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MESSENGER Bag
$99.00

Availability: Ships same/next day

It's a lightweight and versatile, medium size tactical bag for Military and Law Enforcement operator. Heavy duty MOLLE messenger bag for your laptop, tablet, iPad, etc. or just a solid base for your bug out bag (BoB).

BLACK OLIVE GREEN PL WOODLAND COYOTE BROWN MULTICAM® SHADOW GREY PENCOTT GREENZONE™ PENCOTT BADLANDS™ PENCOTT SNOWDRIFT™ RANGER GREEN KRYPTEK MANDRAKE™ KRYPTEK HIGHLANDER™

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TACTICAL MESSENGER BAG FOR DEMANDING USERS

It’s a lightweight and versatile tactical messenger bag designed for Military and Law Enforcement operators. This bags wide camo and solid color selection makes it a great choice for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. You can also get it in snow camo - PenCott SnowDrift™ - for winter activities. The camo/color selections with the low profile look and feel makes it a perfect Everyday Carry (EDC) bag. If you’re looking for a heavy duty MOLLE messenger bag for your laptop, tablet, iPad, etc. or just a solid base for your bug out bag (BoB) – Messenger Bag® made by Direct Action® is the best value for your money.

Equipped with a set of capacious pockets, D.A. Messenger Bag® allows the user easy customization and personalization. Main compartment is lined with Velcro loops which allow adding some extra equipment, like holsters or magazine pouches. Padded sleeve inside main compartment keeps your laptop, tablet or other electronic devices fully protected. Bag is secured with a large flap, alternatively fastened with buckles or Velcro. On the inner side of the flap, there is a clear vinyl pocket and on the outside - a flat zippered compartment. Fully adjustable shoulder strap comes with non-slip pad. Bottom of this messenger bag is reinforced with non-slip material, plus there is an elastic cord if you decide to carry some clothing on the outside of the bag. the body side has a flat, zippered pocket that can stow detachable shoulder and waist straps if you decide to carry your bag by its carrying handle alone. Made of durable 500D Cordura® nylon fabric with water resistant coating. D.A. Messenger Bag® features laser-cut modular system compatible with MOLLE/PALS. Laser-cut does not absorb water like traditional MOLLE/PALS webbing.

If you are interested in a smaller messenger bag we have one available. Check out our Small Messenger Bag®.

Features:

  • 100% 500D Cordura fabric with water resistant coating for durablility
  • Lightweight, durable, non-moisture absorbing laser-cut MOLLE/PALS system
  • Heavy duty YKK® zippers
  • Velcro – fastened full flap with side release buckles for weather and elements protection
  • Main compartment lined with Velcro loops for individual customization
  • Padded sleeve adapted for secured carrying 13’’ laptop or tablet
  • Large zipped pocket with transparent window for maps and documents on the reverse of the flap
  • Two external pockets with organizers under the flap
  • Two external side pockets
  • Zipped rear pocket
  • Adjustable shoulder strap with non-slip pad (120 cm / 47 in long , 5 cm / 2 in wide)
  • Detachable waist strap which secure bag during motion (2.5 cm / 1 in wide)
  • Drag handle
  • Velcro ID panel (15.8 x 10.1 cm / 6.25 x 4 in)
  • Anti-slip fabric on the bottom
  • Made of 500D Cordura® fabric
  • All clips and buckles are made by Duraflex®/WooJin
  • Heavy duty YKK® zippers
  • PenCott™, Kryptek™ and Multicam® camouflages are NIR treated

*Please note that you are purchasing only the bag. Contents shown in the pictures are for illustration purposes only and are not included with your purchase.

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Raw Material 100% Cordura® 500D, DWR coated
Weight [lb] 2.94
Weight [g] 1362
Capacity [cu in] 610
Capacity [L] 10
Dimensions (main compartment) [in] 13.7 x 10 x 5
Dimensions [cm] 35 x 26 x 13
Country of Manufacture Vietnam
Reviews
Perfect Sized EDC Messenger Bag Review by Rory W / (Posted on 12/13/2017)
I'm very inpressed with my D. A. Messenger Bag. The design and layout of the pockets and organizers are really well thought out. It holds my 12" tablet perfectly. The biggest plus about this bag is the overall size. It is not too big and not too small. It's ideally sized for every day carry items. I work for a major mining oem, and have received nothing but positive compliments and intrest inquiries about the bag. My only selfish request would be for a larger hook and loop surface area on the front flap, so I could place more morale patches. I have a great collection of ridiculous morale patches.
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New Every day carry bag Review by Marcus M / (Posted on 11/30/2017)
Mission: I had been using a competitors product for my every day carry items, but it was too "round" shaped, like a soccer ball, and when carried tended to protrude outward from the body too much, and tended to roll around when set down, especially in a vehicle. I was looking for a bag that was more streamlined, and didn't scream "I am a tactical bag". The Direct Action messenger bag (coyote tan) fills that bill nicely. I had tried a similar bag from another maker, but wasn't happy with the capacity, about the same size (cubic inches) but far too many pockets in the main compartment that ate up internal space.
Durability: the material is high quality and the stitching is clean, no loose of frayed ends. the laser cut PALS type panels add utility without adding bulk and maintain a low profile, less overt appearance. I've carried the bag every day in the couple weeks since I've had it and it and I don't foresee any problems with workmanship or materials.
Features: Attention to detail is key, and this bag has little detail items that really stand out. Putting heat shrink tubing on the zipper pulls is inspired, it makes them easier to grab and more durable. Having a "key keeper" in each of the external pockets is a good design feature that other bags done have. The folded ends of the top flip where it covers the access to the main compartment prevents rain from getting in and shows that the bag is well thought out. The internal see through compartment for maps, or just to make it easier to see whats inside is also a great touch.
Recommended Improvements: The water bottle carrier is great for a coffee cup, but is too small for a standard 1L nalgene or similar bottle when the bag is packed (its TIGHT, tough to put in or remove). Either make that pocket a little larger, perhaps with an elastic compression cord with a cord-lock, or better yet have a PALS panel on that end of the bag to attach something like a Hydro utility pouch. The pad on the shoulder strap adds padding, but tends to slip off the shoulder. Other makers are using a panel of high traction rubberized textile that helps with this issue. I plan to put some strips of "shoe goo" on mine to keep it from slipping The PALS on the internal pockets could be eliminated. While it doesn't add much bulk or weight, its pretty unlikely that if the pockets are filled you would be able to get the bag to close over even a small utility pocket. Pals webbing does make a great place to stuff trauma shears (Army medic, 33 years experience, I always carry a pair) or a pen, but apart from that its just not going to be used as intended. Make the velcro patches on the bottom of the covered pockets larger to aid in grabbing the top flap if you have the bag packed
Apart from those small concerns, its a great bag. Price is competitive with peer products from other makers and I believe this is a better value because of features and quality. after over 30 years in the Army I've had a few bags, I anticipate this one will last for many years to come. My battalion S4 NCO is even looking into a bulk purchase for "Impact awards".

Regards,
MSG M2



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INCREDIBLE BAG Review by Mike L / (Posted on 11/28/2017)
Bag is incredible EXCEPT for the water bottle side pocket. Stop making water bottle pockets! They are useless. I would love to have seen two zip pockets on this bag for more storage.
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Outstanding product quality materials with flawless consturction.a Review by Bobby T / (Posted on 11/21/2017)
As noted by many reviews the water bottle pocket is too small.
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Outstanding product quality materials with flawless consturction. Review by Bobby T / (Posted on 11/21/2017)
The only issue as noted by many reviews the water bottle pocket is to small. It should be made large enough to hold a one liter water bottle like a Nalgene or replaced with a pocket similar to the one on the other end of the bag.
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Perfect Bag Review by KillThyK / (Posted on 11/19/2017)
Absolutely love this bag. Would be perfect if it had another zippered pocket on side instead of a worthless bottle carrier.
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Best bag in this category I've seen or owned Review by Michael E / (Posted on 10/29/2017)
I like the back so much I'm looking at picking up another pack like the dragon egg or the mustang belt for work (fire dept). I've already recommended direct action gear to a few others. Thanks for the bag and 5% off.
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Mom Was Very Pleased ! Review by Alan J H / (Posted on 9/5/2017)
I Bought The Messenger Bag For My Mom As A Purse , The Quality Was Out Standing .
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Mom Was Very Pleased ! Review by Alan J H / (Posted on 9/5/2017)
I Bought The Messenger Bag For My Mom As A Purse , The Quality Was Out Standing .
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Gough bag stands up to nuclear sub work Review by Jeffrey V / (Posted on 8/11/2017)
I work outdoors at a shipyard building nuclear subs for the US Navy. My gear needs to be rugged, tough and practical and your messenger bag really delivers the goods. Both Navy sailors and civilian contractors alike ask me where I got such a bada** bag and I'm pleased to direct them to Direct Action.
Keep up the good work and remember: your gear excels not only on the front lines but in the support and production fields back home as well. Outstanding!
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Good Product. Well thought out. Review by J Russell C / (Posted on 8/1/2017)
It's perfect for my laptop and what I need for work. I wish I could have gotten the color I wanted and didn't have to settle for second place. Time will tell how it holds up.
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Very high quality bag I ever had. Review by Jambon H / (Posted on 7/21/2017)
Very high quality backpack I ever had.
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Very useful Review by HYUNG D / (Posted on 5/27/2017)
Very useful
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Once you buy one, you'll be a fan for life! Review by Frank G / (Posted on 5/19/2017)
My GF buys purses & shoes, I buy backpacks and bags. I'm a fan of Maxpedition but when I saw the messenger bag with it smoother profile I thought I'd try it. I liked the reviews & knew I wouldn't be disappointed. I didn't think it would surpass my expectations so much! Incredibly durable, thoughtfully designed to maximize all spaces and wrapped in a smooth 500 Cordura nylon with low profile laser cut loops. And a big patch of Velcro for personalized morale patches! It's a just right bag in size, shape & style. Going tactical or vacation. You won't look like "Rambo" unless you want to. Many colors to choose from. For the quality & price, I'll go with Direct Action over my beloved Maxpedition anytime (Sorry, Max!).
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Worth more than what you pay Review by Chayanne O / (Posted on 5/10/2017)
I haven't had the messenger bag for very long so I cant really give a full review but i own lots of nylon gear ( bags, chest riggs, ect) from big name brands and i have to say i was Really impressed with everything about the bag , the stiching, materials used all the options you have to set it up for you and the placement of the pockets. But again I haven't had it for very long so i cant say it's durable or anything along those lines.
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Great Review by Yermek Z / (Posted on 5/4/2017)
Great quality.
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Great Bag! Review by Caseu B / (Posted on 4/27/2017)
I have been searching for a medium messenger bag for some time. After lots of research I finally decided on DA messenger. It has exceeded my expectations in quality and functionality. Definitely will be getting more from DA.
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Worth Every Penny Review by Michael K / (Posted on 4/12/2017)
It's difficult to find a negative about this bag. If I had to pick one thing I do not like, it would be that it does not fit a laptop with a 15.6" screen. Other than that, the bag is amazing. It is well built with quality materials. You can just feel that it well made. The organization is on point and well located. For its size, you can fit quite a bit in it. Finally, it just looks clean. there isn't a bunch of junk hanging off of it which makes it ideal for many different users.
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Great Bag Review by Rino / (Posted on 3/10/2017)
Nothing negative to report; great EDC/laptop bag. Wish they would make a larger one for 15" laptops.
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Awesome Bag Review by Keefe U / (Posted on 2/7/2017)
I love it- Its just too small for me though.
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Very nice bag my son was pleased Review by Alyssa G / (Posted on 12/31/2016)
It was good Quality and it got here early
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Great Quality Review by Allen / (Posted on 12/29/2016)
Great product, very well made, this is my second purchase from Direct Action I will definitely be purchasing again.
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Love the bag Review by Daniel h / (Posted on 12/20/2016)
Amazing materials and quality. Best value on the market!
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Great bag! Review by Tony B / (Posted on 12/13/2016)
Bag is great quality for an even better price!
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Excellent bag Review by Thomas G / (Posted on 11/29/2016)
Perfect for my laptop and edc gear
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Messenger Bag Review by Timothy C / (Posted on 11/26/2016)
As I received a 20% discount on the item in honor of Veterans Day I couldn't help but purchase this item. As both a Veteran of the Military and still in LE I'd come across your product through a friend who had one in Grey about 4-5 months back and waited for the price to be what I got it for as I was impressed with the quality and durability when I checked his bag out. Very satisfied with mine....
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Daily laptop bag / Extension of my EDC Review by Michael O / (Posted on 11/14/2016)
This is the sturdiest, most impressively built bag that I own. I chose the grey version as I use this daily for a laptop bag going to and from the office on a daily basis. I wanted a bag that could easily blend in to corporate America, but one that also had the ability to organize, configure, and have space for the extension of my EDC items. This bag fits a Fatty Maxpedition organizer in the front pocket and a skinny pocket organizer (I use Maxpedition for this as well) for the side pocket which is where I keep my first-aid kit. The laser-cut MOLLE/ PALS webbing slots are extremely durable. I have a flashlight holster and 2 caribiners woven through. With the messenger flap covering the contents through that webbing, it still easily passes for a normal laptop bag. I am very impressed with this bag and I am better prepared by having it with me.
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Absolutely the best constructed bag I own Review by Michael O / (Posted on 11/14/2016)
I wanted a bag that I could use for professional use, to and from the office, with the modular capabilities to serve as a rugged and spacious extension of my EDC. With the added pockets big enough to fit a Maxpedition Fatty, I have constructed a professional messenger bag that could easily work as a get home bag as well. I chose the grey version to look less tactical than the camo which looks great without sacrificing any of the tactical features. I couldn't be more excited to carry this bag.
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Good, but... Review by Tim I / (Posted on 11/13/2016)
The quality is exceptional! I wish the bag was just an inch wider. I carry in it a 13.5 MacBook Pro with a safety skin on it, maybe a 1/4" addition to the overall computer, and it is just to tight in the laptop pocket. I read ALOT of other reviews that say the same thing. Other than that, the bag is perfect! Really, perfect!
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Excelent Bag, very well made Review by Nathan C / (Posted on 10/23/2016)
As a college student I've definitely enjoyed using this bag. It's able to fit all my school needs for books and supplies, and I'm also able to have a trauma kit in the front zip pocket that opens all the way.
The only thing that I'd change is make the water bottle pocket a bit bigger as it won't fit a nalgene or anything close to it's size.
But I carry around a water bottle that fits well and have no real issues.

It's a great bag!
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Fantastic product with room for slight improvements Review by eiresurg / (Posted on 10/21/2016)
I've had this bag for a week now. It is my everyday bag for work. My overall impression is very positive, but there is some minor room for improvement.

Materials:
No corners were cut. Only quality materials were used in the construction of this bag. Heavy-duty Cordura nylon. Appropriately sized zippers. 2" wide shoulder strap with large Duraflex buckles on EACH end. Rubberized bottom which appears will hold up well over time. Lots of hook and loop throughout.

Fit and Finish:
Very well constructed. All cut edges are trimmed with additional Cordura piping. There is double stitching around the zippers. No loose threads. All of the panels are double and triple layers of materials. The only panel that is a single layer of material is the one external side-pocket where it is completely appropriate. The laser cut Molle is clean.

Size: This is a small briefcase (or, very small messenger bag).

The Molle panels:
It's worth describing how these are constructed to alleviate any concerns. Anywhere you see this Molle there are three layers. The first two layers are fused together. The outer 1st layer is Cordura nylon which is fused to a 2nd layer of a thicker rubberized backing. The Molle pattern is laser-cut through these two layers. The 3rd layer is another layer of Cordura. It is not sewn or fused to the first two layers. There is a row of stitching along the top edge and bottom edge of each laser-cut hole to further reinforce the fused layers and the laser-cut holes. I think the chance that the Molle holes would tear or fray is pretty slim with regular use.

Compartments:
The main compartment is divided into two sections: one smaller compartment secured at the top with a 1.5" Velcro nylon strap and a larger section that is just open. My 17" MacBook Pro does not fit in the smaller compartment, but easily fits in the larger main compartment. A 15" or 13" laptop will fit easily in the smaller compartment. The smaller compartment is lined with a thin quilted fleece and is padded on all sides except the top. The larger area of the main compartment is completely lined with the loop side of Velcro! Very nice feature. It not only provides a little extra padding for the contents, but it permits endless options for adding interior elements.

One side compartment is a simple pocket meant for water bottles or coffee mugs. It holds my 16 oz Thermos snug. There is a 3/4" nylon strap with hook fabric on each end that allows you to secure the compartment shut for smaller mugs or other items you may wish to put in here. It is not long enough to reach over a 16 oz mug or bottle. I wish this pocket had a pull tab on the outside so you could hold it up open for inserting tight-fitting containers. I'm not sure a 1L Nalgene bottle would actually fit in here and if it does it would be a little tricky (i.e. frustrating) to get in.

The other side compartment is about 4"x6"x1". It has double zippers extending 2/3rds of the way down each side. It's good for a cellphone or other small miscellaneous stuff that you want to access more readily. The front panel of this compartment is three layers with Molle as described above. It has a nylon mesh pocket on the inside of the front flap with an elastic edge. The back panel of this compartment has a nylon fabric pocket also with an elastic edge. There is a 3/8" nylon webbing that is stitched to the back panel with a plastic hook on the end to secure keys or other similar items. In total, this bag actually has three of these keychain tethers.

There are two front compartments that are roughly 5"x8"x2" each with double zippers like the one side compartment. The one on the left unzips about half of the way down. The one on the right unzips all the way down. Both of these compartments have the triple layering with Molle as described above making up their front panel. Also, they both have a 2" band of Velcro loop that runs along the outside of the front panel. The left compartment has a nylon mesh pocket edged with Cordura that lines the outside panel. The back panel is lined with a large nylon fabric pocket. Overlying this is a smaller credit-card-sized nylon pocket on the left with 3 adjacent pencil pockets. There is a keychain hook stitched to the back panel. The front compartment on the right has Velcro loop lining the front panel and a nylon mesh pocket with an elastic edge lining the back panel. The front panel is tethered to the back panel by paracord creating a drawbridge-like effect that controls how far the front panel will hinge open. This is useful if you have something heavy secured to the front panel. Again, there is a keychain hook stitched to the back panel

There is a large flap that gives it the "messenger bag" designation. This flap is stitched to the back of the bag and covers the main central compartment as well as the two front compartments. The flap itself has two compartments or pockets of it's own On the inside of this flap there is a 4" wide strip of Velcro that runs the full width of the flap. This secures the flap to the two front compartments described above. There is also a roughly 12"x8" zippered pocket with a translucent panel. It's basically a big zippered window pocket. The outside of the flap is again the three layer Molle system. There are two 1" Duraflex buckles to help secure the flap down in addition to the Velcro. The entire outside is a zippered pocket which essentially mirrors that zippered window pocket on the inside of the flap that I described above. With the flap in place there is a handle for carrying the bag. It is made up of one layer of 2" nylon webbing with another layer of 1" nylon webbing. It's very sturdy and comfortable to carry. There are 1" Duraflex D-rings on either side of the handle as additional attachment points for the waist strap depending on how you want to use it, if at all. The back of the bag has one last zippered pocket with one layer of Cordura that makes up the outside panel. This pocket is the full dimensions of the back of the bag. It easily accommodates an iPad. There are 1" Duraflex D-rings at each end of the zipper for securing the waist band.

Comfort:
There is a 2" nylon web strap with 2" Duraflex buckles at each end. One end of the strap has a male component of the buckle the other end has a female component. So, the strap only goes on one way. It is adjustable in length. There is a rubberized Velcro sleeve that serves as a shoulder pad. It is excellent. The handle is very comfortable for carrying as mentioned. There is a 1" nylon web that is adjustable with Duraflex hooks on each end. It is a waist band that attaches to the various D-rings described above for additional security when carrying the bag cross-body in typical "messenger" style.

Summary:
This is a very well made, almost over-engineered, bag suitable as a daily carry for the office commuter or student. It is smaller than some, but sufficient in size for the minimalist. Despite the Molle attachments, it does not scream "TACTICAL", yet you still get that same durability and quality found in many tactical products.

Areas for improvement:
--I wish it was slightly bigger.
--I love the side pocket for a mug/Nalgene bottle, but I think it could be slightly deeper or wider or both. And, adding a pull tab to the outside lip of the pocket would assist with getting stuff into it.
--As a "tactical" product, I'm disappointed there isn't an easy access pocket for CCW!! The zippered back panel pocket or the outside pocket on the "messenger" flap are large enough for a full-sized semi-auto, but not easy to access in a pinch. Honestly, I'm not a huge fan of the messenger style bags in general because they are cumbersome to access the internal compartments. The main compartment of this bag is completely lined with Velcro loop which would be good for mounting a holster to, but accessing this quickly is not possible with a messenger style bag.
--I would get rid of the Velcro that secures the "messenger" flap. There are already buckles. The Velcro is super noisy and cannot be separated with one hand.
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perfect! Review by Patrick D / (Posted on 10/17/2016)
This bag is perfect! It is built strong and well made. Very useful to carry books, iPad and other things.
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Excellent. I like it very much. Review by Da S / (Posted on 9/30/2016)
good for daily use.
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Best selection for kidney failure tote bag. Review by Doug W / (Posted on 9/24/2016)
I bought the Messenger Bag to hold effects that I need as I go to dialysis. I needed a bag that could hold the items I needed to get me through 4 hours of dialysis. I needed a bag that had compartments to hold a small neck pillow, a small blanket, a tablet, snacks, charging cords for devices, my Artic thermos, games...etc. I like to be organized and compartmentalized, so I know where everything is located. I wish you provided a larger one than this one. I've read other reviews and have seen the same request. I've been able to utilize what space is offered, but I'm thinking about purchasing an additional pouch to attach to the bag. I like the color choice. I have inspected the quality of craftsmanship that was put into the bag and I'm highly pleased. This is a great product that will serve me well. Just wish it was a little bigger.
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EXCELLENT! Review by Anthony G / (Posted on 9/12/2016)
The best messenger bag I have ever owned. The quality is fantastic.
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Excellent piece of gear. Review by Robert D / (Posted on 8/31/2016)
It is just the right size and the quality and workmanship are first rate.
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2016 State of the Art Messenger Bag Review by PruMan / (Posted on 8/19/2016)
Normally, I don't do reviews but this bag is so exceptional, I felt I could pass on something, someone might find valuable. I have two of these bags (Brown, Mandrake) and cannot find a single thing to complain about and I have an uber-critical eye. The size of the bag is a tad smaller than most in the tactical nylon arena, but since I've gone to traveling with my iPad Pro these days, it's PERFECT.

Attention to the details (notice: plural!) abounds. My gold standard on how well a bag is made is how much time I spend with a lighter, singing the loose strings that weren't trimmed at the factory. None on DAG bags; literally NONE. Their attention to detail is the best in the luggage industry as far as I'm concerned.

The MOLLE/PALS proprietary laminated system they use tones the 'tactical' scream most bags in this category have, a welcome addition that is ages overdue. Layout is thoughtful, perhaps the only single improvement I'd offer is to somehow make the flap detachable (perhaps a long row of velcro?) so you could carry the bag 'non-messenger' style.

One of the few manufacturers I've seen that offer the camo choices they do, plus the 500 denier Cordura is another welcome addition; you wouldn't believe how much better the bag feels next to your body in an airport plus the lowered weight. Hard to believe a simple reduction in thread count could make it that much better but it did.

I have 5.11 bags, Kifaru, Maxpedition, EMDOM, pretty much any manufacturer you could name and I travel a LOT. One thing I disdain is the casual user, tacticool junkie that uses their bag for simple commutes, applies morale patches and thugs the bag up with every conceivable pouch and then the bag is .0001 % used. Mine are in airports every week, in the field including a LOT of desert work, loaded to their limits, thrown in the back of makeshift trucks, had forklifts of gear dropped on them. They are USED, so it's no stretch to say these bags aren't only designed well, they're made well.

Without hesitation, these are the best messenger style bags make in 2016 at ANY price point and DAG supports their customer base as good as anyone in the business.
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Best Messenger Bag on the Market Review by PruMan / (Posted on 8/18/2016)
As to tactical nylon, I'm what many would deem a serious user of it. Not for 'tacticool' for actual requirements needed on missions. And I travel a LOT, so there aren't many bags, of all types, I haven't purchased an put through the wringer. Briggs & Riley, Tumi, Maxpedition, 5.11, EMDOM, Kifaru, from cheap to expensive, civilian to full on tactical, I've used them and had them bashed on conveyor belts, dropped in deserts, sat on or loaded gear on by itinerant fork lift operators, the full Monty. That said, no one in the industry approaches the quality of DAG...I sum it up by how much time I spend with a lighter, singing other brand's loose threads and incomplete stitch 'hangers'. DAG gear (I've got two Messenger Bags) had NONE. Not one thread, loose. Their quality control is phenomenal. Their take on Molle/PALS, with their laminate laser cut is industry unique. The attention to the layout of pockets could ONLY be done by someone in the field, not a 'tacticool' fat boy behind a desk whose only concern is morale patches. On one side, they're influencing designs of other bag makers; on the other, they'll put some out of business, their product is that good! I'm buying probably three more and squirreling them away for use later. Best bag on the market, no matter the cost, in my humble opinion.
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There is nothing better Review by Mike S / (Posted on 8/17/2016)
I have been a backpack guy forever and got this my first messenger bag and i love it. There is nothing better for riding the subways of NYC during rush hour! and having your EDC at hand!
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Hits every mark dead on. Review by Michael G / (Posted on 7/13/2016)
I received my messenger bag in just over 3 business days. The quick shipping and professional packaging was the first good impression that Direct Action made with me. Upon opening the box I found an envelope with a card thanking me for my purchase as well as a code to be used for a reward on my next purchase.
The bag itself was packaged in a Direct Action logo tote, perfect for trips to the grocery store. The messenger bag is of the highest quality. I found no flaws in it's heavy duty construction. The zippers and hardware are all rugged and the stitching is top notch.
I've been using this bag every day for about a month now and I couldn't be happier with it's performance and aesthetic. My opinion to anyone looking for a well made, attractive, and feature rich messenger bag: Your search ends here.
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RUGGED Review by Jeffrey H / (Posted on 7/2/2016)
Very nice product. Well made and heavy fabric. This will be my new go to bag for everyday use.
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Great bag Review by Robyn C / (Posted on 6/23/2016)
Beautiful bag well made and looks good too not to military looking as I am not in the service any one can use this bag I got one for my son after i got mine
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Best messenger bag I ever had Review by Amanjot S / (Posted on 6/22/2016)
Best material used to make
Appropriate space for edc
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Love this bag. Review by Claude C / (Posted on 6/15/2016)
I did a lot of research on Youtube for different brands of messenger bags. I liked the look and size of this bag. When if finally arrive I was not disappointed, it is has a great fit and finish. I've been using it for several weeks and like and turned to love for this messenger bag. Next on my list will be a Direct Action backpack to replace my old Army ruck sack.
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By FAR the absolute BEST laptop bag I have ever owned! Review by Mike A / (Posted on 5/31/2016)
I have tried using bags from the other big name guys and this bag blows them all out of the water! The workmanship and REAL 5100 Cordura fabric are absolutely fantastic, Fits my 13" Macbook Pro Retnia that I use for work and my EDC without becoming to heavy, The pockets are well thought out and implemented with ease of use to an actual person in mind. The price point is crazy though, I would have expected to pay more for the bag than I did. Do yourself a favor and buy this bag NOW!!!!
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Perfect product Review by Joseph V / (Posted on 5/30/2016)
This is my first bag from Direct Action. I purchased The Messenger as an every-day-carry bag, and am completely happy with Direct Action. I have watched countless YouTube reviews that feature all the major bag makers, and after my purchase I am constantly comparing them to what you-all have to offer. Not one company comes close to the quality that you guys have. My next purchase is the Ghost Pack, but I have to wait for the color black or ranger green.
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Tactical Laptop bag Review by Sylvia H / (Posted on 5/25/2016)
Bought this for my brother who is always on the lookout for a bag he can grab on the go. He has duty bags and other tactical bags, but this one is perfect for his computer and paperwork. It's built tough, so it's worth paying a bit more than the other cheaper versions that will bust and be trashed in a few months.
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Great Bag Review by William M / (Posted on 5/13/2016)
I am the kind of person that will research a product for months before purchasing it. Your product was no exception. so far I am very happy. I am rough on my equipment and your messenger bag handles it without a problem. Zipper pulls are great when wearing gloves and The molle straps let me add pouches. I think this bag will last me many hard years.
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5 Stars quality Review by Hung P / (Posted on 5/8/2016)
waiting Your new products
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Great piece of gear, I would recommend to others, but with minor changes. Review by Jason M / (Posted on 5/4/2016)
I am impressed by the quality of this piece of gear, I like how slim of a profile it has, it's not a huge bag for a laptop. I would definitely recommend the following changes:
1. Make the laptop pocket capable of accepting a CF-31 size laptop. I would think that most of the people who would buy this bag, in camo, would probably want to stick a fully rugged laptop in there. The current size is only barely too small...
2. Since the top flap is great for slimming the profile of the bag, and adding that piece of fuzzy velcro is perfect for adding a name tape and a unit patch, but it's not enough room for the service tape, plus name tape, plus unit patch. Name and unit patch definitely helps, but adding the service branch tape can be key for helping identify an owner faster and better.
3. I can fit my laptop, (fully rugged, yep it's thick), but when adding my standard power cable adapter, plus vehicle power cable adapter), and finally my surge protector, the profile really pushes out and the top flag no longer snugs down to a nice tidy messenger bag like shown in the product picture, it instead reveals the velcro patches below.

In short, I wish it was a little bigger, but it works well, and other people will want to buy it, until they open it up and see how everything fits, where it's just a little small in each pocket, and the laptop sleeve, but adding a couple inches in height of the pockets, a couple inches in the available space for the laptop sleeve, and adding a little more fuzzy velcro space available for 2 name tapes plus unit patch, and this bag is totally good to go.

For my purposes, this works, and it seems well constructed.

I hope I was able to offer good and valuable constructive criticism. I will recommend you guys as a company to others.
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Many bags, only one choice Review by Jesus L / (Posted on 4/27/2016)
I've used my Direct Action Messenger now for two weeks. I am extremely satisfied with its design which directly supports my lifestyle/usage.

The Messenger is able to accept the four Thyrm Cell Vaults I have by way of the MOLLE stitched into the two pockets underneath the main flap. The internal pockets and sleeves provide sufficient storage so I can place items in the bag and not have to search through the entire bag to locate/retrieve them. The loop backing on the exterior of the main flap allows me to change up the look by applying different morale patches. Further, the Messenger is large enough to hold my CRKT Chogan tomahawk inside so I always have it handy.

The overall quality of the Direct Action Messenger is excellent in terms of materials, fit, and finish. I look forward to many an adventure with my Messenger at my side. Thank you for an excellent product.
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Love it Review by Marc R / (Posted on 4/26/2016)
I just wanted to provide my input after owning the bag for longer than a day. It's been almost 6 months now. Being that the star options are only quality, price, and value, I can't give it less than 5 stars. If there were another category for an overall rating, I would have to give it 4 stars. Here's why.
I suppose your intentions for this bag will either make it great or make it not work for you, but for me, I just haven't been able to use it. My Macbook Pro is 15 inch, and it doesn't fit in the laptop compartment. It fits in the main compartment, which is cool, but it s too wide so even though it fits, it starts to push out on the side pockets. Speaking of the side pockets, they aren't big enough. The water bottle pouch wont fit my 27 oz klean canteen, which is a pretty average sized water bottle. That's with nothing in the bag too, so if you throw a bigger laptop in here then forget about it. On the opposite side you have a zip up pouch, but it only opens halfway. I don't have giant hands, but I can't really reach into the pocket so its hard to get things in and out of there.
So, overall, the bag is just too small for me. Not only for a laptop, but for other stuff as well. My iPad pro fits in here fine, but even then, the other compartments don't hold enough so I find myself using a backpack instead. With one pouch holding charging cables, another pouch holding a mouse, CAC reader, etc, the bag is already almost full. If only the bag were just a little bigger.
In addition, as another reviewer pointed out, the carry handle at the top of the bag should be changed to go from side to side, as in its current configuration, if the bag isn't closed, you lose functionality of the handle. To close you need to snap the connectors in or hope the velcro holds.
My last "gripe" would be the waist belt. It isn't designed in a way for quick easy adjustment and connecting/disconnecting. If it were made in a way to pull tight/loosen on the go and clip on/off with one hand, I would love it. In its current state, its hard to get it tight and once you do, its hard to loosen and/or disconnect one end.
Otherwise, the quality is remarkable. This bag will likely last a lifetime, and then some. It looks sharp and will no doubt perform well for anyone. The pad on the carry strap has this great rubber coating, which is a nice feature. The zippers are strong and the track is inverted to keep the elements out, and the rubber around the pull strings on the zippers is a nice touch. It came in this nice, neat little bag inside the shipping box, which I thought was a nice touch.
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Excellent Computer Bag Review by Zachary P / (Posted on 4/23/2016)
There should be more padding in both the computer compartment and the main compartment as this is the largest size available and anyone with a 15" computer uses the main compartment for their most important item. The large front pocket or the large map pocket that make up the two storage areas in the flap cover should be looser. One of the two is what a common user will select to keep their charger and mouse and the tightness of the pockets make that a little difficult. The zippered section next to the body is the ideal place for concealed carry, i myself keep a tactical three section collapsing baton in that pocket. Because of this prime pocket location, this pocket is also far to tight and should also be lined with Velcro as that is where everyone will want to attach a handgun and extra magazines. All three zippered pockets should unzip fully. The water bottle slot should be rebuilt to accommodate something larger. The waist strap clips are too tight and being plastic are the most likely item to break. All that being put aside and written as honest feedback, I will use this forever, it is perfect and exactly what I wanted, those adjustments would be improvements to better suit me personally and perhaps better compete with every other bag on the market, which this bag already likely ranks in the top 5. Thank You Direct Action
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Great Messenger bag! Review by Mac / (Posted on 4/22/2016)
This is awesome! I carry my laptop for military purposes as well as the many other purposes I have to carry a laptop, and this is an awesome, well-made piece of gear!
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I would recomend your merchandise to anyone Review by shivanand b / (Posted on 4/14/2016)
top notch quality.
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Quality is outstanding, Design could be more concealed carry friendly Review by Greg D / (Posted on 4/13/2016)
Well I've only had the bag for about 30-minutes and I just transferred my stuff from my Vertx messenger bag into this new messenger bag. My thoughts while transferring my stuff over was there is no way all this stuff is going to fit but it did for the most part. Like all the other reviewers there is no doubt that the bag is well made and the price and value are great. I do have some design suggestions.

- There needs to be a small admin pouch/zipper on the front for the things that I use the most without having to dig so deep with the existing layout.

- I carry a 9mm M&P Shield in my Vertx bag and it has it's own compartment with a velcro lining that I use a maxpedition holster that sticks to the side. This works very well because it's not sharing a compartment with other items. With this bag I have to store my pistol in the same compartment as the laptop and this will be visible to anyone that is looking... I wish this bag would have used the compartment on the back of the bag as a concealed compartment for this purpose.

Other thoughts:

This bag's quality is a little better than my vertx bag.
With just a few design modifications this bag could be the best bag I have ever used
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Amazing product Review by Jacob V / (Posted on 3/16/2016)
This is my first purchase from Direct action and I wasn't disappointed. I think the price was a little steep but it's a reliable bag and it has so many uses. I also appreciate the thought that goes into it with the card that was cool but over all the bag has done very well so far and I have put it to use so thanks.
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Call me crazy Review by Joe W / (Posted on 3/12/2016)
The Messenger Bag is now my 7th Direct Action product purchased since they hit the US market. For years I have been cycling through more competitive tactical packs, bags, & pouches than a rational man should. Lately, I have been so impressed with DA quality and price points, I have now bought most of the line. This bag will become my business oriented EDC "briefcase", and its features are nearly perfect for that. One primary need was for concealed carry and its robust hook & loop (i.e., the loop side) interior works out great for velcro holsters. When I'm in a dicey area, I can leave the top flap hanging down loose and have quick access to the interior.

Outer perimeter organizational pouches show the usual intelligent engineering design for us organization freaks.
Yet another home run!!
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Perfect EDC Messenger Bag! Review by Douglas B / (Posted on 2/27/2016)
I own a gym, so I am constantly bringing my stuff to and from- this bag is perfect for that purpose. I carry my daily planner, spare knife, water, communication (phones), and every day essentials (concealed carry weapon) in this bag. There is plenty of room for all of this, plus more. The bag is extremely well made and looks like it will last forever and I hope it does. I love the cutouts for Molle gear and the velcro for fastening patches. Great job Direct Action Team and I am looking forward to my next purchase!
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Great bag - bought a second one for my wife Review by Chris B / (Posted on 2/26/2016)
I travel worldwide for work and often trash laptop bags - this bag is well designed and well built and I am looking forward to seeing how well it holds up through my travels.
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Seriously well made, easy 5 Star rating... Review by Robert G / (Posted on 2/24/2016)
The GREY version of this Messenger Bag is truly a "Grey Man" gear item. It is well-designed with thought to layout and function, the construction is Tier-1 quality with perfectly sewn and tensioned stitches, with reinforcement bar tacks where needed, and quality materials are used throughout. I first bought a Ghost pack, now this Messenger Bag, and I am a Direct Action customer for as long as they keep this product the best I have seen anywhere at this price point. Get it, you will not be disappointed!
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Excellent quality, good value. Review by Glen A / (Posted on 2/23/2016)
The messenger bag works very well for transporting my handgun, ammo, and equipment to the gun range.
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Great product, might not suit my needs Review by Samuel C / (Posted on 2/23/2016)
Hey guys,
First and foremost, I love this bag. Really, I do, and I've been recommending it nonstop and I think I've netted at least one customer for you as a result. But, I imagine you'll get more out of criticism than praise, so here goes:
-The pockets that only half open are unnecessary and a pain. They are just deep enough to be really inconvenient when something is at the bottom. And nothing makes me feel sloppier than pulling a bunch of things out to access the desired object.
-The water bottle pouch should fit a nalgene. You guys seem to have some slick zip open bottle holders on your backpacks, and these would augment the messenger dramatically. This is probably my biggest point of contention with the bag. There is ample room for a lot of things, just not the one thing I try to have on me at all times. The only other option is to add a mole nalgene holder and unfortunately there isn't any place that would fit well on here, like it would on your small messenger. You could even get creative, with a clip up top and some shock cord to keep it from flapping. That could be adjust to fit any bottle, but I digress.
-Consider a clip as opposed to a carabiner style attachment for the waist belt. It's there to snuggly attach the bag to your torso, but when it's that tight it is really hard to fasten and unfasten.
-The points of attachment for the waist belt should also be reconsidered. If the shoulder strap is tight enough, which is when I'd imagine one would use the waist strap, the bag sits at an angle. Attachment points that reflected this positioning would be more ergonomic and functional.
-An option to access the inside without opening the whole flap would be great, just like on your small messenger.
-Somehow retain the functionality of the top handle when the flap is unsecure. Nothing sucks more than moving from one table to the next, one desk to the next, and having to completely lock the whole thing down again or grab it like a baby.
-Lastly, and this is the most subjective, it's just slightly too big for me. I can stuff in just enough trash to give me back aches, and I like my back more than I like your bag.
So, there it is. And again, let me reiterate, I love this bag. I am actually strongly considering getting the small messenger. Given the price (I'm a poor medical student whose only income is from the VA. $800 a month for getting shot twice, fuck me, right?) I'm going to have to wait a bit before its in my range, which sucks because I'd like to use the 10% off y'all gave me, but I like electricity too.
So keep doing it. This was my first purchase and won't be my last.
Respectfully,
-Samuel Crist
LCpl, USMC (Ret.)
MD Candidate (2019)
Tulane University School of Medicine
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Well thought out design. Review by Herbert A / (Posted on 2/22/2016)
After using the bag for several weeks , this has to be best messenger bag I have purchased. The bag is the right size for my everyday carry items. The design and workmanship is top notch. I would highly recommend the bag.
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You can take the Man out of the Army but cant take the Army out of the Man Review by Ben C / (Posted on 2/7/2016)
After being a SOG commander for a few years now shifted into a civilian executive role, I have been through several briefcases, just because they never work. Bought the DA messenger bag after other good reviews and am very pleased. Runs my (MS Surface) like it was purpose built, along with room for overnight trips (shirt, dopp etc.). Fits the look perfectly, highly recommend for any unit officer field coms or drone screens. Really looking forward to DA producing some Carry-on and rolling duffle luggage, would love to match up the set.
BIG downside, no distributors in Australia so my cost was high, as reflected in review. But if I could of purchased without the shipping 5stars.
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Just one more inch... Review by Melvin F / (Posted on 2/1/2016)
Great build quality! Zipper pulls are easy to grab. The drink pocket is just on the small side but not a big deal. The only down side is it is just barley too small for my laptop, it's a 14 inch and thought that it would fit with a little persuasion, nope. It would probably be snug on a 13 inch. Great bag, just needs to be a little bigger.
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Top-notch Review by BRIAN K / (Posted on 1/22/2016)
This bag is awesome! It's at the top with quality and layout. It fits everything I need on duty. On top of all that it looks sharp too. This was my first purchase from direct action but not my last.
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Top-notch Review by BRIAN K / (Posted on 1/22/2016)
This is an awesome bag. At the top with quality and lay out. It's just the right size to fit all that I need on duty. On top of all that it looks sharp too.
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Great bag for a laptop! Review by Brett P / (Posted on 1/21/2016)
I have a Dell XPS 15, that I was hoping would fit in the bag as it is the smallest 15" on the market. The computer was about a 1/4 inch too big to fit into the protected portion of the case. If you have a 13" or smaller (as they suggest) this is a perfect bag.
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Wish it was bigger! Review by Marc Reinecker / (Posted on 1/14/2016)
I really like this bag and the quality is amazing. The only problem is I don't use it. It isn't big enough for my 15 inch laptop and the water bottle holder doesn't fit my water bottle. It's too small. If the bag were bigger I would be a happy camper.
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Messenger Bag Review by Dustin Daigle / (Posted on 1/14/2016)
This bag is awesome! I couldn't be happier with the quality and the price of the bag! Their customer service is amazing also. As soon as I ordered it one of the guys called me within 1 minute to let me know that my order had not gone through! I entered the wrong address and I had no clue because it actually told me the order went through. Thanks Direct Action for being an awesome company all around!!!!
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Perfect..... Review by Chris Rothwell / (Posted on 1/11/2016)
It's rare that a company takes time to address every need in a product and even ship it in a way that's presentable. You feel that you're getting nothing but quality from the moment you open the box. I can't wait to order a backpack also.
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Great Bag Review by Phil L / (Posted on 12/30/2015)
Simply put this is the best made bag I have ever seen. Offer the best in options with lots of room. I can't recommend this bag enough. superior to anything on the market
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Great price. Great product. Review by Tobias M / (Posted on 12/16/2015)
Quality is some of, if not the, best I've ever seen. Great attention to detail on this one. Pretty sure this bag will last longer than I do. Love the look and the compartments are well thought out. To top it all off, love the logo...funky. We'll call it tropical tactical, ha! Great job!!
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Best in class Review by Russell S / (Posted on 12/14/2015)
Perfect bag for EDC and as an executive carry on for air travel. Not too big, but big enough for a 13" laptop and lots of travel necessities. Well built, but what sets it apart from others is how functionally and efficiently compartmentalized the bag is designed.
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Truly a Awesome Bag Review by Sutty / (Posted on 12/5/2015)
To be quite honest IMHO, this is the best Messenger Bag I have EVER OWNED. Now, let's make one thing clear from the get go this is just my opinion . First Off , I have a IPad in a Lifeproof Case... Not a Laptop, so this Bag fits it with room to spare, and would fit a iPad Pro in a similar case. As far as laptops go, a 13" for sure , but anything larger would likely not fit in the Laptop/Tablet designated padded pocket. I think that in the Main Compartment a 15" would fit , I suspect. I've owned and used Messenger Bags from everyone , 5.11, Vanquest, Hazard 4, and ITS Tactical (Zulu Nylon) This Bag takes all the Best from each and puts it in a Perfect Sized Package for me. The other Bags , although Excellent in Quality, were always Larger , thus making me fill them up ( my own fault ) otherwise they just seemed empty. The Direct Action , allows for many different carry capabilities .... In Town I carry the IPad in the designated Padded Pocket along with my Colt Combat Commander, and a IFAK in the Main Compartment. When I Fly for Work , I leave the Colt at home and add whatever is necessary to the trip at hand. On the outside pockets, I have a put everything from Pens and Pencils to a Compass , to all my Personal Electronics Charging Stuff (Cables, Mophie Powerstation, etc) . This Bag for Me , is much like the 3 Bears Story.... Some Bags were just too Big, others were too Small, this One Is Just Right. Construction and Material wise , I will put this bag up against any othe bag or manufacturer as far as Quality and Workmanship goes. The Cordura is actual Cordura , it 500 D , now hold on I know some will say , "it's not 1000 D" , true , but that's a lot of added weight with out much benefit for the average user. This 500D will hold up to everything you can throw at it in our daily travels , as well as some not so mundane travels too. In closing, I do not think you'll find a better bag for the money, and I've spent more on bags that were far less in there Quality. You will not be disappointed , unless you try and stick a 17" laptop in it, but that's not what this bag was designed for(Thank Goodness). If that's the case size you want or must have, then go and buy one of the Messenger Suitcases that are out there and fill it till your hearts content.
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Best Messenger Bag Bar None IMHO Review by Kenneth S / (Posted on 12/4/2015)
To be quite honest IMHO, this is the best Messenger Bag I have EVER OWNED. Now, let's make one thing clear from the get go, I don't work for Direct Action Gear. This is my Review of this Messenger Bag , so, let's get started.... First Off , I have a IPad in a Lifeproof Case... Not a Laptop. This Bag fits it with room to spare, and would fit a iPad Pro in a similar case. As far as laptops go, a 13" would fit for sure , but anything larger would likely not fit in the Laptop/Tablet designated pocket. In the Main Compartment a 15" would fit I suspect. I've owned and used Messenger Bags from everyone , 5.11, Vanquest, and Hazard 4. This Bag takes all the Best from each and puts it in a Perfect Sized Package for me. The other Bags , although Excellent in Quality, were always Larger , thus making me fill them up ( my own fault ) otherwise they just seemed empty. The Direct Action , allows for many different carry capabilities .... In Town I carry the IPad in the designated Padded Pocket along with my Colt Combat Commander, and a IFAK in the Main Compartment. When I Fly for Work , I leave the Colt at home and add whatever is necessary to the trip at hand. On the outside pockets, I have a put everything from Pens and Pencils to a Compass , to all my Personal Electronics Charging Stuff (Cables, Mophie Powerstation, etc) . The Bag for Me , is much like the 3 Bears Story.... Some Bags were just too Big, others were too Small, this One Is Just Right. Construction and Material wise , I will put this bag up against any othe bag or manufacturer as far as Quality and Workmanship goes. The Cordura is actual Cordura , it 500 D , now hold on I know some will say , "it's not 1000 D" , true , but that's a lot of added weight with out much benefit for the average user. This 500D will hold up to everything you can throw at it in our daily travels , as well as some not so mundane travels as well. In closing, I do not think you'll find a better bag for the money, and I've spent more on bags that were far less in there Quality. You will not be disappointed , unless you try and stick a 17" laptop in it, and this is not what this Bag is for. If that's the case though, and you must have your giant laptop. Then buy one of those Messenger Suitcases that are out there , and fill it till your hearts content.
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At Long Last! Review by Matt W / (Posted on 11/30/2015)
Ever since I saw this bag the first time, I wanted one to use as my everyday office bag. It has just enough space to be useful but not so much that you overload a shoulder bag. The quality of the materials and craftsmanship is SUPERB. I love this bag!
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Great looking bag Review by Daniel J / (Posted on 11/30/2015)
I'll have to come back and revise when I have had this bag for some time but so far it looks and feels good. My 13.3 Lenovo fits extremely snug in the laptop compartment; I would imagine if you had anything bigger it would not fit. So far I love this bag.
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Excellent Bag Review by Steve B / (Posted on 11/11/2015)
High quality with attention to detail, I can recommend this to anyone who appreciates the best,
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You Wont Be Disappointed! Review by Jason S / (Posted on 10/1/2015)
As the Chief Firearms Instructor for a law enforcement training agency, I have the opportunity to use and test many different products throughout the year. There are several companies we provide direct product evaluations and feedback to on their products. Other companies frequently send us their products for T&E purposes.

With that said, when it came time to downsize my full-size computer case, I conducted a ton of research and read many reviews. I narrowed my selection down to three brands, one of which was the Direct Action Messenger Bag. When it was said and done, I made the conscious decision to purchase the Messenger Bag, even though I had not heard of Direct Action before. The Bag came in just a few days and it was packaged well. I immediately dissected every inch of the bag to familiarize myself with it and devise carry options for my equipment. The quality of the product seems first-rate. The stitching, fabric cuts, laser cutting and hardware are all topnotch.

First on the outside, the design is sleek and low-profile. It doesn't scream "tactical," especially in the black color I purchased it in. I like this because it looks great in the classroom, conference room or on the range. The laser-cut MOLLE almost goes unnoticed, even to the trained eye. The flap over the main compartment sheds water nicely in the rain and keeps the elements out. The shoulder strap and carry handle are both sturdy and comfortable. The non-slip shoulder pad is comfortable and keeps the bag on your shoulder with ease regardless of your shirt or outwear material. I like the optional velcro flap closure as a quick "get up and go" option without the buckles being fastened. Regardless of what you carry in this bag, I don't think you can exceed the length of the buckles.

The two front pockets are generous on space and compartmentalized for many storage options in a neat manner. I would like to see the left sided pocket fully unzip like a clamshell (this is just my personal preference) like the right side pocket. The MOLLE on the front pockets allows for additional equipment carriage in a concealed manner if desired. The zippered side pocket on left side is nicely compartmentalized and I use this for my IFAK, which consists of a CAT, QuickClot, gauze, a tactical light and a few other smaller items. I have found that the water bottle pocket on the right is a bit small and fits slimmer bottles best. You cannot put a Nalgene bottle into it if you are wondering. REI vacuum mugs and Hydro Flask slim bottles do work well in it. I would personally like to see this pocket just a tad bit bigger for a larger bottle or cramming more stuff into it. Perhaps an alternate closing method as well, such as an elastic drawstring cord. The rear pock is large and flat and I only have one suggestion for this pocket- make the zipper a two-way zipper so that it can be easily accessed when carrying on either the right or left shoulder. I would also suggest lining this pocket with velcro as it would make for a great, fast access port for concealed carry. It comes with a waist strap, but I do not use it.

On the inside, the main compartment is just large enough to carry papers, folders, pads, notebooks, books, and other things for the day. The padded computer pocket is just large enough for my MacBook Pro, but I would not encourage trying to cram a larger laptop in it! When the description says a 13" notebook, they mean 13"! I routinely carry both my laptop and iPad and still have plenty of room for the days files, papers, range records, etc. I like the clear map pocket on the inside flap, which for me tends to fill up with smaller, nonessential items as the day wears on. Its a great stash pocket.

Overall, this bag was designed to be fast and mobile! As mentioned, it is low-profile and highly functional. Think "fast and light, with essentials for the day." I am not personally a fan of shoulder-slung bags for bug out options, but if you use this bag for that purpose it will certainly fit the bill. Direct Action did a great job of describing this bag on their website and I would have to say that was one of the deciding factors on my purchase. So far I have really enjoyed this bag and know it was a wise purchase! If you purchase this bag for its "fast and light" purpose, you will NOT be disappointed!
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Well made. Very well thought out for sure. Review by Terry / (Posted on 9/8/2015)
This is my everyday carry bag now. Love it. You won't go wrong with this bag.
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Great messenger bag! Review by Ken K / (Posted on 8/29/2015)
My Lenova 14" 450s Thinkpad fits the pocket perfect. Can also fit my IPad Air 2 and all my computer/IPad accessories.
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A few small things hold this bag from being GREAT Review by Dorian D / (Posted on 8/27/2015)
First of all the large one is far from large. Need one bigger size. The same stay flat zippered water bottle pocket as the backpacks would be nice on one side. Line the inside with a contrasting color for ease of finding things. Add velcro in the back pocket for concealed carry options.

Great quality of materials and of stitching however. Good bag.
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Best constructed bag I have seen. Review by Patrick B / (Posted on 8/16/2015)
The bag is great. Very well made. Great design. I only wish it was 1 inch longer and wider. I also would design in a strap to keep it firm on a carry on bag when traveling through airports. Other than that it is great.
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Great bag at an incredible price! Review by Sal / (Posted on 8/1/2015)
This bag fits my needs for work EDC *almost* perfectly.

Improvements I would like to see made (in order) are:

1) Enlarge the water bottle pouch to be able to better accommodate a 32oz Nalgene bottle.

I can force one in but it greatly protrudes into the main compartment and the bottle doesn't feel very secure. I have since switched to a 16oz Thermos travel mug to take to work.

2) Install a hook-and-loop field in the back zipper section that hugs the body for placement of aftermarket concealed carry holsters.

3) (nitpicking) Patch over or sew down the webbing for the exterior female buckles that is stitched inside the flap zipper section.

While it isn't a major gripe, things tend to get caught by the loose webbing when inserting/extracting small objects from the flap pocket. A flush surface would be much more desirable.

Overall, I am very impressed and quite pleased with this product. I am a big fan of using 500D Cordura to reduce weight while maintaining durability and the craftsmanship is on par with anything I have purchased from Tactical Tailor, Maxpedition, Blackhawk, HSGI or TAG.

I will be back to purchase a Dragon Egg.
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Great Bag At An Incredible Price Review by Salvador M / (Posted on 8/1/2015)
This bag fits my needs for work EDC *almost* perfectly.

Improvements I would like to see made (in order) are:

1) Enlarge the water bottle pouch to be able to better accommodate a 32oz Nalgene bottle.

I can force one in but it greatly protrudes into the main compartment and the bottle doesn't feel very secure. I have since switched to a 16oz Thermos travel mug to take to work.

2) Install a hook-and-loop field in the back zipper section that hugs the body for placement of aftermarket concealed carry holsters.

3) (nitpicking) Patch over or sew down the webbing for the exterior female buckles that is stitched inside the flap zipper section.

While it isn't a major gripe, things tend to get caught by the loose webbing when inserting/extracting small objects from the flap pocket. A flush surface would be much more desirable.

Overall, I am very impressed and quite pleased with this product. I am a big fan of using 500D Cordura to reduce weight while maintaining durability and the craftsmanship is on par with anything I have purchased from Tactical Tailor, Maxpedition, Blackhawk, HSGI or TAG.

I will be back to purchase a Dragon Egg.
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great bag. i love the choice of colors Review by aris s / (Posted on 7/24/2015)
I work at a gun store and a lot of customers and employees love the bag as well. I can only direct them to your website. The bag seems solid and durable. Well made bag.
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Sweet Bag Review by Jon R / (Posted on 7/16/2015)
I've only been using it for a week, but so far I'm very pleased with the bag. My Lenovo Helix Tablet fits nicely in the pocket as designed. No complaints.
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Black Messenger Bag Review by Samantha B / (Posted on 5/26/2015)
I purchased the Direct Action Messenger Bag for a specific purpose. I am using it to hold all of my DRE Equipment. The main compartment was perfect for the 3 ring binder and the abundance of pockets allow me to separate all the equipment for easy access. The mole attachments were ideal for pens. The adjustable straps and Velcro closure are an added benefit. Professional looking bag that is perfect for my purpose.
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nice bag Review by Jadrian B / (Posted on 4/23/2015)
Going to use it soon
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Never have I had a better EDC bag. Review by Tim Harsh / (Posted on 4/18/2015)
I have been looking for a bag to replace my current EDC bag. I saw a few reviews, but a picture on an EDC site peaked my interest. Did some research and bought the bag for my bday present to myself.. I carry it every day. Its an awesome Fu*kin# bag!
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Great First Impression Review by Moose-Hunter / (Posted on 3/28/2015)
Well, I just received the messenger bag so this is more of a first impressions review. So far I am a big fan. The materials used and the quality of the sewing and layout of the bag are very nice. There is lots of organization and padding in the bag. There is also a ton of Velcro inside for attaching accessories. The laser cut molle is also very nice.

I did a quick video overview of the bag as well as I was unable to find any in English.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBC0TckrNxI
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