Rapiddominance Classic Military Messenger Bags
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- 100% Cotton Canvas
- Total Volume: Approx. (978 cu in) (16 L)
- 100-Percent Cotton Canvas
- 100-Percent Polyester lining
- Military Specs
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- Overall: Approx. 19"W x 14.5"H x 7" D.
- Main Compartment: 15" W x 11" H x 5" D.
- Front pocket: 7.5"W X 8.5" H x flat D (zipper opening: 5.5").
- Inside zippered pocket: 8"W x 7.5" H x flat D.
- Side Pockets: 6"W x 8.5" H x 1.5" D.
- Back outside pocket: 15"W x 8"H x flat D.
- Brass buckles and rivets.
- 100% Cotton Canvas.
- 100% Polyester lining.
- Reinforced Seams.
- Pockets designed for quick access.
- 2" wide adjustable strap comfortable to carry.
- 7 total pockets.
- Front pockets great for keys, flashlight, MP3 players.
- Hook and Loop closures throughout.
- Polyester lining for durability throughout.
The Classic Military Messenger Bag is a durable canvas bag by Rapid Dominance. The front flap is held closed by hook and loop in two locations. There are a total of 7 pockets: 2 Front zippered pockets, 2 Side pockets with button closure, Main compartment, inside zippered pocket and outside back pocket. The 2 pockets on the front are great for carrying items such as keys, flashlight, MP3 players, etc. On each side of the bag is a pocket that is great for carrying bottled water, an umbrella, or any other item that you need quick access to. The main compartment is very roomy and lined with polyester for added durability. Integrated into the polyester lining is a zippered pocket the pocket is great for storing valuable items, such as a passport, keys, money, etc. Along the backside of the bag is a pocket which is held closed by hook and loop, this pocket is great for any item that you may need quick access to. The strap is fully adjustable and the 2" width makes the bag comfortable to carry. Antique brass details are used on the strap, which not only looks good, but also adds to the durability of the bag.
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There is one roomy interior compartment that easily fits my 15" laptop and a variety of other items (charging cable, travel mouse, tablet, my checkbook wallet). It probably won't fit a laptop much (if any) larger than that, because the zip closure at the top is just a little smaller than the interior pocket, so you have to angle the laptop just a little to get it in (if you have one of those tiny USB extensions for a travel mouse that are flush to the laptop -- the kind that are meant to stay in the USB port at all times -- beware that it can hang on the zipper and get yanked out if you aren't careful about sliding your laptop in). I could pack a lot more items into this compartment than I have been, as it is quite decently sized. There is no included liner for a laptop or tablet.
There is also a zippered pocket on the back interior of the bag that is deep enough to hold a small makeup bag with the barest of female essentials (pads and tampons, lipstick, powder, a travel hairbrush), but not much else. I feel like this pocket would be more useful if it was a lot larger. It strikes me as a place you're meant to toss extra keys or change, but there is a lot of wasted interior space (if you're like me, anyway, and don't like everything rattling around loose in your bag).
There are two very roomy, zippered bubble pockets on the front, that are revealed when the purse flap is pulled up (as if you are accessing the main compartment). These are fantastic and massively proportioned (I typically keep my smartphone, glasses case, a pistol, a full-size multitool, and a variety of other items in the pockets, with room to spare).
On each end is a pocket that is probably meant for a water bottle, but they are built so flush with the bag that, when a laptop is inside the main compartment, it doesn't allow for anything rounded to fit. I feel like this is a poorly designed part of this bag -- these pockets really should have bubbled out like the front two, so you could stick a water bottle in it when there is something wide on the inside. As it is, I use one side to store a knife and taser, and the other side to store clipped pens. The pockets are deep, but they are so flat that they are really not good for much else.
Curiously, inside each of these pockets (maybe 1/3 the way down, on the wall connected to the main interior compartment of the bag) is a canvas loop with the male part of a snap button stitched onto the outside of the loop. The female part of the snap is on the opposite wall. They are so far down that I can't imagine they are meant to close these pockets, and I really have no idea what they are useful for. Because the bag lacks any decent place you can clip keys to (if you use a carabiner or eye bolt snap key hook), I just attached a large split ring to one of these loops and am using it for my key snap place instead. Keeps the keys from falling down into the depths of the pocket, but hides them from view.
On the back, accessible when the flap is closed, is a long, flat pocket that runs flush with the length of the back of the purse. Because I carry my laptop in the main interior compartment, this keeps this pocket pretty flat, so it is only useful to me for a legal pad, or as an occasional place to quickly stuff my tablet.
The outside flap is very large, and has velcro hooks on the underside. One large velcro loop pad is on the middle of each exterior bubble pocket, to catch the flap at a variety of bag widths (so if it's very full, you can still close it).
The strap is wide and heavy, sewn to the bag at one end and attached via a brass buckle at the other end. It is a long enough strap that it is adjustable to suit any torso size, to lay along the body at whatever height is preferred (thigh, hip, waist, right up under your arm, whatever).
The outside is heavy olive green cotton canvas, the inside lining is polyester in the same color. Both are very durably made. Heavy stitching, heavy fabric, heavy zippers. I've been tossing this thing around for over a month with nary even the slightest signs of wear. There are a couple places that had flyaway threads, but that's just from not cutting them off closely enough during the sewing process, and a pair of scissors fixed that right up.
I really wish there was some kind of key ring stitched into the main interior compartment. There is enough room at the top edge for it. Alternately, it could go under the large main flap somewhere, or on one side above the water bottle pockets. I'm considering adding this myself.
The outside side pockets aren't quite wide enough for a 20 oz water bottle to be inserted into if a 15" laptop is on the inside (this, in my opinion, is the only major failure of the bag). The loops and snap buttons inside them are a little odd, but useful if you improvise.
The zippered pocket inside the main interior compartment is too small to be useful to me. It could be improved either by making it larger, or by including two side-by-side interior pockets of the same size, rather than the one in the middle. There is plenty of room for it.
Large, durable bag. It isn't really designed to carry a laptop, but it'll tide me over until I find something that's perfect. For people who don't carry a lot of stuff, or who have a smaller laptop (like a netbook, or combined tablet/keyboard), this is probably as close to the ideal as you can get in this price range.
It also arrived very quickly - I chose the standard free shipping which I thought would take at least 5 days given it ships from the other side of the U.S., but the seller shipped it 2-day and even included a free canvas padfolio, a nice one too that matches the quality of the bag. I would definitely order from them again.
What I do like is the back pocket makes it easy to store and remove papers or small objects without having to open the main compartment. The strap is nice and sturdy, but I do recommend buying the shoulder pad if you intend to carry a laptop for an extended time - they really do relieve the pressure on your shoulder, if not the actual weight.
The inner compartment is nice and lined, which means your equipment won't get roughed up too much. However, I do suggest you empty it out once a month to get rid of all the dirt, junk and debris that tends to collect at the bottoms of bags. The side pockets are handy, and the snap closure do keep some of the bigger stuff from falling out. Their the right size for a small umbrella, or a slim 20oz Thermos.