There was a time not too many years ago when working in an office meant packing your simple leather briefcase with a few papers and files each morning. The commute to work wasn’t too long, and you weren’t toting your office essentials from place to place throughout the day.
Today, the average business person’s day is vastly different.
Your office may be on a plane, a subway or a local café. Your phone is in your pocket and your files are in your computer, tablet or even in the cloud. With the increased mobility of the workforce, the need for great tools to transport all your office gear has grown as well.
And you know what every smart business person needs?
A great bag or briefcase that allows you to carry everything you need with ease, while being assured that your devices are safe and secure.
But we’ve narrowed it down to 2 companies who specialize in constructing bags for the modern business person: Timbuk2 and Chrome
Lead by Example: Chrome Bags
In 1995, the bag industry was much less saturated with the variety of choices in bags than it is today.
Finding a great bag that was not a standard briefcase or a bag made of sub-par materials was quite difficult. The founders of Chrome recognized the need for bags made of tough material yet with a splash of style. They gathered a variety of durable materials and began making bags in their own garage. In a story reminiscent of Silicon Valley, they burst onto the market and achieved quick success with their quality products. Today, they offer a robust line of messenger bags and backpacks designed with the on-the-go entrepreneur in mind.
A great example of Chrome’s commitment to excellence is the Hondo backpack. This stylish bag features a padded laptop sleeve for your computer or tablet. Dual water bottle pockets will help you stay hydrated and ready to hit the pavement. A padded bottom panel keeps your expensive devices protected from bumps and dings, while the water-resistant nylon exterior keeps you prepared for even the most volatile climate.
If a messenger bag is more your cup of tea, look no further than the Welterweight Citizen Messenger bag. Compact and lightweight yet incredibly durable, the Welterweight is the perfect companion for the active business person. Commercial grade seatbelt webbing reinforces the straps, and the tarpaulin inner lining keeps your devices safe and dry. In spite of its small size, it can accommodate a full-size laptop – up to 17 inches.
Overall, Chrome is a formidable contender in the mobile office market. You can be confident in the longevity, durability, and functionality of each and every one of their products.
You can also read my review of the Chrome Citizen Night Series messenger bag on my blog.
Back to the Classics: Timbuk2
Some of the best companies sprout from a simple idea. In 1989, bike messengers in large cities had few options when it came to transporting their important cargo. One of these messengers took matters into his own hands and started a small company which specialized in creating great bags for the dedicated messengers of his city. This small company, which he dubbed Timbuk2, morphed into one of the premier names in the messenger bag business. Pairing great construction with the latest trends in design, Timbuk2 has long been known as the go-to brand for a great messenger bag.
The Custom Fold Messenger Bag, for instance, has all the bells and whistles you want in the ideal bag while offering customizable design options.
From the trim to the flap color to the zippers, every aspect of this bag can be customized to fit your unique sense of style. The base fabric is bombproof sateen, made to withstand even the roughest treatment. There are multiple organizational pockets inside, made precisely for your laptop, your smartphone, your keys and your water bottles. As a bit of icing on the cake, this bag even comes with a removable waist strap to keep your bag secure as you zip across town.
Expanding beyond their original messenger bag offerings, Timbuk2 offers a great line of backpacks as well. The Lug Recruit Pack is a good example having everything you want in a backpack in a compact, easy to carry package. You can stow your tablet, your notepad, your wallet and phone in the expandable neoprene inner pocket, toss this bag over your shoulder and be on your way. This backpack is roomy, comfortable and great for a casual day out.
Timbuk2 vs Chrome
Both Chrome and Timbuk2 are impressive companies with great products. Chrome focuses on durability and longevity, while Timbuk2 is committed to functionality and style. The history of both companies shows a passion for producing great bags for today’s marketplace. Both offer a wide range of bags to choose from, and you can rest assured that you will find something you like with either brand.
Timbuk2 gains a slight edge over Chrome, however, by giving their customers the ability to customize their products to their own specifications. Regardless of what your style preferences are, Timbuk2 offers a bag that will fit your personal aesthetic. Want a white bag with pink zippers and a monogram? A green bag with an orange flap? Timbuk2 allows you to mix and match to make a statement that echoes who you are. Best of all, a Timbuk2 bag is going to offer you all the bells and whistles, durability and long-lasting construction – all must-haves in a messenger bag or backpack. Their goal is to create bags that you rarely need to replace, and they have succeeded.
Between Chrome and Timbuk2, the latter is our brand of choice. Give one of their messenger bags a try; I think you’ll be more than happy with your choice.