From its early beginnings in a San Francisco garage, Timbuk2 has always focused on serving those who live life on two wheels. Their bags needed to be able to handle the wear and tear of daily use without fear of damaging the rider’s precious cargo. Not only was durability a factor, but also organization and accessibility. Luckily the team at Timbuk2 is passionate about cycling and have spent years perfecting their craft.
Initially starting as messenger bags being created by a single person, Timbuk2 has expanded to outfit commuters of all kinds. Those who prefer two straps rather than one will love the sleek Uptown backpack. Many of their laptop bags, like the Commute, are made with a TSA-friendly design so you’re not always holding up those long lines at the airport. The Co-Pilot and the Aviator series of wheeled uprights are great for worry-free trips to your flight gate.
Despite these other great products, Timbuk2’s heart has always been tied to home: the sprawling hills and winding roads of San Francisco. A versatile bag for any rider. Road cyclist or beach cruiser. From the daredevil messenger bolting between alleys and busy streets, to the guy who’s just trying to pick up a 6-pack to enjoy with friends, both can pedal confidently knowing Timbuk2 has their back.
So far so good with my new Timbuk2 Division Pack - my laptop fits snugly in the padded compartment and there is plenty of room in the larger compartment for my lunch and a sweater. The water bottle pocket on the side could be a little bigger, but it fits my bicycle water bottle pretty well. The fabric is sturdy and has a coating that appears to make it waterproof, although I haven't used it in the rain just yet. The straps are padded and pretty comfy, and they stay in place with the chest strap, which is movable to a few different locations, you know, in case you have boobs. Also! The padding on the back is in strips so there's a little space, not quite so hot and sweaty. All in all, I'm pretty stoked about this pack - maybe I'll update after a while of use too with some more suggestions.
This bag is a great size, wide openings, good handles - but the material is a bit unusual. it is much heavier then I expected - feels like fake leather and is a little stiff, even when empty
The Timbuk 2 Tripper is an excellent, small, multi use duffle. It's approximately 16" long, 9" deep, and 9" tall which makes it a great gym bag or overnight back for casual clothes. There are side straps flanking the zippered pocket which expand easily to securely hold a yoga mat. It has a zippered bottom which easily accommodates shoes. The small outside pocket holds keys and a phone. Like other Timbuk 2 products, the canvas is nice quality, not flimsy or too stiff, and the colors are lovely. Happy tripping.
When it comes to backpacks I’m very picky about comfort and style due to the extensive amount of transportation involved on my daily commutes (transferring between buses and trains at peak hours). I had originally fallen in love with another Timbuk2 bag a few months ago, but by far Timbuk2’s The Close Case – Medium in Nautical has become my new favorite, serious! Right out of the box it seemed too narrow so my expectations felt a little crushed at first, but surprisingly a 15” MacBook Pro, an iPad Mini, an extra set of clothes (jeans and tshirt) along with a notebook fit perfectly in the bag with some extra space remaining. One of the major features that stood out to me in comparison to older Timbuk2 bags/styles are the velcro strips which are optional on this bag (extra flap to cover them if you only want to use the metal clamps), so you never have to worry about showing up late to class and having to interrupt the professor with the sound of velcro separating (*points at self*). Another feature being is that I felt this bag had WAY more organizational compartments than other older styles. Perfect for my busy lifestyle as I’m able to store my U-Pass in one compartment knowing my iPhone is zippered safe in another compartment while chasing down the bus. And the thick padded shoulder strap is perfect! No stiff neck from carrying all my school stuff. The only thing I’m a little sad about is that I had some trouble trying to fit a reusable water container in various sizes to the side drink pocket but not a deal breaker. A co-worker of mine tried on the bag and said it fit like a glove around the body!
The bag is great quality and size, but the velcro is SO strong that it is very loud when you open the flap. I actually ended up putting a piece of material on that part so that it would be quieter because of how loud it was. If you really don't want it to open, though, it is secure. I should have returned it but I bought it too close to when I needed it so had to deal with it.
The Timbuk2 Forge Tote combines the best aspects of a tote bag, with the handsfree convenience of a backpack. I love the shape, design and the well-thought out pocket placement. There's a nice pocket for a laptop or tablet - and one that fits a large smartphone. The flap that covers the top seemed a bit cumbersome at first, yet it prevents one of the most concerning aspects of wearing a backpack - it would not be easy for anyone to access it without the wearer realizing it. I love the depth and the colors. The two water bottle pockets will snugly hold my big hydration bottles. I also like having two - as I use one for my sunglass case. The one change I would make to the tote/backpack is to add padding to the straps - the totebag strap AND the backpack straps could benefit from additional cushioning - yet what is on the backpack straps is probably enough for most users.
Lightweight, compact backpack. I like to use it for the gym--it can carry a lot of gear and the side straps allow you to keep it from sticking out too far behind you. Also, really like the small outside pocket for sunglasses and cell phone. I wish the interior pocket had a horizontal zipper rather than a vertical one though--makes it a little hard to access the pocket when the bag is full. But overall great backpack!
This bag is the perfect size! I came across this bag when I was looking for a summer crossbody, but I didn't want a black bag then. I came back to it for the fall. I love the shape and size. It fits my large wallet, a small make up case, wipes case/pull up for my preschooler and plenty of room at the top for sunglasses and incidentals. The shorter strap I will use most often is a mesh type material that reminds me of a seatbelt. It's sporty, and not really the style I was going for, but the bag is so neutral, I could easily swap out the strap. The front zip pocket is bigger than most. I plan to keep my phone there most of the time. The key fob attachment is in the front pocket, so I'm hoping my keys and phone in the same space doesn't cause scratching. My only complaint is that it's only offered in black, I hope Timbuk2 comes out with a gray/brown option.
first: it's timbuk2. need we say any thing more. used over the weekend, so here goes: Pros: like the color and the bright colored zipper. love the cross-over strap and the side grab handles the size is very good for weekend, over nighter & of course the gym liked the outside pockets Cons: not a big fan and never have been of the underside zipper compartment i found this one a little hard to use do to the size, same as the bag itself. seemed to have to tip the bag to use it, so make sure you have the bag closed or else things will fall out. could use at least one inside pocket-but it's not there But overall it's a very nicely constructed bag, for those quick trips. So for overall i'm giving it 4 stars and this is personal, the bottom zipper compartment, i just don't like it.
Simple yet genius design. Nice hybrid tote backpack. I was surprised that it really stayed on my shoulder well when carrying as a tote, although I doubt I would carry it that way for any length of time. When I used it as a backpack, the padded straps and padded laptop compartment made for a comfy fit. Slimmer than a typical backpack and fit my 13" MacBook Pro perfectly. I love the easy to wipe down fabric. Spilled some coffee on the morning commute which wiped right off. Great for commuting on metro as it doesn't bulk up so less bumping into fellow commuters on a busy train. Slim profile even when packed.. Holds a good bit of gear for a workday. Was able to keep my water bottle on one side and an umbrella on the other side. Super versatile bag. Good zippers. No snagging. Wide mouth opening allows for cramming plenty of stuff for a weekend away although I primarily use the nifty side zipper to grab my laptop. Hard to see online but there are some nice organization pockets inside as well for pens as well as some other useful pockets on the outside. It's a gem!