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.
Burt Perkins – Verified Buyer
This is my first bag from Rickshaw and I'm very pleased. I had a hard time deciding between the medium and large and finally just took the plunge and customized the large messenger bag. It arrived much quicker than I expected and I immediately filled it up. The bag is very spacious and holds a ton of stuff...probably too much. It's very comfortable to carry and I've gotten loads of compliments on it. I do plan on ordering a strap pad and another large drop pocket to complete the bag. Overall....a definite win.
L.D. Ashworth – Verified Buyer
I now adore my bag. I originally designed a bag and when it arrived I was not happy with my color choice. The sales team was quick to answer my questions about returning and redesigning a new one. The fact that they send you a return label to save time and hassle made the reordering quick and easy.
I feel sassy and fresh while biking with my Rickshaw bag!! It is made to be functional, strong and comfortable. I would recommend this company and their high crafted bag to all who ask about mine!!
They are a special breed of artisians who believe in their craft and product!! Bravo, keep it up !!!!
Michael Moore – Verified Buyer
This is my second large messenger bag from Rickshaw. The first is still going strong, but I really liked the tweed fabric so I ordered a second. OK, so I'm shallow.
The bag does what it does without fuss. The wide strap is comfy even if I have too much photo gear in the bag. I have tried the Rickshaw pad for the strap on the previous bag, and I ended up taking it off as it was more in the way than helpful. I transferred the insert from my old bag which makes switching bags easy if I want to go back and forth.
Two suggestions for new products:
* a divider insert for photo gear that would keep stuff from migrating around. I don't want some huge padded thing, just something with some nylon partitions.
* a FasTrack transponder holder for the strap. For some reason the clear pouch I'm using doesn't seem to allow the thing to work well.
But all in all a lovely, well-made bag that does what is says.