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From bike lane to corner office, these classy messenger bags carry the day

Dec 5, 2006
Outside Magazine

1. Euro Hipster
Recycling doesn't get any more thorough than this: Freitag's Dragnet is handmade in Zurich, Switzerland, out of used truck tarps, bike tubes, and car seatbelts. The components, like the original sources, are sturdy and waterproof. $200;

2. Late Worker
Lose the crossing-guard vest. Timbuk2's Specialty Laptop Messenger, made with lime-green wool and a reflective panel for nighttime commuting, comes with a waterproof liner and padded computer compartment. $200;

3. Tech Warrior
Gadget overload? Store your iPod, cell phone, and 17-inch laptop in separate compartments with Clive's Citation. An asymmetrical shoulder strap improves carrying comfort. $100;

4. Sharp Dresser
Jack Spade's plaid, woven-cotton Waxwear Industrial Field Bag looks designer-delicate, but the waxed, weatherproof surface shakes off the elements. An adjustable shoulder strap makes it rider-friendly. $325;

5. Sierra Clubber
Simple, an eco-style brand that built its rep on footwear, launches an all-new line of bags this season. The Combover has a tough cotton-canvas exterior and soft corduroy lining—and the zippers are made from recycled milk jugs. $85;

6. Storm Chaser
You could paddle to work with Polo's Medium Zip City. Its PVC-and-polyester shell—with welded seams—will keep contents dry in a deluge. The large-capacity sack includes a removable, padded laptop compartment, too. $175;

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