Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag

What? Another camera bag? Well, yes. You know how it is. You get a bag, it works well enough, but then something changes and it’s no longer quite right, and so you start looking again. I’d seen something about this bag before it went on sale (like all of Peak Design’s products, it started off on Kickstarter, which seems to work very well for them), but at the time I wasn’t really in the market for a new bag, so I didn’t take too much notice.

But since then, my lenses have grown, making my Lowepro Urban Reporter 250 no longer quite right. It’s still a good bag, and I suspect it’ll get some more use, but I wanted something that can handle the Fujifilm 50-140mm lens with the 1.4x teleconverter attached, and the forthcoming monster 100-400mm when that joins the collection. It also needs to deal with a laptop and the usual collection of chargers, cables, batteries, memory cards and so on.

Well, I spent a lot of time on this – there’s a load of videos on Peak Design’s YouTube channel showing the features of the bag in incredible detail, which led me to decide that I should get one. While the images above (which you’ll only see if you’re not running AdBlock) lead to Amazon, I bought mine from Wex, as they were slightly cheaper. Of course, I had to decide on a colour, and after some dithering opted for “classic tan” rather than “charcoal”.

The bag arrived in some nifty custom packaging, and looks very good indeed – nicely styled, with serious build quality. The internal dividers are much easier to rearrange than most I’ve seen, and their clever folding structure makes them more versatile than the usual kind. The assorted pockets had plenty of room for my spare batteries and memory cards and I was able to use the top zip to extract the X-T1 with the 16–55mm lens and the vertical battery grip attached. The magnetic clip on the front is a nice feature – much easier than the snap fasteners on the Lowepro.

So far, I think I like it. It’s nice to be able to reconfigure the strap for how you want to wear it – I found having it over my left shoulder with the bag behind me was quite comfortable for walking around, even with the X-T1 and a couple of heavier lenses. Rather than go into a load of detail here, I’ll point you at the source:

Peak Design Everyday Messenger – product page

Or you can watch this video, where Peak Design’s Art Viger explains how it all works. Possibly more detail than you’ve ever wanted to know about a bag, but it helped me decide to buy it:

Not the cheapest bag, but it feels nicely robust and should last a long time. And it does look pretty cool.