Brian in Boston
I wanted a smaller bag for riding on my bike, when I'm not carrying my laptop. This is that bag!
Combined with the cross strap, this thing sits solidly on my back while I'm hopping curbs around town.
The solid materials, build quality, and excellent design make this a great functional bag for on the bike or over the shoulder for a train commute. I am looking forward to picking up a larger Ricshaw bag for everyday laptop carry to replace my Bihn, which is starting to fray around the edges.
And check out that orange line--it's a perfect highlight on the solid black.
It's a little too small for my 15" Macbook Pro, but would probably fit your Macbook Air just fine.
I've been wanting a nice messenger bag pretty much forever. I knew the Rickshaw Zero was "the one" as soon as I saw it. It is lightweight, durable, and so attractive. I love that I was able to customise my colours and fabric. I chose the performance tweed, which is quite brilliant. I've had many positive comments on my bag when I'm out and about with it. I know it'll last a long time, too: it has a feeling of absolute quality that you can tell just by picking it up and touching it. It's is a well-constructed bag that will go with me on all my travels henceforth, and I have every confidence its ability to perform.
I ended up buying a large to haul stuff. The med. was just to small for a computer, gym stuff and lunch ...
What about adding a newspaper sleeve to the back?
For the most part this bag is awesome. It was a blast getting to design it, and the online customizer really gives you a good idea what your bag is going to look like, as my bag arrived and looked just as I had imagined (in a great way!). All of the seams are clean and seem strong and one of my favorite parts is the easy-adjust strap. There is this solid clip mechanism on the strap that makes adjusting the length easy, fast, and secure. The velcro system is also ingenious. I got the Deluxe Drop pocket and it is absolutely perfect for this bag. I recommend it.
I have a couple of complaints however. The two large front pockets are great for organizing your things, but the way they are sewn they don't stick out from the main body of the bag but rather take up space from the main compartment. So if you put much in these pockets it reduces the capacity of the main compartment. I also carry a water bottle around with me where ever I go, and my previous messenger bags always had a pocket that was good for holding one, on the side or front. This bag has no good place for a water bottle. If you put it in the outside pockets, as I said above it takes up space from the main compartment and becomes bulky. And if you put the bottle in the main compartment it shifts around and you have to worry about condensation getting on your books and papers. It's far from a deal-breaker but worth mentioning.
All around solid bag and I give it a confident 4-stars. If there was a good place for a water bottle it would be an easy five.