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Timbuk2 Especial Messenger Bag - Small / Medium

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Keep your gear protected and secure as you ride with the sturdy Timbuk2 Especial messenger bag, which pairs a simple, sophisticated design with protective materials.

  • Exterior is built to last with ripstop Cordura nylon and heavy-duty stitching; water-resistant lining keeps contents protected and makes clean-up a breeze
  • Oversized top flap accommodates different volumes and secures with magnetic closure, making it easy to open and close the flap with one hand
  • Internal padded pocket fits up to a 15 in. computer; 3 exterior zippered pockets provide easy access to small essentials
  • Backbender flexible cooling panel maximizes airflow while in the riding position
  • Adjustable, padded shoulder strap provides a custom fit so you can ride without the weight shifting or moving unexpectedly
  • Strap buckles allow for one-hand adjustments, perfect for making small changes while pedaling
  • Timbuk2 Especial messenger bag features reflective binding on all sides for increased visibility


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Timbuk2 Especial Messenger Bag - Small / Medium

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Timbuk2 Especial Messenger Bag - Small / Mediumis rated1.0out of5by1.
Rated1out of5byfromHigh Hopes soon deflatedAs a daily bike commuter, I have been looking for a messenger with a supporting "A" strap for sometime. Finally Timbuk2 released a bag for daily commuters, or so I thought. So I sold my trusty Osprey Momentum backpack and bought 2 of these (one in each size so I could compare before deciding which to keep as REI doesn't yet stock them in stores). I went with the S/M and found it had just enough room to fit clothes, shoes, and a lunch for a day's work. I would have preferred the organizer pocket to be on the outside of the main pocket, but that is a minimal gripe. Fast Forward to 5 days of daily rides, and I found one of the front seams just below the "bike lock strap" had torn open. This was a seam where the waterproof plastic material met the condura nylon... clean tear. I had read another review from the Timbuk2 site where the bike lock strap ripped off as well due to poor single row stitching - this seems like the same issue. Clearly these seams are not properly reinforced, and/or the spacing they are using for the stitching mated with the plastic material is creating in essence a perforated line where it just tears like mine did. The shape, size, and design of this bag were superb, but clearly the material choice, structural integrity, and execution are flawed. This is not uncommon with first iterations of a new product, I just hope it gets fixed soon. First (and probably last) Timbuk2 product I have ever purchased. Returned it and went with a Patagonia Half Mass Courier bag... so far so good (1 ride only). Wish REI would bring back their own brand of bike messenger musette bags with an "A" strap for cyclists, at least I can trust their craftsmanship.
Date published: 2013-04-15

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