The classic messenger bag boasts massive capacity, rugged good looks and easy over-the-shoulder carriage. They crossed over from pure utilitarian fare to one of the ubiquitous choices for urban commuters and world travelers. And several companies continue to innovate on the classic, bringing new features and higher-levels of customization to the market than ever before. Here are three top options:

Briggs & Riley BRX Excursion – Sleek and lightweight, the Briggs & Riley BRX Excursion Messenger Bag comes from one of the top names in luggage and travel gear. It’s the lightest weight in our test coming in at under two pounds. See review.

Timbuk2 Commute Messenger – Timbuk2 practically invented the category (or at least played a major force in popularizing the widespread adoption of the messenger bag). Today, the Commute Messenger adds a range of laptop-specific features to the classic. See review.

Tom Bihn Ego Messenger Bag Tom Bihn Ego – With unheard-of levels of customization, massive numbers of pockets and some of the highest quality components available, the Tom Bihn Ego might just be the king of messenger bags. It’s expensive, but you definitely get what you pay for. See review.

Each one of the above bags brings a ton of interesting and innovative features, special padded sleeves for carrying 15-inch laptops and much more that make them ideal for the daily grind. Which one is right for you? Read the above reviews and make your pick.

Thanks for reading another outdoor gear review from GearGuide. And thanks to Briggs & Riley, Cloud 12 PR and Tom Bihn for providing product for this review.