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Workhorse Messenger Bag
The workhorse is an extended version of the messenger bag. Can be worn on both shoulders with a second shoulder strap. Designed for hard, every-day messenger work.
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When we designed the workhorse model, we tried to cram every comfort feature into a messenger bag model we've ever seen or used. Every part of the workhorse is designed for running errands, carrying heavy, large objects, and cycling for several hours a day. It's comfortable and practical, it has a huge capacity, but when it's empty, you can collapse it to make it easier to handle.

On the back of the bag you will find a spongy back, which is also for comfortable wear, even if you have to carry very large, heavy or angular objects. The front panel of the workhorse is 6 cm longer than that of standard messenger bags. With this, you can close the bag even when it is more packed.


On the bag you will also find a rain protection layer - this is the raised part above the outer pocket. When you close the front of the bag, this layer completely blocks the path of rainwater at the corners of the bag, so water cannot seep into your bag. And if you pack your bag a lot, the rain cover will help you with this, you can actually use it as a kind of booster, thus increasing the capacity of the bag.

We sew a reflective strip to the lower part of the bag (which is best visible from the back when you are cycling), and here you will also find a small tab where you can clip the flasher. You will also find a cross strap on the bag, which connects the shoulder strap to one corner of the bag - if you fasten it and tighten it, the bag cannot cross over your shoulder or move. This strap secures the bag on your back even when both shoulder straps are on.



We use CORDURA® material as the outer layer of our bags. Military clothing and equipment are also made from it. UV-resistant, highly wear-resistant, impregnated material. The inner layer is made of waterproof tarpaulin. The larger bags are lined with a thicker truck tarpaulin, while the smaller ones are lined with a thinner, more wrinkle-resistant, lighter tarpaulin. On the messenger bag, the inner and outer layers are sewn separately, and we only join them together at the turn-off part, so the inner layer 'floats' inside the bag - so rainwater cannot seep in through the seams. The shoulder straps of our bags are made of seat belt webbing. The reflective strips come from 3M, the zippers and velcro are YKK products. Our suppliers of plastic accessories and buckles are Duraflex and YKK. The bag is made of CORDURA® outer and thin tarpaulin inner layer - this makes it a light, yet strong and durable bag. We sew a reflective strip on the lower part of the bag (which is best visible from the back when you are cycling).



There are 6 pockets in the workhorse. There are two inner, slip pockets, and one bigger, inner pocket, which closes with a velcro. These inner pockets are made out of a mesh material, you can always see what you put there.
On the outer layer, under the closed flap, there is a big, expandable pocket, which closes with velcro. On this, there is a smaller zipper pocket, and a smaller slip pocket with a pen holder inside. And if it’s still not enough for you, you can order some extra pockets also.
On the bottom of the bag, there is a reflective stripe, and a bicycle lamp holder. A second stabilizer strap helps to keep the bag always on your back – this strap also holds the bag when the second shoulder strap is in use.

Shoulder Strap


The bag’s shoulder strap is padded with a thick, 15mm (0.6″) padding, for extra comfort for your shoulders. This part can also keep your cell phone or walkie-talkie holders, or a small tool pouch also. The shoulder strap is made of seatbelt webbing, a very tough material. The shoulder strap is not reversible – you can wear it on the right OR left shoulder. There is a second shoulder strap, for your other shoulder – with this, you can wear the bag as a backpack, on both shoulders. Very practical when carrying heavy items.
There are two side compression straps on the bag – with these, you can compress the bag when it’s not filled. Also, just loose these straps when the bag is full, and it’ll be still comfortable, even with very bulky loads.
The workhorse bag has an outer back padding – offers more comfort when carrying heavy, or box-shaped items. The flap of the workhorse is longer than the standard messenger bag’s, so you can close it easily when it’s full.
There is a rain cover layer on the workhorse – this part prevents water seeping into your bag when it’s closed. No small holes on the sides of the bag flap – when the bag is closed, the inner parts are totally protected from water, rain, or mud. When your bag is totally full, the rain cover part helps you to extend the bag’s capacity.
There is an extra, second layer of CORDURA® on the bottom of the bag.

Optional Extras


Padded back: practical when carrying heavy, or box-shaped items. 

Compression straps: these two straps, based on the bottom of your bag, can be used to compress your bag when it’s not full.

Secret pocket: a 10×10 cm (3.9″x3.9″) pocket, hidden in your bag.

Laptop sleeve: custom made sleeve for your laptop.

Key clip: based inside your bag.

Extra reflective stripes: two more reflective stripes, on the bag closing straps

Inner zipper pocket: this is a small additional pocket inside your bag

U-lock holder: an adjustable U-lock holder on the side of your bag

Extra buckles on the pocket sides: a female clip on each side of the outer pocket. You can clip the flap closing straps here when they’re not used.

Airflow back padding: We’ll make an outer back padding, which will allow some air to flow between your back and the bag.

Lifetime guarantee

At Bagaboo we are so committed to the quality of our products, that our company provides to all a lifetime guarantee. If you're unsatisfied with the product when you receive it, or it doesn't perform as expected, return it for replacement, repair or refund. We have built our reputation by the quality and durability of our products. Our Lifetime Guarantee covers all of our products, from manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product.

Lifetime Guarantee does not cover damage caused by normal wear and tear, accidents, improper care or non-standard usage.

Size chart

Width on top/width on bottom/height/depth

M – 58/38/30/20cm, ca. 27 litres
L – 64/38/32/28cm, ca. 34 litres
XL – 74/43/34/30cm, ca. 40 litres
M – 22.8″ x 15″ x 11.8″x 7.9″ – ca. 1640
L – 25″ x 15″ x 12.6″ x 11″ – ca. 2080 cu. in
XL – 29″ x 17″ x 13.4″ x 11.8″ – ca. 2450 cu. in