Stuff is a noun but, it is also a verb. Stuff is everything you have to drag around in your mobile office as you keep pace with a pack of messengers in an Alley Cat race. Stuff is what you do to your laptop, digital camera, GU, shades, train ticket, wallet, USB cables and Dos Equis, as you throw it in a bag on the way out the door to get to the race. That's a lot of stuff to be stuffed away, and all that stuff is crucial to your survival (if you are like me). So, you need a good bag to protect all that stuff that you stuffed. One that is comfortable to wear, especially since all that stuffed stuff is heavy... too heavy!
Seal Line dropped us a few bags a while back and I was lucky enough to score their Urban Shoulder bag. It's a water resistant flat bag for commuters, messengers and anyone else who is a wannabe hipster or who just wants to cruise around the streets of any major city on a fixie or other two-wheeled conveyance. The most important aspect of the bag is that it literally swallows up all my stuff. I dropped my laptop in there and it sits securely in the flat back pocket. The front zippered pocket is great for train tickets, paperwork and other flat stuff. The internal zippered netting is perfect for change and loose items. There is a pen, pencil and implement pouch, again nicely done. Then there are these interesting pockets in either corner inside the bag. They are curious pockets. You could throw your phone in there. Or perhaps extra socks for one of those crummy weathers days when an extra pair just makes your world better. But, if you ask me, I swear that Seal Line planned those to carry a beer on each side for those days when you just need to bring at least two. To me, that just screams great planning. I mean I am prepared for when the Braking the Cycle Ride has its Kick-Off Party at the Brooklyn Brewery.
But I digress... The Urban Shoulder Pack is sturdily built, water shielding, and padded in the proper places. When I loaded up the Shoulder Pack to brim with packages and strapped it on, it was totally comfortable. None of the square corners of the cargo poked into me. The weight could be evenly distributed. The shoulder strap pad was dense enough and wide enough to spread the load and not dig into my shoulder. The padded area that sits against your back is ample enough for comfort but yet, not weighty. The bag is very light overall but, made of tough sinewy materials able to stand up to serious abuse. Its fairly unique closures make it easy to open when you want to stuff your stuff in there, yet securely closed when you need it shut.
Yay or nay?
Seal Line's Urban Shoulder Pack - The perfect trunk for your junk...