If you read the product reviews on NGN, you already know I’m a big fan of Nike’s Departure line of luggage. I’m the proud owner of the Departure Backpack, Departure Roller, Departure Shoe Tote, and since last December the Departure Messenger Bag. Over the last year I’ve more than put this bag through its paces, and I share my thoughts on it with you here.
I’ve had this bag since last December, and I use this bag every day as my briefcase. It’s super-durable — I load this thing to the gills almost every day with files, books, hard drives, my laptop, cables, chargers and a bunch of my other everyday stuff, and it has showed almost no signs of wear. It has tons of room in the main compartment, a separate padded laptop compartment with a separate cable pocket inside that, that safely transports my laptop wherever I go. At the airport I can unzip the laptop pocket so it lays flat on the x-ray belt so I don’t have to take the laptop out.
Outside the main compartment there are two horizontal pockets where I keep important papers, my checkbook, business cards and things like that. It has a place for pens, and there’s even a lanyard sewn into one of the pockets where you can clip a set of keys. The main compartment is covered with a large fold-over flap (typical of a messenger bag) that has a pocket on the outside, which I use to easily access items like my sunglasses, and I even throw my keys in there when I’m in a hurry. The shoulder strap is nice and wide and has a comfortable non-slip pad to keep it on my shoulder.
The bottom line on the Nike Departure Messenger bag for me: I LOVE THIS BAG! I use it every day, it’s stood up to some serious abuse without showing any wear and tear, it has room for all my stuff and more, and it’s my go-to bag for work and travel. If you’re in the market for a new bag, and you prefer (or want to try out) a messenger-style bag, I highly recommend you give the Nike Departure Messenger Bag a try.
Editor’s note: The product reviewed above was supplied by the manufacturer to the reviewer/author free of charge for reviewing purposes only. The reviewer/author was not paid for this review, and the opinions expressed in the review are strictly those of the reviewer/author.