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Published on April 25th, 2013 | by Greg


Briggs & Riley Excursion: A Different Sort Of Messenger

Now that Spring has arrived, it’s time to get out and about- hit the cafe with a laptop, or travel a bit more with your computer. You need a messenger bag- one that will hold your Mac or PC, a book and some papers, and plenty of other odds and ends as well. We’ve tried out other messenger bags before- like the classic version from Timbuk2, and most recently, a business professional version from LAT56.

Today, we’ve got a piece from Briggs and Riley, famous for their “Guaranteed For Life” slogan. The Excursion Messenger (model BM102) is a great compromise for someone who wants a fairly small and convenient, ready-to-go piece but needs something with a travel-friendly look that doesn’t scream “bike messenger”. Unlike most laptop bags, this one is a bit more approachable, and comes with a great shoulder strap with plenty of padding, plus a few pockets for your documents and such.

There’s an interior organizer as well, with smaller sections for smartphones, and other items you need to keep handy, like your keys and a pen. A few additional pockets though would have been helpful. Materials are high quality- nice zipper pulls and solid plastic clasps, though lacking the velcro that can be a mixed blessing. It’s fast and easy, but noisy and can catch on things. At 1.7 pounds, it’s not lightweight, but the bottom and top of the bag feel sturdier than many others.

It’s a bit large for those who just carry around a netbook or iPad though, and it’s even a little big for those with a 13″ laptop. It can handle a 17″ laptop, but we’re seeing fewer of those around. Available in three colors, the blue (Ocean) is on sale now, and the slate is a nice, versatile color. Ours was amber, which was a nice compromise- dark enough that wear and tear wasn’t visible, light enough that the bag didn’t get too hot in the sun and stood out amongst the huge number of plain black bags.

After a few weeks with our Excursion, it’s become a handy piece that we turn to regularly. Available now, for around $110.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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