Published on May 24th, 2012 | by Kira0
Green Guru: Everything (And) The Kitchen Sink
Ever wanted your own Mary Poppins-esque version of a bicycle messenger bag? Look no further! I think your kitchen sink might actually fit in this bag, along with most gear you might even consider taking out while on a ride.
As a green-friendly, Brooklyn-based TrulyNetter, I am always happy to find new ways to recycle. The latest discovery is the Green Guru Ruckus Backpack. It is a bike messenger bag made from recycled/upcycled mountain bike tire tubes, upcycled shoulder harness, and recycled PETE aerospace mesh from post consumer water bottles. I thought: With those materials it better be water proof! So, I took it out in the rain and tested it out in some of the recent wildly-swinging New York weather. I am happy to report that all my belongings remained dry.
For its size, it is ridiculously huge and makes me look like a child in comparison (I am only 5’2″ and 95lbs though). The Ruckus is actually pretty comfortable to wear and comes with a sternum strap and removable waist belt. I do not know about you, but I am the type of person who fills my bags. This is a very bad thing when the bag is massive. A bag of this size can rapidly get very heavy, especially since it is already starting at 3 pounds and 8 ounces. Green Guru does advertise this backpack as a bag that can “gulp up all the gear you can put in it.” They mean it!
The backpack comes with a laptop divider and many pockets. No worries fitting any size laptop, I think you might even be able to fit a desktop in there. This would have been super helpful the one time I need to take my 27″ iMac to the shop (ok, it isn’t actually quite that large).
With all the seat belt strap bags that everyone seems to have, the bike tube look is a refreshing change of style and I can see some cyclists geeking out over it. It also comes with a place to put a water pouch, which is another perk for the more serious bikers. But messenger bags have a few important features, including the need for a really solid front flap. In this case, it is quite large to ensure the bag is water/storm proof, but ends up being cumbersome. Awkward to open, it also doesn’t seal very well, as the velcro strips don’t always align correctly. Plus, it’s hard to get in and out of your bag quickly, since the flap is so big.
Overall, if you are a uniquely stylish bike messenger who needs to go out in the rain, then this bag is perfect for you and it’s a great eco-friendly buy at $140. If you don’t fit into this group, you probably want to consider another type of bag, and Green Guru does make others. In fact, though this is the first bag we’ve tested from Green Guru, I found the stitching and seaming of this bag excellent, it’s incredibly well-built and rugged, and does offer a unique fashion statement.