- Buyer's Guide
Third Annual Carry Awards :: Best Work Messenger Results
It’s remarkable how many brands end up competing in the same market space. Whether you want a heritage backpack or a wheeled suitcase, you’ll find thousands of brands all competing for the same customers, with very little to differentiate them.
Not so with Pacsafe. Pacsafe focus on anti-theft travel bags and accessories. They have for years, and they’ll hopefully continue to for many more. This laser-like focus means they have developed and refined several signature features that no longer ask for a compromise in looks or weight. From slash-proof meshes and straps, to zippers and locks that actually help keep thieves out, these innovations make a real difference for travelers who feel exposed to risk.
With recent ranges, Pacsafe are learning to dress these security features in much more handsome and mature packages. Really lovely fabrics, muted colors, discreet hardware and versatile formats now mean you can wear a Pacsafe in a work setting with pride.
Their Z400 is a medium capacity work messenger with a clean external, excellent organizing, and a form that is soft enough for comfort but structured enough for work tools. It’s light, it can shed a light rain with ease, and the discreet looks can move between the office and adventure.
This is an excellent messenger, from a great little range, from a brand doing some exciting things. Well done, Pacsafe.
These are the pieces that just missed out, and in most cases, by the smallest of margins. To them, we award a High Commendation. The below were of outstanding quality, displaying fine craftsmanship and design flair. With honour, we bow our heads in the upmost respect and kudos. If this were a dias, they’d be biting their teeth into silver medals, while their flags were hoisted into the horizon – a feat not to be overlooked. And I’m sure they’ll be back, to take it one notch higher, next year.
Mystery Ranch are primarily known for their outdoor packs but their take on urban EDC is a damn fine effort. The 3 Way, as the name suggests, offers three carry options. Sling it over the shoulder messenger-style, haul it as a backpack or embrace the briefcase form in work settings. Mystery Ranch’s 3Zip design has been tweaked for access to items that are needed on the go, while the expandable main compartment provides further organization and a separate padded section accommodates a 17-inch laptop. This is a solid choice for people who want versatility in their work carry. Great stuff, Mystery Ranch!
There’s no denying this is one handsome devil of a satchel. However, it’s not just the covet-worthy aesthetics that make this piece deserving of recognition. The construction is top-notch, featuring superior quality vegetable-tanned English bridle leather, durable brass hardware and hardwearing copper rivets. Again, another good choice for users who want flexibility with their carry – this bag can be carried as a satchel, backpack or briefcase. Crafted by hand in Texas, the Porter Satchel is ready for business or adventure on a global platform and tough enough to go the distance wherever life takes you. Congratulations, BEXAR Goods!