I’ve had the privilege of getting hands on with WotanCraft’s creations several times for BestLeather. Each time is a unique experience and with their latest product, the Night Rider Leather Sling Bag, the trend continues. This time we stray from the typical camera bag to a versatile bag that is just as ready for riding as it is walking.
WotanCraft really pride themselves and the construction and materials used. Don’t be fooled by the good looks. This little bag is bombproof. The vegetable tanned Italian cowhide leather is pretty thick and the bag has a hefty presence (Weighs in around 2lbs 5oz) Rivets are used in some high stress point areas and the velveteen lining is super soft and tech friendly. Bronze YKK zippers are used throughout and feature rustproof coatings. The straps are a leather and canvas combination.
The Night Rider can be used in any manner you wish. One of its design points is the ability to be securely fastened to the body via multi point harness. The bag has a second strap that goes under the armpit and over the shoulder. This secures the bag when riding from sliding across your back.
Also noteworthy is that since shoulder strap is fully detachable, which means that for both left or right handed individuals, Night Rider can be worn with the leather shoulder pad on the weight bearing side.
Around town it can be carried messenger style across the back or more like a duffel to the sides as well. There’s just enough space for the essentials. The tubular dimensions don’t really allow for transportation of large laptops or tablets although the compression straps can be undone to maximize space. Organization is made possible by the large main compartment and small zippered pocket on front.
The Night Rider is a sleek bag to say the least. In fact I think in some ways it might be too good looking for prolonged riding. That’s just because any long rides usually require performance cycling clothes and having a designer bag might seem out of place. Rather, I feel the Night Rider is best at home for casual rides around downtown. The all black construction deftly conceals the blemishes and scuffs from normal use. Chrome hardware contrasts nicely. I definitely get a Bruce Wayne vibe handling this piece!
WotanCraft’s Night Rider Sling Bag is another solid, good looking entry from the respected manufacturer. I feel the price is a little on the high side given the size of the bag. For someone who rides and wants an alternative to the typical nylon fanfare offered to cyclists, I feel this bag is a great option. WotanCraft offers free international free shipping which is a nice incentive.
WotanCraft is having a Christmas Special running until Dec. 31st. Orders over $150 USD will receive a free shock resistant lens wrap, just check their homepage for more.