Gear: Baggallini Neighborhood Messenger Review

Baggallini Neighborhood Messenger
By Candice Gardner

Baggallini is the master when it comes to simple but effective organization. Their latest creation, the Baggallini Neighborhood Messenger, should be another smash hit. But is it really the ultimate, do everything, carry-on travel bag?

Baggallini Neighborhood Messenger Review

The Bag
From the onset, a trip to the airport becomes quick and easy with this bag in hand. Made of water-resistant, crinkle nylon fabric, this messenger looks stylish while providing organization options that actually make sense for travelers. Inside you’ll find, quick-access pockets sized specifically for passport, credit cards, glasses and smartphone along with a roomy and well-padded pocket to stash a tablet device. Small bills for tips and cab fare can conveniently go into the attached wallet that tucks neatly inside and is easily found at a moments notice by following the attached strap into the interior. There is also a quick-release key holder on an adjacent strap, which means no more digging in the bottom of your bag for car or luggage keys. There are two large compartments on either end that can hold a water bottle or umbrella. In addition, the outside pocket on the back of the bag unzips to become a sleeve that slips over your expanded luggage handle for transport. Still, don’t expect it to hold a 15 in. laptop because this bag at it’s widest is only 14 in. across.

Baggallini Neighborhood Messenger

The Baggallini Neighborhood Messenger comes in a wide pallet of colors and is paired with bright and pleasing contrasting colors on the inside that make it easy to see what you are looking for.

Baggallini Neighborhood Messenger

On the front, a secure flap with a magnetic closure conceals an additional zippered pocket. Tucked just under the flap is an easy-to-reach organization panel containing five credit card slots and two pen/pencil holders. The main interior of the bag is doubly secured under the main flap by a zipper closure. Outside, a 52 in. adjustable crossbody strap completes this bag for easy carrying.

The Price

Coming in at $89.95, this messenger is priced steep by other bags of comparison, but what it has that the others don’t is Baggallini’s high-end, Italian manufacturing quality.

The Good

  • It’s an overall nice looking bag and is convenient to use when traveling.
  • The fabric resists moisture and comes quickly dry when wet.
  • The interior pockets are convenient and well placed.
  • On a recent trip the bag held all travel supplies including a DSLR camera and still had room for an iPad and water bottle.
  • Sized perfectly for all your gear without being overly large if you have a smaller frame.
  • The crossbody strap is adjustable and easy to shorten or lengthen.
  • The styling is timeless and attractive, while the color combinations are bright and fun.

Baggallini Neighborhood Messenger

Best Used For

  • Airline carry-on as a purse or backpack substitute.
  • Work day tote for all your personal essentials
  • Around town, do-everything bag

What’s Not So Good

  • No shoulder padding on the strap makes you take the full feel of the bags weight. Having a more substantial shoulder strap would make this bag perform better overall.
  • The exterior back pocket that unzips to become a luggage sleeve works well unless you have things in the pocket! It’s not at all convenient to remove travel items and repack them at the luggage carousel in baggage claim, so you have to know what you will be using this bag for when you first load it up to avoid this scenario.
  • The front flap is a bit cumbersome at times because of its very large size. This makes opening the bag in a tight space more difficult than a bag that simply has a top zipper closure.
Baggallini Neighborhood Messenger
Exterior luggage sleeve (open)

The Competition

  • The Patagonia Transport Tote 20 Liter costs more at $99.00, but it will hold most 15 in. laptops. It also has a simple, top zip closure, however less of the organizational features of the Baggallini.

 

Patagonia Transport Tote 20 Liter

  • The Patagonia Half Mass also comes in high at $99.00. You’ll retain the top flap security and high level of interior organization pockets with the added bonus of space for a 15 in. laptop. This is a more rugged bag than the Transport Tote 20 Liter.

 

Patagonia Half Mass

The Verdict

The Baggallini Neighborhood Messenger is a stylish, well-made and convenient option for organizing your travel necessities. It gets high marks for function and convenience during both ground and air travel and doubles nicely as a DSLR camera bag on day trips. The durability and quality of Baggallini’s workmanship is why most will choose this bag over the competition.

Overall Rating: (4 / 5)

Your Say:
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