- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 12.8 x 8.5 inches ; 1.84 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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- ASIN: B003386CVC
- Item model number: 122-4-4013-P
- Average Customer Review: 626 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,552 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors) Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
- Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
Timbuk2 Classic 2013 Messenger Bag
- Classic bike messenger bag with ballistic nylon exterior and waterproof TPU liner
- True fit cam buckle for single-handed strap adjustments
- Three-zipper front organizer panel (XS bag has one-zipper organizer); internal organizer
- Napolean side entry pocket; internal slash pocket
- Lifetime warranty
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Carry all your school, business, or playtime essentials stylishly and comfortably in the Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag - XS. This lightweight, ballistic nylon bag features a spacious and expansive main compartment, perfect for storing your books, binders, folders, and other large gear, plus an internal, padded backwall slash pocket for protecting your laptop computer, with or without its case, or files or documents. Numerous pockets and compartments provide organization for smaller items like your cell phone, pens and office or school supplies, and a new Napoleon side entry pocket allows you to grab your cash and keys without opening the messenger flap. Keep it together with the Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag - XS
What's this bag all about?
Born in 1989 and raised on the backs of hard-working bike messengers in San Francisco, the Classic Messenger is a utilitarian work horse that just doesn't quit. Its colors and patterns wear well over time and its True Fit cam buckle, side-entry Napoleon pocket, color-coordinated, three-zipper front organizer, and incredibly useful slash pocket make this messenger a rather clever horse.
Its utilitarian function and icon three-panel look make it an instant heirloom.
Sneaky side entry with zipper closure.
TrueFit Cam Buckle.
Which Timbuk2 Messenger Bag is Right for You?
|MESSENGER STYLE||BRIEFCASE STYLE|
|Classic Messenger Bag||D-Lux Laptop Messenger Bag||Commute||Control||Command|
|Laptop Pocket||Slash Laptop Pocket||Padded Laptop Pocket||Padded Laptop Pocket||Padded Laptop Pocket||Padded Laptop Pocket|
|Electronic Device Fit||10", 13", 15", 17", 19"||13", 15", 17"||13", 15", 17"||13", 15"||13", 15", 17"|
|Dedicated iPad Pocket||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|TSA compliant external laptop compartment||✔||✔||✔|
|Grab Strap to carry as a briefcase||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Detachable Shoulder Strap||✔||✔||✔|
|Napoleon side-entry accessory pocket||✔||✔||✔|
|Materials||Durable Ballistic Nylon||Durable Ballistic Nylon||Durable Ballistic Nylon||Refined Weave Nylon||Refined Weave Nylon|
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.
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Simple, compact design
Good organization pockets
Quick access pocket
Sewn in shoulder strap for good stability
Small size is great for 13" MacBook Pro
No grab strap
No laptop sleeve
I was looking for a bag to haul my MacBook Pro 13" and work papers to and from my work. I wanted something compact, light, and comfortable and in a fairly conservative color. The small Timbuk2 Classic fit the bill. I really like this bag, although there are a few additional features I wish it had. I tried out this bag as well as the Timbuk2 D-lux, Timbuk2 Commuter, and Patagonia Half Mass in a local store before deciding on the small Timbuk2 classic.
1. Design. Simple bag. Weather proof lining. Organization pockets on inside for your iPod, phone, keys, pens, etc. Has a quick release extension to ease getting it on, but I don't find that I every need to use it with the small bag. adding it
2. Size. The small Timbuk2 is the perfect width for a MacBook Pro 13" and 8.5x11 inch papers without a lot of extra room on the sides for things to jostle around or get lost in the bottom. There isn't much extra room after putting in a laptop and few textbooks, but I found that the weight of the full small bag is about as much as I would want to carry in a messenger bag that puts most of the weight on one shoulder. The medium sized bag seemed to be a big step up in size and was too bulky for me. For days when I need more room, like for workout clothes, I just bring a second bag rather than carry around extra room with me every day. (If you have large bulky, but relatively light, items to carry around then you may want the medium or large bag.)
3. Neapolitan Pocket. So handy to have a pocket you can access without opening the bag. Enough said.
4. Divider. A pleasant surprise here. I was disappointed that the divider was not suitable for my laptop (see below) and had considered cutting the darn thing out of the bag. However, now I find myself using it all the time! It is a great for storing papers/reports so they are both protected and easily accessible. Sit down on the subway...pull out a report. Super!
5. The Shoulder Strap. The strap sewn in along both sides of the bag and is not removable. Having the sturdy wide strap sewn gives the bag a lot of stability. Bags with straps that clip on, swivel and pivot at the point of attachment. This bag doesn't wobble like that.
1. Velcro. The Timbuk2 bag has both clips and velcro for securing the flap. I hate the velcro. It is unnecessary because it already has clips, but worse it is noisy. I am reluctant to open the bag during a meeting because of the loud rIIIIpping sound it will create. There is no discrete way to open this bag. (Note: The velcro closure could be negated covering it with a velcro hook strip which I will do at some point.)
2. No grab strap. Other than the shoulder strap, there is no handle on the bag. I often find myself grabbing for a handle on the top of the bag which doesn't exist. You can get a grab handle if you build a custom Timbuk2 bag on their website, but you pay twice as much for the bag.
3. No laptop sleeve. Although the bag has a built-in divider which fits the MacBook Pro perfectly, only the inside side is padded (see my video). There is no padding on the outside or bottom of the divider. This means that if you set down your bag hard on the floor, you run the risk of damaging your laptop. I just use my existing neoprene sleeve with my laptop. It is too bulky to fit into the divider, but is quite secure in the main compartment of the bag. (Note: the D-Lux version does have a padded laptop sleeve. See my discussion on other bags below for why it didn't work for me)
===========Other bags I considered===========
Timbuk2 D-Lux: It has a padded laptop sleeve (although I wasn't impressed by the padding at the bottom of the sleeve), but it doesn't come in black which was a deal breaker for me. I also didn't like the modular organization system which attaches via velcro to the inside of the bag; the pockets weren't as securely attached to the bag which makes getting things in and out of the pockets more difficult.
Patagonia: What I really liked about this bag was that the padded laptop sleeve does not touch the bottom of the bag, the sleeve was a bit bulky and was oddly attached to the inside of the bag. Also the construction of the bag didn't feel as solid.
Timbuk2 Commuter: A bigger bag than the small Timbuk2 Classic, but with more functionality. It has a cool laptop case that flips out to be TSA compliant (i.e. you don't have to take the laptop out of the bag). It also has a grab handle (yeah!) and no velcro on the flap. It was 2nd on my list, but in the end I decided it was bigger than necessary for my daily commute. The laptop case is made to fit a 15" laptop although it my 13" didn't move around too much. I didn't like the detachable shoulder strap with swivel straps as much; I prefer the sewn in shoulder strap of the Timbuk2 Classic. However, this would be a great bag for airline travel as if gives a little more room than the Timbuk2 Classic and the TSA compliant laptop compartment. I may end up buying this as a second bag for traveling.
My main purpose for the XS Classic was to stuff it with an extra small Timbuk2 Snoop Camera Insert and use it to stow my EOS 6D camera. Although the XS Snoop insert is made for the XS Classic, fit is poor: the Classic is too small and the insert is scrunched and distorted, making it a PITA to pull cameras in and out. I also own a XS Timbuk2 Snoop Camera Messenger Bag, supposedly based on the Classic design, but it's deeper so the insert fits perfectly.
Sadly, I send the XS Classic back to Amazonland. I was tempted to keep it since it's so cute and well made, but it's too small for my messenger bag duties. I need the next size up. However, if your carry needs are modest--stow an iPad, windbreaker and water bottle--this just may be the perfect mini messenger.
The waterproof part of the cover help reduce water ingress to the bag but not eliminate ingress. This is because it is possible to for the cover not to completely cover the 2 sides. So if you have it cross slung as shown in the product image, That gap is facing 45 degree upwards. While the gap is small, under heavy rain, expect some water seepage.
The interior pockets are very useful but the design ought to be updated to cater for a 5 inch smartphone.
The shoulder strap material is also good but it's too stiff and cuts your hand. Compare to the crumple that I have, it uses softer material and is just as lasting.
My dislike that I have is for the 2 male quick release buckle & strap - which is not well tailored.
The strap is thinner and the buckle (size wrongly?) does not offer any grip and will slide freely with a slight tug along the strap. This makes adjusting the buckle to position fruitless/pointless.
I compare this to my Crumpler or Samsonite bag which the buckle fit the strap snugly and does not slide with a little tug
In this aspect, I expected something better given the price I paid for this bag.
Update: 1 year after my purchase
Usage once fortnightly at most & not for sports use. The inner waterproofing lining on the should strap is peeling.
This is something not expected for such a bag in this price range especially comparing it to the old crumplers I have that don't have this issue.