Patagonia Half-Mass

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Specs

Capacity 1343 cu in / 20 L
Weight 1 lb 13 oz / 822 g
Dimensions 16 in x 13 in x 5 in
Features Padded Laptop Sleeve Accommodates up to 17 in Laptop
Body Fabric 8.4 oz 600-Denier 100% Recycled Polyester
Lining Fabric 3.3 oz 200 Denier Polyester
Finish Polyurethane Coating, Deluge® DWR

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I bought this bag with the intended purpose of using…

Rating: rated 3 of 5 stars
Design: Courier bag
Size: 1,000 cubic inches
Number of Pockets: 7
Height of Owner: 5ft 11 inches

I bought this bag with the intended purpose of using it to commute to work. The bag is immediately an attractive commuting alternative because the design is stylish enough for the office crowd, yet is tough enough to stand the elements.

One of the largest pluses with the bag is the placement of zippers and storage areas. The flap zipper and storage area are awesome. Another big plus is the reflective strip on the front of the bag. The multiple clasps for the chest strap are also nice because they allow for multiple T-strap positions. The shoulder strap is also a positive because you can tighten it up without any excess hanging off.

Unfortunately the bag also has some considerable downsides to it. First, there is no strap or other spot to attach a blinking light for the ride home. The shoulder strap also gave me fits because it doesn’t shorten enough to get the bag high enough on your back. The end result is that the bag is left hanging off your back and dangling precariously over your seat when you ride home. I wouldn’t want to have to ride home with the bag hanging in this position while/after it rains. The padded strap section also caused some problems because it doesn't float or move at all, so you can only keep the bag in certain positions. In addition, the side pouches on the bag aren’t large enough to fit a Nalgene bottle, not a major pain but kind of frustrating.

Overall I would rank this product a three out of five. I’m just not sure that you get enough for your money here. There are some serious issues that become evident when you try to ride a bicycle with the bag, things that you don’t have to worry about with other comparable (and cheaper) bags.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Patagonia's Half-Mass page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

From school to Spain, from work to Winnemucca, from urban to suburban, you need a bag that can handle its fair share of activities and haul stuff so you won't ever be without. The Patagonia Half Mass Messenger Bag is ideally sized for a day's worth of gear. The interior padded sleeve, which is raised off the ground to protect most 15-inch laptops, secures with a buckle and strap. Also under the main flap, there are tons of options for organization, including a drop pocket, a mesh pocket and three slots for pens. The fully adjustable shoulder strap is equipped with a floating pad for comfort, and the tuck-away stability strap helps secure your load when you're pedaling or walking in high-traffic areas.

- Backcountry.com

The Patagonia Half Mass Courier Bag 15 L is designed to get you through the highs and lows of daily commuting. Perfectly sized for a day's worth of gear, the Half Mass has padding on the back and along the contoured base to protect the contents and provide structure. Inside, a padded computer sleeve accommodates most 15-inch laptops. The external side pocket stows a cell phone, power cords or water bottle. The bag's no-slip shoulder strap is fully adjustable, and the waist strap stows away.

- CampSaver.com

Built for a full day of biking around town. Patagonia's Half Mass Messenger Bag features durable recycled materials with a PU coating to add strength and weather resistance. A 15 inch laptop sleeve keeps your computer safe while in transit with plenty of room for all your other items.

- Mountain Gear

Our best-selling messenger bag, built for bike commuters and perfectly sized for a day's worth of gear, is made with recycled polyester and holds most 15" laptops. For every propelling tailwind, there's a wicked downpour, a week of flats and a morning full of distracted drivers. We designed the Half Mass messenger bag to get you through the highs and lows of daily commuting. Perfectly sized for a day's worth of gear, the Half Mass has padding on the back and along the contoured base to protect the contents and provide structure. Inside, a padded computer sleeve accommodates most 15-inch laptops. The main compartment features a drop pocket that secures with a hook-and-loop tab, a mesh pocket, a padded electronics pocket and pen sleeves. The cover flap overlaps the sides of the bag to block rain; its pocket closes with a water-resistant zipper. The external side pocket stows a cell phone, power cords or water bottle. The bag's no-slip shoulder strap is fully adjustable, and the waist strap stows away.

- Rocky Mountain Trail