Laptops, DSLRs, iPads, even Moleskines – we ask a lot of the bags we carry, and in return it takes a lot to impress us. ONA’s Union Street messenger bag is certainly ticking the right boxes from first impressions, billed as a camera bag – indeed, it fits a DSLR complete with a lens attached – it’s well padded, very well made and still has room for a MacBook Pro. More first impressions after the cut.
Currently up for pre-order at $279, the Union Street comes in black, smoke or the ranger tan of our review sample. Rather than leather or nylon, ONA has opted for hand-crafted waxed cotton canvas, punctuated with leather straps, detailing and a tough base section. It works well with the antiqued brass hardware.
There’s room in well-bolstered, adjustable sections for up to three lenses or flash units, together with a full-size DSLR, and then a laptop in the removable side pouch. A 13-15-inch MacBook Pro slotted in easily with a leather strap to hold it in place.
It’s not cheap, but it’s comfortable and very well constructed; there’s obviously been plenty of attention paid to putting the bag together. Certainly one of the best hybrid camera/laptop messenger bags we’ve come across, and with the toughness to leave us confident toting it across a show floor. [ONA Website]
Note/Correction: 15-inch MacBook Pro fits perfectly.