Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag

The Peak Design Everydat Messenger Bag is designed to be multi-functional. Crafted for photographers that need to carry bulky equipment, it is also the perfect option for business travelers needing to separate paperwork, laptop computers, mobile devices, and other things.

The dividers were actually inspired by Japanese origami, which is noticeable in their clever shape and design. It allows you to stay organized when on the go, and the dividers can also be removed if you need to have more space inside the bag for larger items. In fact, the dividers are meant to reduce wasted space so that you can make better use of the bag’s interior if some of your items are not designed to fit into the rigid spaces of other bags. As an added measure to keep items inside the bag protected, the inside is lined with a soft material so that items are not damaged.

What makes this bag particularly special, and known as the V2 model, is that it has a pass-through strap on the back of the bag that allows it to easily fit over the extendable handle of a carry-on or rollaboard bag. The bag is designed to be stored under the seat in front of you, and I had no problems using the bag when flying overseas where airlines tend to be stricter on bag weight and size.

The bag’s exterior is made from a nylon canvas that is breathable, expandable, and weatherproof to save you on those long walks from the subway stop to your hotel in the rain. There’s an attachable strap that can be used to carry the mag on your shoulder like a traditional messenger bag or via the top handle if you prefer to carry it like a briefcase.

Photographers can use a stabilizing strap to wear the bag around their waist in professional situations. Other straps can be tucked into side pockets when not in use to keep the bag’s streamlined look.

It comes in multiple colors and sizes like 13 and 15-inch models, which allows you to customize the bag to your needs whether your focus is on carrying a larger laptop or camera and drone equipment. There’s even a slot where you can easily store a tripod for more accessible carrying around when not using it. Both have great cushioning to protect your shoulder when lugging heavier items.

The bag has a magnet that secures in the front to keep your items secure inside. I liked the zippered pouch that gives you quicker access to the bag’s contents or for storing smaller items. It is also lightweight when empty, and I found that the bag did not easily tip over when standing up right (a problem that I have found with other messenger and carry-on bags that seem to be a bit lop-sided with the way the interior pockets are designed.

This messenger bag does not appear too rugged or casual, which means it functions well as a business traveler’s bag or, better yet, as a bag you can use when you are on the road for either work or pleasure. It won’t look out of place whether you take it to a boardroom or a camping site.

It retails on the Peak Design website for just over $200, and when it comes to transporting valuable goods when you are traveling, that is money well spent. This is not meant to be a replacement for a traditional briefcase, but it works well when you need more space, waterproof protection, and the ability to store bulkier items that traditional bags are not designed to fit. It is a multi-purpose and well-designed addition to any road warrior’s travel luggage set.

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Ramsey Qubein is a travel journalist who has visited 154 countries covering the hotel and airline industry from every corner of the globe. His work appears in travel publications and outlets including Travel+Leisure, Business Traveller, Airways, Singapore Airlines’ Silver Kris, US Airways magazine, Northstar Travel Media, Yahoo Travel, and BBC. He serves as the National Hotels Travel Examiner and writes for numerous blogs and web sites. He travels more than 350,000 miles a year and is highly recognized as an expert in loyalty programs, business travel and the luxury travel segment. You can follow him on Twitter at DailyTravelTips or at his website www.RamseyQ.com.
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