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FAQ - Heath Waxed Canvas Messenger Bag

 What is the Heath Messenger Bag? 

The Heath Messenger Bag is the rugged and urban carry companion that can get off the bike and walk straight into the boardroom. It packs all the daily gear and lets you ride like a pro. The bag is made out of Staywax® cotton from the British Millerain Company in the UK. It is highly water resistant, extremely durable and machine washable. The Heath has an approximate 30L capacity, foam padded base, back and arms and a 13" laptop organization sleeve. The Heath comes with an adjustable side riding strap and is the perfect commuting bag for bikes, airplanes, trains and buses.

Is the Heath Waterproof? 

The Heath Messenger Bag is extremely water-resistant. It is made of Staywax® cotton which is extremely durable and water repellant. The exterior of the bag will inevitably get wet in a descent rainfall but will not penetrate through the waxed canvas. It has a weather proof tapered design on the main flap to provide amazing protection for all your items. The Heath has been field tested in Vancouver's coastal rainfalls and keeps contents dry in harsh weather conditions. 

How do I Clean my Staywax Cotton Bag? 

The Southwest Garment Pannier and the Heath Messenger Bag are made from Staywax® cotton. Staywax® is designed to be machine washable at 30 Degrees Celsius. The laundering process enhances the distressed appearance of the fabric, adding to the character of the bag. Staywax® can also be pressed using a cool iron which will reduce distressing, partially restoring original appearance. To avoid unnecessary damage to washing machines and basins, we strongly recommend removing and/or tucking metal buckles inside before washing. The leather is intended for outdoor use and will inherently 'weather' over time. If you would prefer maintaining the look of the leather, we recommend applying a leather protector product 

Do I Need to Re-Wax or Apply any Treatments to the Waxed Canvas?

Unlike traditional wax cotton finishes, Staywax® uses a unique blend of wax and polymers that doesn't feel oily or transfer to clothes or skinStaywax® does not need to be retreated in the future and will maintain its water resistant properties throughout its life.

What can I Fit in My Messenger Bag?

The Heath works great for daily adventure items in office commuting or a trip to the lake. 

Example of the Heath packed for a basic daily office commute:  

  • Change of clothes (casual or workout)
  • 1 pair shoes 
  • 13" laptop computer or 15" laptop in own sleeve
  • Accessories and charger
  • Small bike tools (U-Lock, pump, tube, multi tool)
  • Keys, wallet, phone
  • Lunch