Mountainsmith Hoist Messenger Bag
Our large messenger bag offers versatile access and organization options for a multitude of weekday adventures when shuttling laptops, office gear, and media gadgets.
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Well made with stout materials +3
Two side mesh pockets big enough for a 750mL bottle +2
External access to laptop compartment. +3
Top zip pocket on the flap for glasses. +2
The bottom of the bag is flat and perpendicular to the sides so that it stands solidly without tipping over. +2
Great deal (right now). +2
Shoulder strap attached low on the sides of the bag to allow the cover flap to remain in place (preventing water ingress) +2
Zippered pocket on the shoulder strap. +1
Truly excellent organizer panel with more options than most. +1
Wallet pocket (at least that is what I would use it for). +0.5
Comfortable handle that I would be able to use without hand fatigue. +0.5
The shoulder strap cushion is thin and short. -1
There is no open file pocket on the back of the bag for easy access to document or stashing mail. -2
Velcro holds down the flap and, while handy for quickly securing the flap, it does not make up for the loud tearing sound every time you open the bag in a quiet room. -2
No strap or buckle to secure the laptop inside the laptop compartment. -1
No pass through on back panel that would allow you to carry this bag on the handle of your rolling luggage. -1
No separate tablet sleeve in the padded laptop compartment. This is the year 2015 folks! -0.5
The cell phone pocket is only large enough for an iPhone 5s or smaller. There are other places where you could put your phone, however. -0.5
Nice but not necessary:
Removable stabilizer strap on back.
With pros = 19 points, cons = -8.0; The Mountainsmith Hoist earns an 11.0.
Anyway, this bag is a GREAT replacement, and is surprisingly inexpensive. Plenty big for my laptop and all the other junk that I lug around, feels very sturdy, strap is comfortable.
First, that picture is confusing because the bag looks big. The bag, in my impression, was much smaller. It was also not comfortable to wear when I tried it on.
Second, the feel of the material - as mentioned above - is polyester. On a good note, it is very lightweight. However, it didn't feel like it was as durable as the ballistic nylon bags that Mountainsmith also makes.
Perhaps part of the disappointment is because this bag could have been so much better! If it were a little bigger (like the picture of the guy on the bike), it is were made of ballistic nylon, if it was easier to access the pockets on the exterior, and with a few other tweaks it could be the perfect messenger / commuter briefcase bag. Hopefully they will innovate and improve the bag and it will become better and become a perfect bag!!!
Thanks for reading my review!