I am putting these two bags together in one review as other than straps and zippers they are much alike.
Getting women to use bicycles as a form of transportation is rather important to me. I feel as society see’s more women on bikes, as more women empower their children and families to chose a bike, the more we success we will have with getting better laws, infrastructure and movement forward in the US for bikes.
Making biking easier, more functional, and well better looking is a huge step in to doing the above. I feel Bontrager is making strides in this.
Bontrager Vella Vana Messenger MSRP: $110
A streamlined messenger bag that comes in black or a deep purple. The unique feature of this bag is on the back, under a zipper two clips are hidden to firmly snap this bag on to your rack.
Other features in the bag include:
- A separate, elevated, sleeve for your laptop to keep it from hitting the ground
- Expandable when you need more room
- External key and wallet pocket
- Padded messenger strap
Bontrager Vella Camu Shopper MSRP $110
The basics of this bag are the same but instead of a messenger bag it is shaped to fit a paper grocery bag perfectly. The messenger strap is replaced with two hand straps and the top is closed by a zipper top.
The bag still has the installation feature onto a rack, expansion feature with a full zip around the bottom when you need to carry more and adds side straps to cinch down on the sides and keep things safe!
Things I Would Change (Cons)
The bags are really good and durable bags. They’ve encouraged my better half who is a true girly girl to branch out and use a bicycle for other things. With that, I have to make note of a few things that I hope in the next run they address.
- More mounts for blinky lights
- More reflective bits
- Some sort of tie down on the bottom for when I have precious cargo and can’t fathom the bag coming unhitched
- Maybe a rain fly
- More colors. Make it fun, make it eye catching. (Remember hi-viz yellow is the new black!)
Some other cool photos and features
This product was provided for free for review. I was not bribed or paid for this review.