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Review: Peak Design The Everyday Messenger 13 Bag

Overview : Designed for the photographer, traveler, urban commuter, and everyone in between, the charcoal Everyday Messenger 13" from Peak Design showcases smart features to meet your day to day needs. The Messenger holds a mirrorless/compact camera or full-frame DSLR and up to 2 lenses thanks to the 2 origami-inspired adjustable touch-fastening padded dividers. Simply remove the dividers if you prefer to carry books or overnight essentials. Your up to 13" laptop can be stored separately in a rear, padded compartment with an interior sleeve for your tablet or important documents.

Features :
  • Brand new patent-pending MagLatch™ operates blindly, securely and with 1 hand.
  • (2) origami-inspired FlexFold™ dividers are made of high-density foam, and fold/flex around camera gear, eliminating dead space found in traditional camera bags.
  • Shell expands and contracts (4L to 14L) without losing shape.
  • 2 dedicated Capture clip attachment points for fast exterior camera access.
  • Front access panel allows fast external access to smaller accessories.
  • Top zip allows latch-less access to main compartment.
  • Converts from messenger bag to low-slung shoulder bag.
  • Quick adjusting 2-inch padded tubular seatbelt-style strap.
  • Removable waist strap for load distribution and stability.
  • Optimized for a mirrorless camera kit — camera with 2 lenses and accessories.
  • Equally optimized for everyday carry and use by non-photographers.
  • Dedicated 13" laptop pocket with tablet/document sleeve.
  • Color-coded internal pocket layout designed around photography workflow.
  • 2 side pockets for quick access to water bottles and smartphones.
  • Weather resistant waxed shell with high-density padding.
  • Premium water resistant exterior zippers.
  • Hypalon-reinforced and bar-tacked stress points.
  • Lifetime warranty from Peak Design.

Quality/Usability : The Peak Design Everyday Messenger 15 Bag has been our go to bag for not only camera but just our normal carry. Some people have requested for a slightly smaller bag as they felt the EDM15 was too big. So be sure to check out our review of the Peak Design Everyday Messenger 15 Bag as the Everyday Messenger 13 is pretty much the same but in a smaller form factor. This review will show off the EDM13 but also compare the Everyday Messenger 15 and Everyday Messenger 13.

Externally, the bag looks exactly identical to the Peak Design Everyday Messenger 15 Bag. You'll have the same amount of pockets and features such as the Mag-Latch, waist strap and shoulder strap.

You'll find everything to be exactly the same except for size. With the EDM15, it came with three (3) dividers whereas with the EDM13, it comes with only two (2) dividers.

In the front pocket, there are stretchy pockets that is also color coded (red and green) for you to distinguish which batteries/memory cards are depleted/charged or full/empty.

The reason why they call it the Everyday Messenger 13 is because it can hold up to a 13" Macbook. With the Everyday Messenger 15, it can hold a 15" Macbook Pro. In the same pocket, you can hold a tablet as well. The divider between the tablet and laptop isn't as padded as the big brother.

Even though the bag is smaller, I am still able to carry my Canon 5D Mark III with a EF- 24-70mm f2.8L II (attached), EF 50mm f1.8 and Speedlite 600EX-RT. The strap is the Peak Design Slide Strap (Black / Summit Edition) and the hand strap is the Spider Holster SpiderPro.

I feel the EDM13 would be better suited for mirrorless cameras. You'll be able to fit more gear. But if you're a DSLR owner and you want to go light, this would be a good setup as well.

Below, are comparison pictures between the Everyday Messenger 15 and Everyday Messenger 13:

From the front and when you flip the flap over, you can tell that the EDM13 is smaller in width.

From the top it's hard to tell but the width is slightly smaller. The EDM15 is at the top and the EDM13 at the bottom.

From the sideview, the EDM13 is slightly thinner and smaller in height.

The above pictures shows both bags open. As you can see, the EDM15 has three dividers and the EDM13 has two dividers. There would be no room to add a third divider.

Conclusion : Overall, the Peak Design The Everyday Messenger 13 Bag is a good alternative for those like the Everyday Messenger 15 Bag but want a smaller size. Don't expect the smaller bag to solve the issue of holding a water bottle. You'll still have to find a solution such as the Spider Holster Water Bottle Holder, which can be purchased from Amazon, B&H Photo and Adorama ($20) and clip it to the side of the EDM bag.

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