“You never know what life is going to throw at you, or what you might collect along the way,” says Curtis Williams, who founded North St. five years ago in Portland, Oregon. The $228 Route Nine transforms easily from a messenger bag to a pannier and is (nearly) large enough to hold a typewriter. North St. produces only one bag at a time, and each is sewn by hand. The Convertible’s padded shoulder strap feels plush, its waterproof liner seals out rain, and the matte Cordura fabric gives it a modern, sporty style that looks great whether you’re on a bike tour or stepping into a hip café.
Normally, a pannier would sit awkwardly or uncomfortably strapped across your back, while a backpack or messenger may not fasten to a rack securely enough to work as a pannier. The $228 Route Nine bag is designed to make this transition thanks to removable pannier backing, a removable padded shoulder strap, and a roll-top closure that’s well suited to either configuration. A waterproof liner protects the 17.5 liters of storage space inside, and the outside pockets are also water resistant. Reflectors adorn the pack’s side pockets for added visibility.
Portland(of course)-based North St. produces its bags by hand, one at a time, using primarily US-made materials.
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