Timbuk2 PROOF Backpack Black/Gunmetal
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- Swing Around tricot-lined side-access compartment, fits up to most 17" laptops. Bonus internal organizer in main compartment.
- Bike-tread-inspired modular back panel for maximum ventilation and comfort.
- Custom-fit strap design for truer, more comfortable fit.
- Durable, easy-grip grab strap handle for on-the-go moments.
- Side pocket holds your U-lock (or water bottle).
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- Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13.6 x 2.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- ASIN: B004W7VLHI
- Item model number: 442-3-2090
- Date first available at Amazon.com: August 15, 2011
- Domestic Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
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Top Customer Reviews
2. Great laptop compartment
4. Fits well on shoulders
1. Price (a little on the expensive side)
2. Color (I ordered the blue and black, and the blue is definitely a more navy/dark blue than the one in the picture)
3. Does not have a sternum strap (I think one would add a lot to the bag)
Note: I am 5'8" and the bag fits me well. However, I would not recommend it to anyone much shorter than 5'8" because its a relatively tall backpack.
Overall its a sound replacement to my old backpack. Its a little bit on the expensive side, but I'd recommend the bag.
i give it 3 stars though because it is too tall... when you ride a road bike and get low on the drop bars, when you tilt your head up my helmet hits the top of the pack. no biggie for short rides and probably won't happen on a mountain bike or hybrid where your stance is less bent over, but after a 55 mile ride my neck hurt from the additional pressure i was putting to keep my head up.
i now use this for travelling tho and it is great for that... but for biking i now have something else.
As with all Timbuk2 bags, this one is well designed from its fit & comfort, to the well laid out compartments, and the overall quality.
The PROOF Backpack is a slightly tall bag, but not so tall that you look like you're about to climb Mt. Everest with it. I'm 5'10", and it fits me just right. When adjusting the shoulder straps to my liking, it sits high on my back, but I don't really mind that.
It's a pretty good looking backpack too. I have the black/gunmetal color, and it's not gaudy or obnoxious, nor is it plain and dull. I can comfortably wear it to the office, without worrying that I look like an overgrown elementary school student.
I love that the PROOF Backpack is very sleek and compact, meaning it doesn't bulge out that much at all. I don't have to worry about bumping into fellow bus/subway commuters behind me while wearing it. That said, don't expect to carry a ton of stuff in this bag.
I usually carry the following items in this backpack:
1) 13" MacBook Air in its neoprene sleeve (the laptop compartment can easily store a 17" laptop)
2) 10" tablet
3) laptop/phone/tablet chargers
5) portable hard drive
6) Xbox 360 controller
7) sunglasses w/ case
8) compact umbrella
9) water bottle on the side
It would be great if the PROOF Backpack had a sternum strap for added stability; but who really goes hiking or climbing with a 17" laptop?Read more ›
The padded laptop sleeve easily fits my 15" Macbook Pro, and actually manages to contain both my laptop and my girlfriend's 15" Dell simultaneously (albeit weighing a ton, but not a bad option for taking on a plane as your under-seat bag). There are two interior zipper pockets, one made of webbed mesh and the other of solid nylon, both of which I've filled with various small pieces such as RJ-45 connectors and cable adaptors, and ample room in the main compartment for carrying much more.
The description doesn't state anywhere that the bag is waterproof, and I haven't honestly completely tested whether it is or not, but I've definitely been stuck in some heavy rain while wearing this bag and none of the contents were affected.
Cool thing, too: the TIMBUK2 logo on the bottom of the bag isn't sewn on the whole way around, which makes for a really convenient carrying spot for a U-lock while cycling.
Note that this pack is not deep enough to hold a ton of school books, but you probably would not want to bike with that load anyway. I'm average height and on the skinny side and this pack fits me well. If you're a shorter guy or average sized woman, this pack may be too tall for you.
The laptop pocket is nicely padded and has a separate zipper access on the side (a nice feature). The Amazon description says the pack fits 17 inch laptops, but Timbuk2 hang tag advertises 15 inches. I suppose some larger laptops will fit, but some won't.
The U-lock pocket on the side of the pack is a real nice feature. It holds pretty securely, but an extra tie down strap would be nice. The pocket is also deep enough to hold a large bicycle water bottle.
Yes, the MSRP price is extremely high and it is not worth that price. However, since this pack has been discontinued, you should be able to buy it for less than half price, which is reasonable for a high quality pack that you use every day.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quality was great and liked the colors however the bag was a little too tall for my liking.Published 12 months ago by Daniel Barreto
The bottom is pretty thin, but it wasn't very hard for me to stitch on a leather patch bottom. All in all a fantastic product for all it is advertised. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sim
actually its not small but its thin better than my expectation. and it doesn't have enough pocket. anyway its good for the everyday bag.Published on January 7, 2014 by Collin
great backpack. durable and good size. you are not gonna fit 5 books and a laptop in there. the side loading laptop pocket is nice to have. good padding all aroundPublished on December 5, 2013 by marcus
The item is better than itself seen on the pic, the quality seems real good and the color is brighter.Published on April 21, 2013 by Cong Liao
None of my backpacks can fit my 17" HP laptop but this one can. It is quite bulky to wear but if you carry it around like a suitcase then it works fine. Read morePublished on August 6, 2012 by Furinax
I've owned 4 different bags form Timbuk2, both backpack and of the messenger bag variety. The Proof is my favorite. It's well made, not too big or too small. Read morePublished on June 15, 2012 by Alex From Philly
I bought this laptop on sale at a significant discount, and will be returning it even at that discount, for the following reasons:... Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by rdubbs
The color is darker than the photo but more pretty.
durable and good for a short trip. It could hold a lot of stuff in it.
Use it everyday.