The Ergohacks Verdict

I have carried the same small bag for twenty years. It’s nothing special, but it’s small, comfortable and surprisingly waterproof in light rain. I don’t often carry a large bag, but I always have a small one that carries the basics – phone, wallet, keys, inhaler and Dextro tabs. It’s the bag I’m most fond of because I use it every single day. Last month, the zip broke on my bag. I was devastated. Over the years, I’ve tried to find a bag with a similar fit, but I’ve had no luck. Chris, bag enthusiast that he is, has also tried, but no luck, until now. He handed me The North Face’s Bardu Messenger Bag and asked if I’d give it a go. I did.

I love it. It’s actually waterproof, rather than sort of waterproof. It has a comfortable, adjustable strap (the last one didn’t) and three pockets (an upgrade from one). It was a bit stiff the first week and I struggled to get things to fit, but after a month of daily use, it’s now just perfect. It will hold the essentials as well as a few extra bits and the sleeve pocket is very useful for leaflets, maps and tickets when travelling. I wish I had a more sophisticated way to say it, but the best I have is that I love it. I’m all set now for at least the next three decades.


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The North Face started as a mountaineering equipment shop in San Francisco in 1966. They built up a following in outdoor athletes and expanded into ski gear in the 1980s then most outdoor areas and the 1990s. They’re now a division of VF corporation that also includes Vans, Jansport, Lee, Wrangler and Timberland and employs around 2,500 worldwide.


The Bardu messenger bag is small and compact, waterproof and stylish. It’s made of high-quality fabric and has three pockets – two with zip closures.


Product Dimensions: 18 cm x 14 cm x 5 cm
Capacity: 1 Litre
Item Weight: 254 g
Colour: Back, Grey, Asphalt Grey
Waterproof: Yes
Materials: fabric

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 We based our Ergohacks Verdict on 8 weeks of using the Bardu Cross-Body bag. This article was first published on 11 August 2017.