The One Commuter Bag

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The Want: A fun, colorful, and durable shoulder-slung messenger bag to ferry paperwork and daily essentials, from workout gear to makeup. Because spring’s in the air, it’s time to dust off that bicycle, pump up the tires, and begin a breezy commute to work.

The Get: Patagonia’s Critical Mass Bag snugly holds anything you’d otherwise put in a standard briefcase, and then some. Made from recycled polyester, this messenger bag—available in four colors, including black and mission olive—is especially safe for a daily bicycle commute, what with its nighttime reflective panel and mount for a safety light. The main compartment consists of a padded sleeve that can hold any laptop under 17 inches. Pockets are plentiful for a smartphone, pens, and well, just about anything you might need for a busy workday. ($99;

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