I've owned many messengers bags. Everything from surplus military satchels, Carhartt, to Ogio. Whoever designed this bag deserves a self-respecting high 5. I'm not an EDC or CC person, however the variety of internal pockets make it easy to organize my mobile office. What makes this bag so much better than all of the others is the shoulder strap. 5.11 has got it right with the movable/sliding shoulder pad. The bag stays centered on your lower back even when bending over. I cannot tell you how many time I had other bags make a rapid relocation from my back to my face or bust the strap in the process. To summarize, good value, tough, you can put patches on it (yes patches are cool), and well thought out. Don't let the $99 price tag scare you, this is a long haul buy item.
As a City Commissioner of a leading east coast resort town, I spend a significant amount of time in meetings and visiting with constituents and local businesses. This LIMA bag stays with me from morning til night. It will hold EVERYTHING I need. In the congested summer months, I ride a bicycle. No problem, remove the strap and store it in my bike bag before going into a meeting. Active shooter? No problem, got ya covered!
Overall this is a great bag, but I knocked a star because the pouch meant to conceal carry a pistol is useless when you are wearing it unless you wear the bag with the pistol pouch facing away from your body. If you plan to carry a pistol in this bag, the best you can do is put in a small 9mm or 380 in one of the two pouches up front for quick and easy access. Putting a firearm in the pouch facing towards your body is difficult as you need push the bag away from you access the pocket and draw your weapon. Overall the stitches are very strong, the velcro closure of the flap is awesome because you dont have to latch it everytime you need to pack up and go. The velcro and loops on the outter flap is great for small tools and pens access without having to open up the bag. Would buy again.
It is a excellent bag. I have all 4 colours (coyote tan, black, foliage and storm grey) after I brought my first one. I have this bag two years ago and I use it until now, this bag with me everyday when I go to work. It keeps all my equipment I need for work everyday. Highly functional and excellent for organizing things which let me easily to get the things I need, even while I am driving. I have many other messenger bags from other brands, i.e. Vanquest, Condor and Blackhawk still this is the best I like, the best of functionality
I just received this yesterday and am very happy with what I've gotten!!
My laptop, cords, mouse, CCW, extra mags and everything else are fitting in perfectly!
The only reason I haven't given it 5 stars is because I need to use it for a while to see if it's comfortable and really suits my purposes.... I have a feeling I'll be back to give it that 5th star.
I've had this bag for about two months and I have to say I love it. I use it for carrying everything I need for college, work, plus a few extra accessories.
First off, the laptop I have is massive and heavy. I have a Lattitude 14 Rugged (look it up) and this bag comfortably swallows it whole. Then it takes a folder, all power cords, chargers, mouse, space mouse, laser, flashlight, and anything else I don't want in my pockets. No problem!
I've used Condor equivalents at work and there is little comparison. The condor is a quick-and-cheap laptop bag that can take a Lattitude XFR and more. They are OK, but they are Condor. They are better when you need to buy 5 or 6 and not blow tons of money. Perfect for work budgets, but for me I wanted something more refined.
The Rush Delivery Lima is, on the other hand, very well made and the tailored craftsmanship is obvious to anyone. This is top-tier tactical gear. At first, my wife was a little put off that I spent $100 on a laptop bag. First, I explained how big the discount was on my laptop, then how much premium bags and packs really cost. By comparison, this is actually pretty cheap compared to others.
I wear this thing every day. The padding on the straps and their position make this bag very comfortable to carry and shoulder. It holds a lot, but it still isn't so bulky that it cannot fit between a rear seat and the front of the back seat of your full-size car.
If you have an XL laptop that most bags won't fit, this may work for you. If you have an XFR, Lattitude 14 Rugged/Rugged Extreme, or large Toughbook, this will definitely work for you. The styling is great, the function is superb, and the Double Tap is a fantastic color of medium-dark grey (what I got).
Finally, the Mike/Lima/X-ray designation refers to its size: Medium/Large/Xtra Large. I can't believe it took me so long to figure out. Well, now everybody knows! This review is for the Lima (Large) version.
I have been using this for more than 2 years as EDC. Build quality is excellent, enough room for stuff, pockets in place. Just awesome bag.
First off, let me say that 5.11 customer service is awesome! As far as the bag, meh. It has more pockets than you could ever need, but there's no expandability. So every time you place something in one pocket, you effectively eliminate the use of an adjacent pocket. I'll use it because I paid 100 bucks for it, but wouldn't buy again.
So finally got around to updating my Jack Bauer bag, chunking crappy Condor crap I got at a garage sale for some good shit. After looking around at maxpedition, to vanquest I settled on the 5.11 Lima messenger bag as part of my EDC kit. Let me start off by saying 5.11 offers three sizes (mike,lima,x-ray), at first I thought the x-ray was the one to go to because of its size. After looking and handling one I found it way to massive for the needs of EDC, it borders on an overnight bag. The mike version on the other hand was just too small to pack camera equipment into.
I ended up with the Lima model it’s a good midsized between the mike and x-ray, the bag is going to be used for multipurpose (EDC, camera, laptop ect). For this purpose I found it excellent with more pockets and internal organizers than I know what to do with. The outside front has two easy to access zippers where you can place a number of small items, (I place my decoy wallet in their). There is combination molly and velcro on the outside of the bag that you can attach pouches or moral patches to. On the ends of the bag are water bottle carriers, their big enough to fit a good twenty four ounce beer or a small bottle of jack.
The bottle of jack is being consumed as I type this.
On the other side of it is their CCW easy access zipper, what is nice about that is again hook and loop to hold it closed even unzipped. I for one have never been a fan of off body CCW but nice to know it’s there. Internally there are more pockets and zippers to sneak your best waifu fap material into a hostile country. They seem a bit much at first but once you start stuffing things in you’re happy to have so many zippers and holes at your disposal. The last caveat of this bag is the flap itself, you can secure it with the buckles below or the hook and look that keeps it held down. For me its hook and loop for easier access to the main compartment, the buckles are nice but a bit hard to get to if you’re in a hurry. In all for me a good bag under $100
I've had this bag for about 3 years. The ONLY wear that can be perceived is on the pad for the shoulder strap. My 17" laptop fits perfectly and the interior velcro strap keeps it secure. Plenty of pockets to organize items of various sizes. Side pockets work well for holding a bottle of water and the cinches keep them from falling out. Everything I have from 5.11 is top notch!
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