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Briefcase Alternatives: 8 Messenger Bags For Men to Carry This Season

Looking for a new messenger bag? These options will keep you organized and stylish, wherever the day takes you.

A messenger bag is a product of deceptively simple beauty. Unlike the traditional briefcase, messenger bags are built for comfort and convenience, and their cross-body straps and flap closures make them ideal for toting around everything from laptops to your tupperwared lunch. (This is probably why so many diaper bags for dads are now being sold in the messenger style.) You can strap them on and commute anywhere on a bike. And most of all, if you invest in a quality messenger bag, it will last for years — and only get better with age. If you’re looking for a new bag to match your style and needs, here are eight messenger bags worthy of your hard-earned dollars.

Messenger Bags For Men

This heirloom-quality investment piece is the first and quite possibly last cotton and leather messenger bag you'll ever buy.

Filson has been producing top-notch gear since 1914. This classically styled messenger bag is 14 inches wide, and has an interior main compartment, two full length open pockets, one business card pocket, and one cell phone pocket. There’s a water-resistant storm flap with leather snap closures. You also get dual leather handles and a removable and adjustable crossbody strap.

Urban cool meets TSA practicality in this travel messenger bag for the road warrior, whether you're biking or catching the red-eye.

Travel frequently? This TSA-compliant messenger bag has an external laptop compartment that unzips and lies flat so you can go through security without taking out your computer. Even if you’re not jet setting frequently, this bag still has a lot to love: There’s a generous padded front pocket, aluminum hooks with tensioned elastic and webbing loops for secure closure, and a side quick-release zipper for cords. There’s an internal organizer and a removable cross body strap, too.

If you're into photography and love the great outdoors, get this messenger bag, which has camera divider inserts for a mirrorless/SLR camera kit.

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Peak Design’s 15-inch messenger bag is the product of meticulous research and part of a partnership with travel photographer Trey Ratcliff. The goal: The create one everyday bag that fits any lifestyle. This messenger bag is for the adventurer who isn’t afraid to stand out. The weatherproofed bag’s MagLatch closure keeps things secure, while its origami-inspired FlexFold allows for excellent organization. The padded sleeve fits a 13 inch laptop and each bag comes with a bonus camera case that doubles as a field pouch that attaches to your belt.

The more you use this unique wax cotton messenger bag, the better it looks with age, so go hard on it.

A timeless messenger bag that only looks better with age, this is a messenger bag that pairs as well with a suit as it does with weekend jeans. The bag — which measures 15.25 inches wide and 12 inches high — is made from a naturally water-shedding fabric that looks more handsomely weathered over time and features such niceties as hidden closure underneath the flap and a slim leather handle let you carry it like a briefcase while remaining tucked away. Elsewhere, there’s a back zipper pocket that quick and easy access to stuff you need on the go and an interior laptop divider sleeve and slip storage divider pockets, and a leather pen holder.

This Nomatic messenger bag is fully modular so you can customize it as you see fit.

If you need flexibility, this is your messenger bag. It’s gorgeous. It’s durable. Its functionality is pretty much unparalleled, with removable panels that allow you to customize the bag to meet your every need. Its strap, compartments, and protective shell are all removable and replaceable and it has a retractable key leash, and a removable protective shell for your glasses. There’s even an additional magnetic water bottle pocket, RFID safe storage, and a roller luggage sleeve.

If shoulder stress is an issue for you, get this ergonomically-designed, lightweight Moshi messenger bag is the one to carry.

Looking for something a bit easier on the shoulder? This bag weighs just over two pounds, and thanks to its proprietary ViscoStrap helps reduce shoulder pain and strain. It fits a 15 inch laptop, and has extra slots for iPad/tablets, cameras, or headphones. There’s a full-width zip pocket for the safe-keeping of documents and has a discreet rear trolley strap that lets you easily attach it to rolling luggage.

This oiled calfskin leather messenger bag is sleek and streamlined.

An stylish bag that nails the basics, the Navigator is able to be worn with everything from a work outfit to weekend jeans. It keeps your stuff secure, it has a magnetic closure that makes it easy to get what you need fast, and an adjustable shoulder strap for extra comfort.

So you plan on braving the elements? Then store your stuff in this Topo Designs messenger, which features a truck tarp liner, waterproof zippers and a top flap.

This bag is ready to sustain some serious damage. It’s made of 1000-denier rip-stop nylon and comes with a a water-resistant truck tarp liner to weather whatever you can throw at it. The bag, which fits a 15 inch laptop, has an adjustable shoulder strap and interior zip and wall pockets. Not to mention, it has a dual-closure system with G hooks, internal water bottle straps, and a small front zippered pocket with key clip.

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