The Greenroom136 Metromonger Prime is a rectangular 10L sling but I would argue that it is a mini messenger rather than a sling. Compared to the original version of the bag, the Prime looks more refined and mature. Gone are the rain flaps from the top and front compartment. The logo is now a more subtle blacked-out version that does not stick out too much. A Velcro strip has replaced the row of MOLLE to allow customization of the bag.
The Metromonger is a simple bag but it’s built with purpose and function in mind.
Burly and built like a tank. These were my initial thoughts upon unpacking the bag. They were only reinforced after six weeks of regular use. I like when I don’t have to be gentle with my bags and the Metromonger was definitely not asking for careful treatment. Even after my travels and regular use, I have not seen any signs of use. It looks practically brand new and I expect it to hold its look for a long time.
Materials & Hardware
Greenroom136 did not skimp on the materials here.
Dimension Polyant X50 MultiCam is a high-performance fabric that is extremely durable, abrasion-resistant, water-resistant, and just badass-looking. The matte Cordura face looks and performs brilliantly.
Based on the overwhelming feedback received from the community, Greenroom136 introduced a new inner liner made from 420D Gold Oxford Nylon ripstop. It looks incredible and adds visibility to the main compartment that was lacking previously.
The main buckle on the shoulder strap is a plastic Cobra GT. It’s fun and easy to operate, while adding to the badassery of the bag.
The shoulder strap uses an industrial-grade safety belt capable of withstanding up to a 1000kg load while being silky smooth to the touch.
The YKK zippers throughout are smooth and burly. One infamous thing about these specific zippers on GR136 products – they are extremely loud. Unless you are looking for a constant jiggle and clanging of your zippers, be prepared to install the paracord zipper pulls (or add them at GR136 when ordering the bag). Some owners even went for the extreme solution of clipping those loud metal pullers off. I personally wouldn’t go that far but do strongly recommend silencing the zippers as soon as you can.
The magnetic Fidlock buckle to secure the stabilizer strap is secure and effortless in daily use. More bag makers should take note and start introducing such buckles instead of the standard plastic Duraflex ones seen on the majority of bags.
All in all, the Metromonger has an outstanding build and the choice of materials is excellent but does come with a tradeoff – the Metromonger is not the lightest 10L bag out there.