Friday, 19 April 2013

Review: BaileyWorks Digital Super Pro Messenger Bag

The tag line of the BaileyWorks Super Pro Messenger Bag is "Built for Life In The Saddle". Perfect!

BaileyWorks is a US brand, making hand-made bags with quality materials and expert knowledge for 20 years. The Super Pro comes from their Professional range; designed to deal with the rigours of intense everyday use, this is a pack built to last. The Digital Super Pro is an evolution of the Super Pro bag; with a padded laptop sleeve and a shoulder pouch for your smart phone, making it ideal for commuting to the office or university.

The Digital Super Pro feels like a quality bag the moment you pick it up; the hand-made detailing is clear, there is no stitch unchecked, and no material that isn't the highest standard.

The outer shell is made of Cordura, the same fabric found on motorbike skid wear (it's damn tough). The inner is made of Coverlight, a fully waterproof tarpaulin type fabric that ensures water doesn't get into your kit even in the torrential British downpours.

In terms of pockets and storage the Super Pro is well sussed. On the front there are two large pockets with Velcro flaps; one of these houses smaller pockets useful for pens and tools as well, to help keep things organised. The Digital Super Pro also boasts two extra pockets on the front, which I have found are great for stashing a U-lock in, as well as other spare bits.

Inside the bag there are additional side pockets to keep kit organised, and then there is the large padded laptop sleeve which also provides a comfortable bit of back padding when you load the bag up. Then on the shoulder there is the neat phone pouch, which safely keeps your phone close at hand.

A great special feature of the BaileyWorks bags is their 'Split Strap' design; this means you can easily switch the strap to sling over the left or right shoulder. The feature is really neat, and I have found it great switching between the two shoulders, I still haven't decided which is my favourite.

The focus on the smaller details of the Digital Super Pro is clear; there is a large reflective strip on the outer flap and another reflective panel on the base, there a clip for a rear light as well. Features like this further demonstrate that the Super Pro really is designed for everyday use on the bike in town and commuting.

The build quality of the BaileyWorks Digital Super Pro is fantastic, and it performs admirably on the bike. The bag carries your laptop, shopping, clothes and pretty much any other kit in comfort and style. It really is 'Built for Life In The Saddle'!

BaileyWorks bags are available worldwide through select distributors. The UK distributor is Urban Hunter in Brighton.

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