Osprey Beta Messenger Bag
It’s a mystery to me how Osprey has managed to stay under my radar for so long—while the company may be best known for making solid outdoor packs and luggage, its line of laptop bags are robustly constructed and have well-thought out features that are right up my alley.
Case in point, the Beta. A messenger bag made from a range of polyesters (150D, 300D, and 600D if you’re into that kind of thing) measuring roughly 12 inches by 17 inches by 7 inches and capable of carrying up to 20 liters, the Beta doesn’t disappoint.
Available in four colors (red, black, brown, and gray), the Beta fits laptops up to 15 inches in a dedicated and padded laptop sleeve. As an added bonus, the laptop sleeve also features a sizable zippered pocket inside, ideal for corralling chargers, cables, and other accessories. The bottom layer of the bag is also nicely padded, so you won’t have to worry about your laptop clunking against the ground when you set your bag down.
In addition to the laptop compartment, the Beta also provides ample storage space in its main compartment, which is divvied up into three sections courtesy of two sleeve pockets inside. The front of the Beta features two more zippered sections: The upper section unzips to reveal three pen slots and five small pockets, while the lower section unzips to provide more storage—and a bonus clutch-sized bag with two zippered sections ideal for odds and ends.
The bottom section was a nice surprise—partially hidden, it initially escaped my notice it until I looked closer at the front loop (intended for bike lights or locks). Between the existing storage and the size expansion zippers, the Beta was capacious enough so that I rarely used the lower storage section, but it was nice having that bonus compartment there all the same.
Using the Beta was generally a pleasure—it always held everything I threw at it, although I will say that it was necessary to use the front clasps to lock down the front flap (which holds an additional zippered compartment as well). Otherwise, it would have been really, really easy for anyone on the bus to reach their hands into my bag.
Overall, I was impressed with the Beta: My laptop fit easily and neatly inside of it, as did all my other notebooks, magazines, chargers, cables, and accessories; it rarely felt overstuffed or weighed down and there was a goodly amount of padding on the back panel and shoulder strap.
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Osprey Beta Messenger Bag