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Timbuk2 Especial Messenger Bag

Timbuk2 Especial Messenger Bag is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 41.
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4.2 Star Rating
4.2
$179.00 - $199.00

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Product Description Item No.   10286015

FEATURES of the Timbuk2 Especial Messenger Bag

  • Backbender flexible cooling panel for superior ventilation and comfort
  • Padded, ambidextrous shoulder strap allows for universal carry as a sling over either shoulder
  • Removable cross strap for cross-body stabilization while riding
  • Timbuk2 custom Tensionlock allows for easy fit adjustments and quick on and off body transitions
  • Magnetic buckle closure on the flap for easy one-handed accessibility, while still secure and super speedy
  • Reflective hits
  • Water resistant, PU coated zippers
  • Weatherproof boot for unexpected puddles

- + Product Specifications
Features: Carry-On Size, Laptop Compatible
Best Use: Work and School, Travel
Material Details: Cordura Nylon
Pack Access: Top
Pack Capacity (Small): 15 Liters
Pack Capacity (Medium): 24 Liters
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I miss the pre-2015 model I bought my first especial messenger bag in 2014. It was bulletproof, and I abused the heck out of it. It wasn't overly stylish, but it was completely functional and incredibly comfortable. I used and abused it every day in every weather for four years and it still looked just about new. Unfortunately it wasn't theft-proof, so I needed to replace it after it got stolen. The new design is much less functional. The sloping sides may look good, but it makes it difficult to be used to carry larger items. On the old model there were very sturdy handles on every side and that was incredibly useful. I miss the true bike messenger bag design. While the design may be much more stylish, it's lost the core of the design that made this bag so very good. I've given my new Especial to my father-in-law and will go looking for another brand of bike messenger bag.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Especial in seoul I use this as my main commuting bag. It sits perfectly against the back when strapped right. 2 downsides. 1) your back is gonna sweat on hot days due to lack of airflow between the bag and your back 2) on the med size, cant fit a 15" laptop in the laptop so your laptop will sit in the main open compartment
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the bag, but it could be better Timbuk2 is unrivaled in creating bags that aren't only stylish, functional, and durable, but win at the details. The Especial 2015 Messenger fits nearly all that as the successor to the earlier model. To note there are no quality issues with this bag and it does function as designed, so complete win on those fronts. My issue is with what this bag took away which it's predecessor did well. First, it added a rear top zipper opening to the main compartment. Not sure why, but I never needed it before and don't now. The main compartment isn't a quick access area, so opening the bag to get your laptop and larger items is fine and what I would expect. Second the front pocket redesign just didn't work for me in losing the horizontal compartment with key hook, I use that a ton and it is a headache to not have it. Then the two large pockets with Napoleon access when the main flap is closed if great, but being open at the top with no zipper / velcro closure seems like a flaw as stuff there can fly out easily. If there was a zipper closure to these pockets making them compartments I would have been in love. Finally, I'd love to see Timbuk2 take a cue from other makers for the back padding to make it internal, cover the rear completely with ripstop nylon (no velcro or external padded areas) to eliminate piling on the velcro areas or on cloth clothing. Also redesigning the strap or at least use softer seat belt strap. Basically on the last three points, follow what Triple Aught Design has done with their Parallax messenger, even if offering some of their features as options (padded strap with integrated cross-strap buckle, seat belt strap). I'd pay a premium for this as Timbuk2 is right on the cusp of true greatness here. Finally, please never, ever use any other magnetic clips! They blow away every other magnetic clip type. They are smaller, lighter than the Fidlock 1" clips and can be opened closed from either direction and can be managed with ONE HAND! ONE HAND!
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than my Chrome I have to say this is an excellent bag. I wanted a Chrome bag, liked how it looked and thought this bag had more of the features I like. In the end this blows the chrome bag away. The pockets in from hold a coffee or water bottle perfectly and away from laptop. Laptop compartment access from the back of bag is far more useful than one could imaging, keeps things safer from damage. Other front pocket for U lock. wallet and phone in small internal zip pocket. Groceries or gear in roomy main space. ANOTHER great thing is the air flow area that keeps your back from getting hot and sweaty when riding. 1 week old we'll see how it wears...
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my go to bag, I use this bag for work, this is my go to bag
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i would diffidently buy this bag again and again - for the shoulder strap, the padded bit could be longer, being too short makes it almost impossible to strap anything on it - access to the pockets is somewhat difficult if i wanna keep the bag on my shoulders - the undershoulder strap is really difficult to tighten or loosen with the bag on my back
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have cycling bag Perfect bag for commuting 10 miles to my office as well as weekend rides. I bought one as a gift for my boyfriend then immediately knew that I needed one t
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The human who designed this bag never tried it on The bad sits awkwardly when riding my bike. The strap is too long.
Date published: 2017-06-21
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