Timbuk2 Command Laptop TSA-Friendly Backpack

 

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Cheese I wanted a PC bag not too heavy-duty looking or too business in black or gray. Soft green color made me casual enough to travel with my laptop PC and tablet.

VCP Chris Let's start off by saying that this is a great looking backpack. I've only had it for two weeks and had 3 people ask about it.



Unfortunately I've told them all that the first time that I hung a camelbak water bottle on it while enroute to a job site, the stitching tore and the water bottle went flying. Keep in mind, I was just walking, not flinging it around. Also, the stitching seems to be fraying around the zipper.



I have a bunch of other Timbuk2 products and this has been the only one that has been subpar, so don't let this discourage you from buying any of their other products.

korova My household is chock full o' Timbuk2 stuff. Messenger bags, totes, camera inserts, mobile phone pouches, and more. While we all appreciate Timbuk2's burly construction and lifetime warranty on all of its products, pretty much every item has something that could have been done better. Usually it's a small detail, such as Velcro hooks on a flap facing towards clothing (better to have the pile side that way to avoid knit fabrics getting caught up) but sometimes it's a major problem like a rucksack that won't close properly unless it's fully loaded.



This time it's different, as the saying goes. The Command Laptop Backpack has been thoughtfully designed all the way through. It is truly a joy to wear and use. Every pocket, slot, buckle, and strap has been well thought out and elegantly blends form and function.



I have the Carbon Full-Cycle Twill color/fabric choice. This grey colored woven fabric gives the Command a soft, pleasant hand with a professional looking texture. And grey, of course, is a color that works well in pretty much all office, school, and travel situations. Overall, the Command has a nicely understated and minimalist look to it.



The most amazing thing about the design to my mind is that even though the Command is a 32-liter volume pack, it looks and feels like a much smaller pack. When it's not fully loaded and the bottom compression straps are pulled in, it feels, in both size and weight, almost like carrying a 20-liter daypack. Very nice. The other great feature is the TSA-compliant laptop compartment. When you're at an airport security checkpoint, all you have to do is flip the shoulder straps over to the front of the pack and open a zippered flap to expose your computer to TSA screeners. There's even a handle on the long edge of the pack that allows you to carry the bag like a briefcase when the shoulder straps have been rotated. Again, very nice.



Do keep two things in mind, though. First, while the suspension is very comfortable and highly adjustable, the Command isn't suitable for outdoor activity use because it doesn't have a waist strap. Second, anybody who is hard on bags might want to look at one of the nylon fabric color options. I don't think the Full-Cycle Twill will stand up to abrasion, moisture, and abuse as well as the regular nylon fabric.



Bottom line: five stars, for an incredibly well designed and constructed technology backpack.

The Auditor My household is chock full o' Timbuk2 stuff. Messenger bags, totes, camera inserts, mobile phone pouches, and more. While we all appreciate Timbuk2's burly construction and lifetime warranty on all of its products, pretty much every item has something that could have been done better. Usually it's a small detail, such as Velcro hooks on a flap facing towards clothing (better to have the pile side that way to avoid knit fabrics getting caught up) but sometimes it's a major problem like a rucksack that won't close properly unless it's fully loaded.



This time it's different, as the saying goes. The Command Laptop Backpack has been thoughtfully designed all the way through. It is truly a joy to wear and use. Every pocket, slot, buckle, and strap has been well thought out and elegantly blends form and function.



I have the Carbon Full-Cycle Twill color/fabric choice. This grey colored woven fabric gives the Command a soft, pleasant hand with a professional looking texture. And grey, of course, is a color that works well in pretty much all office, school, and travel situations. Overall, the Command has a nicely understated and minimalist look to it.



The most amazing thing about the design to my mind is that even though the Command is a 32-liter volume pack, it looks and feels like a much smaller pack. When it's not fully loaded and the bottom compression straps are pulled in, it feels, in both size and weight, almost like carrying a 20-liter daypack. Very nice. The other great feature is the TSA-compliant laptop compartment. When you're at an airport security checkpoint, all you have to do is flip the shoulder straps over to the front of the pack and open a zippered flap to expose your computer to TSA screeners. There's even a handle on the long edge of the pack that allows you to carry the bag like a briefcase when the shoulder straps have been rotated. Again, very nice.



Do keep two things in mind, though. First, while the suspension is very comfortable and highly adjustable, the Command isn't suitable for outdoor activity use because it doesn't have a waist strap. Second, anybody who is hard on bags might want to look at one of the nylon fabric color options. I don't think the Full-Cycle Twill will stand up to abrasion, moisture, and abuse as well as the regular nylon fabric.



Bottom line: five stars, for an incredibly well designed and constructed technology backpack.

TuffLuck86 This was my first of two Timbuk2 products (will be writing a review of the Copilot Luggage Roller 2014 after this one) and I'm very satisfied with my Command backpack. I'm not a fan of shoulder bags because they don't distribute the weight evenly and can cause shoulder/back issues over time. My Command is stylish, weather resistance (used it while in rainy Boston and it protected all my stuff inside), travels great (I've taken two domestic trips and it handled well on both), has room for all the big and little things, and for the price you get a great product that will last years. The shoulder straps are sturdy and the chest strap helps you distribute the weight if you have a heavy load evenly for proper shoulder/back support. This is ideal for me because I can carry my laptop, gym clothes (tennis shoes and clothing), and work stuff all in one bag and it doesn't look like I'm hauling boulders while in a suit.



The only con I have is very minor. When reviewing the specs said the laptop pocket could hold a 15" laptop, but it doesn't say this is based an Apple 15" laptop. I have a PC (cue all the Apple fanboy/girl groaning in disgust) and it's not a bulky 15" laptop but when you try to place it inside the laptop sleeve it's maybe an inch too tall to fit. This forces me to place it inside the zipper pocket itself which doesn't have the ideal padding protection the sleeve does because the laptop sits on top of the zipper line. This forces me to be very mindful when handling/tossing the bag around when I have my laptop. The sleeve itself could account for this if it ran to the bottom of the backpack (it stops about an inch above) and the bottom of the sleeve extended out maybe half an inch with stretchable fabric in order to better fit/hug most rectangle shaped laptops, not just rounded ends like most Apple products.



This is a very MINOR issue but I thought it worth sharing for my fellow PC users (the laptop sleeve only really fits a Ultrabook style laptop and even then I'd say nothing bigger than 13") and Timbuk2 for future design tweaks. I'm still 100% happy with my Command and would highly recommend it.

Whorehey I had high hopes given the other reviews and the TSA laptop sleeve. It fits a Macbook 15" nicely but main front panel was crooked clocked counter clockwise a few degrees.



To make it appear straight I adjusted the straps but then it was loaded on one shoulder.



If it were made right it would be a decent backpack.

Ace the Techy I work in Silicon Valley and fly down to Southern CA for 1-3 days at a time every other week. I pack all my clothes in a packing "cross" in the largest compartment of this bag, put my man-purse in the second largest pocket, and put my 13" laptop and iPad in the TSA pocket. It's heavy but it feels really comfortable on my back. I love the handheld straps tuck away, the water bottle holder, and the glasses pocket. I wish the bigger pocket opened all the way for easier insertion of my clothes, and that there was a shoulder only strap to carry it more messenger style, but these are minor nits. I've used it for a half dozen trips so far and I pack it bursting at the seams but it's been the best bag I've ever used.

AJ I used this for a 3D2N business trip. Surprisingly. I managed to get a pair of jeans, 2 shirts, boxers and a t-shirt; 2 underpants, additional socks, toiletries, a MacBook pro, a kindle, power supply, cables and a USB charger, a hardcover notebook, a thin book, stationary, mouse, pens, name cards and card holder,and smaller stuff like Chapstick, moisturizers and meds, all on to the bag and still looked good. Oh did I mention a pair of oakley Holbrooks in the, so functional, sunglasses pocket??!!!

Steph I got this backpack specifically for travel for work. I have just used it once, so I can't comment on durability or wear. The backpack really protects my computer, though it just barely fits once I load up the backpack (macbook pro 15"). On this trip, I really loaded up the backpack, and I had plenty of room to spare. In fact, it was extremely heavy. That being said, it distributed the weight well on my small frame, and the straps were comfortable. The way I load up this pack will be a good test for durability - so stay tuned for 6 mos from now! I live in Portland, so I'll be able to test for waterproofness soon. So far, I'm extremely pleased! I gave 4 stars because this backpack hasn't been put through the paces yet.

Some Guy I'm a big fan of this backpack. I previously have been using a Command Messenger bag for when I fly, but decided to pick this one up to replace it. The backpack style distributes weight MUCH better than a messenger style bag, which is the main reason I decided to buy it. It 'seems' like it holds less than the Command messenger so if you have to pack A LOT of stuff, I might stick with the Command Messenger. I had it packed to the gills on my latest trip, but it held up well. The adjustable straps at the bottom to expand/contract the bag worked well. It says it's not weatherproof but I was out and about in rain/snow mix and it kept everything inside very dry. Granted, it wasn't a downpour or anything, but I wouldn't worry too much about getting it wet unless it's really bad out.



I really like the look a feel of the fabric of this bag, and I have an iPad Mini that fits perfectly in the front pocket for easy on-plane access.



The only things I don't like: I wish there were a few more pockets/containers on the inside of the bag. I carry a lot of individual, small items that I wish there were more smaller pockets for. The 'crush-proof' pocket on the front confounds me: It doesn't seem very 'crush proof' to me, and I wouldn't trust it with my sunglasses, which seems to be the primary purpose of it according to the pictures online. Other than those minor quibbles I love the bag! Highly recommend.



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