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    I want to buy one of the olive green field bags, but 60 bucks is quite a bit so I was wondering if someone who has had one for a while could answer my two big questions:

    1) How easy are they to bike with? I don't just mean once a month 5 minutes down to the coffee shop. I bike several miles a day getting to and from school and it needs to stay where I put it while I'm riding. Is this thing gonna be sliding round to my front every time I stop hard, or can I count on it to stay put?

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    2) How well do they hold up under extended use? I'd be using it all day, 5 days a week with little regard for its safety and if it's gonna fall apart in 6 months I'll need to find something else.

    Thanks for any help you can give me
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      CommentAuthorCameron C.
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2011
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    The green Whitechapel messenger bags? Are they actually selling those? I got mine as part of a run of 50 a few years ago, didnt realize they went into full production, or whatevers. Awesome.

    I havent biked with mine, but I've used it constantly since I got it. Walking to work, school, and most other places with any number of books and paper pads and electronics in it (Netbook, Nintendo DS, digital camera, etc) and its still in great condition. In the original thread, though, I think I remember people having complaints of some sort about the strap (I have none, however) but if it was anything more than a preference issue I'm sure it's better now.
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    These are what I'm talking about. Dunno if it's the same logo, but yeah. I'll take a peak around for that thread. Thanks for the info, though.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2011
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    Personally, I'd love a Freakangels or Warren Ellis brand camera bag. But then, that's me.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2011
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    A Warren Ellis Made me do it camera bag, now that would be handy.
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      CommentAuthorMetronome
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2011
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    Or an actual device to cause people to conform to the will of Warren Ellis.

    More destructive than a bowel disruptor, or even journalism.
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2011
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    I've got two of these bags (got one at Comic Con this year as part of a package with a bunch of other cool shit). Now, I don't use them as extensively as it sounds like you're going to, but they are pretty damn heavy duty, seems like they will take a ton of abuse before they even begin to wear out. As to your question about sliding around when you make hard stops, I'm not sure, as I don't bike and I'm usually not making hard stops while wearing a bag, but they're made of fairly gritty material. If you shorten the strap enough so it's snug while you're riding, you shouldn't have a problem. They're fucking nice bags and the abundance of pockets is always sweet. A word of advice though, if you're carrying a laptop in one, you'll have to struggle to close it for anything larger than a 15" screen, otherwise, you're good to go. That's my experience, anyway.
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    I was going to use a field bag on my mountain bike this summer, but a sprained ankle ruined that fun. I plan on trying it out this summer.
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    I got one of the old 'Whitechapel' green ones, that Cameron was talking about I think, so I can't speak to the durability of the new ones, but if Avatar are using the same maker or whatever then they're probably pretty similar. I hated the strap and got a new one, but I have been using the bag day in, day out ever since I got it and it's still holding up fine. It's been through more snowstorms and blizzards than I can count and I've loaded it to bursting with laptop, textbooks and a farcical amount of guitar leads and pedals without anything giving.
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    I've had the black one for a pretty long time - I found that the rotating plastic tag that keeps the flap down was under tension all the time, and eventually pulled off, but that it didn't really affect the bag's usefulness. Besides that I've been cycling all over the place with it, hauling it about overfilled, cramming it in places etc. and it doesn't seem to have any damage on it anywhere. The only other downside I'd note is that I found it surprisingly heavy when empty, but that might be because I'm used to flimsy-ass bags.
    Also, yeah, when the strap's short you can slide it to a position where it won't slide round the front.
    And the carry-handle means you can pretend to be a respectable businessman with it. Sort of.
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2011
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    I got the black field bag and overloaded it with stuff, so the plastic tag on mine broke pretty quickly. Been planing to stick some velcro on the bottom pocket and inner flap so it stays closed in the gale force winds we're currently experiencing in Scotland. Aside from that, I'd say the bag is very durable and comfortable to wear - as long as you're loading it with books, small netbooks, game consoles and so on, and not stuffing it full of clothes, lunchboxes and whatever else, it won't let you down. I've used it to scale down my daily carry-around quota, and have made the transition to field bag from bottomless rucksack full of crap. Having to think about what I'm ptting in, rather than just packing for all eventualities, is good.

    Also - it looks very cool, especially decorated with Tacopunch badges.

    Kitteh plus FieldBag
    • CommentAuthorRedwynd
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2011
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    I've got one of the black ones, and yeah, they're fucking fantastic. Really durable, tons of pockets, relatively waterproof (will keep most things dry in a light rain, but if you're biking I'd suggest investing in a fold-over liner or a waterproofing sack, which you can get at any respectable outdoors shop), and fairly comfortable to carry about.

    I've heard some complaints about weight, but if you're a student like me, you won't notice the difference in weight between this and a lighter bag, and this one will stand up a lot better to the kind of abuse a student puts on it.

    About the front clasp, though: if you leave the bag as it comes, the front clasp will break, since it will be carrying ~50-60% of the weight of the bag. Best way to keep it from breaking, in my experience, is to install some half-inch grommets on the sides of the main pouch. This will take the weight off the clasp, and it should last a lot longer. Added bonus: will widen weight distribution of the bag, making it easier to adjust/keep in place when on a bike.

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