Review: Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag

Luria Petrucci 01.19.2016 27 comments

You might remember this Kickstarter project that BLEW past its goal of $150,000 to make $5 million!

It’s an Everyday Messenger Bag by Trey Ratcliff and Peak Designs.

Brian Matiash, Photographer Extraordinaire, joins me for today’s review! The goal of the Everyday Messenger Bag is to be useful for BOTH photographers AND the “everyday” person.

Check out Brian’s book on photography!

I lug a TON of stuff around when I travel, so it’s important to have a sturdy bag that can handle both a beating and the weight of all my stuff!

What Brian Loves

  • Removable and origami like dividers! He gets a ton of use out of these!
  • The tripod leg slot… no other bag has this as far as he knows!
  • Mag-Latch

What Luria Loves

  • Wide open space of the main compartment without the dividers!
  • Laptop pocket fits the computer perfectly!
  • Mag-Latch
  • Sturdiness

Here’s all the gear Brian showed us that he carries in his bag:

Camera:
Sony a7R II

Lenses:
Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8

Tripod:

Really Right Stuff TQC-14 w/BH-30 LR Tripod

Laptop:
Apple Macbook (2015 12″) Space Grey

Battery Charger:
Anker Astro E7 26,800 mAh Battery

Notebook:
Moleskine Classic Notebook

What bag do YOU use? Leave a comment below and share this video with a friend!

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Fred
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Fred

Cool!

Ian
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Ian

Love the Peak Design gear, backed this one, and most of their other products on KS. Great bag.

James Murata
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James Murata

Brian sure has top line goods…

Andy
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Andy

Man, I wish I had backed this KS now.

ImpartialGeek
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ImpartialGeek

Ya, it is really a great bag. They really focused on quality. It is one of the best quality bags I have ever seen. Quite durable. I wish I would have backed it too, but I didn’t find out about it in time.

Liz
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Liz

I am regretting that I didn’t kickstart this bag! It looks awesome. I think it’s because I’m trying to pack less stuff when I travel or walk around, so that’s my goal. Great review!

John
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John

I hear you Liz. My butt is sore from the number of times I’ve kicked it for NOT jumping on the kickstart for this bag.

Liz
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Liz

LOL. We’ll all just have to buy it outright smile

Chris
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Chris

Photographers are often the best resources for inventing or designing new gear since they actually use this kind of gear daily and often see the shortfalls of other products. Every time a photographer uses a soft box on their strobe or flash they can thank fellow photographer Gary Regester who created the Chimera light box back in 1980! Or what about Bryan Geyer who created the Really Right Stuff brand out of frustration over his store bought tripod!

I love the trend that digital photography has taken us as far as gear. When I opened my commercial studio in 1980 I traveled with a big metal Adapta-case with 4 Nikon SLRs with motor drives inside, a second case full of Nikon lenses. Each case probably weighed 30 lbs or more and you needed an assistant on most shoots just to help schlep the gear. Now my camera of choice for every day stuff is a small Canon mirrorless with 4 small lenses that I easily fit in a messenger style bag. And you don’t need a weeks worth of film for a trip now but just enough memory cards or place to download the images. Change isn’t always bad!

I still shoot some things with Canon DSLRs and the bigger lenses they use and have bigger bags for that. I have a city bag for corporate jobs and a backpacking bag for out on the trails. But the mirrorless revolution and the wonderful smaller lenses they use has allowed us to travel more lightly and be less noticed and as a result our backs don’t hurt as much at the end of the day.

And a shout out to Brian whom I follow and am inspired by. His Inbox Inspiration newsletter led me here! Who says an old dog can’t learn some new tricks!

John
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John

Looking at all the messenger backs out there this one seems to be at the top of the heap and from this review, it looks even more durable that I first thought. I still struggle with the conversion from a backpack styled photography bag to messenger style. Brian calls himself a ‘zipper’ guy, when it comes to bags, well then, I guess that would make me a ‘pocket’ guy. I’m a bit OCD when it comes to packing a camera bag. Each item has its place and must be secure. I think this stems from the fact that most camera bags are black and this way I don’t have to be able to see where anythings, when I’m in a hurry.

Phil
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Phil

I’d be afraid to leave my camera hanging off the side of the bag like that. Partly for security, like it might get stolen, but also I’d be afraid it would bang into something and get damaged.

ImpartialGeek
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ImpartialGeek

It would not get stolen unless they took the whole bag. I thought the way you did, but as long as you throw the strap around your neck and shoulder, that thing isn’t going anywhere unless you fall, and someone could grab that camera and yank for dear life, but it will not come off that clip. It’s very safe and sturdy.

Brian
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Brian

Hey Phil,

I totally get your concern but if it makes you feel any better, I’m using this bag exclusively right now in Cuba and it has been rock solid. Like @impartialgeek said, though, if you leave it sitting somewhere, it’s as easy as any other bag to get swiped.

But to the quality of the bag, it has protected my gear and is super functional. I’ll try to get some photos to illustrate how I’m using it here in Havana and Trinidad. If you have any other questions, don’t be a stranger!

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Bernardino Pérez Pérez

I backed the Everyday Messenger and I use it with my photo gear. As I am using now Olympus micro 4/3, I am able to put inside almost all my gear: E-M1 with 12-40 2.8, along with my Samyang 7.5 and the following MZuikos: 17 1.8, 25 1.8, 45 1.8, 75 1.8 and 75-300. I also carry on my Ipad mini and my MacBook Pro 13″ Retina. And I even have spare space inside!!!

I think I would be happy if PeakDesign make a smaller version for small mirrorless gear like mine.