Gift Guide 2012: Messenger Bag Or Murse?

A fine line divides the sleek messenger bag from the embarrassing murse (you know, “man purse”), which is typically smaller, thinner and more expensive. Can’t tell the difference? We’re here to help, especially if you’re making a holiday wish list. Because you want a useful carryall, not a fashion item that your girlfriend will want to borrow on date night.

Ful Fearless


Credit: Ful

Price $70
Messenger Bag or Murse: Messenger Bag
Our Take: The Ful Fearless looks great and has a ton of places to stash your gear, so there’s no excuse for dropping your phone in the drink.

Claire Chase Classic


Credit: Claire Chase

Price $349
Messenger Bag or Murse: Murse
Our Take: Perfect for the European tourist visiting Times Square. Less stylish than a money belt to hold your camera and loose change. Avoid at all costs.

Hex Drake


Credit: Hex

Price $80
Messenger Bag or Murse: Messenger Bag
Our Take: If you need to haul your Mac laptop around on your folding bike, the Hex Drake is your new best friend. Not everyone can rock it though. Skinny jeans probably required.

Jack Spade Swedish M90 Cordura Dipped York Brief


Credit:www.jackspade.com

Price $275
Messenger Bag or Murse: Murse
Our Take: Camouflage doesn’t make everything cool. If you buy this, you’re basically holding Paula Broadwell‘s purse.

House Of Marley Lively Up


Credit: House of Marley

Price $109
Messenger Bag or Murse: Messenger Bag
Our Take: Made from hemp and recycled plastic bottles, the Lively Up is an eco-friendly way to store your tablet, laptop and other daily essentials while helping support Bob Marley’s 500 children.

The Star Wars Chewbacca


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Price $75
Messenger Bag or Murse: Messenger Bag
Our Take: To be honest, Chewy’s bag is a murse, but we love him enough to call it a messenger bag anyway. If you’re not a Wookie, proceed with caution.

Kenneth Cole Zippered Leather Day Bag


Credit: Kenneth Cole

Price $278
Messenger Bag or Murse: Murse
Our Take: Don’t let the dark leather fool you. This is a gift for your lady, not for yourself.

Man-n-Bag Daytrek Bag


Credit:www.manbag.com

Price $25
Messenger Bag or Murse: Murse
Our Take: At least it’s an affordable murse. The company’s co-founder went into the handbag business after someone called him “pursey” at a party. Enough said.

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Craig Goldstein (@techmywifeplz) is an Auxiliary Police Officer and would never carry a murse while on duty.