Mier 15-inch Messenger Bag REVIEW

Messenger bag has an attractive coloration and is fashionable and functional.

I am the proud owner of a new-to-me Macbook Pro Retina 15inch. I have pined after a Macbook for many years now. I finally pulled the trigger and bought a well-kept used Macbook. Let me say I do not regret my decision, not even for one second. The previous owner treated his tech like children. This is a trait that I personally appreciate and embody. I am a case fan, a bag fan, someone who loves to make sure that my gear is nestled safely and securely inside of some kind of protective covering. So when I received this gem of a computer, I wanted a bag to carry my new baby.

I have received an attractive shoulder messenger style sling bag to review. The bag is a slate gray color measuring 16 inches wide by 13 1/2 inches tall and about 3 1/2 inches thick (empty). The shoulder sling/strap is double stitched at both sides of the bag, which is very reassuring. I gripped the edge, pulled as hard as I could, and this was very secure. There is a padded shoulder rest measuring 9 1/2 inches long by 3 3/8 inches wide. The strap is flexible and bends nicely over my shoulder. I have tried holding the bag with and without using the strap and it really does make a difference. The strap is adjustable at one end and the shoulder slider can be positioned any way you choose.There are two visible pouches on the outside of the bag. The front flap has a 14 inch hidden zipper that opens into a 14” x 9” pocket. The inside of the pocket is a little feminine with a white/pink candy striped appearance. Personally, I don’t care as much about this look as I do about the protection it provides. This pocket does not provide much extra padding, but the material is soft and will not scratch your electronics. This pocket would likely be perfect for a spiral notebook, a thin textbook, a journal/magazine etc. It may also serve well for your charging cable/gear. The zipper is smooth and secure without any grinding/catches. The stitching around the zipper hides the teeth nicely under a cloth and essentially only reveals the zipper.

Turning the bag over 180 degrees, you will see the back of the back. Note that the flap is secured 2 1/4 inches down the back of the bag. Beneath this double stitched/rolled seam is the second visible pouch. This pouch is 15” wide by 9 1/4 inches tall. The edges are rounded. This pouch is lined with the same pink/white candy striped fabric. This pocket does not seal but has a 2 inch x 1-inch strip of velcro to close the center of the pocket. The rough end is on the outermost piece of fabric and the smoother section is against the bag. This should not scratch your gear, but it is a bit rough and it may scuff your electronics. This is another pocket that may be suitable for a spiral notebook or similar. The front pocket closes completely, this pocket does not close completely.

The front flap is maintained in the closed position with two pieces of 2 1/4” wide by 1 1/4” tall velcro. The course end is on the flap and the soft end is against the bag. This seems to maintain quality control, which is appreciated. The flap is securely fastened, the velcro is strong and you should not have any unexpected openings. There is no pocket on the inside of the flap. Looking at the bag, you will see the main flap covers the administrative section of the bag. We will leave the main compartment alone for a minute and return to this momentarily. The administrative panel has a main zipper pocket two inches from the top of the bag. The zipper is 14 3/4” long and is not hidden. The top of the zipper represents the top of the 9 1/4” tall pocket. This pocket is lined with the same pink/white candy striped fabric, discussed previously. There is quite a bit of padding behind this pocket but very minimal in front of the pocket. The flap in front of the pocket has three unsecured pen pockets (3/4” wide by 5 1/8” tall). These are flanked on the sides by 6” wide by 5 1/8” tall pockets, which are lined with black vinyl-like fabric. The left most pocket has a 6” zipper, containing a 4 1/2” tall by 6” wide mesh pocket. This would work well for index cards, a small calculator.

The main compartment of the bag is securely fastened with zipper closure of approximately 21 inches. This zipper is not a hidden zipper, like the one on the frontal flap. Similar to the other zippers, there is no zipper pull present. To be honest zipper pulls would be a nice accessory/feature. The zipper is smooth and does not catch. When open, there are 2 compartments. The main compartment runs the entire width of the bag and is 3 1/2 inches wide. This will compress and expand if needed. There is no closure for the main compartment. The back of this pocket separates another pocket directly behind the front pocket. The entire section is lined with the white/pink candy striped fabric. The last pocket along the back is secured with a 5” long x 1 1/2” thick elastic strap with velcro. This pocket runs 15” wide by 9” tall by 1 1/2” thick. Both the front and the back panels are well padded, the elastic serves well to contain a laptop. My Macbook does fit into this compartment very well and securely. Unfortunately, the rough velcro is on the bag and not the elastic. This potentially may scuff your product, if placed into the front compartment.

The bag is a stylish messenger bag that gives a rather professional look on the outside and a more feminine look on the inside. The zippers are strong and smooth, the stitching is very secure, the weight is very reasonable at 1 lb 4.5 ounces (empty), and the shoulder strap is comfortable and would make for a good option for relatively prolonged usage. I do not think that there are any compartments that I would remove. I do wish that the back flap had a zipper closure. Rain may get into the compartment as it is only secured with a small piece of velcro. I absolutely love the administrative panel and feel that this makes the bag. I would have preferred the bag lining to be a more neutral color, but for some this candy stripe appearance may be flattering. The lining of the two administrative pockets needs to be the same pink/white candy stripe instead of black. I am not certain if this was a lapse, a mistake or an intention. This bag will work perfectly for 15” laptops or Macbooks. I do not care about the inside of the bag. I have been carrying a Vera Bradly Bag as a diaper bag for my 15 month old. You have heard the phrase, “Real Men Wear Pink.” You will not be displeased with the bag. I rate it at 5/5 stars.

Originally published at macsources.com on July 27, 2016.

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