Brooks Barbican messenger bag review

Very old school courier bag

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £250.35 RRP | USD $393.72
Barbican Messenger

Our review

Great comnstruction, but scores badly on out-of-the package usability.
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On looks alone, this lovely bag scores highly. It’s not all about looks though, sadly.

The strap system works, but feels like it was designed in 1910. It was.

The leather shoulder pad is not comfortable at first but does wear in, though much more slowly than a saddle would.

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Mostly form over function. 

Product Specifications


Name Name, 0, 10, Name, Barbican Messenger
Brand Brand, 0, 20, Brand, Brooks

Description Description, 2, 0, Description, Medium - 1450 g Large - 1550 g
Manufacturer's Description Manufacturer's Description, 2, 0, Manufacturer's Description, In 1910 John Boultbee and his son Wilfred Mason Brooks filed two patents related to improvements in satchels, knapsacks and the like. Both these patents guaranteed more equal distribution of the load over the straps and more stability of the bag whilst cycling. With this in mind we developed our new BARBICAN Messenger Bag, featuring a shoulder belt which can be easily secured around the waist during the ride. The belt is the innovative part of this bag. Once adjusted to the desired length, depending on the height and waist of the cyclist, the belt can be kept loose to carry the bag over or across the shoulder while walking. For increased stability during the ride, the belt can be easily fastened around the waist simply pulling the two ends of the belt and locking them at the center with the “Sam Brown” fixing.
Features Features, 2, 0, Features, Materials: water resistant fabric with leather finishing