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.
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.
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.
|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|
|Dimensions:||22.40x11.81x9.06 in / 56.90x30x23.01 cm|
|Height:||10 1⁄2 in|
|Hydration Bladder Included:||Not Included|
|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|
|Weight:||1.6 lb / .7 kg (XS); 2.2 lb / 1 kg (Sm); 2.6 lb / 1.2 kg (Med)|
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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.