COLLECTED: Crumpler Barney RustlePosted: February 27, 2011
Yesterday went and purchased a lovely new Crumpler messenger bag. It is my first messenger bag, having been riding with a backpack for a while.
Chose the Barney Rustle, on of the smaller sized bags, measuring at 39 x 27.5 x 21cm. I have found its the perfect size for me being quite small and all. Doing a can test found it can easily fit 8 cans, with plenty of space still available. Wasn’t quite sure what colour I was going to choose, out of red/dark red or black/dark grey. Black does go with just about everything but red is my favourite colour, so having consulted the ‘rents and having a think about it I chose the wonderful red/red combo. Crumpler bags definitely have a large bright colour range which was lovely to see.
First thing I noticed was the Velcro and buckle combination. The Velcro is well sized but to have the buckles there just gives that extra protection… and piece of mind. The safety reflector is in the perfect position and at the full size of the bag makes it perfect for riding at night.
Opening it up you find a nice orange interior split 3 areas, a large open compartment that takes up most of the room, a zipped pocket and a full width pocket split into 3, the centre with Velcro to keep it closed. This pocket comes in handy to chuck the stuff that is needed quickly, with it being easy to access and all.
Putting it on, the strap is easy to adjust and a third leg stabiliser making it super comfy. A cool thing about having any excess strap is that it can be tucked into one of the front accessory loops. The shoulder pad is quite wide and with testing it out my general everyday belongings it was very comfortable.
I haven’t been for a ride with it just yet, the temperatures in Perth have been 37/38 C so not much riding has been happening.