TIMBUK2 D-Lux Messenger Bag, £100, www.timbuk2.com

Since our sample arrived after September’s Cycle Show, this new courier/laptop bag has been on the backs of a couple of testers and proved so durable that we thought we’d review it before it hits the shops next spring.

The fabric’s known as ‘ballistic nylon’ and has already survived a series of rakes and scrapes, plus it has a waterproof liner to ensure contents remained dry. A padded strap and additional stabiliser, together with the compression straps, keep loads from wobbling about in transit; the former’s cam buckle also makes setting the perfect length a doddle.

Other features include a three-zipper front organiser, internal pockets for MP3 players/phones, and a studded laptop sleeve to protect your computer. XS/S/M sizes, in various colours. JK

PROS very robust, well featured
CONS not enough reflectivity