A good active messenger is readily accessible when you need it, low-key and securely out of the way when you don’t, and built to endure in fair and rough conditions alike. But when push comes to shove, one of our Best Active Messenger Finalists will surge to the top, standing tall with its carefully honed form and function. Who will you choose?

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Arc’teryx LEAF Courier Bag 15

Low-key aesthetics, convenient access and adaptable carry options make the Arc’teryx LEAF Courier Bag 15 well suited to a range of active carry needs. The bag features top and side access, along with ambidextrous and removable shoulder and cross-body straps to carry gear securely on the go. All delivered with Arc’teryx’s reliable build quality and attention to detail.

Arc’teryx LEAF Courier Bag 15

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Code of Bell X-PAK PRO / X-PAK ONE

The Code of Bell X-PAK PRO and X-PAK ONE are highly adaptable sling bags that pack an abundance of features into sleek, compact forms. The bags feature two independent compartments, one of which has a rolltop opening to easily expand carry volume for larger loads. And with multiple carry options and pockets across both bags, you can easily adapt to life on foot or two wheels while keeping your gear tidy and within reach on the go.

Code of Bell X-PAK PRO / X-PAK ONE

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SDR Traveller M1 Messenger

The M1 Messenger is an exceptionally lightweight and weatherproof messenger that’s ideal for carrying the essentials while keeping weight to a minimum. Designed to fly under the radar, this sleek messenger moves easily between a range of environments with its clean aesthetics and tough Expedition Grade Dyneema® construction. The messenger features a padded base and back panel for comfort and gear protection, and comes in left and right-handed configurations.

SDR Traveller M1 Messenger

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Mystery Ranch 3 Way Briefcase Expandable

A sturdy build, range of carry options and flexible organization ensures the Mystery Ranch 3 Way Briefcase Expandable will keep up wherever the day (or night) takes you. The bag can be carried as a briefcase, shoulder bag or backpack. Additionally, it offers multiple compartments and pockets for organization, including a dedicated 15″ laptop sleeve, main compartment, and Rip Zip front compartment for quick access. And for added flexibility, the bag is also expandable to handle larger loads when needed.

Mystery Ranch 3 Way Briefcase Expandable

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Alpha One Niner Chio

Designed to carry the essentials, the Chio offers reliable durability, handy organization and discreet aesthetics. Tough and functional for day-to-day or travel use, the bag is lightweight and ideal for keeping smaller items within easy reach on the go. Additionally, the bag can also be converted into a compact camera bag with the optional Chio camera pouch.

Alpha One Niner Chio

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Agency Aspect Hybrid Messenger and Crossbody Bags

Agency Aspect’s Hybrid Messenger and Crossbody Bags combine fashion-friendly aesthetics with outdoor-inspired performance. Quality water-resistant materials, ergonomic designs, convenient organization options and sporty-chic looks make these solid pieces for active lifestyles, from the daily commute to travel and beyond.

Agency Aspect Hybrid Messenger and Crossbody Bags

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Klättermusen Fimmafäng Uggla

A practical piece for keeping essentials secure and easily accessible, the Fimmafäng Uggla can be worn as a waist bag, on the shoulder or across the body. The reflective fabric helps keep you visible in low-light conditions, while a range of pockets and exterior attachment points provide useful options for organizing changing loads.

Klättermusen Fimmafäng Uggla

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Spyder x bagjack Modular Messenger

The Spyder x bagjack Modular Messenger tackles the commute, travel and weekend active adventures equally well, with a mix of features to help you easily adjust to changing needs. A removable interior pouch, separate storage for shoes, and a modular attachment system cater to a range of carry needs. And with its easily adjustable strap, hard-wearing build and ergonomic rotating buckles, you’ll carry securely and comfortably for years to come.

Spyder x bagjack Modular Messenger

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Incase Sport Field Messenger Bag

A sleek choice for users who want to get active with tech in tow, the Sport Field Messenger combines a water-resistant build with dedicated tech storage and a comfortable design. The bag offers quick access to the padded laptop compartment, along with organization pockets and tablet storage in the main compartment. The bag also offers a U-lock holder, front lash points to secure additional items under the flap, and comes with a handy accessory pouch with carabiner.

Incase Sport Field Messenger Bag

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Resistant Spear Head Messenger

Made with tough and water-resistant 500D Cordura, the Resistant Spear Head Messenger takes demanding use in its stride. The stabilizer strap helps keep the load stable on the go, while multiple attachment points let you easily customize the bag to your desired carry setup. Rugged and reliable, this messenger embraces active use from the week day to the weekend.

Resistant Spear Head Messenger

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Porter Kura Chika

The Porter Kura Chika is designed with a mix of functionality, durability, breathability and organization in mind. The tough and durable bag features interior pockets and tech storage, quick-access pockets for essentials, and stretch cords for securing bulkier items. All delivered with excellent Japanese craftsmanship and versatile aesthetics to suit a range of settings.Porter Kura Chika

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Chrome MXD Segment Sling

Sometimes you don’t need to carry larger items, but you do want smaller essentials easily accessible yet secure. The MXD Segment Sling delivers with its compact form that packs a punch in the organization department. Multiple pockets ensure no shortage of options for keeping bits and pieces tidy, while the durable 1680D ballistic nylon build will take a beating and keep on going. And with the ability to carry it as a sling or waist bag, you can enjoy flexible portability too.

Chrome MXD Segment Sling

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CYCOP DaySling

A bag that moves from the office to the weekend, and outdoor trails to city streets? The CYCOP DaySling is just such a bag, with a host of handy features to cater to diverse needs. The DaySling features convenient access to your gear with multiple interior pockets, dedicated tablet storage, and expandable storage for larger loads. The weatherproof bag offers quiet closures and can be paired with Whisper Pods for increased organization. Secure on the go, and with a clean silhouette that adapts to diverse settings, this is a versatile bag for a range of active uses.

CYCOP DaySling

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Timbuk2 Stark Messenger

Ready to tag along on your travels, while cycling, and during active day trips, the Stark Messenger pairs minimalist aesthetics with functional design for life on the go. The bag features convenient magnetic flap closures, a padded laptop sleeve, and a useful mix of pockets for keeping smaller items neat and secure. The reflective detailing helps keep you safe at night, while the ambidextrous shoulder strap and removable cross-body strap ensure a comfy load on the move. And if downpours threaten, the messenger has your gear well covered with an included raincover.

Timbuk2 Stark Messenger

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ITS Tactical Discreet Messenger

As the name suggests, this messenger combines discreet aesthetics with tactical functionality to tackle a host of active carry needs. The durable handmade construction easily endures demanding use, while a choice of SnapPockets™ keep your gear tidy and can be partnered with optional ITS Zip Bags for modular organization. Additionally, the Velcro-lined interior lets you easily secure accessories to suit personal needs. The removable waist strap offers load stability and a quick-access top zipper provides ready access to the main compartment on the move.

ITS Tactical Discreet Messenger

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Crafted Goods Mr. Groove

The Crafted Goods Mr. Groove gets into the swing of things with three portability options including tote, briefcase and backpack modes. The water-resistant bag also includes two removable pouchettes, ideal for organizing smaller items within easy reach or using as standalone carry options when roaming with just the essentials. Adaptable for the work commute, traveling or day-to-day needs, this highly versatile piece easily slots into a variety of active carry setups.

Crafted Goods Mr. Groove

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