Timbuk2 Classic Messenger

Priced: $56.99 - $118.95 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 26 reviews.
Timbuk2 Classic Messenger -

The Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag. After two decades of nurturing, we've pushed our classic messenger out of the nest and onto the street. Armed with a vastly improved cam buckle, side-entry Napoleon pocket, color-coordinated, three-zipper front organizer, and an incredibly useful slash pocket, our Classic Messenger is all grown up. These feature upgrades mean better performance in everyday urban adventures. If only we'd been this wise at 17.

DECENT FEATURES of the Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag.


  • True fit cam buckle for single-handed adjustments

Lining and Layers:

  • Waterproof vinyl lining


  • PVC free construction
  • Internal pockets, including additional pen slots, business card slot and fleece lined cell phone pocket
  • Durable ballistic nylon with waterproof TPU liner


  • Coordinating Strap Pad included
  • Slightly padded internal slash pocket provides a padded, firm place for you to store files.


  • Napoleon side entry pocket with zipper closure for easy in/out without touching the messenger flap.
  • Front pocket with extra zippered pocket and pen slots
  • Color-coordinated three-zip front organizer help you remember what goes where. Size XS has a one-zipper front organizer; all other sizes have a 3-zipper front organizer.


  • Internal slash pocket for papers or laptop storage


  • Cross strap for stabilization (not available in XS)
  • Quick-adjust side-cam shoulder strap
  • Removable cross strap for cross-body stabilization while riding.
  • Cross strap not compatible with XS messenger.


  • Internal organizer for pens, phones, and other small stuff.
  • Reflective tails
  • Red key tether for keeping track of keys.
  • Key ring
  • Vista loop for attaching blinky bike lights
  • Smart Velcro placement for fast, easy closure and reduced sweater-pilling.

Born in 1989 and raised on the backs of hard-working bike messengers in San Francisco, the Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag is a utilitarian work horse that just doesn't quit. Its colors and patterns wear well over time and its True Fit cam buckle, side-entry Napoleon pocket, color-coordinated, three-zipper front organizer, and incredibly useful slash pocket make this classic messenger bag a rather clever horse.


Timbuk2 originally designed the rugged Classic Messenger Bag for salt-of-the-earth bike messengers in need of a tough bag. Since then this all-purpose bag has been adopted by students, travelers, and hardcore urbanites. An array of pockets on the inside and outside hold small essentials, while the vinyl-lined main compartment keeps important documents dry. A quick-adjust cam buckle secures the fit of your shoulder strap for riding through traffic or sprinting to catch the train. Timbuk2 improved the hook-and-loop closure placement along the top to accommodate the habits of particularly abusive users of the Messenger.

Timbuk2 Classic messenger bag. Smart Velcro placement for fast, easy closure and reduced sweater-pilling. Red key tether for keeping track of keys. Vista loop for attaching blinky bike lights. Napoleon side entry pocket with zipper closure for easy in/out without touching the messenger flap. Color-coordinated three-zip front organizer help you remember what goes where. 3-zipper front organizer. Slightly padded internal slash pocket provides a padded, firm place for you to store files. Internal organizer for pens, phones, and other small stuff. Durable ballistic nylon fabric. Waterproof TPU liner. Approx dimensions: 9.7" x 15.9" x 4.7"(24.6cm x 40.4cm x 11.9cm). Imported.
Originally built for hard-working messengers, the Classic Messenger Bag has been in production for 18 years.
Internal water bottle pocket for quick stashing on the go.
Comfortably fits a 17" laptop and iPad®.
Side entry Napoleon zip pocket for easy access without undoing the flap.
External front organizer with secure zipper closure.
Smart hook and loop placement for fast, easy closure and reductes sweater-pilling.
Corner flap wings into place for excellent weatherproofing.
Double-Loop CAM buckle enables easy fit adjustment while eliminating excess webbing.
Fully adjustable shoulder strap with a permanent, super comfortable airmesh strap pad.
Removable cross strap for cross-body stabilization while biking.
Front vista loop for attaching blinky lights for added visibility during night rides.
Heavy duty stitching.
Exterior made of durable CORDURA nylon and waterproof TPU liner for protection and durability.

Originally designed for hard working urban bicycle messengers, the Classic Messenger from Timbuk2 has become a hip all purpose carry all, and the stylish alternative to the mass market disposable two strap day pack. Since 1989, Timbuk2 has been producing the bag of choice for bicycle messengers, cycling enthusiasts and hip urbanites.

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Backpack Features:Waterproof
Backpack Style:Messenger Bag
Body Material:Ballistic Nylon
Bottom Width:13 1⁄2 in
Capacity:488 cu in / 8 L (XS); 854 cu in / 14 L (Sm); 1465 cu in / 24 L (Med)
Custom Fit Options:True Fit cam buckle
Depth:8 in
Dimensions:22.40x11.81x9.06 in / 56.90x30x23.01 cm
Height:10 1⁄2 in
Hydration Bladder Included:Not Included
Hydration Compatible:no
Laptop Sleeve:None
Material:Durable ballistic nylon exterior / Waterproof TPU liner
Maximum Monitor Size:17"
Pack Size:0-999 cu in
Strap Drop:14 in
Strap Length:43 1⁄2 in
Top Width:19 1⁄4 in
Volume:1,282in³/21 L.
Weight:1.6 lb / .7 kg (XS); 2.2 lb / 1 kg (Sm); 2.6 lb / 1.2 kg (Med)
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Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

There are a lot of little things that make a difference in a messenger bag:
Size - This comes in several sizes. Medium is perfect for a laptop, couple of books,notepad, and basic supplies. The small (I checked out several sizes) is actually great for most every day stuff if using this for commuting to school. It will fit the stuff mentioned above in the medium but a little more snuggly. The two books would have to be on the small side - not 2 dictionaries!
Pockets and dividers. There are three main pockets in the interior. Then there are a number of smaller slots, zippered pockets, etc. for supplies, pens, keys, comb, etc. It also has a set of pockets outside the main compartments for easy access to things like keys, pen, ...
Shoulder Strap and Buckle - This is a big deal to me. Some bags have no buckle, you just pull over your head. But sometimes a buckle is nice. This bag has the buckle on the side of the bag which is NICE. It doesn't get in the way like some where the buckle will fall across your chest. It also has a nice system for keeping the extra strap material organized (see picture).
Closure - It closes with two buckles. But it also has two strips of velcro. So you can quickly flip the cover over without buckling up and you will be fine.
Construction - Very well made with a tough nylon exterior. The inside is coated so you don't have to worry about your stuff getting wet if stuck in the rain or splashed by a reckless driver!
Overall this has a lot of nice features

Patrick McMurtry at Backcountry.com on 03/20/2013
I was looking for a messenger bag to take to and from work. I am a teacher and was tires of using a backpack so I figured I'd buy a messenger bag. At first I bought this bag but in size small. It was too small. The small could only fit a few files and books. But I needed a large enough one to bring food and school work. As a teacher that hobbies in body building, I take maybe 3-4 meals to work to eat while I am there. The Medium is way bigger than the small. It looks rather small, but I can fit all my files, laptop, 2-3 waters or protein shakes in shake bottles, 3-4 meals in tupper ware and still have room to throw my jacket pens and other stuff. definitely a great buy. Can't go wrong with this bag! Plus, it is extremely well made. I can see my kids using this down the road in life if they chose to!
Marco T - customer at Zappos.com on 05/24/2011

Great Urban Commuter

The Classic Messenger is a great, get around the city bag. I have been using the small messenger for years and have never had any issues with it. It's small enough that it doesn't feel heavy or awkward while riding my bike, yet has enough space for a change of clothes, lunch, and a handful of small items.

The Napoleon Pocket is a nice feature that allows quick and easy access to my sunglasses or wallet without opening the top flap. The quick adjust side cam buckle allows me to get the bag on and off without taking off my helmet or readjusting the shoulder strap. The internal stash pocket is nice, but if you carry your laptop with you a lot, you may want to consider using an additional sleeve, or upgrading to the d-lux messenger.

Overall this is a fantastic bag that is virtually indestructible, and will last you for years to come.
dsaxton at SummitHut.com on 07/07/2012

I'm a bike commuter and use this bag everyday. The medium size carries my laptop and pretty much whatever I need for school. It is waterproof, durable, useful, and quite sexy. I love it.
That said, I have a few issues with it:
-why no carrying handle? most messenger bags seem to have them; it doesn't take much to add a lot of utility
-the way the shoulder strap attaches to the bag should be improved. my strap has inadvertently detached from my bag on several occasions. It really sucks when you're quickly walking across a busy street and the shoulder strap comes out of the slide. Swiveling snap hooks, clipped to D-rings attached to the pack make a lot more sense to me. Additionally, they would prevent the strap from getting twisted which happens to me often enough to be a little frustrating
In short: great pack, just rework the strap and add a carrying handle

spwick at Backcountry.com on 04/19/2012
My review is going to be just like a lot of others written about Timbuk2 messengers, but here goes anyway: Trademark design, lots and lots of (ready built) colors to choose from, and the now included matching strap pad make this one of the best messenger bags I've ever owned. The many improvements made to the 2010 model are certainly welcome, and improve the value that much more. Okay, not American made per se, but it will last forever, so that's nice. I could gripe about the lack of side water bottle holders, etc, but I'm not going to, because I happen to love the design. I just put my water bottle beside my books, no biggie. Zappos' service remains excellent as ever, so there really shouldn't be anything stopping you from getting one of the many models Timbuk2 offers.
Ali H - customer at Zappos.com on 11/25/2010
I've had my Timbuk2 for several years - and love it! It has plenty of room for all my stuff, is extremely durable and comes in fun color combinations. My boyfriend has had his eyes on mine for quite some time and with his birthday quickly approaching; I decided to treat him to one. I shopped around different internet sites and found Zappos to be most competitive in terms of pricing. I also liked the fact that shipping was free, both ways! By far though, the best part of my experience was the delivery process, which couldn’t have been easier. My boyfriend loves his Timbuk2. Zappos was a great experience!
Becky S - customer at Zappos.com on 10/14/2009

I got this to use as a diaper bag because I really wasn't a fan of any of the diaper bags I've seen. At first I thought it was going to be too big but it actually worked out really well. I use the main compartment for diapers, bottles, wipes, etc and the back laptop pocket for my Ipad. I love all the extra pockets to throw my things in like my wallet, camera, phone, keys, etc.

KrazyGirl152 at Backcountry.com on 08/10/2011
I bought this bag to hold my laptop and books for school as well as my work shoes and uniform when I commute by bike. I have been caught in a downpour once so far and my iPhone made it out dry and unscathed by the time I made it to work. I really like this bag. It has plenty of room, lots of gadget pockets and functions exactly as it is described.
Clayton M - customer at Zappos.com on 08/06/2011

1. Sizing... PERFECT (I use this for commuting to work..fits smaller laptop and random odds and ends)
2. Colors...True to form :D Not too bright and not too dull
3. Pockets...LOTS of em...only qualm is that there are ZERO pockets on the outside (I'd like at least one for quick access)
4. Rainproof! First day I used the bag was in a rainstorm and everything inside stayed DRY!

bet5494333 at Backcountry.com on 04/17/2012

I bought a large and an XL and ended up keeping the XL since it is gigantic, but not too cumbersome. I can store a laptop, 4" 3 ring binder, bike helmet, shoes, jacket, gloves, and a change of clothes with room to spare, and it still carries nicely.
Very happy with it.

Bob Baldwin at Backcountry.com on 05/02/2012

Neutral Reviews:

I got this for my fiancee and we both like it. We got the large sized one. It's very spacious! We have travelled with this bag and it is pretty secure (haven't worried about anyone trying to open it while we are crammed onto a bus or anything). The laptop sleeve is nice and wide as well. It can hold a laptop, couple books, two water bottles, and a couple small jackets with no room to spare (ha!).
No water bottle holder on the outside. Not too many interior pockets. Probably my biggest criticism of this bag is that the material is super stiff. The shoulder strap has actually scraped my neck a couple times because of how stiff it is. It definitely is not seat-belt soft/bendable.
Good bag for the money. There are little things that I would change about this, but there are also some noteworthy benefits. Overall I'd say it's average. Not awful, not stunning.

billy mcmahon at Backcountry.com on 06/07/2012