Spectacular Messenger Bag from Oberon Design
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Spectacular Messenger Bag from Oberon Design

Fair warning! I am going to gush about this Crosstown Waxed Canvas Messenger Bag I just got from the nice folks at Oberon Design. My bag is the 13″ Round Celtic Knot model in Field Tan with Wine trim. This bag looks great right out of the box..the second she saw it my wife said “I want it”


Take a close look, the bag is Made of waterproof, US made, quality waxed canvas with leather details. It measures 13.5″ Wide x  9.5″ Tall x  4″ Deep and tips the scales at a svelte 1.9 pounds, the optional laptop pouch adds another 0.8 pounds and it features a permanently attached Cotton webbed adjustable cross body strap that measures 2″ across and 53” completely extended.. On the back there is a wide 12′ x 7″ pocket that will hold newspapers or magazines or papers you need to have quickly at hand. You can’t beat the quality of construction: All seams are triple stitched taped and bound.The large  gusset is constructed with 2 layers of canvas. Top corners are reinforced with leather. And all leather edges are dyed and burnished. There is also a  available bottle holder.


Open up the adjustable front buckles with quick access Sam Browne studs in solid brass and you will see there is lots of bag here starting with the front panel which features two Bellow Pockets 7” Tall x 6″ Wide. The main compartment is huge for a 13″ bag. Interior pockets are constructed from spill resistant, top grade ballistic nylon which is strong and lightweight. In addition to front and back pockets there are:

  • 2 large division compartments
  • 1 small pen pocket on front
  • 3 small interior organization pockets
  • 2 pen holder pockets


The optional removable laptop pouch made from ¼” wool felt covered in ballistic nylon will protect a laptop up to 14.5” x 11” x 1” which covers pretty much every 13″ Ultrabook or MacBook you can find. My MacBook Air 11″ was quite comfortable in this nicely padded pouch.


This is an impressive and really good looking bag that is already one of a kind out of the box but, as the waxed canvas and leather develop a patina with use this Messenger bag will be truly one of a kind. It is a great laptop bag but there is more to it than that, I have used it as an overnight bag for a short trip to carry not only my mobile electronics but toiletries, underwear, socks and a spare shirt. I can see it used to carry baby needs with style or a cool looking and versatile general purpose bag.If you are going to carry only one bag let it be this classy bag from Oberon Design.


The Crosstown Waxed Canvas Messenger Bag is available directly from Oberon Design’s may want to browse all other unique and top quality offerings you will find there. It is available in two colours and four trim designs. The price is $195 for the 13″ model and $235 for the 15″ model. Both are currently on sale for $170 and $210. At those prices, it is a good time to think of a special bag for that special person on your Christmas list.


Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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