The Everyday Messenger bag from Peak Design raised millions on Kickstarter when it was first launched a few years ago. It’s a popular shoulder bag choice for people that want something which is both smart and durable, and also has the ability to carry a laptop with your camera gear. Recently Peak Design made a few tweaks to the bag to improve it, and I’ve been taking a look at the new version.
At first glance the bag looks identical, so these aren’t radical updates and owners of the original bag shouldn’t worry too much, or get a case of GAS. The new version is only available in the Ash (pictured) and Charcoal colorways, and those materials have been given a heavier dose of the DWR waterproofing treatment. There’s also a luggage pass-through on the rear of the bag, that snaps closed with some pleasingly strong magnets. Peak Design do love their magnets!
Internally, you’ll find some more durable materials used inside the smaller pockets, and some upgraded FlexFold dividers that are capable of forming a few more shapes. The dividers also have larger hook pads on them to form a stronger bond with the bag’s interior.
All of these are welcome changes, but for me the most noticeable in everyday usage was the upgraded FlexFold dividers. The added surface area on the hook pads helps to keep things in place, and I found that creating the shapes I needed to protect multiple stacked lenses was now more intuitive.
Just as it did before, the Peak Design Everyday Messenger walks a line between being a smart laptop bag that’s suitable for city life, and a camera bag for all occasions – including the outdoors. There are better laptop bags, and better rugged outdoor shoulder bags, but it’s hard to fault the Everyday Messenger’s attempt to sit squarely in the middle and offer a one-bag-fits-all solution for someone that needs that shoulder/messenger style of carry on a daily basis for work and play.
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