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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.
A Limited Edition of our Classic Messenger Bag
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.
This limited edition version adds a padding to the rear grab strap and a padded laptop sleeve and an extra padded sleeve for a 9.7" iPad on all sizes except the XS size (Black Forrest and Gunmetal Tundra color ways only).
- 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)
- Padded grab strap for easygrab and go (Black Forrest and Gunmetal Tundra color ways only).
- Flap corners fold into place for excellent weatherproofing
- Vista loop for attaching blinky bike lights
- Flap buckles are partially concealed behind the messenger flap for a more refined but just as secure closure.
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)||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Interior Organization pockets with large Zippered (YKK) Pocket||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Device Fit||9" unpadded (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 30 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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With the Black Forrest color (and one other) you'll notice that they have the swirl logo on the flap and the name on the light/reflector loop at the bottom. This seems to be the identifying mark of what I'd call the better model. There are two main differences from the other models (which seem to have been downgraded).
1) This is the big one for me: The interior compartment contains a dedicated, padded laptop/tablet sleeve (see attached interior pic). This sleeve is attached on the sides but not the bottom. This allows the sleeve to sit front, middle, or back depending on how you load the bag. I pack my large sketchbook behind and some misc items in front so the laptop sits a little more protected in the middle.
1.5) The laptop compartment also has a handy pocket on it's front side that nicely fits my small sketchbook, or other small items I want quick access to.
2) A minor, but very comfortable addition is the padded grab handle on the back. If you expect to spend any amount of time lugging this around by the handle (around the office, shuffling off at boarding call, etc), this is a very welcome luxury.
Comparing this to all the other "value engineered" models: They have a simple pocket at the back of the bag's interior with no padding, no "capacity" allowance, and no small stash pocket on the front of the larger pocket. The other models also replace the nice padded handle with a strip of fabric that is quite uncomfortable when the bag is loaded.
The one trade-off:
The Black Forrest (and it's counterpart) do not come with a strap pad. I was bothered by this at first, but found that the strap is actually pretty comfortable as is once you get it positioned right. If I get soft and decide to go for more cush, Timbuk2 offers a more luxurious pad that can be purchased separately for just $15. That's a fair trade-off in my book.
Whichever one you get, they are all well-built and come with the nicely designed cam-buckle strap. It's not as wide as the old pre-2014 ones, but it's comfortable enough and the no-dangle adjustment is really a nice upgrade.
I bought this bag on Amazon as a Christmas gift. After he opened it we realized that the strap pad was missing. After carefully reading thru the listing I was sure it was suppose to be included. I opened a chat with Amazon to request for the strap pad. I was told they'd send me a new one and ensure strap pad was included and I just had to return the original. No problem to me or my boyfriend (recipient of bag). New bag came and still no strap pad. Opened a chat box again. Same thing- they agreed the strap pad should have been included. I was told to return the bag again and to order a new one with a different link. Did that. It arrived today and still no strap pad.
Honestly, if I was just told that the strap pad wasn't suppose to be included I would have given it up a long time ago and purchased the strap pad separately. I can't tell if I should be ticked off Amazon or Timbuk2 at this point. In any case, the bag is nice so my bf is being reasonable so he wants to keep it. If you order the bag just beware that the darn pad isn't there and if you want it just order it separately.
First and foremost - despite the fact that product description on amazon and on timbuk2's website clearly states that the bag comes with an "airmesh strap pad," it turns out that two of the colors do not. I ordered the gunmetal gray and it does not come with the strap pad. At first I thought it was simply missing, so I returned it to amazon and got another. When the second arrived, also without a strap pad, I went to timbuktu's website and saw the same description. I emailed timbuktu's customer service, and they responded pointing to a small "features" box on the website, which has a disclaimer that two of the colors don't come with the strap pad. This disclaimer is not on amazon's description at all, and it's so difficult to find on timbuk2's website that I didn't see it after scouring the website multiple times until they pointed it out. Again - the main product description highlights this strap pad as a feature and makes no disclaimer that it only comes with certain color bags.
There would have been a simple solution - timbuk2 sells the strap pad seperately (for an insanely high $12 or something like that). They could have apologized for the misleading product description and offered to send me the strap pad. Instead, they refused to acknolowedge any issue and put it back on me for not reading their website clearly enough, and on amazon for not describing the product properly (even though i suspect the product description is provided by timbuktu).
This is horrible customer service and, based on this experience, I would not count on them to stand behind the product if there are any other issues.
If this isn't enough to steer you away, there is one other issue to mention. The "top" handle, which you'd use to carry the bag when it's not strapped over your shoulder, is not actually on the top. It's actually slightly down the back, which makes it very awkward to carry, especially when you have a latop or similar sized rigid object in it. Not sure what the thought process was there, but it's enough of a bother that, combined with the customer service issue described above, makes the bag not recommended.