Aerostich Courier Bag
- Product Review (submitted on June 25, 2010):
The dispatch bag I've used for 11 years and 50,000 miles has been replaced by a clean, bright, odor-free courier bag. The dispatch was great- unobtrusive, comfortable, and big enough for 90% of the loads I wanted to carry. I was even able to strap down a brand new full-length lacrosse stick using only the QR straps attached to the bag. The dispatch has been relegated to only bicycle duty, as several years of sweaty bicycle use has lent it a delicate bouquet that remains even after a good hosedown. The black fabric is faded, the reflective strip is...disreputable looking, but the velcro, seams and strap all remain strong and intact. The current overall appearance of the bag, to me, reminds me of the miles I've ridden, the lessons I've been taught, and how something old and obviously well-made and well-used will always be cooler than some brand new shiny thing that starts to deteriorate in a month.
The courier bag- bright blue, way too big for what I need, but still mighty handy. My complaint is the size, or rather the attributes that the size of the bag brings to its construction. The main culprit is the velcro- even when the bag is fully loaded the velcro is so strong that two hands are needed to open the flap- one hand to pull the flap, one hand to hold the bag down, as the velcro holds tenaciously and lifts the bag rather than separating. I have NEVER had a problem with the flap coming open on either bag. Perhaps more judicious use of velcro is in order?
The dispatch bag was small enough that it didn't fold or flop around like the courier bag does- it can be a struggle to get into the courier while riding, just because the bag contorts and bends funny when its wrapped around ones back. I have no solution for this, other than going back to a dispatch-sized bag.
Otherwise, magnificent construction and durability.