Published on April 25th, 2013 | by Greg0
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.