The 8 Best Messenger Bags: Stylish, Waterproof, Lightweight, and More

Made of simple, humble canvas with just three pockets and a little zippered pouch, this messenger bag is as straightforward as they come. It’s inexpensive, lightweight, and it’ll last you a really long time if you treat it right. I’ve had one since 2006, and while the color has faded a little, there are no holes or rips anywhere.

It’s not a good choice if you need something water-resistant though, as the canvas soaks up water like a sponge. For everyday use during the spring or summer, it’s a great pick. Even with my stable of more expensive bags, I often pick this one up because it’s not structured, and when carrying a light load, it’s pretty thin and light.