Andrew Lucas – Verified Buyer
I spent a LOT of time looking for a suitable bag that could be used daily, hold a 13" Macbook and later a 15" Macbook for my next laptop upgrade. It also had to be able to hold a full size A4 page to a day diary and a bunch of documents I use for on-farm visits, plus a 1 litre SIG water bottle.
I searched for an Australian manufacturer, but nothing was available that met all my needs. Either too small or massive gear bags with very little functionality. So I was pleasantly surprised to see the US's growing custom manufacturing market and the philosophy behind Rickshaw Bagworks.
One of the biggest pluses was that the Commuter 2.1 is that it stands up by itself. It may not sound important but as the bag sits on the seat next to me in my work ute/pickup it's great to be able to access everything with one hand. Plus it doesn't go flying all over the car, it just stays put.
It's really well thought out with a rear double-zip pocket able to be accessed when the rest of the bag is locked down. Speaking of that I hadn't come across the 'shhh' magnetic closing system, but with a 7month old baby at home I've been able to pack my bag and sneak out of the house in the morning without the Velcro monster waking anyone.
The carry handle is really solid and the shoulder strap also makes light work of carrying the bag as it's wide and extra padded; very useful as this thing can hold a lot and the temptation is to keep stuffing things in! Great product, great service and a really positive experience of custom manufacturing where people actually get paid properly and have good working conditions - thanks Rickshaw.
Gamal Smith – Verified Buyer
If I could change anything about my commuter bag, I would make the cross strap a break away strap.
Ryan – Verified Buyer
The build quality on my Commuter is amazing. I use it every day for carrying my professional essentials to the office - but last week it carried supplies up to 9700 feet on a hike and is no worse for the wear. Simply a wonderful option for carrying and storage.
Andrew Koh – Verified Buyer
I opted for the waterproof x-pac but regretted it as I thought it made the bag look cheaper. Should have stuck for the cordura nylon. :(
Johannes Bergmann – Verified Buyer
This is clearly a terrific bag. The construction is superb and it looks almost elegant. It holds and holds almost anything you would want. It can be an overnight bag too. I want to own it because it's so honorable a product. BUT be sure you want something this big and heavy (3.5 pounds is more than you might imagine). I think the weight is worth it because the bag is so well built and because it stands up on its own, but using it as your constant bag -- the one you take everywhere, trail, mall, movies -- is a problem because it's big.
I dream of the "one bag" but it doesn't exist. This is one of the bags you need.