Lander Timp Messenger Bag Review

The perfect motorcycle saddlebag companion

Lander timp messenger bag
Lander Timp 20l Messenger BagMonti Smith

I have been looking for the ideal motorcycle carry system nearly as long as I have been riding. Countless backpacks, tank or tail bags, messenger bags- hell even a couple fanny packs (don't judge me). I almost always prefer backpacks when it comes to bikes without storage, and have been using and loving the Velomacchi Roll-Top for my daily commutes. But when it comes to touring motorcycles that have built-in storage, the best saddlebag liner/ messenger bag I've ever tested is hands down the Lander Timp Messenger.

I had been jamming some of the best motorcycle backpacks money can buy into saddlebags for too long. The Kriega 25L, the Black Ember tl3, while they’re amazing bags on your back—the straps are much too bulky and take up a ton of room when you go to store them in your saddlebag. Even the flaps and buckles on Kriega’s Urban Messenger were a little on the chunky side when you’re throwing the bag in and out of hard cases all day.

Lander timp messenger bag
Lander Timp 20l Messenger BagMonti Smith

From the second I saw a picture of the Lander Timp Messenger bag, I knew it had a shot at the title. So many things were lining up and my mind was on rapid fire. The padded, flat back of the bag would fit flush with the mounting side of most OEM saddlebags. The other side didn’t have any hardware other than a soft strap—nothing that could really get caught or scratch the bike going in. The main pocket was accessible through a laminated zipper that could still be accessed without removing it from your case. There was a nice, coated handle on the top and each side to pull the bag in and out of your case. Could this be the one? There was only one way to find out.

Straight off the bat, I loved the design. Sleek and minimal. Blacked out, with little red pops of color and two small reflective pieces that us road-fairing types will appreciate. The sturdy rip-stop nylon that constructs the outer shell of the bag feels tough, but not overly weighty.

Inside the bag is a bright red fabric liner with specific pockets for papers or documents, a tablet and phone, as well as some other pockets for various gadgetry. There is a fuzzy padded section separate from the main compartment, that’s perfect for storing your laptop (up to 15”). I’ve been surprised by how much I can fit into the main compartment, and it’s definitely nice having those smaller pockets to keep all the expensive tech gear locked away.

Lander timp messenger bag
Lander Timp 20l Messenger BagMonti Smith

The carry strap quickly attached and detached using molded plastic hardware at either end. It’s a simple strap that is perfect if you’re only carrying it short distances to and from the bike. It rolls up neatly when detached from the bag and doesn’t take much room at all when stored. There is no padding on the shoulder, so if you’re riding with it or carrying a lot of weight it might get a little tiring. Adjustability on the strap is simple as well, just using a normal slide adjuster. This is a little harder to use when you have gloves on, and will usually require you to pull your helmet on before equipping the bag—though if you forget it’s easier to just detach and reattach the strap at one of the ends.

If you have been haphazardly throwing your gear into a saddlebag, only to load your arms up when you get to your destination—you're doing it wrong. If you've been jamming a backpack into your saddlebags and taking up way too much room, you're also doing it wrong. The Lander Timp Messenger Bag does everything it needs to perfectly, looks great when you have to carry it off the bike, and all for a great price.