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Tenba 638-222 Small Messenger (Olive)

by Tenba
156 customer reviews

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  • Fits most 15-inch laptops
  • Removable photo insert
  • Easily holds D/SLR body, 3 lenses, flash, magazines and files, in addition to your laptop
  • The most time-tested and proven outdoor textile ever; the optimal combination of strength, durability, and light weight
  • Over 20 pockets and compartments to keep mobile hard drives, cell phone, MP3 player, cables, chargers, pens, and business cards
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Tenba 638-222 Small Messenger (Olive) + Tenba 638-272 Messenger 16-Inch Portable Padding Wrap for Lenses, Flashes and Camera Bodies (Olive) + Tenba 638-262 Messenger 10-Inch Portable Padding Wrap for Lenses, Flashes and Camera Bodies (Olive)
Price for all three: $129.85

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Product Description

Size:Small  |  Color:Olive

The Tenba Messenger is an urban-inspired laptop bag that is designed to hold everything you need for a day; on vacation or at work; at school or at the gym. A removable photo insert holds camera gear as well.

Product Details

Size: Small | Color: Olive
Tenba Messenger Bag Brochure [680kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 16.5 x 8.7 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00110GARA
  • Item model number: 638-222
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
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  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.
  • Date first available at June 17, 2003

From the Manufacturer

Air Mesh Back Panel

All Messenger bags have a padded, ventilated and moisture wicking back panel that provides cushioning and comfort at the contact points.

This is especially important when you are carrying the bag for long stretches on hot days.

Tough 1000 Denier Nylon Exterior

Nylon is more rugged, water- and tear-resistant than polyester, that’s why it’s used in all of the best adventure travel gear. A nylon exterior ensures that Messenger bags are built for serious everydaybuse, yet they remain extremely lightweight. And Tenba’s military-grade nylon has a polyurethane coating to make it extremely water-repellant.

The Finest Hardware Available

We use YKK zippers, Duraflex clips and steel D-rings because that’s what you need in a bag that you use every day.

Waterproof Bottom Panel

You never know when you might have to put your bag down on a wet surface. And you might not even know what put the “wet” in “wet surface” (I’m looking at you, New York City subway platform). Messenger bags feature a special abrasion and moisture resistant panel on the bottom to keep the bag dry and protected no matter what’s on the ground.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Marsh on September 19, 2010
Size: SmallColor: Black
The small is actually only 1.5" less is width and 1" less in height and the same 6.5" depth as the "large" version. I opted for the small as it was less conspicuous by a hair and this was why I was buying a messenger style bag in the first place. It looks like a briefcase or satchel and not at all like a camera bag - helpful when dealing with potential thieves and airline gate people.

The 6.5" depth is not a true measurement as there are two internal padded sections to provide for a laptop and this reduces the interior depth for a camera to 5.5" at best. Not a problem with a small DSLR like a Canon 50D or a Nikon D90 but very tight for a full size pro DSLR (which needs a full 6.5 inches).

The small holds a full size DSLR with a medium lens attached (135mm or less) and there is room for one full size lens like a 24-120 or 24-70 lens and one side section that will hold a standard flash or a small lens (50mm prime for example). The interior is well padded and comes in two different colors, a dark gray and a very light gray. The lighter inside makes it a lot easier to find camera items which tend to be black. The large bag is 1" taller and so will do a better job with a 70-200mm lens but on the whole it will not hold much more than the "small" one as it is only 1.5" wider and the same depth.

The bag has a large flap with a lot of Velcro to secure it along with the two buckles. There is a top zipper so you can access the inside of the bag without unbuckling it but it is not going to work with a full size DSLR. The strap is well made and has an offset section that is well padded and "grippy" so it will not slip of the shoulder. As you cannot put more than about 9 lbs. of gear inside for a total weight of 12 lbs. in total these shoulder is quite adequate.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Rowed2damascus on June 4, 2008
Size: LargeColor: Black Verified Purchase
So, what does it fit? Well here is what I have in mine currently:

Camera Portion (this padded portion is removable):
Nikon 80-200mm zoom lens
Tokina 12-24mm in Tamrac holster pouch
2x Wireless Flash Triggers
2x Wireless Flash Receivers
Wireless Camera Remote
SB-600 Flash
Foldable Flash Softbox
Nikon D70s w/ 24-75mm lens attached (the camera rests ontop of the Tamrac holster and padding which holds the wireless flash units)

Outside the Removable Camera Portion (but in the same bag compartment):
Lithium Battery Charger
Three Memory Cards
1x Lens Filter
Extra Lens Cap

With all of this, the bag is bulky. In fact, so much so that it bulges and I have yet to carry my MacBook in the Laptop Portion fearing that the bulging would damage the screen. The Laptop portion is well padded with about an inch of combined padding between the laptop and the camera gear. However, the padding is not rigid, so it succumbs to bulging. I'm planning on buying a Tom Bihn Brain Cell for the laptop. It is made with extremely rigid padding. I would then perform surgery on the bag, taking out the padding in the laptop portion as the Brain Cell would provide all the protection I would need and removing the extra padding would reduce weight and bulging. I'll edit this post when I go through with the transformation.

Great things about the bag:
1. Quick access zipper! No need to unbuckle the flap to get to the gear.
2. Extremely strong velcro on the flap.
3. Long buckle leashes allows me to sandwich a monopod in the flap (with a carabiner holding the monopod in place)
4. Anti-theft internal flap.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Adam Dachis on April 26, 2009
Size: SmallColor: Olive Verified Purchase
There really isn't much to say here because there isn't much to complain about. As with any bag, there are places I might want a pocket and places I wouldn't, but Tenba is so phenomenal at providing an excellent number of different kinds of pockets that I might only move some of them. But then I might not. This bag can hold everything I need to bring, plus all the extra nonsense I don't need but think I do to be prepared, while still staying compact and comfortable.

The bag comes in a number of colors. I chose the olive green. Had Amazon sold the gray I'd probably have gone that route, but you do have options. I would assume Tenba is not exactly weighing aesthetic high on their list of priorities, so I'm not exactly sure why they offer so many color options, but they do exist. This is not to say the bag is ugly, but it's not shockingly good looking either. When comparing it to other camera bags, however, it's often preferable in the looks department.

More importantly, the functionality of the bag is absolutely phenomenal. Amazon has a nice little video from Tenba on the page, and though their videos try to do the Apple product presentation kind of thing and are pretty much missing the mark, the video is very informative and gets all the high points of the bag across that you will want to know about. Two of my favorites are the waterproof bottom of the bag--I shouldn't have to explain why that is such a wonderful thing--and the extremely tough hooks that hold the strap to the bag.

Speaking of the strap, let's talk about comfort. I'd always been under the impression that every strap was uncomfortable when the bag was made heavy from being overpacked by a neurotic individual (me).
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