Mission Workshop "Diaper Bag" - The Monty VX
When Tiff asked me to write a guest post or two for Father's Day, I instantly knew what product I'd write about first: my "diaper bag". I'll explain why that's in quotes in a minute...
But first, some back story: When we were expecting, Tiff did a bunch of research and picked out a very nicely designed, well-rated Skip Hop diaper bag for a reasonable price. It seemed well thought-out with lots of pockets and baby-specific features like a changing pad and a custom D-ring for toys and/or a pacifier.
All in all, I thought it was a good choice. Of course, I didn't realize at the time that I'd be the one carrying the bag most of the time when we were together.
Although I wouldn't say Herringbone was my color, that's not what bothered me about carrying it around. What bothered me was that it was just plain uncomfortable to wear after long periods of time. And also, the pockets seemed to never be enough. The bag always felt cramped, even if it was only moderately packed. Packing stuff in the outside pockets cost you a lot of space in the main pocket. I felt like it was a feat just to find and get what you were looking for without having to unpack the entire bag.
That's when I decided to look for something better. To me, that meant: comfortable to wear for longer periods of time, yet still practical and good looking. As an added bonus, I hoped it would be able to grow with our daughter from infancy to toddlerhood. That meant it had to be durable and good for use as a general carry-all.
Most diaper bag makers have an appalling selection geared towards dads, if anything at all. I guess they think that if they offer something in camo print instead of harringbone, that means dads will buy it.
I spent some time trying to find an actual diaper bag but quickly realized there wasn't much out there that fit my criteria. So I turned toward high quality messenger bag makers like Chrome, Mission Workshop and Timbuk2. Timbuk2 actually has a diaper bag called the Stork which looked promising, but I'm not really a fan of their bag design in general. They are well-made though so I did consider it after seeing a friend's in person.
Similarly, Chrome makes great bags but I couldn't find one I liked. In the end, I went with Mission Workshop's Monty VX messenger. It's spacious, rugged, and best of all, super comfortable with its really wide and padded shoulder strap. The most recent version of the bag also has a really cool mechanism for latching the front pockets down that replaces the standard plastic clips you see on every other bag with this metal slide and lock system. (Borrowed from the amazing Arkiv accessories system used in their backpacks.) They're way easier to unlatch with a single hand, which is important if your other hand is full of, well, baby. 😉
It's also waterproof, which is a huge plus since we live on a tropical island and it can rain at a moment's notice. I've had the bag for around six months and couldn't be happier. I _almost_ wish I got one size up for those days where you've got extra to tote around, but for a daily use bag, it's the perfect size.
Here's a quick video showing the Monty VX in action:
Find the Monty VX at Mission Workshop