Runner Bags are yellow, multi-pocketed bags used to carry items and/or documents during a Runner’s ‘run’ across the city. Built to be durable messenger bags keep the items safe during transportation. It should be noted that Runner Bags are not the only form of container Runners use to transport goods. Smaller, yellow cylinders have also been used most probably for smaller, lighter materials.
Each bag of varying design contains a primary storage area with around six additional pockets (3 clasped and 3 un-clasped) for additional materials. The bag can be carried either by a handle or single shoulder-strap.
The bags are usually stored in one of several marked locations or drop points, hidden from casual observation. The Runner is usually informed of the bag’s location and destination by their Tracker, after-which they set out to retrieve the bag and deliver it to its destination or, if the job requires multiple runners, they pass the bag and its contents on to the next runner who then delivers it to its destination.
A bag’s drop point is marked by a Runner’s symbol or tag, in Faith Connors’ case the bag drop points are marked by a red stencil of the Mirror’s Edge star logo. The bag’s yellow colour scheme is to help the Runner in locating it quickly.
Handmade in San Francisco by the bag company, Timbuk2, EA games released a limited series of Mirror’s Edge messenger bags to be included in the game’s limited edition Mirror’s Edge Runner’s Bag bundle which include a copy of the Mirror’s Edge game and a bag for $130. Coming in either an original red design or a yellow design based off of the messenger bags in the game, each bag is made from heavy duty ballistic fabric.
- In the Mirror’s Edge comic Faith Connors possessed a shoulder bag that she sometimes carried around during runs. Taken when she ran from home, it contained some personal items to remind her of her family; this included a data board designed for Silvine Security Systems. The bag had originally belonged to her mother, Erika Connors.
- The City Eye logo and the Timbuk2 logo bare some similarities in shape.
- The runner bag is not practical for use, as movements such as rolls and sprinting should be affected by the bag knocking against/hitting the carrier. A more effective transportation bag would be a single strap, sling-style pack.
- In Battlefield 3 on Operation Métro, a yellow Runner Bag can be found at the near the third set of M-COM stations in the Rush gametypes.
- In Battlefield 3 Death Valley, a Runner Bag can be found inside a container suspended by a crane on a skyscraper.
- In Battlefild 3 on aftermath, faiths shoes can be found on the roof of one of the sky scrapers near the center of the town.
- Unlockable artwork for the game (under Extras) gives insight on the bag: "The bag played a much larger role in early versions of the story."