Even empty, the bag stays put. It is perfectly balanced and does NOT fall to the ground with a Sony A7R II and the 16-35 attached to it.

Everyday Messenger Bag – Quick Review And Pics

“Oh my god, that quality” was what I said out loud when I touched Peak Design’s Everyday Messenger Bag for the first time. Well, I didn’t say it in English as you might have guessed…but I said it. I have backed the joint project between Peak Design and Trey Ratcliff on Kickstarter and ordered the “The PD Dream Pack” which contains all the following for 400 USD, international shipping included:
– The Everyday Messenger (Charcoal)
– The Field Pouch (Charcoal)
CapturePRO Camera Clip
Slide Camera Sling (Navy blue with caramel leather)
Clutch Hand Strap
– Shell Camera Cover

Under the christmas tree: The Everyday Messenger (Charcoal), The Field Pouch (Charcoal), CapturePRO Camera Clip, Slide Camera Sling (Black), Clutch Hand Strap, Shell Camera Cover

Under the christmas tree: The Everyday Messenger (Charcoal) in its strong black paper bag, The Field Pouch (Charcoal), CapturePRO Camera Clip, Slide Camera Sling (Black), Clutch Hand Strap, Shell Camera Cover

I won’t bore you with every function the bag has, because you probably already know it all from their official site. But let me tell you that the bag feels extremely well-made. I did not expect it to be that good. Every single stitch is perfectly placed and everything feels picked and planned very thoroughly. The shoulder strap is made out of what a car safety belt is made of…only better. The band feels of a higher quality than the one in my car. They must have taken them out of the latest Aston Martin I presume. It’s the only logical explanation. Anyway, every single part feels very sturdy and durable. It feels like a bag you can trust.
Imagine a photo adventures where you suddenly slip and fall into a volcano. Now guess where your assistant will grab you. By your bag! He pulls you up and saves the day…you’re eternally grateful. The bag is THAT sturdy. Don’t have an assistant? Then imagine falling into the same volcano but while falling the bag gets caught into a branch or some rock carved in a way that it could save someone with a good bag. You pull yourself up and the day is saved. Yes! The bag is that sturdy.

Got an Everyday Messenger Bag for Christmas

Got an Everyday Messenger Bag for Christmas

Inside the Everyday Messenger

Inside the Everyday Messenger

Front pocket with color coded green and red stitches - Inside the Everyday Messenger

Front pocket with color coded green and red stitches – Inside the Everyday Messenger.

See what I did there with the different layers? I am such an artist.

See what I did there with the different layers? I am such an artist.

I have bought quite some bags and this one from PD will surely be one of my favorites along with the Sony LCSBP3 (which serves another purpose). On the photos below you can see its size compared to the Think Tank Retrospective 7.

Side view - Think Tank Retrospective 7 - Pinestone size comparison.

Side view – Think Tank Retrospective 7 – Pinestone size comparison.

Front view - Think Tank Retrospective 7 - Pinestone size comparison.

Front view – Think Tank Retrospective 7 – Pinestone size comparison.

Front view - Think Tank Retrospective 7 - Pinestone size comparison.

Front view – Think Tank Retrospective 7 – Pinestone size comparison.

It is very neat that you can attach CapturePRO to the bag. One important thing along the way: I have tried different positions and it is best placed as high as possible on the side of the bag. Else you can’t slide the camera back in one-handedly because of the resulting angle of the bag folding in a little. I have attached my A7R II along the FE16-35 with its lens hood and checked out how the bag is balanced on my shoulder. With this kind of weight I had to turn the shoulder strap around and use the rubber side on my shoulder. That went well and the strap did not move anymore. My favorite part is that the bag didn’t fall to its side when I put it to the ground, even with the camera and lens attached to the side. And the bag was empty…
Oh man I love that part of my review. That little detail surprised me the most. Contemplate the awesomeness again right here:

Even empty, the bag stays put. It is perfectly balanced and does NOT fall to the ground with a Sony A7R II and the 16-35 attached to it. (PD Sling also in this picture).

Even empty, the bag stays put. It is perfectly balanced and does NOT fall to the ground with a Sony A7R II and the 16-35 attached to it. (PD Sling also in this picture).

View from the top - CapturePRO holding the Sony A7R II with the FE16-35 and the Sling attached to it.

View from the top – CapturePRO holding the Sony A7R II with the FE16-35 and the Sling attached to it.

View from the front - CapturePRO holding the Sony A7R II with the FE16-35 and the Sling attached to it.

View from the front – CapturePRO holding the Sony A7R II with the FE16-35 and the Sling attached to it.

Let's not forget the sweet little field pouch. Size comparison to the PD EDMB.

Let’s not forget the sweet little field pouch. Size comparison to the PD EDMB.

And last but not least, a picture of the shell (M size) on the Sony A7R II with the FE16-35 attached to it + lens hood:

Landscape photographers (among others) rejoice - The shell saves the (rainy) day. A7RII and FE16-35 plus lens hood inside.

Landscape photographers (among others) rejoice – The shell saves the (rainy) day. A7RII and FE16-35 plus lens hood inside. Shell size M.

All in all, I am very happy that companies like Peak Design exist. They do every step of a product they create with love, a certain mind set and a philosophy, without ever forgetting it. That’s my favorite kind of company. Chapeau, chapeau.

As always, all pictures have been taken using my gear. Thank you for reading 🙂
– Yannick

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