Brooks Barbican messenger bag review

Quality - while it's dry

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

Our review

Quality courier bag with style – but it’s pricey and doesn’t stand up to rain
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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

Product Specifications


Name Barbican Messenger
Brand Brooks

Description Medium - 1450 g Large - 1550 g
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 Materials: water resistant fabric with leather finishing