Zulu Nylon’s Take on Messenger Bags: “The Emissary”

Zulu Nylon Gear Emissary Bag

Zulu Nylon Gear, an Illinois based custom “tactical nylon” company, has an interesting take on the traditional messenger bag – the Emissary. The Emissary is approximately 12″ x 15″ x 5″. It’s available in brown, black, MultiCam and foliage. It features a wide hook-and-loop panel across the front (slick front available), with multiple zippered pockets both inside and out as well as front and back. There is also a mesh water/Nalgene bottle pouch on one end balanced by MOLLE panels on the other. Internal pockets can be accessed without unbuckling the flap and the main internal compartment is lined with hook tape to allow for modular placement of additional pouches.  There are MOLLE Panels on the exterior and a pair of loops underneath for stowage that are secured with shock cord. The interior of the hinged lid — which buckles down to the main body– features a clear plastic cover to protect documents or other sensitive objects.

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The Emissary retails for $249.00 and is typically not in stock. They are sewn to order, so delivery may take as long as 4-6 weeks. You can order one here. I first started following Zulu Nylon Gear a couple of years ago when I read a review of their magazine pouches on Death Valley Magazine. They have since come out with a few new items and continue to receive good reviews.

Zulu Nylon Gear is sewn not just in the US, but in Chicago. I clarify that mostly because I want to say, “That’s the Chicago way!”

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  • W. Clardy

    $250 for a messenger bag? Really? Is there some sort of gold mesh insert for Tempest compliance, or is this yet another piece of webbing for folks with more money than need?

  • Tom

    like the bag but I dont like the price, was gonna buy one but not now

  • john dierking

    Kit Up! How about realistic expectations of you looking at gear that is practical and affordable. The lance corporal that needs this gear is not going to pay prices like this,and the specialist would probably need to use the bucks for baby formula at home……c’mon,guys…….

    • David Reeder

      John, I try to bring in news from across the spectrum of gear development without offering an opinion one way or the other (unless I specifically articulate that it’s an op-ed). I leave judgment about practicality and cost to the readers – not all of whom are Lance Corporals, FYI. I appreciate you reading and weighing in, but keep what you see here in context.

    • Stuart

      breast is best anyway, and free……lol

  • Eric

    I think everyone is making a good point I have and I think safe to say we all have been seeing a lot of tacti-cool stuff coming out lately as well as a new bread of tactical hipsters and although there are certainly some exceptions and some great stuff out there most of it the costs are are going up and the usefulness going down..

    Personally If I’m going to use a messenger style bag I want it to look the least tactical as possible on the outside while supporting my needs on the outside, a messenger bag covered in velcro and PALS webbing doesn’t quite cut it. But hey there seem to be plenty of people out there who have the money for it so, I can’t blame them for making what people want… but I’d use their Indy Satchel before this, I’d rather stick with my DBT or Mayflower bag though.

    • See the Discreet Messenger Bag we make for ITS Tactical for a ‘non-tactical’ looking version. Thanks for your input!

  • If I was going to buy one, I want one that looks NON militlary. With that being said, I do have the Blackhawk bag, les than 1/2 the price of this one, and you can get it NOW…. http://www.blackhawk.com/product/Covert-Carry-Mes

    • wutten

      But it is blackhawk. You cannot compare. 5.11? Yeah… no.

  • Slow_Joe_Crow

    For reference a custom Timbuk2 bag runs $225 so asking $250 for a made to order bag is pricey but not unreasonable. My major quibble with this bag is that the lack of a waist strap and quick adjust shoulder strap means it’s not that good for a messenger bag’s ostensible purpose of carrying stuff while riding a bicycle.

    • Just to clarify there is a waist strap included. The shoulder strap does have a ‘quick adjust’ feature when combined with the strap pad kit. Thanks for your input!

  • Wutten

    I have an ITS bag built by Zulu and it is beast!

  • Rob

    I always found CountyComm prices reasonable. I own the EOD utility bag and it has done well over the last 5 years. It’s done duty on my motorcycle, as a travel case for smaller items, and now it holds my gun cleaning stuff.
    Don’t know if addresses are allowed in these posts so just add the required ‘dot’ com at the end of this: countycomm
    Interested to know if anyone that reads this was aware of them and has experience with their other items (they seem to make / sell just about everything).

    • Jim

      I’ve bought a few items from CountyComm including a Maratac AAA LED flashlight that fits on a keychain and puts out 80 lumens in high. It’s no sunlamp but for under $25 it’s a no-brainer. I also bought one of their A&P keychains which is made from a loop of steel cable, a very small lighter called the Split Pea (for its diminutive size) and a tiny but bright LED light that runs on a button cell and is perfect for a zipper pull. I’ve found their stuff to be reasonably priced and of good quality overall.

  • Mark H

    I bought the limited run Claymore bag from Combat Flip Flops. It was produced for them by Tactical Tailor. I love this bag!! Check it out as it is super cool.

  • jrexilius

    Zulu makes real solid stuff. I have another of their bags and a couple other items. The nice part about working on the civilian side is now I can afford the good stuff. I won’t begrudge a small business that makes a good product in the US a living wage.

  • LWLW

    If you want American made goods, get right with the fact that American workers deserve to get paid more than cheap foreign labor.

    • W. Clardy

      I’m fine with made in USA costing more, but I don’t equate “hand-crafted” with “higher-quality” — quite the opposite for webbing and most field gear, where the consistency of heavy-duty sewing is more of a plus. I’m the kind of guy who finds the Vietnam-era design for jungle boots to be quite adequate (okay, so it might be better with speed-lacing), and can’t help thinking that a lot of this stuff appeals to the garritrooper fashionistas.

  • artrain

    I agree. I purchased products from Kitanica because I like the quality, it’s made in the US and they are better than the imported 511 pants I had been purchasing.