Brooks Barbican messenger bag review
If bike couriers had been around in Victorian times, they’d have used bags like this. The wax-coated fabric actually looks better with age, while the ﬁnishing details are hard-wearing leather.
Rain can get in, especially at the top corners if you really cram stuff inside, but for moderate loads little magnets hold the ﬂap down ﬁne.
There’s enough cushioning on the back for carrying a laptop and the deep shoulder padding adds more comfort, although the leather takes ages to break in.
The waist belt helps distribute weight, but the stud closure isn’t as straightforward as a simple buckle. A 12L version is available too for £236.77