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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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Product Description

Product Description

A slick, urban laptop backpack fits guys AND girls.

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What's this bag all about?

Timbuk2 Lifetime GuaranteeA 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.


Product Info

Timbuk2 Swig Backpack Timbuk2 Swig Backpack

A slick, urban laptop backpack - fits guys AND girls.

Custom-fit strap design for a truer, more comfortable fit.

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About Timbuk2

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.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 17.7 x 12.2 inches ; 1.9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B004VD7IXE
  • Item model number: 379
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,525 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Color: Algae Green/Gunmetal/Cement Verified Purchase
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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.

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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.
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I have been a big fan of Timbuk2 for a few years. I feel like their products are made very well, and their prices aren't that outrageous. I had been using the Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag for about a year and a half. I loved it a lot...until my back started to ache on a daily basis. My entire lower back would crack back into place every night when I got home and took my bag off. Finally, I had enough, and just decided to see what kind of backpacks Timbuk2 had on Amazon. I chose this one because the top flap actually has the waterproof TPU lining, just like the Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag. That was a major selling point for me. I loved having a waterproof bag, even though it wrecked my spine. This backpack can really hold a lot. I put 4 or 5 1"-1.5" binders in, snacks, my tablet, charger, water bottle, and other miscellaneous items, and it holds them with ease. The padding for your back is really comfortable, too (feels kind of like memory foam). Some other notable features: sternum strap, solid metal bottle opener on the strap, a nice swing around feature to quickly access laptop or tablet, and velcro on the flap (which I chose to silence with Timbuk2's silencers). I have been using this daily for about 2 weeks now, and my back is actually starting to come back to normal. I know lots of people who have wrecked their posture with messenger bags, and I had refused to believe it...but now I believe it. I don't ever want to go back to a messenger.
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Color: Algae Green/Gunmetal/Cement Verified Purchase
I bought this to carry my laptop and other stuff on a short (~2 mile) daily bicycle commute. One requirement that I had is that the bag be water-resistant, as it often rains during my commute, and I don't want my laptop and other electronics getting wet. I looked up many reviews online, and tried Timbuk2's classic messenger bag. However, I found messenger bags to be uncomfortable, since a single strap holds all the weight of the bag. I switched back to a more familiar (to me) backpack style with this bag.

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).
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I traded in trusty my Timbuk2 messenger bag for a Swig backpack and am quite happy with the purchase.

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.
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