My Review of the Hidden Messenger from Timbuk2
Does Job, Albeit with Some Limitations
Pros: Lightweight , Comfortable
Cons: Too small
Best Uses: Airplane travel , Day Trips
Describe Yourself: Career, Practical
Was this a gift?: No
For what the bag is, it does the job, but you have to be aware of some of the limitations.
1. Since this bag is meant to be a makeshift bag that folds into a pouch, it lacks any sort of structure or padding. If you, say, use it for a small laptop (or an iPad), you may want to add your own padding (e.g. a towel or something else).
2. Since the bag is a messenger, smaller items can leak out the top of the bag if you’re not careful.
3. The unit I received (a menthol colored one) already had some stains on it. The bag is also, due to its light color, relatively transparent. I didn’t think it was problematic enough to return, but clearly there were some quality issues in the manufacture of these bags.
4. One should be careful not to store heavy, pointy items in this bag long-term given that it is relatively thin.
That said, I found the bag to be very useful on my last trip. I can put all of the things I am likely to need on a flight in there and not have to break into my larger carryon bag.