what's better than cunx?
July 14, 2005 2:51 AM   Subscribe

Courier bags: who's better than Cunx?

For the last twelve years, I've been daily using a Cunx courier bag (I don't courier anymore but still cycle). The bag material would probably last another twelve years but the buckles used to close it have seen better days and it's become rather faded. But Cunx don't seem to exist any more. What brands can be trusted to provide a bag that will last me a decade or so of use?
posted by humuhumu to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've only had it for a year, but my Chrome bag seems to be holding up well. It comes highly recommended by many couriers.
posted by trey at 3:12 AM on July 14, 2005

I've been very happy with Courierware for years.
posted by alms at 5:19 AM on July 14, 2005

check out R.E.Load. Made for couriers, by couriers.
posted by elisabeth r at 5:54 AM on July 14, 2005

I'm very happy with my TimBuk2 bag.
posted by white_devil at 5:57 AM on July 14, 2005

I second Courierware. I own two of their travel size bags (their largest.) One is about 10 years old, the other about 6. The 6 year old bag, which I use almost every day, still looks and feels relatively new. I don't use the older one every day, but it's still functionally new, but a bit faded.

If you ever have a problem with a Courierware bag, send it in and they'll repair it. They guarantee the bags for life.
posted by evoo at 5:59 AM on July 14, 2005

I just bought a BaileyWorks SuperPro Courier bag on the recommendation of the former pro courier that owns the bikeshop. I love it. I've owned a Timbuk2, a Pedro's bag, and I've borrowed and tried one of the Chrome bags. This bag kicks 'em all soundly. It has absolutely the best designed strap I've ever tried and fits more securely and comfortably than any other bag I've worn.

Plus I love the special pocket for the 6" u-lock.
posted by insyte at 7:52 AM on July 14, 2005

Oh, and in case any of y'all are in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, the bikeshop in question is Behind Bars and is the friendliest, nicest little shop I've encountered.
posted by insyte at 7:56 AM on July 14, 2005

There were many courier bag recommendations in this AskMe thread.
posted by Zed_Lopez at 8:00 AM on July 14, 2005

I highly recommend Tom Bihn. I have a cafe bag, but hope to get an ID at some point.
posted by jdl at 8:03 AM on July 14, 2005

My Chrome bag kicks ass so I'll second trey.
posted by dobbs at 10:06 AM on July 14, 2005

I'm not a courier, but I love the Ortlieb messenger bags. I have the Velocity model, and it's the most durable backpack I've ever had.

I like that it's an actual backpack, and not an over the shoulder bag. The weight feels more evenly distributed.
posted by spinifex23 at 12:32 PM on July 14, 2005

I also use the Ortlieb Velocity. I love it, and people are always admiring it. Also, the chest cross-strap and hip belt are quite unnecessary (especially given the bag's small capacity), so I removed both. The waterproof finish is essential given that I commute on my bike year-round, rain or shine.
posted by randomstriker at 1:52 PM on July 14, 2005

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