Cycling to work? Try Freitag’s futuristic, waterproof messenger bag

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It’s entirely possible that the F14 Dexter Messenger Bag is hands down the coolest carry bag on the market.

Beyond the technical specs that keep it ultra-durable and ready for the road, Freitag’s signature messenger bags see as if they were ready for anything. The F14 Dexter is a lighter version of the F14 Dexter classic messenger bagand like everything else in the collectionevery single bag is entirely different.

Recycled messenger bags are made from recycled truck tarps, bicycle inner tubes, and car seat belts; as a result, each bag has its own unique pattern. As an added bonus, the use of truck tarp material (polyester/PVC) means these bags are water repellent and built to withstand any ride.

The remaining materials allow you to easily optimize your fit and buckle to prevent the bag from slipping while you cycle. This, combined with ample storage space and stunning aesthetics, helps make this crossbody messenger bag one of our favorite carry-alls – and – yes, we’ll say it – the coolest messenger bag ever. we can buy.

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The backstory

Freitag: a Swiss brand determined to recycle materials for futuristic bags

Markus Freitag created his first Messenger Bag prototype in 1993. Like the brand’s current products, this first model was constructed from recycled truck tarps, bicycle inner tubes and car seat belts. Over the years, the Swiss brand has added five variants on the classic messenger bag to its range.

Each year, the brand recruits five tarpaulin buyers, affectionately called truck spotters, to find and deliver 500 tons of tarpaulins to the Freitag workshop. To do this, Freitag truck spotters spend months monitoring truck stops across Europe. Once recovered, the tarpaulins are washed until they obtain the brand’s favorite patina. It’s done (with approximately 4,000 gallons of rainwater per day, continuing Freitag’s ongoing mission to reduce its carbon footprint.

Over the years, Freitag has made headlines with its ever-popular products, from inflatable sports bags at iPad cases. More recently, he created a inflatable backpack dead airbags and introduced a new program where fans can design their own bags. With such a diverse range of totes, backpacks, laptop bags and more, it can be difficult to choose just one. But, if we had to, the F14 Dexter will still make the cut.

The essential

What makes the Freitag Dexter a great messenger bag for cycling?

From the start, Freitag panniers were intended for cyclists. While they can – and should – be rocked by any gearhead, a few key details keep the crossbody messenger ready for bike rides.

For one thing, the bag sits on two adjustable, recycled seat belt straps. The shoulder strap ensures that the bag hits the right spot on your back, while a horizontal strap (fitted with a large buckle) ensures that the bag is securely fastened at the waist.

The shell of the bag is essentially weatherproof thanks to the durable and water-repellent tarpaulin material. Inside, a series of interior pockets (including a laptop compartment) keep everything organized and held in place.

Plus, with a wide range of sizes available, including big, little, super small and one ‘banana bag‘ – it’s easy to shop the collection according to your own needs and interests. However, in our own experience, the F14 Dexter generally covers all the bases without getting too bulky.

Our point of view

The F14 Dexter is a crossbody messenger bag designed to bike, travel and impress.

Recently I tested the Freitag Dexter in New York to see how it would hold up to quintessential urban cycling (like other tests I’ve done during 20 km of bike rides), and it remained comfortable and secure throughout the trip.

More than anything, the F14 Dexter’s dual strap system makes it an ideal bag for cycling. Even off my bike, the hip strap kept some tension on my shoulder as I cruised around town, providing relief similar to what you’d find buckling the hip straps onto a serious backpack. Plus, even stocked with essentials—I fit a full-size Nalgene water bottle, laptop, lunch, and an extra tote bag—the messenger bag maintains a slim profile. Its size and shape were especially helpful when walking on crowded Manhattan sidewalks and through transit turnstiles.

Whichever design you choose, Freitag products are designed to impress. Each unique piece will quickly become your reference and will last far beyond your expectations. They’re designed to perform, with a healthy dose of style to boot.

Price: $290


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