Best Messenger Bags For Men

The 50 Best Messenger Bags For Men

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There’s a reason a design that’s been around for so long in so many different forms — that of the simple messenger bag—has morphed into an everyday essential that, by its very nature, every guy should be familiar with. More so than the backpack or the briefcase, the messenger bag’s basic silhouette—shoulder strap and all—is more ready in looks and function than other things you might reach for to carry your gear (even the ubiquitous tote bag).

The best messenger bag—one probably found on this list below—gets you and your essentials from point A to point B, and should be equipped for everything in between. That’s a tall task considering any number of locales you might find yourself faced with on a day-to-day basis—be it a city commute, an outdoors hike, a short (or long) trek to the office or a quick trip away. And with more men than ever before paying to small details, a great messenger bag should be among those items to cross off. Its a piece that plays a big day-to-day role—stylistically and otherwise.

Some of these messenger bags combine more functional details, some are built with heritage quality in mind, and some fuse the two. That’s reflective of the way we dress and get around day-to-day—you need to be up for anything, and your gear needs to be just as ready. Think of it this way—a great messenger bag can be just like a trusty stainless steel dive watch; wear it with business-casual gear, rock it with a tee and shorts, or use it as an old standby with a slim tee and dark denim. That’s what we’re going for with these picks; ideally once you find a messenger bag, you won’t need another for quite some time. We’ve tracked down some brands you’ll recognize, and some you might not—but each is worth consideration in your closet in its own way. So if you haven’t given thought to your bag before, this article is a handy place to start.

Everyday Messenger Bag

The Everyday Messenger Bag

For those who need both a camera bag and something with a bit more room (and functionality), start here. It’s got a weather-resistant shell that’ll work just as hard as you, too. Special details — like a front-access panel and patent-pending FlexFold dividers — make it ideal for getting out in the field, but its internal pocket system allows it to adapt to multiple situations. – Buy It


 

Mission Workshop The Rummy Messenger Bag

Mission Workshop Rummy Messenger Bag

Not many messenger bags can lay claim to being weatherproof and also roomy enough for — yes, two — laptops. The Mission Workshop Rummy Messenger Bag is all about taking care of every possible situation — so much so that a 15” laptop fits in the front zippered pocket, while the main compartment can hold a 17” device (ideal for photographers or editors with multiple computers). Grab it in a classic navy-and-black pairing before it’s gone. – $185

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

Available at a steal of a price and in a wide array colors, this Timbuk2 messenger bag belies its name — and the two decades-plus of experience that went into it. The black coated nylon makes it minimal and understated, but its internal organizer, water bottle pocket and slash pocket can successfully hold loose goods, a water bottle (duh) and all kinds of work files. The price can’t be beat, either. – $79

Topo Designs Mini Mountain Bag

Topo Designs Mini Mountain Bag

With its distinctive leather lash tabs and street or mountain-ready Cordura fabric exterior, Topo Designs practically defined the everyday carry. Its Mini Mountain Bag comes equipped with a large adjustable shoulder strap, and those leather lash tabs are perfect for slipping through extra straps for any travel extras you might have. The inner pen slots could come in quite handy for logging all your adventures, too. – $139

Chrome Industries Motor Citizen Messenger Bag

Chrome Industries Motor Citizen Messenger Bag

This messenger bag is guaranteed for life, and the Ballistic™ Nylon it’s made with should see that it lasts far beyond that. A military grade truck tarpaulin floating bucket liner adds an extra ounce (or 18) to a bag that’s designed with the open road in mind. It’ll resist heat, abrasion and weather — so it should certainly be able to keep up with your morning commute. – $200

Jack Spade Fulton Leather Messenger Bag

Jack Spade Fulton Leather Messenger Bag

With handsome detailing, rich full grain tobacco leather and interior organization pockets, the Jack Spade Fulton Leather Messenger Bag gets plenty of things right. It’s a bag that’ll perfectly complement sharp tailored gear, and it should develop a nice patina as it ages — that’s a conversation starter in and of itself. Plus, it’s sized for those of us who like a lighter carry, as it perfectly fits a 13” laptop. – $498

Filson Harvey Messenger Bag

Filson Harvey Messenger Bag

Filson’s quality and heritage precede itself, but this bag makes a statement in its own right. Water-resistant exterior fabric and tough-yet-eyecatching Bridle leather trim make this a bag to be admired and also beat up a bit. Bellows pockets and interior laptop sleeve make it versatile and ready for anything. It’s well-equipped for handling photography gear, and rain-diverting gutter flaps nod to the kind of quality design touches for which the brand has long-been known. – Buy It

J.Crew Harwick Messenger Bag

J.Crew Harwick Messenger Bag

The versatile and stylish dark navy color only nods to the goods this bag can carry. J. Crew’s version of a water-repellent nylon bag, it features unexpected leather handles, a solid price and plenty of interior organizational pockets, plus a laptop pocket. It really is one bag that combines form and function in equal doses, and it would look right at home alongside any of your everyday style staples. – $98

Defy Recon Messenger Bag

Defy Recon Messenger Bag

Tons of features come packed into this beastly messenger bag that can carry much more than a 17” laptop in style. For one, it’s made from M35 military vinyl/canvas truck tarpaulin. And secondly, the trim is made from vintage bicycle inner tubes — and don’t forget the handle crafted from 2” military grade seatbelt strapping. Plus, pen and business card holders are just the icing on the cake with this thing. – $327

Hard Graft Flat Pack

Hard Graft Flat Pack

Rarely do you find a messenger bag that’s handmade in Italy that delivers on durable style as much as it does on functionality. Beautiful Tuscan vegetable tanned leather pairs with German wool felt for a bag that’s at once premium and surprisingly minimal. The Medium size (13.7” x 9.8” x 1.5”) is just big enough to fit an iPad Pro, ensuring that you can navigate any trek with only the essentials — while doing it handsomely, too. – $331

Filson Dry Messenger

Filson Dry Messenger

Another Filson bag pops up on this list, and for an equally good reason. This vinyl-coated polyester messenger bag is exceptionally sturdy thanks to its sonic-welded seams. Small details like that are what separates Filson from nearly every other bag manufacturer out there, as the roll top provides for both easy access and protection from the elements. The water-resistant front zipper pocket also means that even more of your valuables will stay dry. – Buy It

Fjällräven Foldsack No. 2

Fjällräven Foldsack No. 2

Fjallraven, like Filson and others before it, has nailed down what it does well, and it continues to stick to that. Chief among that focus would be using things like G1000 HeavyDuty fabric in its minimal, city-ready bags. Adding in features like a tough shoulder strap and textile handle, plus space for a 15” laptop, means that you’re well-covered when it comes to gear for your adventures. – $150

Will Leather Goods Envoy Messenger

Will Leather Goods Envoy Messenger

Befitting its name, the Envoy Messenger is built to go long distances — and keep going. Featuring a 10.10oz. wax cotton ripstop canvas that calls to mind mini-windowpane tailoring details, the Italian leather trim only accents this bag’s unique blend of style and versatility. The sturdy buckle closures should ensure this bag lasts throw whatever you can throw at it, and the wax cotton ripstop canvas means it’ll break in nicely as you use it. – $595

Fossil Estate EW Messenger Bag

Fossil Estate EW Messenger Bag

A more-than-reasonable price than one might expect, this bag is the poor man’s answer to something higher-priced. The waxed Calvary twill and Estate brass hardware are stylish and functional design touches that lend this bag an air of everyday sophistication. Plus, it’s chock-full of internal carrying space, from the padded laptop pocket and three slip pockets to pen holders and a credit-card slot. – $178


 

DSPTCH Tech Messenger

DSPTCH Tech Messenger

A mobile workstation that moves as you move isn’t something you find with many messenger bags. Finding that kind of versatility at an affordable price point is even trickier. But DSPTCH has all that figured out for you, with a messenger bag that’s designed to be freestanding, so you can access all the gear you might need while it stays upright. Consider this your new coffee shop workspace (espresso not included). – $192

5.11 Rush Delivery Xray

5.11 Rush Delivery Xray

The Rush Delivery X-Ray is designed to provide access to your everyday essentials — and then some. Made from ruggedized Nylon, a padded laptop sleeve takes up the bulk of this bag, but a quick-draw compartment allows you to access a sidearm just as easily. Other space for document storage, keys, business cards and additional gear comes built right in, too. Its ambidextrous design and minimal color scheme should also allow it to fit in anywhere. – Buy It

Killspencer Briefcase 2.0

Killspencer Briefcase 2.0

Made in the U.S.A by a small (but very capable) team of artisans, this briefcase merges handsome black leather with functional details like internal passport or notebook pockets and expanding exterior pockets able to fit everything up to an original iPad. A rough-and-ready bullhide leather handle and tough Ritri zipper (that’d be Swiss-made), offer nice extra touches. As if that wasn’t enough, the 1500 lb. mil-spec nylon shoulder strap will mold to your body over time. – $450

Joshu+Vela Zip Briefcase

Joshu+Vela Zip Briefcase

When the great folks at Huckberry get behind a bag, you know there just has to be a good reason for it. Water-repellent black twill canvas, plus Bridle leather handles and a Bridle leather shoulder strap, would be darn good places to start. It’s made the right way in San Francisco and capable of holding your 15” Macbook, plus some extra goodies for any sketching, designing or doodling that might strike you. – $215

Whipping Post Vintage Messenger Bag

Whipping Post Vintage Messenger Bag

Made in tribute to antique postal bags, the Vintage Messenger Bag from Whipping Post upgrades the old-style postal bag with a suede-lined laptop compartment and a back newspaper pouch ready to carry your morning reading. The price is definitely agreeable for a bag with its looks, and the vegetable-tanned leather and durable hardware are but two touches that’ll ensure this bag really does turn into a vintage heirloom. – $295

5.11 Covert Box Messenger

5.11 Covert Box Messenger

One size fits all with this tactical shoulder bag designed to be discreet and highly durable. It combines a quick-draw front pocket and a rapid-access main compartment able to hold a 17” laptop or (wait for it), a submachine gun. There are also low-profile magazine and administrative pockets for the rest of your gear, and the padded shoulder strap makes carrying the whole thing comfortable for long journeys. – $150

Timbuk2 Hudson Briefcase

Timbuk2 Hudson Briefcase

The Hudson Briefcase represents a take on the traditional silhouette that’s at once vintage-inspired and yet entirely modern. Perhaps it’s the tough waxed canvas, or maybe it’s the premium leather handles and trimming that do the trick, but either way, this is one bag you’ll want to take everywhere. The laptop compartment and heavy-duty zippers are just bonus design features for a bag that’s both Instagram and travel-ready. – $269

Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz Messenger

Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quiz Messenger

Quick, how do you transport around your laptop? Answer — the Pop Quiz Messenger (maybe). A padded and fleece-lined laptop sleeve complements the minimal black-and-white exterior, complete with Herschel’s signature woven label. At under $90, it’s the budget-friendly alternative to more expensive bags with less carrying potential (after all, this one does have an internal mesh organizer — and don’t forget that laptop space). – Buy It

IL Bisonte A2067 Houston

IL Bisonte A2067 Houston

A premium messenger bag crafted of premium materials, Il Bisonte offers up a more luxe, unstructured take on the messenger bag. The Houston features 2 pockets under an unlined full flap, plus a back zipper pocket and inside snap closure, with extra space for your phone. In a rich Cognac color and featuring the brand’s distinctive yet somehow understated logo, it’s sure to turn heads. – $898

Tumi Alpha II Slim Deluxe Portfolio

Tumi Alpha II Slim Deluxe Portfolio

If ever there was a brand that kept technical functionality in mind while also paying attention to minimal style details, it’s Tumi. Its Slim Deluxe Portfolio combines black hardware with flat leather handles and plenty of pockets — including two zip pockets, three card slots and both zip and slip pockets inside. For all those times you want to leave your heirloom bag at home but still give off confidence (and style), this is the minimal replacement you need. – Buy It

Jack Spade Barrow Messenger Bag

Jack Spade Barrow Messenger Bag

Safiano texture leather on the outside and a cotton twill lining make this bag interesting and stylish both inside and out. A water-resistant coating adds to its appeal, as this bag can easily weather your commute while keeping your valuables safe and ready for the other side. Interior organization pockets and the just-right size of this bag check all the boxes you should be looking for in an everyday messenger. – $279

Gucci Techno Canvas Messenger

Gucci Techno Canvas Messenger

Gucci brings style across the board in nearly all aspects of the brand, including this futuristic black techno canvas bag. The black nylon lining keeps things low-key across the board, while the adjustable multi-colored shoulder strap should definitely turn heads (in a good way). The relatively small size (11.4” wide) means you won’t be taking this on any overnight trips, but it certainly means it’s more than dependable for your weekly office grind. – $795

Frye Logan Messenger Bag

Frye Logan Messenger Bag

Frye’s Logan Messenger Bag calls to mind its heritage-quality boots and accessories, without a doubt. Crafted from rugged Cognac pullup leather, this bag should age even more beautifully as you break it in. And with that price point and those looks, it could easily become an everyday bag. Zip and slip interior pockets ensure you’ll have plenty of space for your laptop, and all the other goods you need to look sharp and check off your to-do list. – Buy It


 

Burberry Buckled Messenger Bag

Burberry Buckled Messenger Bag

Burberry certainly charges a premium for its messenger bags and accessories, but you’re getting all the bells and whistles that you’d expect to get. 100 percent ink blue calf leather creates a look that’s both unexpected and decidedly minimal — after all, it would fit right in alongside one of the brand’s handsome topcoats. And as with anything Burberry, the quality and construction is such that it’ll be tough not to bring it with you everywhere. – $1006

Dolce & Gabbana Zip Detail Messenger Bag

Dolce & Gabbana Zip Detail Messenger Bag

As far as premium companies go, Dolce & Gabbana takes a decidedly louder approach to a messenger bag than its contemporaries. This blue bag features contrasting red zippers both inside and out, plus black leather trim that makes for a handsome — yet striking — combination, much like the brand’s tailored wear. The nylon exterior means that even though it’s a pricey piece, you should still take it as far as it can go. – $995

The Brixton Camera Bag

The Brixton Camera Bag

Downright sturdy and ready for anything, the Brixton Camera Bag brings to mind old-style bags, what with its full-grain Italian-tanned leather and a light wax finish. On top of its terrific looks, it can unassumingly haul around a camera, two lenses and a 13” laptop. Four dividers allow you to outfit the interior to suit your needs, and that’s a great thing — this is a bag you’ll be wanting to customize to every possible adventure. – Buy It

Chrome Industries Kadet Sling Messenger Bag

Chrome Industries Kadet Sling Messenger Bag

With a military-grade nylon exterior and the potential to hold grab-and-go essentials, the Kadet Sling Messenger Bag brings new meaning to the term “everyday carry.” The seatbelt buckle and shoulder strap connection are touches seldom found on any other bags, and its price certainly is a steal for the carrying potential. If you like to travel light, this is the bag for you — we’re talking space for a camera, a tablet, a light jacket, keys and your wallet. – $80

Halo Zero Messenger Bag

Halo Zero Messenger Bag

The Halo Zero Messenger Bag is guaranteed to turn heads — in a very good way. The result of a successful Kickstarter launch, a glowing LED strip perfectly complements this bag’s go-anywhere functionality, particularly when navigating the dark city streets. Its design in and of itself reduces manufacturing waste, while a large main compartment and two front pockets hold everything you need for those crosstown commutes. – $129

Macbook Pro EDC Kit

Macbook Pro EDC Kit

More than just a MacBook Pro case, this EDC Kit comes loaded with tons of value-added features. Features include an internal elastic webbing to organize loose goods and a lower accessory pouch that provides the necessary space to store power adapters or a mouse. And the main point of pride is the double-padded MacBook Pro storage compartment. For good measure, a detachable shoulder strap makes it easier to haul everything. – $70

Heritage Waxed Canvas Messenger Bag

Heritage Waxed Canvas Messenger Bag

Coming from an iconic American brand like L.L. Bean, you know a messenger bag has to be good. Drawing on decades of vintage design inspiration, full-grain leather accents complement a weather-resistant waxed cotton canvas exterior that’ll show signs of every adventure — and look better for it. A padded leather laptop sleeve able to fit most 15” laptops is complemented by two interior pockets for storing both modern-day technology and old-school adventure logs. – $139

Frank and Oak italian Leather Messenger

Frank & Oak Italian Leather Messenger

For a brand that does menswear as well as Frank & Oak does, you would certainly expect its accessories to be just as on-point. Luckily, this Italian Leather Messenger delivers. Handmade in Montreal from thick, full-grain tanned leather, raw-edge finishing plus a thick top-stitch add subtle style touches to a bag that would go well with a pair of sharp wingtip boots and your best suit. – $325

Timbuk2 Command Messenger Bag

Timbuk2 Command Messenger Bag

The rare messenger bag that’s TSA-friendly (no need to remove your electronic devices), Rip-Lite polyester and anodized hardware play off each other nicely in a bag that’s ready for both urban and countryside adventures. Integrated bag silencers make this piece even stealthier than normal, and a floating pocket protects small valuables like sunglasses or your phone. That’s all the better for all the places it can take you. – Buy It

Moore & Giles Sackett Messenger Bag

Moore & Giles Sackett Messenger Bag

Moore & Giles knows a thing or two about high-quality leathers, so it’s fitting that they’ve turned their attention toward a silhouette as functional as the messenger bag. Large enough for a 17” laptop yet featuring subtle style, this bag features Titan-milled Italian leather, which goes through both chrome and vegetable tanning. This reflects a serious commitment to quality that should keep this messenger bag in fine shape for as many morning commutes — or weekend errands — as you see fit. – $660

Dunhill Bourdon Leather Messenger Bag

Dunhill Bourdon Leather Messenger Bag

On the higher-priced end of the spectrum, Dunhill makes use of a striking olive-brown textured leather to craft this lovely messenger bag. An inner pen holder, three pouch pockets and space enough to carry a small laptop means this heirloom-type bag can (and should) go with you absolutely anywhere you can take it. It might even draw eyes away from your best suit or your nicest pair of dress shoes — and for a messenger bag, that’s really saying something. – $1,040

Patagonia Black Hole Messenger Bag

Patagonia Black Hole Messenger Bag

Patagonia brings its distinctive logo and design touches to a tough messenger bag guaranteed to go wherever you can take it. The eco-friendly, water-resistant fabric is built from lightweight polyester ripstop and made to fit most 17” laptops. An external pocket with a reversed coil-zipper and an adjustable shoulder strap make this piece functional and ready to climb, jump or run through the harshest of environments. – $129

The Shed by Mission Workshop

The Shed by Mission Workshop

For those times you really need to buckle down and get somewhere quickly — with all of your goods intact, that is — The Shed is the bag for you. Able to fit up to a 15” laptop in the front-zip compartment and a 17” laptop in the main compartment, quick-access cargo pockets and four internal zipper pockets also ensure everything stays in place as you zip from point A to point B. – $205


 

United By Blue Lakeland Laptop Bag

United By Blue Lakeland Laptop Bag

Known for its commitment to sustainability and the environment, the Lakeland Laptop Bag sticks to the company’s message by making use of organic (and sturdy) 18oz canvas. Refined full-grain leather detailing and a reinforced leather bottom add to this bag’s unique air of stylish versatility. The brass hardware and padded laptop sleeve give the Lakeland another dose of durability that’ll keep going and going. – Buy It

Seal Line Urban Shoulder Bag

SealLine Urban Shoulder Bag

Coated polyester makes up the exterior of this waterproof bag with built-in Quick-Clip® closures for easy, fast access to your valuables. An internal dividers keeps the things that you need kept separate … well, separate. And a bike-friendly hideaway waist belt, plus an adjustable shoulder strap, give you all the finishing touches you need to take this bag on a country ride or a zip through the city. – Buy It

DSPTCH Shoulder Bag

DSPTCH Shoulder Bag

Mil-spec webbing and a sleek, travel-ready black color help this bag blend in with the crowd while standing out in terms of function. A sleeve ready for a laptop or tablet, plus Duraflex plastic hardware and made-in-the-USA quality are a welcome trifecta in any product, much less one that could see as much use as this piece. Plus, a lifetime guarantee for a bag at this price can hardly be beat. – $270

Ralph Lauren Soft Gents Messenger

Ralph Lauren Soft Gents Messenger

Ralph Lauren’s tumbled calfskin messenger bag exudes the kind of quality for which the designer has become legendary. A single leather shoulder strap accented with gold hardware, plus a sleek black colorway help this bag stand out quietly in all the right ways, and that’s welcome news for when it comes time to head to a big meeting. A snapped flap pocket and a mobile phone pocket are small design add-ons that can make all the difference for traveling light. – $1,100

Boss Peronel Messenger Bag

Boss Peronel Messenger Bag

Geometrically embossed leather adds subtle, yet distinctive, quality to a bag that’s once again ready for sharp tailored combinations and beyond. Interior zip and wall pockets, plus pen loops, reflect attention to detail, as does the water-resistant lining. The polished silvertone hardware is sure to complement practical accessories like a slim leather wallet or a burnished money clip, and the sharp black color can go anywhere in style. – $525

Relwen Shelter Pack

Relwen Shelter Pack

Water-resistant polyurethane coating is the perfect topper for the 100 percent nylon exterior, which gives way to an even more functional and durable 4 oz. polyfill olive ripstop quilted liner. The bag’s large messenger size allows ample room for even the bulkiest of laptops, while the handy adjustable shoulder strap and deep olive color add both style and function to a durable bag that’s perfect for throwing on when you need extra protection for everything in your everyday carry. – $128

5.11 Rush Delivery Lima

5.11 Rush Delivery Lima

This bag again makes use of 5.11’s super-sturdy ruggedized Nylon, this time in a bag that’s slightly larger than its typical offering. A padded laptop sleeve provides easy storage for your essentials, while the bag also offers up critical access to a covert sidearm should the situation call for it. An admin panel offers valuable-yet-efficient access to business cards, keys and pens, while a wrap-around web platform on the bag’s exterior allows for the addition of extra storage modules. – Buy It

The monty by Mission Workshop

The Monty by Mission Workshop

Made in the U.S.A and with space for two laptops, this weatherproof rolltop bag brings together the best of both worlds. Two quick-access cargo pockets and an internal zippered pocket work nicely with customized aluminum hardware to haul around everything from your laptop to notebooks and any other important documents you might need. The cross-chest stabilizer will make this bag extra stable for demanding work, be it a fast ride across town or a day hike. – $165

Waterfield Vitesse Messenger Bag

Waterfield Vitesse Messenger Bag

Rugged waxed canvas makes for a tough and hard-wearing finish to a bag that’ll continually break in no matter where you go. Chocolate leather tabs and black metal screw studs echo the design and care of this piece, and the roomy main compartment offers up both small organizational pockets and plenty of space for your laptop. The scratch-free phone pocket also reflects another small detail that’ll come in handy in the long run. – $159

Timbuk2 Primo Waterproof Messenger Bag

Timbuk2 Primo Waterproof Messenger Bag

An entirely waterproof bag — much less one that’s fully welded — is a rare thing these days,but it’s what this bag can proudly proclaim. Racing stripes and headturning reflective binding are the ideal illumination for nighttime adventures, and the ambidextrous quality of the messenger allows for easy access no matter what. Crafted from shiny Ripstop, it’s sleek and futuristic, yet still manages to be built for everyday, on-the-go adventures now. – $199

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