Announcing the ITS Tactical Discreet Messenger Bag!

by November 1, 2010 11/1/10

I’m super excited today to bring you what we feel to be the best messenger bag out on the market today!

The ITS Tactical Discreet Messenger Bag has been in development for over a year with Zulu Nylon Gear and 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; or with MultiCam as one of the colorway choices, blend into a tactical environment as a bug out bag / bail out bag.

You may remember a few months back when we highlighted the Discreet Messenger Bag Prototype on ITS and referred everyone over to Joel at Zulu to purchase. He had such a great response, we decided to make some crucial improvements and brand it as the ITS Tactical Discreet Messenger Bag for sale exclusively on ITS Tactical.

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.

Features

ITS Discreet Messenger Bag 06The initial requirements of this bag consisted of a few important things lacking from traditional tactical messenger bags adopted for every day carry use. First, while there are some great designs out there, everything screams tactical, so that was the first thing we tackled.

As mentioned earlier, we did away with any visible MOLLE/PALS or velcro. As we wanted to incorporate a large loop velcro panel for identification or patches, we did the next best thing and hid it behind a removable strip the blends right in with the flap of the bag. There’s also a completely hidden compartment on this bag that we’ll get into soon.

ITS Discreet Messenger Bag 21Secondly, while being discreet, we still wanted a bag you could fight out of if needed. We handled this with exterior pockets just under the flap that can accommodate up to eight PMAGs or four AK mags. The entire interior pocket of the bag is also loop velcro lined so the possibilities are endless. Even the side Nalgene pockets secure shut and out of the way for a low-profile.

In addition to the magazine pockets, the rear of the bag closest to your body has an externally accessible pocket that’s also loop velcro lined for concealing a pistol, magazines or whatever else you need quick access to. Back there you’ll also find a removable waist strap to further secure the bag when you’re on the move.

ITS Discreet Messenger Bag 14Lastly on our list of requirements for the ITS Tactical Discreet Messenger Bag, was versatility. As noted we wanted this bag to fit multiple roles, from the EDC bag you carry around town or to school with your laptop; to the bug out bag / bail out bag you have pre-staged in your vehicle if everything goes south.

To incorporate these last requirements, we needed a bombproof platform capable of handing anything you could throw at it. We did this with heavy-duty 1000d coated Cordura that provides additional water resistance. The entire bottom of the bag is lined with SlipNOT to protect the area of the bag most susceptible to abrasion.

In addition, you’ll find a padded laptop pocket, interior pocket large enough for multiple notebooks, exterior Nalgene pockets and more places to put smaller items than you ever knew you needed.

Full Feature List

  • ITS Discreet Messenger Bag 07Available in Foliage, Coyote Brown, Black and MultiCam
  • Sewn by Zulu Nylon Gear 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
  • Large 11″ deep and small 5.5″ deep zippered exterior flap pockets
  • Rear 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
  • ITS Discreet Messenger Bag 29Removable shock cord interweaved on bag bottom
  • 2″ wide removable and quick-adjust shoulder strap
  • Adjustable top lid flap with 14″ x 12″ zippered marine-grade vinyl map pocket with side access zipper
  • Padded 14.5″ wide laptop pouch contoured to fit most 15″ laptops
  • Two interior 7.5″ wide x 9.5″ tall paracord drawbridge pockets containing two elastic-retention magazine pouches and large rear pocket
  • ITS Discreet Messenger Bag 26Left 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
  • Each bag comes with an ITS Tactical and Zulu Nylon Gear velcro-backed Patch
  • Exclusive Hidden pocket that will only be disclosed to those purchasing the bag

Improvements

ITS Discreet Messenger Bag 18We’ve given the ITS Discreet Messenger Bag some major improvements and new features from the initial prototype design. The biggest and most exciting improvement was the inclusion of a hidden pocket never before seen on any tactical messenger bag. This pocket is so well hidden that we’ve had Police Officer friends of ours that couldn’t find it!

As to keep the location of this pocket as discreet as it should remain, the location of this pocket will only be disclosed by email to those purchasing the bag.

Another major improvement was to the drawbridge functionality of the exterior pockets. They now feature a reinforced channel that provides much needed stability to the flaps of these pockets. The right side drawbridge pocket is also now loop velcro lined so that you can add anything from a holster to a GPS for quick acquisition. Again with loop velcro the possibilities are endless.

ITS Discreet Messenger Bag 12Some feedback we’ve received is that the laptop pocket was often a tight squeeze, especially with two Nalgenes riding in their pockets. We’ve remedied this by expanding the laptop pocket outward and it will accommodate most 15″ laptops. When you carry Nalgenes in this bag you do sacrifice a bit of the interior room, but this was necessary to ensure the Nalgene pockets could fold flat and out of the way. As you’ll see in the photos, it’s really not that much space you loose in the interior when running Nalgenes.

The carry strap has also been upgraded by adding a second triglide. This was done because on occasion while running, the strap would come out which was definitely an issue we had to fix.

ITS Discreet Messenger Bag 30On the ITS Tactical Discreet Messenger Bag the shoulder pad strap and HDPE velcro-lined divider are extras that will need to be ordered directly from Zulu Nylon Gear if desired. We chose to keep the costs low by not including these, as they’re really not necessary. By running the shoulder pad strap you loose the quick adjustment feature and have to remove the pad to adjust your bag. When on the move it’s important to retain the quick-adjust feature.

For the full development history of this bag and how we came to the current version, check out the prototype article for more information.

Order the ITS Tactical Discreet Messenger Bag Here!


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April2014
April2014

Serious bummer this product has been discontinued in the color I want. It was about twice my budget, but it's one of the better messengers I've seen with regards to small item organization.

Aaron McDoomsday
Aaron McDoomsday

Looks like a bomb proof bag indeed, and I really want to order one, but I use a 17" laptop for school and the laptop sleeve is 1.5" to short. DAMN!

Jacob Haugh
Jacob Haugh

Just ordered mine over the weekend, can't wait to get it!! You guys really filled a niche in the market with this one, but you need to get the word OUT! If I hadn't stumbled across this site, I would have never known...

Steve
Steve

I'm seriously thinking about getting one. Its almost perfect for what I'm looking for. Not a fan of flaps but at least it's got storage inside the big flap. Is there a guarantee with bag? Like the idea of covering the Velcro on the outside too. The video review shows a comfort strap pad, does that come with it and does the removable divider come with it as well? Any other colors or updates to the bag immanent? It's just a bit pricey.

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

nwrockdoc,

While we'd like to simply arrange for those to be made, it's really contingent on how the bags do as a whole before we release other versions. It's not totally out of the question, but it may take awhile before that happens.

Thanks for your interest and support!

Bryan

nwrockdoc
nwrockdoc

Is there a model out or forthcoming that can take a 17" laptop and maintain being waterproof? I know it's asking a lot, but it's a kick ass bag, so I'm only hopeful....

Wabluska
Wabluska

Wow. That looks cool. You guys ship to the UK?

Brian Hail
Brian Hail

Got mine this week and it's great; been looking forward to it for months.

A. Nguyen
A. Nguyen

It's the best messenger bag I've seen, yet. Thoroughly thought out, well done. Unfortunately, my wallet is a bit light at the moment. It's definitely on my wishlist and Christmas list. :)

By the way, this would be great item for a future Give-Away. Maybe along with some ITS Tactical Patches?

A. Nguyen
A. Nguyen

It's the best messenger bag I've seen, yet. Thoroughly thought out, well done. Unfortunately, my wallet is a bit light at the moment. It's definitely on my wishlist and Christmas list. :) By the way, this would be great item for a future Give-Away. Maybe along with some ITS Tactical Patches?

retro
retro

looks like a quality product guys. any plans to actually make a backpack of some sort? messenger bags look pretty damn odd on me.

JC
JC

Damn, that hat bag is off the HEEZY!!!

jon
jon

great!

annother bag I don't really need, can't afford, but really, really want.

jon
jon

great! annother bag I don't really need, can't afford, but really, really want.

khebhekh
khebhekh

300! I want one but damn! 300!

adriano c
adriano c

Just got mine in coyote tan.. Can't wait to check it out!

Steve H
Steve H

Jeepers... Out of my price range but damn nice bag. If I wouldn't only use it for my laptop, I'd be down for that thing in a second :P

Darrell Kuhne
Darrell Kuhne

That's a great looking bag! Well thought out.

Norm
Norm

So you're going to shoot me one so I can do a proper non-biased review of it, right?

;)

Norm
Norm

So you're going to shoot me one so I can do a proper non-biased review of it, right? ;)

Steevens Alconcel
Steevens Alconcel

I bought mine when the prototype article came out. Have mine in foliage and it has been serving me well! I wish I had that secret pocket... ;)

jon bodon
jon bodon

:o

Idk if you meant to give me a boner, AND make me jealous at the same time.

But thank you!

jon bodon
jon bodon

:o Idk if you meant to give me a boner, AND make me jealous at the same time. But thank you!

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

Paul, while we appreciate the comment, you might want to get that "pissing yourself when you laugh" issue looked at LOL!

p gallagher
p gallagher

Pissing my self laughing here! a man bag really come on laydeeeesss

Jim O.
Jim O.

I ordered mine as soon as I read the article about the prototype. It's a great HIGH QUALITY bag. I love mine. I should have waited though. Then I could have gotten an ITS patch with the bag too. Oh well. Order one. You won't regret it.

Aaron McDoomsday
Aaron McDoomsday

I'd like to give nwrockdoc a bump here... It rains 9months of the year here in Portland, and I was stupid enough to buy a 17" laptop for school...

I spoke with Joel over at Zulu Nylon, and he says they won't do any custom bags... I **REALLY** want this bag, but it won't carry what I need it to, or keep it dry while navigating public transit, hiking 4.6 miles home for shits and giggles, or bugging out/ during any of the many natural disatsters that could strike my fair city.

An extra inch and a half is all it would take to fit a 17" laptop, and a zip/velcro tear-away rainfly would handle the falling water issue.

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

nwrockdoc, While we'd like to simply arrange for those to be made, it's really contingent on how the bags do as a whole before we release other versions. It's not totally out of the question, but it may take awhile before that happens. Thanks for your interest and support! Bryan

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

Awesome Brian!! Thanks for your support and glad you're enjoying the bag!!

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

Jim, glad you're enjoying your bag and thanks for the kind words!

Aaron McDoomsday
Aaron McDoomsday

I'd like to give nwrockdoc a bump here... It rains 9months of the year here in Portland, and I was stupid enough to buy a 17" laptop for school... I spoke with Joel over at Zulu Nylon, and he says they won't do any custom bags... I **REALLY** want this bag, but it won't carry what I need it to, or keep it dry while navigating public transit, hiking 4.6 miles home for shits and giggles, or bugging out/ during any of the many natural disatsters that could strike my fair city. An extra inch and a half is all it would take to fit a 17" laptop, and a zip/velcro tear-away rainfly would handle the falling water issue.

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