Parcel size) and ‘clip-on’ key loop.
After long use they’ll develop an ‘experienced’ patina that reflects your individual patterns of use and wear. The 2" military-spec nylon shoulder strap adjusts quickly and easily via a cam lock buckle for a secure, comfortable fit. For heavy-load all-day comfort, there is an oversize, removable, load-spreading shoulder pad with a grippy Ultrasude surface (it’s optional for the Letter size).
The flap closes with a wide strip of hook and loop as well as adjustable side-release buckles to accommodate oversized loads. There's also a useful carrying handle on the top center. Visibility is assured with a wide strip of 3M Scotchlite™ reflective running across the flap.
These bags are as simple to put on as a guitar, and easier to learn. Red, black, grey, hi-viz lime yellow, or blue (or limited edition pink in letter, dispatch, and courier sizes only).
Four sizes: Letter (9"×3.75"×9"/12"), Dispatch (12"×7"×12"/18"), Courier (12"×7"×18"/23"), Parcel (14"×9"×18"/26").
In 2014 Abhi, the creator of of bike-urious.com, reviewed his Aerostich messenger bag here.
Two years later in 2016 bike-urious.com contributor Cas V. also reviewed his Aerostich messenger bag here.
Two unique riders in distant locations with different riding patterns with two usefully different stories. No spoiler alert needed…both stories are revealing.
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Customer Reviews (28)
- A Most Worthy BagReview by Black47
I finally broke down and ordered one of the infamously capable messenger bags.
I picked up a Dispatch model, and it is working out wonderfully for my commuting and modest grocery shopping needs.
On the bike it is comfortable and stable, and it holds a surprising amount of stuff. Off the bike it is a useful piece of carry on luggage, and doesn't attract attention like the very technical riding pack I was using.
It is impressively well made and of very sturdy materials.
Its quality, ease of use, and all around utility make it a very worthy investment! (Posted on 1/8/16)
- The best you can getReview by Chris
I've only had this bag for a week but I already feel compelled to review it. The quality is top notch as expected and is what I have come to expect from Aerostitch. It feels indestructible and I am sure it practically is. It is super comfortable both on and off the bike and the pad in the shoulder strap is the best I have ever seen. You cannot go wrong with this purchase.
I recently used it as a carry on for a cross country flight and it was great in that application as well. I have two minor suggestions for future updates : a small Velcro outer pocket would be a nice option for holding things that you don't want to have to get through the main closure to get at. Along those same lines, a Velcro cover for the main closure Velcro strip (to disable it) might be nice for situations off the bike where you need to get in and out of the bag quickly and quietly.
In any case, this is one of my favorite Aerostitch products to date and if it ever wears out I'll be buying another.
(Posted on 7/10/15)
- Fantastic qualityReview by Cheryl
- I ordered the pink one during the mothers' day special, and I could not be more pleased. This may be the best-made bag I've ever seen! I really like the heavy canvas, the super-padded strap pad, and the extra-wide velcro strip. If you're on the fence about this bag don't be. It's awesome. Great purchase! (Posted on 5/14/15)
- Quality in SimplicityReview by Sjaak
- To start off, I'll refrain from commenting on the loudish velcro rip when opening the flap; suffice it to say the I consider it a foolproof pickpocket alerter, ear plugs and all, especially in combination with the adjustable click closures. The quality and sheer breadth and length of the velcro contact area alone would probably suffice to keep the lid closed at a 100 mph toss away. I am the happy owner of a black Dispatch Bag, which swallows everything I need for my work day, and that will somehow magically expand to take more in when needed while retaining a discreet presence. The afore mentioned tough plastic closures have ample adjustment and seem plenty sturdy to keep the lid down even without the velcro contact. A belt-and-suspenders approach if I ever saw one. Mine is black with a quite aesthetically satisfying yellow interior. The adjustable shoulder pad keeps the bag in riding position like it was glued, but will slide-adjust easily with the weight taken off. The deceptively simple looking closure seals off the bag in downpours, as noted my daily commuting experience. The material itself is outrageously tough and hard wearing; the seams ooze stoic high-end quality; it will take many miles and then some to achieve the "lived-in" look. If you are desperately looking for a downside to this bag, this could be it. The price certainly is not. Highly recommended. (Posted on 10/27/14)
- Older dispatch bagReview by Tom
- I have an older Dispatch (the more compliant material and strap). It's a great bag that has served me well! (Posted on 8/14/14)
- Great bag!Review by Al C
- Put off buying the bag and should have bought it years ago. A sale got me off my wallet, and I only regret not buying it sooner. It's a very well-made bag that's perfect for riding and perfect for while walking. And I'm sure it'd be great if you were on a bicycle, too. Bought the Dispatch size, and it's plenty spacious. I could probably haul home a ton of things from Trader Joe's with this bag, and I'll soon test that out. Stop waiting and buy this <bleeping> bag. It's why the word "Awesome!" was invented. (Posted on 7/15/14)
- Can it be improved? Yes.Review by HondoTX
- I agree with the other reviews. My wife bought me a Courier in Yellow. I bought her a Letter in Pink. She bought me a Dispatch in Black. While the hook-and-loop fastener on the flap is great for riding sometimes the RRRRIIIIIPPPPP sound can be annoying in quiet places like a library (that's a building where they store books. Book are . . . never mind) or on a bus or airplane. I solved that by attaching a strip of Loop on the Hook. I have two 1" strips on my bag, but if the fabric store had had it in stock I would have bought a 2" strip. If I need the extra security I just peel the strips off. (Posted on 4/20/14)
- Great bagReview by Gregory
- Love the bag it is exactly what I wanted and the quality is what I would expect from Aerostitch. (Posted on 10/8/13)
- Amazing bag Review by Brian
- I got this bag (in grey) around ten years ago. It is still in service and still looks nearly new. I have used it for carrying items large and small on and off the bike through all kinds of weather and college. My kids have borrowed it for their school book return days each year and still it soldiers on. I kind of balked at the price when I bought it but a friend with an aerostitch suit convinced me to go for it. I'm SO glad I did. My son has gone through a number of timbuk2 and Ogio bags doing similar duty in the same time frame. The economics of this speak for themselves. He has tried to abduct my bag a number of times but so far I have thwarted his attempts. Seems odd to have a bag that is coveted more than the laptop etc that are carried in it, but that's where we are. The reflective strip is still a real eye grabber for headlights behind me too. I LOVE this bag. (Posted on 9/5/13)
- alpha to omegaReview by Wolf
- Other than the high quality and thoughtful simplicity of my recent Aerostich Courier bag (with stabilizer strap), it has also become my off-moto gear for all seasons. Perfect for air travel, tourism, road-trips, concerts, biz and all things done off my bike, it has become one of my most valued tools. All the compliments and questions from non-riders, struck by the bag's austere good looks and design, affirm that form following function can be style indeed. (Posted on 9/15/12)
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These are the Original Modern Messenger Bags
The first ‘Courier’ size Aerostich messenger bag was introduced in 1985. This was a few years before other messenger bag companies like Timbuk2, Chrome (and others) even existed. Other outdoor fashion companies such as Patagonia and North Face also introduced their messenger bags many years later.
In 1985 only two similar bags were available. Both were produced in small numbers for professional bicycle messengers only. (Everyone else who carried things by bicycle or motorcycle wore small back packs.) We patterned the first Aerostich Courier bag closely after the ‘proven-by-messengers’ bag.
Both of the early commercial-use messenger bags were made of cotton canvas, and they had no hook-and-loop (Velcro) on their lids, no reflective material anywhere, no strap-length cam adjusters and no side-release flap buckles for oversize loads. Aerostich was the first to incorporate these features and also to apply modern materials like Cordura nylon, hook-and-loop, 3M reflectives, plastic buckles and strap adjusters to this style bag.
Aerostich messenger bags still remain more strongly made than common bags sold at bicycle shops, outdoor stores and college bookstores. Because they are made for commercial users they are tougher, so they last a lot longer.
The construction details are different, too. An example of this is how the top flap is constructed. Common messenger bags connect the inner flap's fabric to the outer fabric with an inexpensive 'binding' stitched around the outside edges of the flap. This is fast and easy, but not especially durable. Every Aerostich messenger bag flap is first sewn inside-out, then turned right side-out and edge-stitched the same way a dress shirt collar is made. This looks 'right' and lasts much longer.
Another example is the Aerostich oversize shoulder pad. It is oversized to better spread your load better, and is highly detailed and carefully constructed of several materials, too. If you carry a messenger bag every day, you’ll want this pad.
Aerostich messenger bags are also all made in Duluth Minnesota by a motorcycle rider named Jim. He has been at Aerostich hand-making these bags start-to-finish for more than fifteen years. And rides a black Kawasaki Concourse, too fast sometimes. There really is a difference…
A Mr. Subjective History on Aerostich Messenger Bags
The Aerostich messenger bags are one of my most-favorite Aerostich products. We have been making them for over twenty five years, and they differ substantially from all of the other kinds of similar bags. Essentially, ours are a lot heavier-duty...
I like messenger bags so much because they are so easy to use for urban and utility motorcycle riding. They go on-and-off quick and are versatile. One of these bags hangs empty, near my riding gear so I can grab it whenever the destination involves picking up something, or when I need to carry something fast, without using bungees. Many of our customers use them for their routine daily commute, too. Messenger bags are a key technology for motorcycling personal mobility…An invaluable tool.
Our bags were the first ones ever made of a synthetic material (Cordura Nylon and reinforced vinyl). When we began, there were two or three others made of coarse canvas. Ours was also the first courier bag to employ Velcro (hook&loop) anywhere, and to have any 3M Scotchlight reflective, and to have a handle on the flap, and to use ITW Fastex side-release buckles. What was available elsewhere was crude -- bags made in small numbers in cities like New York, mainly for working bicycle couriers.
About a year after introducing Aerostich Messenger Bags, I remember being at the Motorcycle Dealernews trade show standing before Motorcyclist Magazine Editor-in-Chief Mitch Boehm, and several other editors, all of us in a small conference room in one of the hotels there,…giving a presentation. And the internet was years in the future still.
“The daypack is dead!” I began, trying to sound as declarative as possible. “The era of the messenger bag is now beginning.” I then explained why these still largely-unknown types of bags were so great for motorcyclists. And why they’d rule in the future. And why the Aerostich courier bags were made they way they were. It felt as though we were pioneering something entirely new.
A few years after we started making Messenger bags, other companies like Timbuktu (and many others) were started, and they made lighter-weight versions of messenger bags a common college bookstore commodity. About a decade later Chrome -- another company – added some contemporary hipster style and an automobile seat-belt buckle to the shoulder strap. And today there are countless other varieties from dozens of companies.
But the Aerostich messenger bag line (by size: 'letter', 'dispatch', 'courier', and 'parcel') remains the real-deal and ‘the original’ in terms of function, utility and durability. They are still the very best of this kind of bag available anywhere.
Recently we introduced a wax cotton variation in several colors. And a few years ago we added pink to the available colors of the Cordura models, and developed an optional internal organizer pocket system (available for the three larger sized bags).
Many specific patterning and stitching details set ours apart from the others. (One example - the lid-edge is turned and then hand topstitched. This is how a button-down shirt collar is made. It's neater, stronger and more expensive to do it this way. It makes a better flap. Almost everyone else's bags use cheaper machine-bound edging.)
Lastly, a special feature of our bags that I think is pretty cool is that for over fifteen years Aerostich messenger bags have been made by one individual here at Aerostich. And this person is a life-long motorcycle rider. During the years he's been employed here he's owned three or four different bikes. Recently he’s been riding a black Kawasaki Concourse. And he’s already been to North Carolina to visit his daughter and grandchildren on it a few times.
When you buy an Aerostich messenger bag, you are getting a hand-made classic American product, and an incredibly tough, practical, good bag.