Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag
- Pockets: 6 slip, 1 zip
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Inside, the waterproof TPU liner and corner wings keep water out, and the internal water bottle pocket keeps water in. Distributed internal pockets and organization balances the weight of your carry. It’s a classic reborn and ready to be worn for another quarter century.
The original Timbuk2 messenger improved by 3 decades of expertise.
30 years of messenger expertise bring you our Classic Messenger Bag. Designed in San Francisco with decades of user testing and consumer feedback in mind, our Classic Messenger features a new refined look, updated fit, and smarter organization. A low profile grab strap makes the messenger easier to grab and go and SR buckles are partially concealed behind the messenger flap for a more refined but just as secure closure.
- A shoulder strap features a curved airmesh strap pad for increased comfort. (Excluding Gunmetal Tundra and Black Forrest Color-ways)
- Timbuk2’s Double-Loop CAM buckle that adjusts quickly and eliminates dangling straps
- Smart hook and loop placement for fast, easy closure and reduced sweater-pilling
- Partially concealed flap buckles with bottom compression straps for subtle and secure closure (XS size does not have bottom compression)
- Low profile top grab handle for easy heave-ho
- Flap corners fold into place for excellent weatherproofing
- Vista loop for attaching blinky bike lights
Exterior Napoleon Pocket
Under the flap hides our Napoleon Pocket (except XS Size) that's large enough to carry most phones. The design allows access even with the flap down
We took the feedback for our first 25 years and re-worked out pocket layout. We still have a rear slip pocket for devices or papers. We added water bottle pockets because you need them and having them on the side distributes weight better.
Lined with water resistant TPU and with the newly added water wings, you have a water resistant bag for when you get caught in the weather.
|Classic Messenger (Extra Small)||Classic Messenger (Small)||Classic Messenger (Medium)||Classic Messenger (Large)|
|Napoleon Zippered (YKK) Pocket + Compression Straps||-||✓||✓||✓|
|Water Bottle Pockets (Interior)||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Strap Pad||X (except Black Forest & Gunmetal Tundra Color ways)||X (except Black Forest & Gunmetal Tundra Color ways)||X (except Black Forest & Gunmetal Tundra Color ways)||X (except Black Forest & Gunmetal Tundra Color ways)|
|Interior Organization pockets with large Zippered (YKK) Pocket||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Device Fit (unpadded)||9" (tablet)||13"||15"||17"|
|Dimensions (Inches)||11.8 X 9.84 X 4.72||16.1 X 10.6 X 5.12||18.1 X 12.5 X 7.09||20.1 X 13.8 X 7.87|
|Volume (Liters)||9 L||14 L||21 L||28 L|
|Weight (Pounds)||1.0 lbs||1.5 lbs||2.0 lbs||2.0 lbs|
Timbuk2 is a San Francisco original, founded over 25 years ago by bike messenger Rob Honeycutt in a garage in the city's Mission District.
Since its inception in 1989, Timbuk2 has designed quality bags, packs, and accessories , evolving from the original bike messenger company to a pioneer of made-in-America customization and an industry in forward-thinking, sustainable manufacturing.
The relentless drive to inspire urban mobility, enable individuality and promote responsibility has propelled Timbuk2 forward as it continues fusing passion and style to create durable, functional products informed by the company's longstanding cycling roots and today's vibrant city landscape.
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The small bag is great if you need to hold a laptop and a few folders. There are plenty of pockets to keep yourself organized and hold your smaller things. However, I found that this size was just not practical for me. I am a first year teacher that does not have a personal classroom meaning that I travel with my laptop, binder, lunch, water bottle, coffee mug, and several folders throughout the day.
With this bag, I was able to fit my binder, laptop, and the folders. It was a tight squeeze though and that bag looked stuffed with all of those things in it. Seeing as I still needed to fit my extras in it, this bag was sadly out of the picture.
Like last years bag, this thing is huge. I can fit all of my things mentioned in the small review with ease. Additionally, I can fit a mini first aid kit, mints, aspirin, post it notes, pens, pencils, and whatever other small things I need. The only problem that I found with this is that my water bottle (32 oz Nalgene) causes one side to bulge. Overall, it wasn't that big of a deal and I can learn to live with it.
When looking at the new features there were some things that I wish they didn't remove.
1) The new single pocket front. The three separate pockets on last years bag I found were more intuitive and had better organization.
2) The inner pockets. Unlike last year where there were several slash pockets, a velcro pocket, and pen spaces, this model has only slash pockets with one large zipper at the top.
3) Instead of the cam buckle, Timbuk2 included a small piece of fabric that you pull to tighten the bag. It feels a little awkward to use at the moment but it make just take some time to get used to.
The new strap is amazing. The air pockets make carrying a heavy bag extremely easy and comfortable.
Again, this bag is great, you can carry a massive amount of stuff in the medium size with room to spare. If you're struggling between the sizes like I was, make sure you read the dimensions carefully. While the small can hold a 13" laptop easily, there isn't much room for anything else. The medium bag will give you plenty of more room to hold your belongings.
EDIT: Added some photos of the bags and their contents.
I got the Medium edition of this, the 2014 Classic Timbuk2 Messenger (Diablo). It is my 3rd in a series of Timbuk2 bags I purchased seeking the perfect messenger. Here is the whole list:
1. Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag 2013 (small, night blue/blue/night blue)- This was my first Timbuk2. I thought I wanted it to be small, but I found myself wishing it were bigger every day I carried it. Also, the colors (night blue/blue/night blue) were slightly brighter than I had expected, which was offputting. It was a pretty good fit for my fiance, however.
2. Timbuk2 Command Laptop TSA-Friendly Messenger Bag (medium, Red/Gunmetal) - Using what I learned from the first bag, I got this one. It was bigger, which I liked. It was cooler looking, which was good. I would have kept and used it without any complaints; but 1 week after I bought it this new bag was released. So I decided to get the new one and send back whichever one I liked less.
3. Medium 2014 Classic Messenger (Diablo) - the new digs. The rest of this review will be about this bag with comparisons to my two previous purchases.
First off, if you haven't checked out the official Timbuk2 website for the features of this bag, you should. They are more in-depth there, and include a video which was fairly helpful.
The 2014 Classic comes with a number of new features:
- MATERIALS -
> The new Cordura fabric - the new fabric is smoother to the touch and less stiff than the ballistic nylon used on their previous bag. While this is a matter personal taste, I like that this bag feels more like a bag and less like a floppy box (which the other ones felt like at times). The new material is LIGHT, though. The medium 2014 classic weighs less than the small 2013 classic. ***The lightness has been huge. I liked it at first, now I love it.***
- FIT -
> The new Double-Loop CAM Buckle - this is the feature I'm the least sold on right now. It's less intuitive than the CAM Buckle on the 2013 classic or the 2013 Command. Both the 2013 Classic CAM Buckle allowed the bag to be either short or long, but nothing in-between (without adjustment). The 2013 Command CAM system removes the dumb loop that hangs off the side of the Classic, but does so at a cost. When you unbuckle it, the bag will just fall off you if you aren't holding onto it. The 2014 Double-Loop CAM doesn't have a binary "Short" and "Long" mode. Instead you slide it every time. It is much less intuitive than the the 2013 editions, and I haven't figured out how to do it easily just yet. ***CORRECTION: I have figured out how to do it fairly easily. If you hold the strap to your chest and use your other hand to unbuckle/slide/rebuckle, it works really well. I'm making this review 5 STARS now that I've figured out how to properly utilize the updated CAM Buckle.***
> The new strap pad is more comfortable than the 2013 Classic, basically on-par with the 2013 Command.
> The removable cross-strap I haven't gotten to test yet, but I'm really glad the option is there. The strap is indeed very removable. It comes in a plastic sack inside your Timbuk2 bag.
- ORGANIZATION -
> They removed 2 of the 3 zippered pockets found under the flap. I could see why some people would dislike this change, but I'm all for it. The 3 zippered pockets under the flap on the 2013 editions shared the same physical space within the bag. Filling any of the 3 made it very difficult to use the other 2. I always left 2 of them empty.
> Side Napoleon pocket - unchanged, and still awesome.
> The internal organizer on the back side of the face of the bag has been simplified. They say it's about balancing the bag, but I'm guessing it was more of a cost-saving measure. The new organizer has fewer compartments (4 total) and no velcro pouch. I probably preferred the old organizer, but it's nothing I wouldn't get used to. ***While this is still a bit of a bummer, I've gotten used to the new organizer. It holds what I need it to.***
- CLEVER EXTRAS -
> Internal waterbottle pocket - This is an elastic pocket on the left side of the bag. It's too small for a Nalgene. You can't even force one in there, it won't go. A standard Camelbak will fit, but it's still a bit tight. I don't plan on switching back to Camelbaks just to use the waterbottle holder. I'll put snacks in there or something. ***I might use this to hold a personal thermos full of coffee, but it's too small for my water needs. It and the stash pocket are currently holding the two heavyish items I carry every day (a leatherman and a portable external battery).***
> Internal stash pocket - unchanged from what I can tell. Fit's my 15.6" work laptop just fine.
> Corner flaps - They that fold in to keep the rain out. When it rains, I'll be glad I have them. When it's not raining, they can be kind of a pain when taking wide things out of the bag. Overall, I'm glad they are there, though.
> Low-profile grab handle - since it sits on the rear of the bag and not the top, it looks less gaudy. It also makes the bag lean forward a bit when you use it. Definitely meant for a "grab and go" situation and not for extended holds. This bag doesn't double as a briefcase quite like the Command Laptop bag does.
> Partially concealed buckle flap closure - makes it slightly more difficult to close the bag all around. The velcro catches just a little less easily, and the buckles are just a little less easy to get to. I do think it improves the overall aesthetic of the bag, though. ***While this might still be true, it's less of a bother than I originally anticipated. The bag closes very easily.***
> Compression straps - good feature. Two straps now dangle off the front of the bag at all times. They removed the loop from the main strap, but then added two more straps that dangle off the front of the bag all the time. Probably worth it.
---- FINAL THOUGHTS ----
> The new (2014) Classic Messenger is my favorite bag thus far, but it's going to take some getting used to. Is it $30 better than the 2013 Classic? Meh, close call. It's better for my needs than the 2013 Command Laptop bag, and for that reason, I'm glad I bought it. ***After getting used to the new strap and figuring out some of the quirks of this bag, I'm even more glad I bought it. I'm raising my original 4/5 review to a full 5/5. Would recommend.***
I'm not using this as an overnight bag, but as an EDC day bag. I like messenger style bags because I can wear them on my body in different positions and find getting into them (while still on me) much easier then backpacks.
As for the color choice, I am at an age where I'm just done with 'black' everything. I try to incorporate color where I can. The best way I can describe this red color is that is falls into a cherry tomato red vs. a fire engine red. Lol, I might be color blind, but let me tell you, I like the fact that it stands out in a crowd.
I've been able to pare down what I take with me, and I'm down to a tablet, journal and few other daily items. Everyone is going to need a different size, but like I said initially, I like the small size of this bag. I'll probably get the medium as an overnight crash bag, but for now I'm very happy with my purchase.
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