Timbuk2 Swig Laptop Backpack
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- Padded, low profile internal laptop compartment for full protection without the bulk
- Timbuk2's trademarked Swing Around Access; grab your laptop without taking off your pack.
- Custom-fit strap design for a truer, more comfortable fit.
- On-strap bottle opener for party tricks and quick refreshment
- Accessory loops on straps for attaching gadgets and gizmos
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|Color||Emerald/Reso Yellow/Bixi Red|
|Item Dimensions||17.7 x 12.2 x 5.5 inches|
|Item Weight||0.25 pounds|
|Material Type||Nylon Ripstop|
|Shipping Weight||1.72 pounds|
|Style Name||Swig Laptop Backpack|
What's this bag all about?
A messenger-inspired carry-all pack built for men AND ladies (Hallelujah!). Two large internal compartments accommodate loads of stuff and the organization panel makes it easy to find your keys. Fully padded but low profile laptop compartment keeps your laptop safe sans the bulk.
A slick, urban laptop backpack - fits guys AND girls.
Custom-fit strap design for a truer, more comfortable fit.
Will Your Laptop Fit?
Timbuk2 was born in a San Francisco garage and raised on the backs of hard-working bike messengers. Since 1989, we’ve manufactured good-looking, tough-as-hell bags that you can truly make your own. Timbuk2 bags outlast jobs, relationships and sadly, even some pets. We work hard and play harder.
Top Customer Reviews
This bag is now almost two and a half years old and still going strong; in fact, it still looks essentially brand-new, and I was kind of surprised when I realized I'd had it this long! I wouldn't change a word of the original review (preserved in whole below the ---) that I wrote back in 2012. My Swig has now seen me through most of my undergraduate career, and I expect it to see me through a PhD in Neuropsych without difficulty.
With a 35-mile round trip school commute that I do by bike or multi-modally, combining bike and bus, a really good backpack is a must-have. Yes, I do have a rack and panniers -- but once I get to campus, I still need a way to carry my books from class to class. Besides, a good backpack is a perfect choice for those lightly-loaded commutes (exam days, and so forth) and is also useful for travel, minor shopping trips, and so forth.
I look for a number of specific qualities in a cycling-friendly backpack:
1. Waterproof or mostly-waterproof design with top flap
2. Light weight (yeah, I'm a weight weenie, I admit it)
3. Ergonomic shoulder straps
4. A sternum strap (or the potential to add one) and preferably a waist strap
5. Padding for the wearer's back, preferably with raised relief for breathability
6. Reliable load-balancing capabilities
7. Medium overall size (more on that below)
8. Solid, durable construction
Timbuk2's Swig meets or exceeds my requirements on all of these points.
First, though it's not fully waterproof (which is to say that you wouldn't want to immerse it like a dry bag), the Swig is sufficiently water-resistant to stand up to an all-day downpour.Read more ›
This bag does not have a waist strap, which was a little unusual for me, since I'm used to hiking packs. However, for a backpack meant for commuting, this is a plus. It'll only get in the way...how many people do you see walking around town wearing the waist strap on their backpack? It does come with a removable sternum strap, to keep it in place while riding. I tried this at first, but I don't wear it any more...the pack is very secure even without the sternum strap.
The laptop compartment is nice, and the main compartment will swallow a fair amount of gear. I regularly carry: 13" laptop with ac adapter, rain jacket, small bike repair kit (for flat tires), wallet, phone, keys, sunglasses, water bottle, and my lunch. The flap that covers the main compartment (and the smaller front pocket) is waterproof, and has protected my gear during a few rain showers. The protection from the rain is better in this pack versus Timbuk2's classic messenger (the messenger's top flap would expose a gap that rain could get in through).Read more ›
My 15" Macbook Pro fits snugly into the laptop compartment; there isn't room for anything bigger. The side zipper is a nice option, but with the 15" computer, the zipper frequently catches on the openings for the ports. The CD slot needs to face the zipper or certain destruction of the zipper teeth will eventually occur. After all, the Macbook is aluminum, zipper is plastic; poor outcome is only a matter of time.
However, I prefer to not use the side pocket anyway since I'll frequently need things other than the computer. And as others have mentioned, it is a scary thought to leave the side pocket zipper open and risk the computer falling out. It is a nice feature, but it is a hassle for larger notebooks
The computer compartment is well padded and will protect its contents. Of course, that is within reason; it will do fine with the bumps of life, but if you plan on wearing it on your back while you play hockey, I'm sure that won't go so well.
The Swig comes with a a front clasp to hold the straps across your chest. A nice feature, but even nicer is the fact that you can unhook them and drop them into one of the pockets. For daily use, they seem to get into the way.
If all you want is to cart around your laptop and maybe a few daily essentials, this is the bag to get. No need to jump up to a bigger product line. College students with lots of books might want to consider something a little bigger, but for most people this is a sturdy, attractive and durable bag.
Finally, who doesn't like a handy bottle opener? The Swig has a cutesy bottle opener on the strap.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just received my bag in the mail today (bought elsewhere for color reasons), and luckily it was raining, so I got to test it out the proper way: load it with my usual gear and play... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ky Hex
Best bag I ever owned. Everything is designed so well, fits everything perfectly, quick access with the little side zippers.
Also the construction is very rugged. Read more
I've had this for over a year now, and it's held up well. I've had plenty of cheap bags, and usually there are at least one or two parts that are low quality that drive me crazy,... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tae
A perfect bad for hauling the computer around and when I'm in the field with clipboard doing science it works great! Nice and tough.Published 16 months ago by Joseph Obenschain
The side zipper is great but every now and then I forgot to zip it all the way and sometimes my lap top slipped outPublished 16 months ago by Rachel
This bag is very well designed with lots of space and much lighter in weight. I have carried my office laptop all over the world and it's so comfortable, my back really appreciates... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Simon Metz
This is my favorite design in Timbuk2 bags. Now I have two of them - one is all-business black, and the other is sleek and sporty in a brilliant blue and black. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Seattle Bliss
This bag (in black) has been my daily companion for over a year and I love it. I carry my ipad in the laptop compartment and miscellaneous items in the central one. Read morePublished 20 months ago by BikerGal