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Interceptor Medium Waterproof Messenger Bag Review

Interceptor Medium Waterproof Messenger Bag Review  - We take a look at this waterproof messenger bag from Interceptor.

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Category : Bags, Cases and Straps
Product : Interceptor Messenger Medium
Price : £49
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Interceptor Messenger Medium

The Interceptor series is available in the UK through Intro2020. They are made from special tarpaulin cloth material that is flexible and totally waterproof, the seams are glued rather than stitched. Available in the series are a tote bag, sling rucksack style bag, and a small and medium messenger style bag. The medium messenger bag is available in yellow, black and orange. Here, we take a look at the orange version. 

Interceptor Messenger Bag Features

Interceptor Bag Walking

The Interceptor messenger bag has a zipped pocket on the front flap, for any small and flat accessories. The flap is secured by two clips and a velcro patch. 

Inside, there is a mesh pocket along the back wall, with three compartments, This can be flipped out if necessary. Also in the bag, there is a boat-like padded insert with two movable dividers for your kit. The bag is designed to hold a DSLR with attached lens and either two extra lenses or a lens and other accessory like a flash unit. This compartment lifts out enabling you to easily place your kit. 

The bag is made from a special tarpaulin, a plastic coated nylon and polyester mix that feels really robust. The seams of the bag have been glued (welded) together rather then sewn, stopping the seals becoming vulnerable to water leaking in. There is an adjustable padded shoulder strap that allows you to wear the bag across your body. The bright colour of this orange version of the bag means it's easy to locate.

Interceptor Bag Shoulder Strap
 

Key Features

  • Totally waterproof outer construction
  • Glued seals, rather than stitched 
  • Holds a DSLR with attached lens and two other accessories 
  • Water resistant zipper

Interceptor Messenger Bag Handling & Performance

The Interceptor messenger bag is comfortable to carry thanks to the wide padded shoulder strap. It's secure, too, with two large clips and velcro keeping the kit protected. Equally, though, it's easy enough to unclip and unvelcro the bag, the velcro acting as an alarm signal if anyone were to try and sneak into your bag without you noticing. 

The inside of the bag is well designed, with the camera protecting 'boat' lifting out of the bag easily. It fits perfectly to the bottom of the bag making for a secure carrying of your kit. We managed to fit a Canon EOS 7D with attached Tamron 16-300mm lens, plus an Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera and attached lens, with enough space for a water bottle at the side, too, which is impressive for a bag so compact. 

Interceptor Messenger Bag Insides

The mesh compartments are ideal for stationery, we used one for a couple of pens, including the lens pen which is also available through Intro 2020, and will also come in handy for slim card readers or external storage, too. 

When the top of the bag is folded closed, there is enough of an overhang to mean that even if you are caught in a heavy rain shower, there is very little chance of water being able to get in, as long as you keep the bag upright. The bags are designed to be able to withstand all sorts of weather, including heavy rain and even splashing from boat rides or spray waves etc. 

 

Value For Money

The Interceptor Messenger medium is available for £49 from Amazon, and is distributed in the UK through Intro 2020. This bag is quite unique in the market in that it is completely weatherproof and is made from welded together plastic coated nylon and polyester. 

If you're looking for something that can be submerged as well, then the Overboard waterproof camera bag may be something to consider. It's available for £22.49 from Amazon, and is designed to float in the water should it accidentally go overboard and can also handle quick submersions. 

 

Interceptor Messenger Bag Verdict

Overall, this bag and all the bags in the Interceptor waterproof series, are ideal fro times when you know you're going to get wet. When you're out and about, there's no reason to worry about your kit getting wet as long as the bag is kept closed and upright. 

The medium messenger bag reviewed here is spacious, sleek and has enough room for personal accessories to boot. It's comfy to wear and simple to open and close, making a great companion for anyone that is planning on taking their equipment to a splash prone area such as the seaside, a lake or simply for withstanding really heavy rain. 


 
  The Interceptor is a waterproof bag with lots of space and a secure, robust design.

Interceptor Messenger Bag Pros

Keeps kit dry
Plenty of room
Comfy
Welded, glued seals rather than stitched

Interceptor Messenger Bag Cons

Design may not be appealing to all

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16 Jul 2014 1:59PM
Was very tempted by this bag not long back. Went with a Lowepro in the end though.
The cheap, plasticy look put me off when I saw one.

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