Timbuk2 and TerraCycle are putting the “messenger” in “messenger bag.” The San Francisco-based carryall-maker has teamed up with the New Jersey upcycler to transform decommissioned U.S. Postal Service mail bags (circa 1960-1990) into tough-as-nails stuff-shleppers ready to take on rain, snow, sleet, and gloom of night—and not necessarily in that order.
Available in two sizes and your choice of au naturel or vegetable-dyed brown, each bag is clad in a hardy nylon exterior and fitted with a waterproof, PVC-free liner. Because the original sacks vary in print and wear, all messengers are distinctly one of a kind. Plus, like all of Timbuk2’s merchandise, the bags come with a lifetime warranty.
Just one downside: The carriers are imported, not made in the U.S.A., which takes the shine off their all-American provenance. Still, you don’t get to own a rehabbed piece of history—especially one that’s ready to take on another 10,000 miles—every day. We see what you did there, guys.