i first bought a messenger bag back in the winter of 2012. it lasted me all the way to two months ago when i bought my first backpack. the durability of these messenger bags does a lot of good. id bike to and from work and school and took my chrome bag everywhere i went. my new bag is the top notch beauty and i use it for school. its so great it makes me turn into a ninja at night when im avoiding the pop officres of the muni! i live in san francisco and its everything to be using these bags, they are axclusive to the bay and other major underground cities so having one definitely establishes your citizenship as a biker or other rider. my first messenger was red and grey. it cost me 90 bucks and i got it on sale. my new bag costs 190 and i payed the full price on that one because it had just came out and i like doing that, paying the full price for a new item. chrome is worth it and good for the job.