A functional merging of the style and waterproofness of Waxed Cotton, with the exceedingly useful features and detailed quality of Aerostich Messenger Bags. All sizes are constructed with a seamless bottom for maximum durability. Inside each bag is a usefully sized organizer pocket and “clip-on” key loop. These bags are soft, supple and feel like an old favorite from the first moment you strap one on. With use the waxed cotton develops its uniquely experienced personalized look. This continues to improve with use.
The 2" nylon shoulder strap adjusts quickly and easily with a cam lock buckle for a secure, comfortable all-day fit. An oversize removable load-spreading pad (in matching waxed cotton, with a grippy Ultrasude surface) provides all-day carrying comfort.
The large flap closes with both a wide strip of hook and loop as well as adjustable quick-release buckles to accommodate larger loads. There's also a handy carrying handle on top of the flap that you'll find everyday useful. Visibility is assured with a wide strip of 3M Scotchlite™ reflective running across the flap. Four sizes: Letter (9"×3.75"×9"/12"), Dispatch (12"×7"×12"/18"), Courier (12"×7"×18"/23"), Parcel (14"×9"×18"/26"). Black, Brown, Green, Yellow, or Orange.
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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 (2)
- Three years on...Review by Squish
About three years ago, I ordered up my dadbag, my murse, my mini messenger.
It's been used nearly every day since I've gotten it.
Waxed cotton in brown, reflective delete.
I wanted a bag that looked rugged but fashionable something I could carry the stuff of modern life. Being a former bicycle messenger I was familiar with concept of these bags.
Overall a decent solid bag, that is right there in the mix.
There's some details that have always bugged me.
There was a line where the reflective normally goes, maybe something left over from the manufacturing, or maybe an oversight but it looked funky when the bag was new, not so much anymore.
Waxed cotton develops a very nice worn look, and it looks great, until it's just about ready to be worn out.
Edges start to unravel, corners wear through to the line.
Theres a funky fold on the liner of mine that has lead to some funky wear lines in the cotton on the outside of the bag.
The velcro patch is too big, but I just put some velcro backed patches over the loop and it keeps it closed without making it a pain to use.
The plastic buckle is slight proud of the edges and it's easy to snag the strap on something and have the buckle open up dropping the bag to the end of it's strap length.
Overall a decent bag, and I'd be tempted to buy one again when the current bag wears out, which it looks like will happen around 2017 (Posted on 9/28/16)
- Waxed Cotton Letter BagReview by Rick
I've had my letter bag about a month now. Quality is top notch, this is going to last for years. It is large enough to hold the stuff that usually goes in my pockets, plus my cell phone, small tablet computer, camera, and back-up battery recharger, with some room left over, all in one place. I tried it over the shoulder for a short ride, and it works well, but mostly it stays either in my tank bag, or saddle bags.
This would be excellent for someone with a naked or sport bike without much in the way of luggage. Also works well if you want to lug your expensive electronics with you when off your bike. It is some work to pack it up, and finding stuff in there is not as easy as reaching in a pocket, and it does take space in my luggage. I'm not sure if I will continue to use it on all rides, or just when I have my saddlebags off, and otherwise lock the electronics in saddlebags and go around with overstuffed pockets?
I have used it mainly on the bike, but have gone walking around with it a few times. It was nice to be able to tuck in a few small purchases. My wife told me I couldn't put it over my neck as it made me look gay. I told her it just made me look like one of the super nerds from Big Bank Theory. (Posted on 10/16/13)
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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. There really is a difference…
A Mr. Subjective History on Aerostich Messenger Bags
Aerostich messenger bags are one of my favorite Aerostich products. They differ substantially from all of the other kinds of similar bags you’ve seen elsewhere. Essentially, these are a lot heavier-duty.
The primary reason we 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 whenever I need to carry something fast without using bungees. Messenger bags are a key technology for every day motorcycling…An invaluable tool.
These bags are the first ever to incorporate advanced, modern materials: Cordura Nylon, nylon webbing, Fastex quick-release buckles and strap adjusters, Velcro and 3M Scotchlight reflective. The only other bags of this type when these were created used basic canvas, and were carried mostly by the document couriers in larger cities.
The official introduction of the first Aerostich messenger bag happened nearly thirty years ago at one of the old Motorcycle Dealernews trade shows. I remember standing at the end of a table in a small private conference room at one of the hotels, giving an informal presentation to Motorcyclist Magazine’s then Editor-in-Chief Mitch Boehm and several other staff editors. “The daypack is dead!” I begun, trying to sound as declarative as possible. “The era of the messenger bag is beginning.” A colorful selection of the Aerostich messenger bags spread across the table. As some editors started examining them I explained why this nearly unknown style of bag was so great for motorcyclists. And why I believed they’d rule in the future. And why these were made exactly the way they were. It felt as though we were pioneering something entirely new.
A few years later other messenger bag companies started up and their far less heavy-duty versions of this type of bag quickly became a college bookstore commodity. Today hundreds of other messenger bag variations are available from dozens of companies…but the Aerostich messenger bags (by size: 'letter', 'dispatch', 'courier', and 'parcel') are the original.
About ten years ago we created a new range of wax cotton messenger bags in several colors, added the color pink to the Cordura line and developed an optional internal organizer pocket system for all of the three larger-sized bags. An Aerostich messenger bag is a handcrafted American-made tool for carrying stuff when riding a motorcycle.