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Seagull Bags Medium Courier Bag review
Written by Andrew Horton   
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Seagull_ThumbThe best courier bags do more than just getting gear from A to B. They transport gear in the most efficient and comfortable way possible without intruding on the ride.

Seagull Bags, a Columbus, Ohio-based company founded by Daniel McKewen in 2003, creates custom courier bags that are made to order. Seagull Bags is like a Savile Row shop for bike messengers who want and expect the best for their backs.

Their medium courier bag is a bespoke bag to the fullest extent. Need additional pockets? The team at Seagull Bags will add them. Want a custom embroidered design? Send them a PDF or Adobe Illustrator file and they will be happy to add it to your bag.

Their bags are available in more than 20 colors and include two deep pockets in the front for cell phones, wallets, and utility tools. Seagull will even create a hidden pocket for you, and when you can't find it that pocket, they will help you locate exactly where it is in your bag.

Using the finest materials in the industry, Seagull Bags achieves what many competitors fail to do; create a durable courier bag that has the same qualities and functionality of a fully-equipped Swiss Army knife. The Velcro used for enclosures on the bag is among the strongest in its class, the 1000d Cordura shell and 1.5 inch Duraflex buckles are rugged, and the bag is water and abrasion resistant. To use the tired industry cliché, their courier bags are essentially bomb-proof, thanks to high quality construction and careful attention to detail.

The medium courier bag can also hold plenty of gear. It is reassuring to know this bag will carry a thick sweatshirt, a six-pack of beer, burritos, and a large water bottle with room to spare. Bike messengers on the job should have no problems transporting important documents and essentials across town with this bag. Outer straps can also be used to transport larger, bulkier items.

Seagull Bags Logoimage/Seagull BagsA unique part of the bag is the shoulder strap. The strap is comfortable, easily adjustable, and forgiving during long rides through town, but it also is an extension of the bag's versatility. A simple metal loop may not look exciting, but its addition will please many bikers. Anything on a carabineer, from keys to a Nalgene bottle, will attach easily to the strap for easy access. The metal loop also helps adjust the bag to contour with your back. The strap's design is Seagull's own proprietary creation, but it's hard to imagine that it won't become the new courier bag standard in a few years' time.

Seagull Bags can be purchased through their website, and their Medium Courier Bags start at $145.


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Andrew Horton

Andrew HortonAndrew Horton-Hall comes to OutdoorInformer.com with deep roots in the world of professional journalism, having covered breaking news and feature articles for newspapers throughout southern New England. After witnessing firsthand the power of positive publicity and promoting good causes, he decided to make the leap into public relations and marketing. He currently serves as a Marketing Coordinator at an international architectural firm in Boston and is studying for his MBA in Sustainability at Antioch University New England in Keene, N.H.

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