The Drop: ITS Discreet Messenger Bag

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As much as we’d love to bring our trusty backpack around everywhere we go, there are times when the occasion calls for a sleeker, low-profile bag to carry our daily essentials, whether you’re heading to an important business meeting or simply during days when we don’t need all the extra space. A messenger bag fits this role perfectly, providing easy access to your items without the added bulk a backpack brings. The ITS Discreet Messenger Bag isn’t your typical messenger bag, however. Its sleek, minimalist design blends in with any environment while offering plenty of storage space and functionality.

On the front, you’ll find an ambidextrous loop-lined pocket easily accessed from both sides, even when the lid is closed. This pocket features the brand’s ReadyZip system that gives you two options for closure: a magnetic zipper for quick access and a waterproof zipper for extra security. You can use this pocket to store items you need to reach quickly, such as your phone, wallet, keys, or flashlight.

Inside, the Discreet has seven pockets, each designed to fit different items. The main interior pocket can fit a laptop up to 15”, while the two water bottle pockets can fit standard-sized bottles. The two slim pockets are ideal for pens, cables, or chargers, while the two standard pockets can stow larger items like notebooks or tablets.

One of my favorite features of the ITS Discreet Messenger Bag is the magnetic FIDLOCK Buckle closure, which allows you to open and close the lid with one hand. No more fumbling with buckles or velcro–just pull down on the webbing handle and let the magnet do the rest.

The bag itself is highly resistant to the elements, made from 600D TPU fabric, which is durable, weatherproof, and eco-friendly. Its custom-made shoulder strap is made from double-layer tubular nylon webbing used in climbing gear with an easy adjustment system that allows you to change the strap length without taking it off.

What we like: While the bag’s exterior is low-key and monochromatic, its interior is in bright orange, making it easy to identify your items at a glance. It also comes with a custom Oni patch by acclaimed EDC designer Dan Matsuda.

What to watch out for: The shoulder strap isn’t padded but is a custom, soft double-layer tubular nylon that allows easy adjustment while still having the strength of climbing webbing. 

Final verdict: Highly versatile not just in looks but in functionality, the ITS Discreet Messenger Bag is more than ready to be your covert companion around the city.

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