Green Guru Cycler

Ecologic Designs is one of only three companies in the U.S. to receive an A+ rating in the Global Reporting Initiative international standards registry. Their Green Guru brand of outdoor and bicycling products are manufactured using recycled and repurposed materials such as bicycle inner tubes, billboards, and 100% Recycled PETE (#1) nylon fabrics. They manufacture 100% of their products within 18 miles of their main facility in Boulder, Colorado, and they collect over 60% of the raw materials used in their products from within a 25 mile radius.

Green Guru recently sent me their “Cycler” messenger bag to try out. The Cycler is a medium-sized, full-featured messenger bag with a padded, quick-release strap, laptop pocket, various internal organizer pockets, and an external flap held closed by both velcro and quick release buckles. Of particular note are the materials used in the construction of the bag. The outer, waterproof “skin” is made from recycled bicycle inner tubes. Besides being tough and functional, the inner tube skin imparts a cool, techy/recycled look. The bulk of the rest of the bag, including the interior, binding, and webbing, is made from 100% Recycled PETE plastic. The design is well thought out, the construction is heavy duty and attractive, and this is undoubtedly one of the most eco-friendly messenger bags on the planet. Highly recommended.

Features

  • Repurposed vulcanized mountain bike inner tube exterior
  • 100% Recycled PETE fabric interior
  • 100% Recycled PETE webbing & binding
  • PETE Aerospace mesh back panel with high performance padding
  • Quick release padded left shoulder strap
  • Repurposed road bike tube haul handle
  • Gusseted closure keeps rain out
  • Velcro and side-release buckle closures on flap
  • Interior laptop organizer
  • 2 large and 2 small interior sleeve pockets
  • Exterior zipper pocket, sleeve pocket, and pen organizer
  • Dimensions: 19.5” x 13” x 6”
  • Shipping Weight: 5lbs
  • Retail Price: $130

Green Guru is offering a discount to EcoVelo readers. Enter promo code “gurunation” at their online store to receive 15% off your purchase.

Green Guru
Ecologic Designs

Disclosure: Green Guru supplied the bag for this review.

7 Responses to “Green Guru Cycler”

  • Molnar says:

    Well, someone should leave a comment here! That’s a great-looking bag, and it seems like a great company. I’ll definitely consider them the next time I’m in the market. Even for a wallet.

  • Molnar says:

    And check out their climbing rope dog leashes. Brilliant.

  • Holiday Green Guide says:

    This is a great looking bag!! It would make a great gift.

    For cyclers out there interested in other eco-friendly bike clothes and gift ideas check out Atayne and JL Racing in the Holiday Green guide http://bit.ly/4AsNfz

    Thanks Ecovelo keep us the great work!

  • Bob says:

    It’s great to see more companies making “green” products. I personally prefer the features, fit and finish the bags and other recycled products from Alchemy Goods. You can get them at thebikebiz.com a sponsor of this wonderful site.

  • Alan says:

    @Bob

    Alchemy products look great. They promised some samples for review many months ago but never followed through. I’d love to give them a try so I can make a comparison to the Green Guru products.

    Alan

  • beth h says:

    I’ve used old inner tubes as tie-ons for my cargo bike and I’ve had to replace them every two to three years because the material begins to crack with age and eventually fail (holes appear that become little tears).

    What’s the word so far on the life span of inner tubes when used as bag material?

  • Sara says:

    I got this bag as a holiday gift, and it has been amazing. So comfortable. Very durable. One of the straps came apart on the bottom, but I just sewed it on with some embroidery floss. Great pockets on the inside for storing small items. I can fit quite a bit in this bag. It stays on my back very well without sliding around when I’m peddling hard. I also love that it’s all recycled. Sends a great message, and each one is unique!

 
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