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Vitesse Messenger in durable waxed canvas
Choose Brown or Navy
NEW! Secure, metal buckle
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Interior side pockets for organization
Fits a laptop-in-a-sleeve
Angled front pocket for easy access without opening the flap
Full grain leather handle; wide adjustable strap
OPTIONAL: cycling chest strap
Brown
Navy

Vitesse Messenger Bag

 

The versatile Vitesse Messenger gets a 2021 refresh!


-1517 in stock

With its tapered profile and angled adjustable strap, the bike-friendly, work-suitable Vitesse Messenger sits comfortably on your back. NEW quick-release metal buckles modernize this favorite everyday carry. 


See also the smaller Vitesse Cycling Musette, or the professional Executive Leather Messenger with built-in sleeves for two devices. 

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


Material:

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

Dimensions & Weight:

  • One Size:
  • 16”-18” (l) x 4” (w) x 13” (h); 1.9 lbs.
    40.64-45.72 (l) x 10.16 (w) x 33.02 (h) cm; 0.86 kg
    Volume: 14.5 liters

FEATURES

  • Simple design for more flexibility and versatility in what you carry.
  • Leather top handle facilitates a quick grab.
  • Paragliding-style buckles attach to adjustable tabs to secure the flap.
  • Main compartment and internal laptop pocket with space for both small items and larger gear.
  • Front waterproof-zippered pockets with internal Ultrasuede phone pocket.
  • Optional cycling chest strap.
  • OPTIONAL: Martexin Original Wax can be used to touch-up and and freshen the wax on your bag.
SHIPPING:
  • Domestic: Flat rate 2-day shipping. Details.
  • International: 2-3 business day delivery. Country duty/tax calculated at Checkout. Details.

Customer Reviews

Based on 159 reviews
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Tyler M. (Illinois, United States)
Great Bag

I do not have very much experience with messenger bags but my experience with this one has been great! The strap and materials are very high quality and the design is well thought-out. It’s a great bag for when I just need to bring my laptop and a few other stuff with me.

The main thing I think could be improved about the bag is the phone pocket. The way it is has one side of the phone against the waxes canvas. The problem with this that I’ve found is that the wax will spear the screen or the cameras. I would love to see some kind of fabric be placed there to keep this from happening.

J
Joshua O. (Ohio, United States)
Vitesse Messenger Bag

I purchased this bag to replace another one I had carried for many years. I should have upgraded a long time ago. This bag is phenomenal. The materials and craftsmanship are superb and the bag layout is simple buy practical. It easily fits my 15 inch laptop, my planners, tech gear, and other essentials. I love the front panel pocket and zippers that allow quick and easy access to my keys, phone, and wallet. The look is also unique, stylish, and professional.

J
Joel S. (California, United States)
Better than I thought.

The bag is more substantial than I thought. It is large enough to fit all my stuff and the quality is great as usual. The only thing (hence 4 stars) is that I am surprised to find the bottom of the bag is only 1 layer whereas all the sides seem to be thicker (multi-layers). I am concerned about how durable the bottom fabric will be after many years of use.

M
Michael W. (Kansas, United States)
Great bag!

Very thoughtful design with quality materials and construction. Very happy with the purchase, worth the money, and highly recommend.

M
Michael S. (California, United States)
Amazing as always

Very happy with my new bag. I upgraded from the smaller canvas bag and couldn’t be happier. Fit and finish is perfect and the material feels heavy and rugged yet soft and warm. Keep up the good work guys, love your products.

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Waterfield Vitesse messenger bag review: the perfect bag?

AndroidGuys - May 15, 2019

“The Waterfield Vitesse will continue to be my messenger/shoulder bag of choice for the foreseeable future.”


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Our Favorite Messenger Bag

Wirecutter July 11, 2016

"At once stylish and sturdy, this bag transitions seamlessly between the office and more casual settings."

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Waterfield Designs Vitesse Messenger Bag Review

Best Leather - 7/23/16

"Vitesse is a French noun meaning speed. The word suggests a European zest combined with rapid utility. It’s the perfect name for the Waterfield Designs Vitesse Messenger Bag. The bag is simple, lightweight, and has a certain flair in its design."


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Versatile messenger bag fits all your stuff and more

Cult of Mac - August 17, 2015

"If you’re looking for something that can keep your stuff together no matter what you need contained, this is one of the better buys out there. And you’ll look great doing it."

SIZE GUIDE

The Vitesse Messenger has a large unpadded laptop pocket sized for devices up to 14.25" x 9.75". We recommend storing your laptop or tablet in a protective Sleeve. These devices can fit in your bag: 

 


1. MacBook: 

  • 14" MacBook Pro M1
  • 16" MacBook Pro M1
  • 16" MacBook Pro
  • 13” MacBook Pro
  • 13" MacBook Air

2. iPad: 

  • 12.9" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
  • 11" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard
  • 11" iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard

3. Microsoft Surface: 

  • Surface Book 2 (13.5” & 15")
  • Surface Pro X, Pro 7, Go with Type Cover
  • Surface Laptop 3 (13.5" & 15")

4. Other confirmed devices: 

  • Pixel Slate
  • Lenovo X1 Carbon
  • Dell XPS (13” & 15”)

5. Customer-vetted Devices - From Customer Reviews: 

  • DSLR camera gear and lenses (Geoffrey E.M., Soquel, US)

HIDDEN PHONE POCKET FOR EASY ACCESS

Details matter. A phone pocket of soft micro suede is sewn at the right height so your phone doesn't fall to the bottom. 

 

"Very pleased with the slanted easy-access zips on the outer pocket and with the little inner pouch inside it. Thank you!" - Nicola M. 

HEAVY-DUTY 15 OZ. WAXED CANVAS

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, 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. 

HOW TO FRESHEN UP YOUR CANVAS

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

THE BACKSTORY

"As a bike messenger on the streets of Boston, my messenger bag was my mobile office. Simply designed with one roomy interior, it carried my daily ncessities: packages, lunch, change of clothes, and everything else. 

 

When designing the Vitesse Messenger, we kept it true to its origins and added modern touches to make it more comfortable, durable, and stylish. When carrying laptops and tablets, be sure to put them in their own protective sleeves."
 

-Gary 

 

 

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Customer Reviews

Based on 159 reviews
84%
(133)
13%
(20)
3%
(4)
0%
(0)
1%
(2)
T
Tyler M. (Illinois, United States)
Great Bag

I do not have very much experience with messenger bags but my experience with this one has been great! The strap and materials are very high quality and the design is well thought-out. It’s a great bag for when I just need to bring my laptop and a few other stuff with me.

The main thing I think could be improved about the bag is the phone pocket. The way it is has one side of the phone against the waxes canvas. The problem with this that I’ve found is that the wax will spear the screen or the cameras. I would love to see some kind of fabric be placed there to keep this from happening.

J
Joshua O. (Ohio, United States)
Vitesse Messenger Bag

I purchased this bag to replace another one I had carried for many years. I should have upgraded a long time ago. This bag is phenomenal. The materials and craftsmanship are superb and the bag layout is simple buy practical. It easily fits my 15 inch laptop, my planners, tech gear, and other essentials. I love the front panel pocket and zippers that allow quick and easy access to my keys, phone, and wallet. The look is also unique, stylish, and professional.

J
Joel S. (California, United States)
Better than I thought.

The bag is more substantial than I thought. It is large enough to fit all my stuff and the quality is great as usual. The only thing (hence 4 stars) is that I am surprised to find the bottom of the bag is only 1 layer whereas all the sides seem to be thicker (multi-layers). I am concerned about how durable the bottom fabric will be after many years of use.

M
Michael W. (Kansas, United States)
Great bag!

Very thoughtful design with quality materials and construction. Very happy with the purchase, worth the money, and highly recommend.

M
Michael S. (California, United States)
Amazing as always

Very happy with my new bag. I upgraded from the smaller canvas bag and couldn’t be happier. Fit and finish is perfect and the material feels heavy and rugged yet soft and warm. Keep up the good work guys, love your products.