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Rothco Black M-51 Engineers Bag, Black

by Rothco

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  • cotton
  • Large laptop size main compartment; large black document compartment with 3/4" zipper opening, plastic covered document sleeve
  • Cell phone pouch, dozens of pouches, compartments and pen holders
  • Storm flap; adjustable shoulder strap; top carry handle
  • Nickel plated hardware
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Product Description

The M-51 Engineers bag from Rothco is the ultimate carry-all for business or travel. It is constructed of heavy weight cotton canvas and features dozens of pouches, compartments and pen holders. These compartments include a large laptop sized main compartment, a large document compartment with a 3/4" zipper opening, large plastic covered document sleeve and a cell phone pouch. An adjustable shoulder strap positions the bag just where you want it and the nickel plated hardware will hold up to years of use.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 6 x 12 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000YV6Q58
  • Item model number: 8112
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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Customer Reviews

The zipper broke 2 months after I started using it.
Joe
The strap is a little narrow (the shoulder "pad" that comes with the bag is crap) and the material of the bag is really not the best for holding up under everyday use.
K. Cusson
The bag is very well put together, with plenty of compartments, pen holders, pockets, and other storage areas.
Kalaab M. Pickering

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John Malis on June 24, 2008
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I bought this bag initially to help me carry all my engenieering and school stuff during summer when I'm doing self study and don't need the whole backpack. Its so convienant I've ended up packing a lot more into it than I had originally intended on doing. To give you an idea of how well it can expand to fit almost everything you could ever need, I've got:
1 Laptop
2 math books
3 novels
2 pencils
2 pens
2 graphing note books
1 pack of smokes and a lighter
2 pencil sharpeners
1 calculator

That setup has it filled pretty much to its maxium capacity lol. The material seems to be great, I waited over a month to write this review to see if any tears or breaks would show up, and so far, none have.

For those guys who want one, but are afraid of the "murse" (man purse) status, rest assured the plain black with nothing shiny or 'loud' muffle any comments. All I really have to say about that argument is Convenience > Insecurites :)

That being said, all in all, I'm hard press to find a flaws. Now if only it could magically make everything in it lighter . . .
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Elliott Flah on March 22, 2011
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For those of you in a hurry:

The M-51 is great in that it can hold everything but the kitchen sink. Lots of compartments, good looks, and stands out. However it suffers from poor design for the shoulder strap and handle; if you load the bag up with more than a couple pounds of stuff, the strap detaching is a matter of when, not if.

For me, this bag reminds me of a high school relationship:

Phase 1: Infatuation
When I got the bag, I absolutely loved it. The distressed olive drab khaki was gorgeous, the strap was comfortable on my shoulder, and it could hold EVERYTHING. It could comfortably fit my tablet, my laptop, a book or two, large headphones, pens, pencils, calculator, gloves, and a partridge in a pear tree. It looked different than the plethora of messenger bags marauding down the streets of Boston, and I thought that the military surplus feel of it implied quality. I forgot military supplies are built by the lowest bidder.

Phase 2: Problems We Ignore
The stitching at the top of the bag tore so the shoulder strap fell off one side. "Oh, no big deal, I can just reattach it to the clip where the handle is." So I did. I figured that I just overfilled it too many times and oh well. However it did make me wonder why the shoulder strap would be affixed to the top of the bag instead of the sides. This concentrates the weight on a small flap instead of distributing it, making the entire weight of whatever you carry pull at a single string. Quite the design flaw, but nobody is perfect right?

Phase 3: Seriously... Something is Wrong!
But the memory of the bag falling from my grasp, hitting the floor, the top flipping open... it haunted me. The feeling of betrayal began to eat at me. Wasn't I good enough for the bag?
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There are good quality and very poor quality copies of the M-51 Engineer Field Bag out there. I think most everyone who has one likes the design of the bag, but the quality of construction varies to an extreme degree. The black "M-51 style" bag that I bought online fell apart in a few weeks, but the old olive drab one I got at a surplus store has lasted for many years bouncing around in the back of the car, being carried around, and holding more weight (in tools) than it was designed for. Be careful on this one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Lambert on March 17, 2010
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I bought this bag to throw a couple of schoolbooks in, notebook, and maybe somewhere down the road a nice tablet when e-textbooks become more widely available.

Everything about this bag was good. From the shoulder strap, to pockets, to spaciousness. My only problem was that the strap attached to the closing cover of the bag, so all the weight in the bag is held by the covers stitching on the back (just fine) and the clasp in the front (bad news). The weight I placed in the bag was too much for the simple, cheap clasp on the front, which broke on MAYBE the second day of use if not the first. I will probably have to come up with some method of closing the bag, otherwise it sort of hangs open because the strap pulls up the cover which is only attached to the backside of the bag.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By In A Gadda Da Vegan on July 19, 2014
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This is a fantastic bag for the nerdy commuter who needs to carry everything (really, everything). It has tons of pockets and flaps to organize and store things.

Unlike a typical messenger case, this bag is tall rather than wide. If you use mass transit and ever have to stand on a train or bus, you find that it doesn't stick out into the aisle when you wear it across your shoulder -- so it tends to carry more compactly than a wide bag.

While I usually adore fancy "girlie" bags, I am far too hard on a computer/book bag to use them every day. I have had this bag for nearly two years and have not managed to damage it. It has been on numerous road trips, hiking trails and daily commuter travel. I have thrown it into the washing machine and hung it outside to dry. It is still as solid as the day I bought it. All the hardware is intact and working well, the velcro still holds, and there are no holes or signs that it will fall apart anytime in the next ten years.

The only caution I have - if you want to use this as a computer bag, be sure to measure the computer and make sure it is not wider than the bag is tall when closed. Mine was slightly too big, but all that meant was that I could not secure the twist closure on the front flap. But since the flap goes all the way over, this was not really a problem for me and it still held everything safely.
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