Announcing the ITS Tactical Discreet Messenger Bag Gen 2!

by June 27, 2011 06/27/11

We’re excited to announce the release of the 2nd Generation ITS Tactical Discreet Messenger Bag! We’ve listened to suggestions from our end users and worked hard with Zulu Nylon Gear to integrate some awesome new features!

The Discreet Messenger Bag represents features unseen in other bombproof tactical messenger bags; A bag laden with tactical features that doesn’t look tactical! With no exposed MOLLE/PALS or visible velcro, this bag is sure to blend right into any urban environment as your everyday carry or bug out / bail out bag.

Today we’ll go through all the upgrades we’ve made to increase its versatility and inherent discreet nature!

Upgrades

For those of you not familiar with our Discreet Messenger Bag and its development over the past two years please check out this article on the prototype and this article on the Gen 1 design.

Shoulder Strap

One large improvement on the bag that we’ve integrated is ambidextrous access to the shoulder strap by making it removable and reversible with dual 2″ slide release buckles. This allows you to adjust and remove the shoulder strap no matter which shoulder you’re wearing the bag on.

Something Military Morons brought up in his review of the Gen 1 bag was that we “somehow make the main shoulder strap ambidextrous for right or left shoulder carry, so that the emergency release buckle can always be positioned at the front…” Utilizing the dual SRBs this ambidextrous option is now a reality in the Gen 2 DMB.

Top Lid Interior Access

One of the inherent limitations of a “flap” style messenger bag is that to access the interior items you have to lift up the flap. We went back to the drawing board with Zulu and decided to remove the larger pocket on the flap of the top lid and replace it with an ambidextrous zipper that would allow the user to “open” the top lid to access interior items without having to undo the buckles and lift up the top lid.

This new zipper access features dual zippers to handle opening with either the right or left hand, regardless of what shoulder it’s carried on. This also segues into our next awesome feature, the relocation of the concealed carry pocket!

Concealed Carry Pocket and Holster Insert

Another upgrade to the DMB was to listen to our end users and comments that the previous location of the concealed carry pocket wasn’t easy to access under all circumstances. Namely if you have the DMB loaded down, that weight is against your body-side and against the opening of the concealed carry pocket. While not impossible to access, it still needed to be improved.

We’ve now moved the pocket location to the interior of the bag and ensured it was reinforced just as it was before to support the weight of a full-frame pistol and spare magazine. This location also makes drawing the firearm very easy using the new top lid zipper access. Your hand naturally goes right to this pocket when reaching into the main compartment through the flap!

Our concealed carry pocket wouldn’t be complete without our new Holster Insert! Featuring a 2″ wide webbing hook and loop closure that measures 9.5″, it will fit most full-frame pistols including Sig Sauers and 1911s. Attached to the 4″ x 4″ hook velcro backer is elastic retention to additionally carry a single pistol magazine.

As the pocket wall of our concealed carry pocket is reinforced with an HDPE sheet for rigidity, the Holster Insert hook velcro backing was left flexible for weight reduction.

Medical Insert

Something we’ve been working long and hard on with Zulu Nylon Gear is developing an insert for that large loop field that those of you that own a Gen 1 bag may have been wondering about on the exterior pocket lid.

This was designed to integrate our new Medical Insert and add rapid access capability to our ETA Kit components!

By priming the pocket so that the red webbing tab is exposed, you simply grasp the tab and pull to quickly access the pockets contents. ETA Kit components are secured to the Medical Insert with a single piece of adjustable shock cord routed through webbing channels and sewn to a 7″ x 2″ hook velcro strip.

The 1″ webbing pull tab measures another 7″ to provide plenty of purchase to grab and pull. The end of the pull tab is also reinforced for a solid pull.

Full Feature List

Just a few of the great features of the ITS Tactical Discreet Messenger Bag are the capability to use the bag to fight out of. Utilizing the waist strap to further secure the bag and the interior pockets to hold up to 4 AK Magazines or 8 M4/M-16 Magazines this bag has endless versatility. You can also place an armored plate and soft armor backer into the laptop pocket for further threat protection.

The bag dimension will also fit the popular Kel-Tec SUB-2000 folding rifle. Within the bag is also a hidden pocket that will only be revealed to those purchasing the Discreet Messenger Bag!

  • Available in Black, Coyote Brown and Foliage
  • Handmade in the USA with coated 1000D Cordura
  • Measures 15″ long x 5.5″ deep x 12″ tall
  • Exterior Nalgene Pockets with 1″ wide x 12″ long removable straps
  • 4″ exterior loop velcro field with removable discreet cover
  • 14.5″ interior bag access with top lid ambidextrous zipper opening
  • 5.5″ deep zippered exterior flap pocket
  • Interior 14.5″ wide x 11″ deep loop-velcro lined and HDPE-reinforced concealed pocket
  • Removable and adjustable 1″ wide waist strap
  • SlipNOT abrasion-resistant lined bottom with two drainage grommets
  • Removable shock cord interweaved on bag bottom
  • 2″ wide removable and quick-adjust shoulder strap
  • Adjustable top lid flap with 14″ x 12″ interior zippered marine-grade vinyl map pocket
  • Padded 14.5″ wide laptop pouch contoured to fit most 15″ laptops
  • Laptop Pocket will also hold an armor plate and soft armor backer
  • Two interior 7.5″ wide x 9.5″ tall paracord drawbridge pockets containing two elastic-retention magazine pouches and large rear pocket
  • Drawbridge magazine pockets hold total of 4 AK mags or 8 M4 Magpul Pmags
  • Left side interior drawbridge pocket flap with admin pockets and right side loop velcro lined
  • Reinforced paracord drawbridge channels
  • Keychain lanyard d-ring in right rear interior pocket
  • 550 paracord pulls on all zippered pockets and color matched hardware
  • Exclusive Hidden pocket that will only be disclosed to those purchasing the bag

Warranty and Available Discount

In the event that a Discreet Messenger Bag should fail due to poor craftsmanship or other defect, we will repair or replace as necessary free of charge! Just a reminder too that all our Plank Owners and Crew Leaders save 15% 24/7/365 on their entire order in our store along with all the other great benefits! Are you an ITS Tactical Supporting Member yet?

Video with Full Discreet Messenger Bag Review

The ITS Tactical Discreet Messenger Bag is capable of fitting into any role you require it to; We know you’re going to like the improvements and hopefully adopt one for your EDC (Every Day Carry) bag.

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GoSmitty
GoSmitty

WHY?!? Why discontinue this amazing piece of kit??? So bummed I missed out on them!

Gantler
Gantler

Any updates on when the Gen 2 will be avail to purchase?

Jarod Chu
Jarod Chu

I have just one question, that is when can I buy this bag.

JT
JT

This bag looks awesome. My only question/critique is: why did you put the adjustment for the top flap on the bottom of the bag (i.e., the way that you would make the top flap tighter or looser when it's clipped shut)? Why not make the adjustment at the male clip? Or does it adjust at the male clip and you have put sliders on the bottom to hold the excess strap (to make it cleaner)? In the video it looked like you had to flip the bag over in order to get at the top flap adjustment.

Other than that this looks like the absolute best messenger bag on the market, hands down. And I've spent a lot of time looking, so I'm not just saying that to make you feel good.

Thanks!

JT
JT

This bag looks awesome. My only question/critique is: why did you put the adjustment for the top flap on the bottom of the bag (i.e., the way that you would make the top flap tighter or looser when it's clipped shut)? Why not make the adjustment at the male clip? Or does it adjust at the male clip and you have put sliders on the bottom to hold the excess strap (to make it cleaner)? In the video it looked like you had to flip the bag over in order to get at the top flap adjustment. Other than that this looks like the absolute best messenger bag on the market, hands down. And I've spent a lot of time looking, so I'm not just saying that to make you feel good. Thanks!

Cory Heimark
Cory Heimark

So I've kept a bit silent till my Gen 2 bag arrived. I have tried out, tested, explored all kinds of bag options for a variety of uses/ reasons. I must say that this bag is worth every cent. Bryan you, your team and Zulu Nylon Gear crew have absolutely out down yourselves.

This is not some stiff, rigid, unconforming, frustrating piece of dust collecting nonsense that will get buried in the closet. I started messing around with the configuration the other day, here by there establishing items where I wanted them and thought them most useful. Then I had to pull a 24 hour operational duty and decided to make this my comfort bag, filled with some reading material, notebooks, 320z nalgene's filled with water and BCAA's and a CALLPOD portable charger for my iphone.

I got the Gen2 after wanting the Gen1 but not being in the market for it. I got a MIL/LE ETA kit to go along with it. I have always planned to carry the ETA kit and other life saving gear in the ETA pocket. As a military medic and an instructor that frequently does first responder, wilderness medicine, tac medicine related training to fit the realm of lay persons and emergency responders I always have some sort of ETA kit, first responder kit handy and I love redundancy and options, love to be able to show people creative ways to make stuff everyday accessible.

I love the way this bag carries, it just feels right, it feels like it belongs, it conforms but holds the contents well. Items are handy, easily accessible and you can just tell that hours of thought went into every detail. This is a true masterpiece of design and function.

Don't be intimidated by the price, this is a must have piece of kit if you can use a messenger style bag in any function of your life. It works, it works well and you will not want to use anything but it!

Bryan, awesome man, it is a work of art and I am very pleased.

Cory Heimark
Cory Heimark

So I've kept a bit silent till my Gen 2 bag arrived. I have tried out, tested, explored all kinds of bag options for a variety of uses/ reasons. I must say that this bag is worth every cent. Bryan you, your team and Zulu Nylon Gear crew have absolutely out down yourselves. This is not some stiff, rigid, unconforming, frustrating piece of dust collecting nonsense that will get buried in the closet. I started messing around with the configuration the other day, here by there establishing items where I wanted them and thought them most useful. Then I had to pull a 24 hour operational duty and decided to make this my comfort bag, filled with some reading material, notebooks, 320z nalgene's filled with water and BCAA's and a CALLPOD portable charger for my iphone. I got the Gen2 after wanting the Gen1 but not being in the market for it. I got a MIL/LE ETA kit to go along with it. I have always planned to carry the ETA kit and other life saving gear in the ETA pocket. As a military medic and an instructor that frequently does first responder, wilderness medicine, tac medicine related training to fit the realm of lay persons and emergency responders I always have some sort of ETA kit, first responder kit handy and I love redundancy and options, love to be able to show people creative ways to make stuff everyday accessible. I love the way this bag carries, it just feels right, it feels like it belongs, it conforms but holds the contents well. Items are handy, easily accessible and you can just tell that hours of thought went into every detail. This is a true masterpiece of design and function. Don't be intimidated by the price, this is a must have piece of kit if you can use a messenger style bag in any function of your life. It works, it works well and you will not want to use anything but it! Bryan, awesome man, it is a work of art and I am very pleased.

Chris
Chris

Mike, check out Cross Breed for an excellent holster. I am an ex-cop and found this holster very nice.

Søren Tørnquist
Søren Tørnquist

Nice bag, beautiful details.

When will they come in stock?

And it is possible to buy them within the EU?

Best regards Tørnquist

Denmark

Søren Tørnquist
Søren Tørnquist

Nice bag, beautiful details. When will they come in stock? And it is possible to buy them within the EU? Best regards Tørnquist Denmark

Mike
Mike

I have gotten away from messenger type bag anyway great upgrades. Still looking for a concealed carry (inside-belt/pocket) holster for my Glock17 or Firestar M40.

Mark Howard
Mark Howard

Could you guys PLEASE come out with a VERTICAL messenger bag with the same care and similar features? It would be great with the option for a top and cross sling carry.

Mike
Mike

What type of blue marker is that, which was used to write the numbers on the PMAGS in the photos?

Diggitt
Diggitt

TacticalTom, I have found 5.11 to be really good about returns. I bought their Rush 72 for a backpacking trip and found it to be pretty painful to carry. They refunded it dirty with no questions asked.

John
John

I like the idea and look of these, but I have gotten away from messenger bags because the tend to slide around if you have to bend over or jump. My PUSH pack is now an active shooter bag, and have gone with a camelbak MULE for EDC/GHB.

TacticalTom
TacticalTom

Just yesterday I was looking at an insert for my 5.11 bag from another manufacturer and thinking why don't they put the holster and mag pouch together. I should have known you guys would be way ahead of me. I loved your GEN1 bag but had just purchased the 5.11 PUSH Pack. I am not happy with it and will be buying your bag. Thanks for making great products.

Diggitt
Diggitt

Wow . . . I guess my Victorinox briefcase IS looking a little worn.

R. Danneskjold
R. Danneskjold

Love my Gen 1 version.....great upgrades here makes a great bag even better!

Justin
Justin

A little late obviously for this revision of the bag, but for future iterations, could you mount the tri-glide on the shoulder strap with the bar facing outwards, and sew a loop/handle around that bar to use as a quick adjust for the shoulder strap, similar to the way the Magpul MS2 sling, and the Vickers sling work.

TORG Ind.
TORG Ind.

Awesome bag! Quality work as always from ITS. Elegantly displayed through high quality photos and examples of use. Keep up the good work!

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

Wow Cory!! That's a hell of a testimonial brother, thanks for taking the time to write that! You're continued support of ITS means a lot and I sincerely appreciate every bit of it!

Stay safe!

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

Wow Cory!! That's a hell of a testimonial brother, thanks for taking the time to write that! You're continued support of ITS means a lot and I sincerely appreciate every bit of it! Stay safe!

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