Andy Hannon – Verified Buyer
My main concern when I bought my Tweed Zero was that it wouldn't hold up to the rain. I was mistaken, and it dries so quickly, even when I got caught in a downpour. It fits my back perfectly and is great day to day, and as a weekend bag.
I've received nothing but great comments about it, and multiple people have decided to get one on my recommendation, and if you're considering getting a Zero, jump off the fence and go for it. You will not be let down.
Michael McCormack – Verified Buyer
I've owned my bag for about five months now and have subjected it to a regime of daily abuse, largely because it never seemed to mind. I've packed it with 12kg of sharp-cornered contents for a two-hour walk, I've filled it with blood-dripping meat and frozen ice-cream bars, and I've lugged 50 light bulbs across a city to see what would happen.
Short version: if you're prepared to put up with a bag that can carry enough weight to bruise your shoulder, this is the one to buy. Not a single stitch had stretched after an hour with 12.5kg inside; anything organic can be wiped from the waterproof lining (an option I'd recommend highly, although cold things seem to attract uncanny amounts of condensation); huge volumes of groceries, books and work tools can be made to disappear into it. Service from Rickshaw was superb, even when an missing part of my order had to be sent to China.
Cautionary notes: don't treat the strap pad as optional if you're planning to carry heavy weights - it makes a huge difference to comfort. If you feel certain you're likely to use the drop pocket, consider getting the extra velcro pad installed and buying two of them - I'm now planning to, mostly because the large volume of the bag makes having a permanent place for small things all the more important.
Things I wish were different: only one side of the strap is adjustable. I tend to wear my bag cross-shouldered, with the flap facing in (I live in a big city, where pickpocketing on crowded subways happens.) It's extremely difficult for me (175cms, 75kg) to get the strap adjusted to a comfortable length without the strap adjuster digging into my ribs. If both sides were adjustable, it would be easy. In a really ideal world, the bag would be reversible, so my safety orange lining would be more visible to drivers and I could still turn up at clients' offices without looking like a duck hunter. By now, the only thing I miss about my 13 year old Timbuk2 is the exterior pocket that held a water bottle.
Stephen Matheis – Verified Buyer
I spent a year researching bags before I made a purchase. I tried out various bags from Rickshaw's competitors: Timbuk2, Chrome, and Crumpler. I own several of Timbuk2's bags but none of them worked out as a go to daily carrier.
A few weeks ago I stumbled across a review I read about Rickshaw's Zero messenger on an obscure MacBook-centric blog after searching for "best large messenger bag macbook pro"; or, something like that. I vaguely remembered the name but the bag seemed completely unfamiliar. But the author seemed to love it. Genuinely so, even.
Attractive bag, free shipping and 10% off for being a first time customer. I gave it a shot.
The exclusive to Rickshaw Zero Tweed is smart looking, water-resistant, lightweight, stuff-proof, and easy to clean. The bag itself is wonderfully constructed with only three pockets and strong stitching. It works as a work bag when I need my laptop, some notebooks, and lunch; and, it doesn't mind if I shove my xbox, a controller, some power bricks, my gaming laptop, a mouse, some cigars (because of course), and a hoodie.
It's not the best messenger bag or the best weekender bag or the best daily bag. It's just the best bag I've ever used. It's the comfort no matter the situation that sells me every day. I can cram it full of more junk each day and it never get's too heavy. The strap doesn't dig painfully into my shoulder and the bag always sits nicely against my back. I don't think I could hyperbolize how comfortable this bag is.
Buy one and find out for yourself. You won't be disappointed.
gregory coats – Verified Buyer
This, along with my other Rickshaw bags are awesome. I purchased my first bag at the store in SF, they were extremely nice, and i think the owner actually helped me. Sweet bag yo.
S Chennupati – Verified Buyer
Great customer service! I actually had to tweak my order a bit after getting some input from my girlfriend and all it took was a short email. Bag is great. The tweed isn't plush or soft, but has a more rough/rugged texture. Not what I expected, but definitely a pleasant surprise. This was my 2nd rickshaw bag purchase and I'm very happy with both.