by never too latefromGreat BagPerfect bag for everyday, trips, and work. I have smaller bags when I need just to carry a few items and this one for just what I need for the day. Great purchase
Date published: 2014-07-18
Rated 5out of5
by davidpafromMy favorite messenger bagThis is everything a messenger bag should be. There are so many pockets, you will be hard pressed to find ways to fill them all. The shoulder and support strap both have enough length to accommodate a huge range of body types, and tighten down very easily with the cam buckle. I got the small, which can easily fit a well folded/rolled change of clothes, along with a lock and other misc items you may need for a light day trip. I've almost managed to fit 15 cans of beer with room to spare, if that's your thing.
Date published: 2014-06-02
Rated 5out of5
by SFDwellerfromGood size and valueI wanted a smaller bag for around town and travel. This one is just the right size for a tablet, camera and few other essentials with a comfortable shoulder strap and rugged material.
Date published: 2014-07-25
Rated 5out of5
by wordnrrrdfromA worthy successor to previous bagsI've carried the previous version of the Classic Messenger with me every day for three years. It's been my constant companion in my professional and personal lives, and it's one of my few true "can't-live-without-it" items. After looking at the 2014 bag in person, I wavered for a couple of weeks on whether the new features were enough to justify a new bag. In the end, I decided they were and picked up the small bag in Carbon Full Cycle Twill. These four improvements together provided the tipping point:
* Cordura: The new material is much softer and more flexible than the previously used ballistic nylon, which makes it feel better against your back, even through clothing. I can only imagine the difference will be even more pronounced when summer rolls around.
* Weight: The 2014 small bag is 8 ounces lighter than the previous model, which doesn't sound like much but makes a surprising difference.
* Streamlined design: Having the buckles beneath the flap makes this bag look much nicer...more like a cross between a soft-side briefcase and messenger bag.
* Standard colors: While there are fewer standard colors available this go around, the ones there are are quite nice. The Carbon Full Cycle Twill in particular makes for a tremendously handsome bag. The color is a shade or two darker than in photos, and the slight texture makes it even more elegant. Add in the black trim with contrasting red stitching and you have a bag that can easily go from board room to bicycle. (For the record, the interior of the Carbon Twill is red, not gray as shown in some photos. Personally, I like the red.)
Other welcome changes:
* Compression straps: Nice for the times when you don't have much in your bag.
* Grab handle: Handy for getting into and out of the car or quickly grabbing the bag when you're jetting out the door.
* Double-loop cam buckle and strap: It's nice to not have the extra webbing, which I often got wrapped around various items, thus undoing the buckle itself and making my bag slide down my back. I also like the more narrow strap on the small bag. By the way, several people have said the new shoulder strap is too short. I'm 6' and it fits me just fine. Granted, I like for my bag to hit me in the lower part of my back, but even that's not with the strap completely extended, so it'll go even longer.
* Shoulder strap pad: Far more comfortable than the previous standard shoulder strap pad, though not removable. Nor is it as comfortable as the deluxe shoulder strap pad, which I used on my previous bag, but it's still nice.
* Corner flap wings: I got caught in a couple of downpours with my previous bag and never had an issue with water getting in it, but if this feature makes it even more water-resistant, I'm all for it.
There are a couple of changes that I'm not a fan of, but the positives far outweigh these negatives:
* Cross strap: I've yet to see this one mentioned, but it's my biggest gripe. Previously, the cross-strap attached with a clip to a d-ring on the bag itself, while the end that went on the shoulder strap used velcro. Now, both sides use velcro, which means you can't just clip the longer part off of your bag when you're not using it. Also, since that side now attaches to a smaller plastic ring with a narrow opening, the clip end from older bags won't work on it. I'm hoping to find a d-ring that I can add that will allow me to use an older cross strap.
* Water bottle holder: I imagine that when most people suggested adding a water bottle holder, they meant on the outside. The two elastic pouches inside the bag are nice for other things (e.g. sunglasses or headphones), but they're not big enough for many water bottles, and who'd want a water bottle -- even a supposedly leak-proof one -- inside their bag?
The jury is still out on the simplified organization. The pouches on the front have been reduced from three to one, though so far that's not been an issue. Inside the bag, the organizer pockets are now four basic pockets instead of a basic pocket or two, some pen slots and a pocket with a velcro flap. The pockets inside the zipper are now gone, making that one big open space. I must say that so far this simplification has forced me to carry fewer things, which could end up being a positive, but only time will tell.
All in all, the 2014 Classic Messenger is a nice upgrade and a worthy successor to previous editions, and Timbuk2 is to be congratulated for making this new iteration a truly classy bag.
Date published: 2014-03-12
Rated 5out of5
by ilovegeartoomuchfromAwesome bag!I really like this bag; Timbuk2 is definitely making them better all the time. I looked at some of the previous versions and found the shoulder strap on the newest ones to be significantly more pliable which makes it way more comfortable than before. The quick adjustment of the strap is a handy feature as well.
My biggest struggle was to decide if I should get a small or medium, and I'm very happy with the small. I'm able to fit my 12" laptop (in a protective sleeve) plus the power cord and mouse, my soft shell jacket, a 32oz Nalgene and still have room for snacks or other random odds and ends I may pick up throughout the day. It really holds everything I need to be out for the day while keeping the bulk down so it's easy to carry. Plus there are convenient pockets to hold smaller items, like my wallet and phone while I'm biking.
The high quality of construction is very apparent and I'm excited to use this bag for a long time. I have yet to see how it will hold up in the rain, but I believe them when they say it is very water-resistant.
I'm trying to think of any cons and I really can't. The single shoulder strap obviously means you carry all the weight on one side but that's kind of a given with the messenger bag style.
I considered fancier bags from Timbuk2 and still think the classic is the best.
Date published: 2014-05-09
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Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag - Small Customer Reviews