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Mission Workshop Monty

The Monty roll-top messenger bag is designed for commuters. Dubbed a “small utility bag,” it features a rolltop cargo compartment, quick-access outboard pockets and two internal zippered pockets.

The Monty is perhaps the first production rolltop single-strap messenger bag, and certainly the first I’ve used. The rolltop feature adds to the already highly water-resistant construction, which is comprised of industry-standard Cordura, a heavyweight vinyl liner and urethane coated zippers. Although it’s not always necessary, when the sky really opens up, it’s nice to have the option to transfer everything from the front pockets into the cargo compartment, and be certain that it’s all going to be safe and dry when you get to your destination.

At 16” x 10” x 5”, the Monty is ideal for most of my daily needs. For the weekdays, I can fit a full change of clothes (including shoes) along with my lock, tools and a few small items. I like the rather simple organization options, and the double zippered internal pocket is especially nice for securing valuables. And the bag’s just big enough to do some light grocery shopping.

I do have to confess, I’ve been spoiled by my past couple bags which had padded backs. Not only does the padding keep you from getting poked by square edged packages and the like, it’ll keep your searing hot Chinese take-out from scolding your back. Of course, padding comes with a weight penalty, additional cost and is arguably less comfortable when the bag is empty.

As you might expect these days, the shoulder strap is reversible for left or right sling, and features integrated padding. And the stabilizer strap is removable. There’s no quick release buckle, but the main strap’s adjustment hardware is a sturdy piece of aluminum.

The construction of the bag is absolutely top notch, and it’s nice to note that it’s 100% American-made. It’s not to say that people in other countries don’t make fine products—they certainly do—but it’s important to support the local economy whenever possible. And the quality is backed up by a lifetime warranty.

The Monty is available in five colors and retails for $149. Visit www.missionworkshop.com for more info.

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  1. MuuShuuNovember 10, 2010 at 3:48 am

    “it’ll keep your searing hot Chinese take-out from scolding your back.”

    Hey Back! Why you so hairy? You go get waxed chop chop!

  2. theghostisApril 28, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I bought the Mission Workshop bag for some of the features mentioned in this article (light weight, padded strap, waterproof etc.) and there are some good things about it. My main complaint is that it sits horizontally (rather than the more vertical Chrome bag) which makes it far from ideal for smaller people. The bag is wider than my torso, and I can’t adjust it in a way so that it sits more vertically in a comfortable way and so that the strap doesn’t slide off my shoulder. I wish Mission Workshop had a bit more variety in terms of sizes or that they would change the angle of the bag slightly.

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  4. ProfessorZZZOctober 26, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I’ve got an all black Monty coming in the mail this week and have been using a Rambler for 2 years now so obviously I’m not here to talk shit. That being said, the top photos seem like the guy is wearing either the Rummy if not an unloaded Shed. Not a dig on the guys height, but if that’s an MW Monty, he must be like 4’11″. What gives?

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