HEX Brigade Messenger Bag provides a great carrying option for 13″ laptops.
I have a small obsession with bags. I remember many years ago when I saw the movie French Kiss with Meg Ryan and she had this beautiful brown leather backpack she carried with her everywhere. Before that time, I’d only really ever seen school-style backpacks. And, ever since that time, I’ve been intrigued by all the different styles of carrying bags there are out there. Oddly enough, I’ve yet to find the perfect laptop bag that suits all my needs. So, when this rather unique messenger bag from HEX came across my plate, I thought I would take a closer look.
The Brigade Messenger Bag is sized perfectly for a 13″ laptop. This suits me just fine because my laptop of choice is a 13″ MacBook Pro Retina. As it is apart of the larger Brigade Collection from HEX, the Messenger Bag is colored in military sage green tones. It’s made primarily with a woven cotton blend that features a subtle tonal stripe pattern within the weave. This classic look and heritage feel was what really pulled me into the Brigade Messenger Bag.
Taking a closer look, you will see that all of the accent piece of the bag are adorned in black and the pockets are lined with faux fur to ensure the best bed for your devices. The bag has a very sleek modern profile and has plenty of space for basic accessories for your laptop – charger, cables, thumb drives, etc. There is even a hidden tablet pocket beneath the flap closure that allows you to access your tablet without opening the main compartment.
There are a several features I really like about the Brigade Messenger Bag. The first is that the cotton is treated for water resistance. This actually came in quite handy today. I got caught in a horrible downpour as I was walking into work. I made sure that my laptop was secured inside the Brigade Messenger Bag and started my trek through the parking lot full of puddles. I was drenched from my knees down and was dripping water from my head and shoulders by the time I made it inside my office. When I set the messenger bag down, there was some residual dampness, but the insides were bone dry. My computer was safe, dry, and ready for work. I on the other hand, had to sit behind a heater for a few hours to dry off.
The second feature that I really love on the Brigade Messenger Bag is the reinforced shoulder strap. I am constantly battling falling shoulder straps so, I really appreciate it when a bag doesn’t fall off my arm. The nice, wide, military-style should strap on this messenger bag has been exceptional in performance and has been steady on my shoulder – not falling once.
Finally, perhaps my favorite feature is the Brigade’s compact nature. Because it’s made for a 13″ laptop, it’s naturally a smaller framed bag and it’s been made so that you can fit an ample amount of accessories and devices in the bag with the laptop, but not overpack it. That is something I’m completely guilty of and always seem to find myself with a super heavy bag because of this habit. Fortunately, the Brigade Messenger Bag doesn’t afford you that luxury. You can only pack what you absolutely need.
The Brigade Messenger Bag is a wonderful option for 13″ laptops and their accessories. It’s stylish, very functional, and well-made with premium materials.
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