Though it certainly has been a while, those of you who have been reading this column since the beginning may remember the San Francisco bag maker called Rickshaw Bagworks. Since May of 2007, this is the little company that could, and it continues to this very day serving up fresh bags daily (as well as sleeves for tablets and laptops, and folios for Moleskine notebooks and smartphones). These days, in addition to making some of the best messenger bags on the planet, they are also doing up some versatile and voluminous backpacks. The Rickshaw Bagworks Large Velo Backpack is today’s need-to-know accessory.
The Velo, much like the Zero Messenger, is a study in lightweight minimalism. Rickshaw has always been able to get the most bag out of the least amount of material, and it is no different with the Velo. Check out the specs:
- 1.7 pounds for the Large
- Waterproof X-Pac laminated ripstop fabric
- YKK water repellent zippers
- 4 bar seatbelt webbing shoulder straps
- Removable padded laptop sleeve
- Padded base and lumbar support
- Front pocket for quick-grab items
- 18.5” H x 12” W x 6” D (21.8 liters) with a 17.5” top zipper
This bag, with its wide main opening and uncluttered interior looks to be the quintessential carry-all with plenty of room for a laptop, a whole day’s worth of school or work supplies, all of your essential cords and chargers, with room left over to stuff a layer or two on top just in case you have to leave your sunny neighborhood to venture into fog country. For more information about this or any of the other fine products available from Rickshaw, click here. Stay tuned for the upcoming review of the Large Velo Backpack right here in a couple weeks.