Cycling Musette
Now in full-grain leather (Grizzly shown)
NEW! Secure, quick-release metal buckle
Also in Walnut full-grain leather
Waxed Canvas version
Angled strap attachment for better comfort
Comfortable leather carry handle (waxed canvas version)
Comfortable carry handle (leather version)
60-inch strap adjusts for a variety of heights and weights
Leather version
Interior has two deep pockets
Can hold laptops in their own protective sleeves
Unlined roomy interior (waxed canvas version)
Interior lined in waxed canvas (leather version only)
Available in full-grain leather and waxed canvas
Waxed Canvas - Brown
Waxed Canvas - Navy
Full-grain leather - Grizzly
Full-grain leather - Walnut

Vitesse Cycling Musette

Now comes in Grizzly and Walnut leather

-524 in stock

The perfectly simple style of the Vitesse Cycling Musette will win you over with its versatility and vintage aesthetic. Its open interior and two pockets make it just the right size for carrying a few essentials, including laptops in their own sleeve. Now available in full-grain leather. 

Carrying more? See the larger Vitesse Messenger Bag.

For a similar style, see the professional Executive Leather Messenger ($379) with built-in sleeves for two devices.  

All our products are crafted locally in our workshop by the most skilled sewing team in San Francisco.


  • Waxed Canvas
  • Full-grain Leather
  • More details here

Dimensions & Weight:

  • Waxed Canvas:
  • 13" - 16" (l) x 2.75” (w) x 10.5” (h); 13.5 oz.
    33.02 - 40.64 (l) x 6.98 (w) x 26.67 (h) cm; 0.38 kg

  • Leather:
  • 13” - 16" (l) x 2.75” (w) x 10.5” (h); 36 oz.
    33.02 - 40.64 (l) x 1.27-6.98 (w) x 26.67 (h) cm; 1.02 kg


  • Open interior lets you carry an assortment of items. 
  • Secure the flap with a paragliding-style buckle. Open easily with one hand and close with a click.
  • Wide, adjustable nylon strap is sewn at an angle for comfort. Wear as a crossbody or shoulder bag.
  • Main compartment with interior pockets has space for both small personal items and larger gear.
  • Full-grain leather top handle provided for a quick grab.
  • OPTIONAL: Martexin™ Original Wax can be used to touch-up and and freshen the wax on your bag.
  • Domestic: Flat rate 2-day shipping. Details.
  • International: 2-3 business day delivery. Country duty/tax calculated at Checkout. Details.

Customer Reviews

Based on 151 reviews
Max L. (Washington, United States)
Great Messenger Bag

I love this bag. It is just the right size for a daily public transit commute. The bag is well designed and is comfortable to wear while walking. I am quite happy with this purchase.

Margo T. (Maryland, United States)

This bag is a graduation gift not yet given. However, we love the look and the quality of the construction. It’s exactly as we had expected from Gary’s video.

Dawson E. (Colorado, United States)

Beautiful bag. Really love the buckle. Fits my laptop and charger perfectly, comfortable on my back.

Dinesh S. (Singapore)
Exceeded expectations

The bag is even better than I had expected it would be. Delightful craftsmanship and excellent materials. Outstanding customer service too. I shall return!

Jed N. (Alabama, United States)
Perfect Bag

I've been looking for a bag like my old map and dispatch bag I had as a lieutenant in the infantry, but all I could find was Chinese knock offs. When I found this musette bag, and discovered it was made in the USA, I had to have one. It's better than my old bag from my infantry days as it will hold a standard size 1 inch loose leaf binder, which did not fit in my old bag. The pockets inside fit my iPad mini perfectly. I love this bag and might get a leather one, but the waxed canvas is perfect for me!

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Vitesse Cycling Musette

BikeHugger - June 3, 2015

“What do I like the most about it? Just a simple musette to toss an iPad, wallet, battery, cord, and snack in for the commute or ride into town for a meeting.”


The Vitesse Cycling Musette can fit devices up to 12.8” x 8.75”. We recommend storing your laptop or tablet in a protective Sleeve. These devices can fit in your Musette:


  1. MacBook:
    • 14" MacBook Pro M1
    • 13” MacBook Pro M2
    • 13" MacBook Air M2
  2. iPad:
    • 12.9" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
    • 11" iPad Air with Magic Keyboard
  3. Microsoft Surface:
    • Surface Book 3 (13.5" & 15")
    • Surface Laptop 4 & 3 (13.5" & 15")
    • Surface Pro X, Pro 7, Go with Type Cover
  4. Other Confirmed devices:
    • Dell XPS 13
    • Pixel Slate
    • HP Spectre X360
    • Lenovo Yoga 720
  5. Customer-vetted Devices - From Customer Reviews:
    • Leica Q, Q2 (Guy., Bideford, GB), (Tom T., Vacaville, US)


The minimalist design and open interior lets you carry whatever you need in this versatile, lightweight bag.  

“The WaterField Vitesse Cycling Musette is a comfortable bag that's unfussy and not trying to do anything other than be a perfectly simple little bag.” 
- Wirecutter (New York Times), April 27, 2020


Not all waxed canvas bags are created equal. Lower quality bags use 6 oz. canvas. The majority designated as “durable” use 12 oz. canvas. At 15 oz., our waxed canvas exceeds what is commonly sold in the market, yet it's still lightweight. It has a naturally rugged, distressed look and can be re-waxed to freshen it up. 

The canvas comes from a reputable U.S. mill that has produced these fabrics since 1930. This specialized textile is coated with Martexin Original Wax™ and shouldn't require much cleaning. Stains can be wiped off with a damp cloth. 


Keep your bag Vitesse Cycling Musette looking new by applying wax when you think it needs a little refresh. Although you can use any wax, you may want to try Martexin Original Wax™ which was initially used to coat your canvas bag. 


No skimping. We use full grain, natural leather. It's the toughest part of the hide with the tightest grain. It's also the most expensive and lasts the longest.  


We use “distressed” leather that bears the marks of the cow, so you can tell it's the real thing. Over the years, you'll leave your own marks, too, and the gorgeous patina that develops will bear your hallmark. 


Your full-grain leather Vitesse Cycling Musette will look better and better the more you use it. 


We generally recommend leaving the full-grain leather of your bag alone, letting it develop its own unique patina over time. You can spruce up the distressed leather that we use by applying heat from a hair dryer and spreading the leather oils around to smooth them out.


You may also want to freshen up the leather with a bit of leather conditioner. Upon application, the leather may darken a bit, so test the reaction first on a spot that's not highly visible, like the bottom of the bag. 


Although this video demonstrates how to care for another WaterField leather bag, the method also applies to your Leather Vitesse Cycling Musette


Originally, musettes carried food for racing cyclists, their lunch stowed in the roomy interior. Riders were handed a stocked musette, and they'd eat lunch on the go. The musette's simple design provided quick access to the bag's contents. 


We added modern touches to the Vitesse Cycling Musette so it's more functional, comfortable, and stylish while staying true to the classic model. You can even insert a laptop or tablet-in-a-protective-sleeve in your Vitesse Cycling Musette. 

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