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The Mayflower Research & Consulting Low-Vis Messenger Bag

Mayflower Research & Consulting has been making these Low-Vis Messenger Bags by special order for some time. One of their clients sent in these photos of a bag set up for operational use and Mayflower shared them on their Facebook page.

Mayflower is trying to determine if there is enough interest to add them to their production catalog. If you’ve got some real interest in getting one, let them know in the comments section below


30 Responses to “The Mayflower Research & Consulting Low-Vis Messenger Bag”

  1. Matt b4 says:

    Fuck yes! If it fits an IPAD im totally in!

  2. Rob Reed says:

    Saw your display and it said you were looking for someone to T&E your bag. Well it just so happens I was looking for a low vis bag for my plt. We are going to the dark continent for some work and would love to put the bag through its paces. Currently I am using the Patagonia Critical Mass bag. I look forward to working with you in the future.
    Rob Reed

  3. Matt says:

    It’s an interesting concept. Would like to see more interior pics.

  4. John says:

    I am very interested. Although I love backpacks, they don’t work so well when trying to wear a suit. I am definitely looking for a “grey type” messenger bag that is tough and well made. The Mayflower here looks to fit just that niche. I have been looking at different bags lately and they often can be too easy to spot as tactical.

  5. marcus wong says:

    looks good but i would like t know more of the internal configuration as well

  6. Chris W says:

    That depends on the price point. For around $100 or less I would be interested and would probably pick one up, but for much more then that I would have to have a need not just a want.

    I am still carrying my old pleather Marine Corps attaché bag. I guess it may be time to update. Being stateside and traveling for work a tactical looking at will often not do it for me. One that doesn’t look tactical, but has the features would be cool.

  7. MarkM says:

    Bear in mind lo-viz means no velcro or milspec visible hardware on the exterior as the ultimate standard. Quite the opposite of wandering around as an overweight diabetic with a Maxpud sling bandolier full of cold insulin, the military traveler is already visible from the crewcut and obviously fit appearance.

    If your going to look fit, accessorize fit with name brand Mall gear and leave the tactical stuff in the not so obvious gear trunk you’re rolling behind you.

    Nothing like seeing a small posse of abs walking across the concourse dressed like Selous Scouts dragging half the MTOE behind them. A lo-viz messenger bag isn’t going to help one bit.

    • Administrator says:

      Well put

      • Buckaroomedic says:

        Not to mention that every American I see wandering around Europe is either wearing “running shoes” or flip-flops (two things that no European would do), plus are usually wearing base ball caps and shorts (again, very few Euro’s wear them). People, ya gotta “blend”

  8. MRC says:

    To offer this item publicly we would have to narrow down the most common features/styles we have done and offer it as one stand alone item with only color changes. For this piece we usually use all ITW civilian hard wear, and a mix of colors, materials and styles based on the enduser. It might be forth coming. As far as size goes it will fit several makes of the smaller laptops (Macbook Pro 13″ size and smaller) and most tablets (iPads etc) as well as other items.

    • YT says:

      Is there any consideration for sizing the bag for larger laptops (15 inch range and certain Toughbooks). And are there certain mil specific layouts on the interior? Velcro, MOLLE, pouches sized for specific items (mags, BOK), hidden antenna ports, etc.

  9. ShadowTacticsUSA says:

    Interested. More interior info.

  10. Scotty C says:


    I can test that thing out for you or have others do so…….Hit me up.

    Scotty C

  11. Marky Gee says:

    yep definately interested in low signature gear, but only if you will ship to Aus, or sell them at shot, see you guys there

  12. Zhan says:

    More choices in bags, and particularly one made by Mayflower is fine by me. I’d be interested to know is if the zipper on the flap is so one can access the main compartment without having to open up the entire flap? Also, are there d-rings on the bottom sides, so I can hook up a diagonal stabilizer strap to the shoulder strap? I guess the laptop compartment is inside, I would have liked it on the back of the bag as a separate compartment (like the Timbuk2 Commute 2.0 messenger bag. probably me favorite non-tactical looking bag)

  13. Buckaroomedic says:

    So why this “low-viz” bag when there are many other U.S. made messenger bags already out there.

    Just wondering . . .

    • MRC says:

      These bags have been made to individual specifications for guys conducting operations; IE they have to carry specific items for specific reasons. Your typical messenger bags are made to carry a laptop, documents etc not IFF devices, comms and other goodies. These bags were not designed to be a replacement or competitor to off the shelf messenger bag.

      • Buckaroomedic says:

        Cool, thanx MRC.

        What i’d like to see is a “tactical” insert for standard civy messenger bags. I’ve got a Chrome messenger bag that I use for EDC. It’s black with a huge yellow front (I literally bought it for bicycle and motorcycle riding visibility). I carry my IFAK and some other goodies in it, but it would be cool to have an insert that would securely mount inside and hold my gear in a low-viz way. A lot of the tactical messenger/go bags have the “Great Wall of Velcro” and the corresponding pouches, but my bag doesn’t.

        Just thinking out loud.

  14. mike says:

    Buckaroomedic: Choice is a wonderful thing! Mayflower makes quality gear that holds up; I’d love to see what this bag has to offer. Just because someone else makes a product doesn’t mean Mayflower can’t come in and offer their version, and it’s sure to be well-made at the very least.

    • Buckaroomedic says:

      I concur Mike. I’m all for a free trade environment. I guess I was just wondering what makes this bag different, and MRC edumacated me.

      I really like the pull-out “don’t shoot me” flag. Nice touch.

      Take care,

  15. Mike says:

    I’d definitely buy one of those.

  16. Jerry says:

    Maybe make it a little more low-visibility? Add some useless stylizing to the outside? I can’t tell too much from the pictures, but I’d suspect concealed weapon or bug-out bag if I saw someone with one.

    Looking again, I can tell by the sling hardware, definitely tactical gear.