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Timbuk2 Hidden Swig Backpack (Cement/Gunmetal, One Size)

by Timbuk2
3.5 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Imported
  • Swig style backpack folds away into insanely small packing pouch
  • Made from superlight yet ultra durable, 30D Ripstop Nylon Packing pouch doubles up as internal pocket.
  • External water bottle pocket

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Technical Details


Product Description

It's almost like pulling a backpack from thin air. This stashable pack is the same size as a regular Swig, but can be tucked away inside its own internal pocket. It's durable enough to carry just about anything, and even has a pocket for your water bottle.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 6.5 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Origin: Vietnam
  • ASIN: B006ZZXRC2
  • Item model number: 752-3-2021
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,517 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Color: Cement/Gunmetal
The Hidden Swig Backpack is ultra light and ultra compressible. It folds down to about the size of a HP 12C calculator and weighs so little it is barely noticeable when carried unloaded. When unfolded, the total capacity is a little less than a standard paper grocery bag. In theory it looks like a great way to always have a backpack available, even when you're trying to keep yourself unencumbered.

So what's not to like? Well, there are two things to keep in mind if you're looking at this backpack. First, the primary design consideration was to minimize bulk and weight. As such, the shoulder straps are unpadded, basic nylon, there's no waist strap, and the fabric is very thin and gossamer-like. This is not a backpack for serious outdoor use or for carrying heavy loads. Second (and this is the significant flaw), the top of the bag needs a drawstring with a cord lock. Since the backpack has very little structure or stiffness on its own, the top of the bag gapes open under partial loads. Yes, the opening is covered by the main flap but this pack would be a lot better if Timbuk2 provided a way to close the top securely.

Bottom line: with a drawstring, the Hidden Swig Backpack would be a 4-star product. I do like its extreme compactness and light weight. So, 3-stars for the current design.

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Update (April 2014)
Timbuk2 really does take its warranty program seriously. The fabric and stitching on the lid of this bag was beginning to tear along the seam near the logo. I sent the bag to Timbuk2 and they are repairing my bag and returning it to me at no charge, even though I've been using the bag for over a year. Nice!
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Color: Algae Green/Sorbet Green Verified Purchase
this bag is good quality the only reason it's getting four stars instead of 5 is if its not Pretty full stuff can fall out of the top, I called timbuk2 and ask them if I altered the bag by putting velcro on it would they still accept it back(their lifetime warranty) and they said yes so that's what I did to remedy the problem With the top flap
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Color: Algae Green/Sorbet Green Verified Purchase
I needed a light weight "slack pack" and this will fill the bill ... plus doubling as a "stuff sack". But light weight comes at a high price.
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Color: Cement/Gunmetal
I really like Hidden Swig. Took it to the beach every day. Used it to get home when I bought a bunch of stuff. I packed the stuff in the checkable suitcase and put all my clothes and cosmetics in the Swig. I used the large packing pocket I bought from Rick Steves to put all the clothes in so they would not fall out.. Worked like a charm.
The only reason I did not give 5 Stars is the design flaw mentioned above. If you don't pack carefully your items easily fall out as it is larger on the top of the Swig. So I am going to sew in a little snap or pull system.
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