The Velocity Briefcase by True North is one hell of a bag. True North is a family owned and operated company founded in 1992. They specialize in making bags and fire-resistant clothing for firefighters nationwide. True North sent over their Velocity Briefcase for me to use and review. I have been getting my hands on many Briefcase style bags over the last few months in order to do one "Best Briefcase/Messenger bag review, including the Velocity.
The Velocity is primarily made with 1000D Cordura® Nylon, one of my favorite materials. Below are the specs of the Velocity per True North's website.
- 3-way carry options; briefcase, messenger bag, and day pack
- Two 32oz water bottle side pockets for easy access to hydration
- Separate foam padded compartment stows up to 17” laptop
- 1 large drop pocket for documents, tablet or other items
- 4 medium drop pockets for storing assorted items
- Additional organizer pockets include a mesh organizer, 3 pen pockets, and mini triangle clip for key FOB
- AQUAGUARD® water-repellent zipper
The Velocity Briefcase comes from a company that specializes in Structure and Wildland Firefighting gear. I can see hints of the Firefighting heritage in the bag itself however, it can also excel outside of the line of duty and does it with ease. During my time with the Velocity I was astounded and how well it fits in with my everyday life and not only at my overnight shifts and my Volunteer fire station.
The Velocity has 4 compartments all serving their own distinct purpose. On the front of the bag, there is what I like to call the "admin" section. This compartment has a pocket for everything you need. On most days I would carry pens, highlighters, lights, chargers, knife, multitool, etc. On the left side there is a small zippered mesh compartment for small items you don't want to get lost in the pocket. On the upper right of the compartment there is a clip that you can attach pouches or other tools.
Behind the front admin pocket, there is a large zippered compartment that I used for all of my larger EDC items that I didn't want in the main compartment. I had my glove, headlight, handkerchief bag along with some extra webbing and practice knot rope. This is a great pocket as many briefcases I have used normally have the standard admin pocket and then go right into the main pocket. Having this in-between area to store other larger, yet needed items I wanted to keep within a quick access was a great feature.
The main compartment in the Velocity is lined with useful pockets and much larger than expected. On most days I would have this pocket loaded with my reading materials, change of clothes for the gym, possibly my Glock 19, my med kit, and any larger chargers or power bricks I didn't want in the other pockets. No other bag I have been carrying lately for the "Best" brief review had the amount of room that the Velocity does. As mentioned before I would keep a full change of clothes for the gym after work and it was great not having to carry a separate duffle bag just for this reason.
Full Laptop Section
At the end of the Velocity, there is a fully padded laptop section. In my eyes, no Briefcase is complete without this. Too many bags I have used neglect this feature and I am forced to carry the laptop in a separate protective sleeve and take up real estate in the main compartment. The section has a padded bottom and is still accompanied by their AQUAGUARD zippers to make sure your laptop is not subject to rain. It swallowed my Chromebook pro and can hold up to a 17inch laptop. I did notice the zipper can, from time to time get stuck on the top handle which is not a big deal but just somewhat of an annoyance.
Another commonly overlooked feature on many briefcase bags are the bottle pockets. On a day-to-day basis, I carry a coffee mug and my 40 oz Hydroflask. The side pockets on the Velocity carried both of these with ease. I never had one come close to slipping out of the slots.
The Velocity came with an included shoulder strap which was not the best I have used, so I decided to add on the best strap I have used to date which is the Tom Bihn Absolute strap. With the addition of the Absolute, the Velocity was great to carry. The bag even when fully loaded still felt comfortable to carry. The top grab handles are covered with a padded Hypalon material to give some grip.
The Velocity also has stow-away backpack straps that can be deployed if you are needing to carry the pack long distances. An amazing and very thought out feature for a Briefcase that has an answer for every situation. The straps were plenty comfortable for everyday use, however these are obviously not for long distance use or hiking.
Overall, the Velocity does an amazing job at carrying everything I need on a day to day basis and excels when carrying on shift. The bag can hold a ton of gear and not look overstuffed when doing so and at the same time can look the part when only carrying a small portion as well. I had a great time when using the Velocity and the bag will be adding itself into my rotation of EDC packs. If you are looking to use this Briefcase for the Fire field do not hesitate as this pack can literally do it all. The bag does the job and does not have un-needed or fancy gimmicks I see in some purpose intended packs nowadays. The Velocity will be there time and time again when you need it to perform.
- Lifetime Warranty
- Material: 1000D Nylon Cordura®
- Plenty of Space
- AquaGuard Zippers
- Great Organization
- Padded Laptop Section
- Light Interior
- Bottle Pockets
- Backpack Straps
- I would like to see a better attachment for the shoulder strap instead of nylon
- Zipper on Laptop section can get caught on the top handle