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Published on May 24th, 2012 | by Kira


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.

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Former neuroscientist, and now fashion photographer, Kira is a perfect fit for TrulyNet. She has a great understanding of what is hot, loves the new geeky toys, and has the academic background to be opinionated on it. Kira is well traveled, has lived in Australia and Canada for school. Loves the outdoors, biking, all types of art, and is completely obsessed with fashion and photographing it. She presently can be found in New York City at an art event, art gallery, museum, science talk, one of the NYC parks, a vegetarian friendly restaurant, a comic book store, or out getting bubble tea. She is a little obsessed with bubble tea.

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