CIPHER REDLINE MESSENGER BAG FEATURES
- Large laptop compartment fits most 15" laptops
- Top zipper access
- YKK zippers
- Side water bottle pocket
- Admin panel for organization
- Luggage trolley pass through
- Dimensions 12"h x 16"w x 6"d
- Total Weight 1.4 lbs.
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
EASY LAPTOP ACCESS
3V Gear Cipher Messenger Bag Review
First, this is a great looking bad. The outer material is strong and feels great to the touch. The admin panel is fantastic for all sorts of pens and extra supplies, and the interior laptop sleeve is secure for my laptop.
The downside is the latch for closing the bag. It continues to come undone, and puts contents at risk of falling out. It also comes undone when carrying the bag by the shoulder strap.
But I do love the molle panel on the front. Made it easy to connect an extra admin pick for my cell phone charger.
In the seemingly never-ending search for the ideal travel EDC bag, I am trying a messenger style bag. I've had similar (briefcase) style bags in the past but they never quite checked all the boxes. I have yet to carry this bag for its intended purpose, so this is more of an initial impressions than a review.
- The bag itself is very lightweight which is nice but does lead to concerns about durability. Only extended use will tell.
- The padding for the laptop pocket is pretty thin and not elevated from the bottom of the bag so you probably don't want to toss this thing around too much with a laptop in it.
- The shoulder strap and pad are also very lightweight. I wish the strap was a little heavier/stiffer (seatbelt straps) and the pad a little more structured.
- The strap attachments seem a little low on the body of the bag to me. Maybe that's done on purpose to better protect the contents of the main compartment but it seems like they want to pop out rather than in.
- I really like the triangular D-ring used for the strap attachments. I've had bags with D-shaped rings that would spin around in the attachment loop. These won't do that.
- The strap could be longer. I'm 6'2'' and have the strap extended as far as it will go and it's just about long enough for me. If you're taller it might be a problem.
- It would be nice to have a detachable waist stabilizer strap to keep the bag from bouncing around if you're on the move or to keep it on your back if your actually on a bike.
- I like the styling of the cover flap but the angled cut tends to leave the right side (facing the front of the bag) open. The flap should be extended to cover that.
- I get the idea behind the molle panel on the front but with it exposed like that, anything you attach to it becomes a snag hazzard. I really do like the topo map liner behind it and on the inside of the bag.
- The top of the bag could use a "spine" under the handle. The bag tends to deform if you lift it by the handle while heavily loaded.
- I think there's a reasonable amount of organization. The admin pocket on the front of the bag looks good and the slip pocket behind it looks perfect for airline ticket and a passport. There are enough zip pockets on the inside of the bag to keep stuff you really need from disappearing.
- The luggage pass-thru is a nice touch.
- I really like the zipper access to the main compartment with the front flap secured.
- The closure for the front flap is a little fiddly. On the other hand, it's really low profile and seems pretty unlikely to snag on anything.
- The side zip pocket seems like it would be great for a mobile phone or music player. There's no headphone access but the zipper is oriented to close up (something a lot of bags get wrong) so that's not really a problem.
- The main compartment is probably big enough to hold more weight than you'd want to carry. I won't be carrying a laptop in this bag, so it's plenty big enough for my purposes.
A lot of the comments above are about weight with an eye towards durability. In my use case, this bag is likely to last longer than I'll need it to. I only paid about $40 for this bag. At that price, the only thing I'd really like to see changed is better coverage of the front flap over the top of the main compartment.
Thank you for your extensive view on the bag, Paul. We appreciate the feedback we get from our customer to make the changes people look for.
Great bag! Numerous pockets and plenty of room.
I really like the Cilher Redline Messenger Bag. I gave it 4 stars because of two small issues:
* The bag can be seen into slightly when closed. Needs to be a little more secure.
* On occasion, when zipping a compartment, the lining gets caught in the zipper.
I do really like the bag and it's great for what I purchased it for and if it wasn't for those two above issues I would of given five stars.
I am sorry to hear about that. If you would like, please fill out the warranty form found on our website so we can make this right for you.
This bag is pretty good but it seems a touch light weight and I believe durability will be an issue.
We understand your concern. Good thing for you is we stand behind our products, so if you do happen to have issues or this bag does not live up to your standards. We will be happy to remedy the problem.
Have a great day!
Need Velcro to attach morale patches to
If you are interested, we do have other bags that have sections of Velcro for you to display your patches.
Can't go wrong with 3V....all their products are top notch and customer service is outstanding. Buy whenever you can!!!
The pocket where you’d put a laptop doesn’t hold a 15”. And when you pick it up. There’s an area that’s wide open. If you’d be using it if the weather was bad. Everything inside would be wet.
I am sorry to hear that. The laptop sleeve does hold most modern laptops. If you were looking to return the bag, please contact us and we will be happy to help you.
Nice looking bag. Just wish the laptop sleeve was a 1/2 inch bigger.
Sorry to hear about the inconvenience. We do have other bags that include laptop sleeves with expanded pockets so even bulky laptops can fit.
This messenger bag does exactly what I needed it to do. My laptop, various survival equipment, even a change of clothes. Socks and boxers included fit in there no sweat. AND a G27 back up pistol and 2 magazines. The only thing I'd change is the closure, maybe a good old fashioned snap or an adjustable click strap. I saw in the reviews that other people thought it could be more secure but no one said it was a deal breaker. And the flap is heavy enough and the design is such that the flap stays closed but I'd hate to flip it down in the chair next to me in say a doctor's office waiting room and the flap flop open and my Glock slide out onto the floor, awkward moment indeed. Fortunately the sticky holster works as designed and the Glock stays in it's home,I tried to make it fall out. I'd buy it again and if I was really that worried I'd have my leather guy fix it.