Timbuk2 Command Laptop TSA-Friendly M…


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internette As with any purchase, I did my research. I approached strangers on BART and on the streets of San Francisco who were carrying Timbuk2 bags to get their opinions. This was a gift for my husband and he's picky -- so much so that he'd have a meltdown if I spent $150 on a nylon bag that is similar to any he could get for free at a tech conference. I measured everything in his current (ugly) conference bag, his laptop, files, etc and pressed the "order" button. He is thrilled with the purchase as am I. It will come in handy with his overseas work trips. He likes the adjustable strap, the velcro silencer, tsa compliance, and the compartment at the bottom of the bag for cords/battery etc. It's all good. While not for the bag, the company lost a star from me for not including the gift message I requested to be included with the order. It would have got a laugh from him and would have made this fab gift perfect.

AllDayOut As an e-commerce project manager I'm carrying this thing around with me all day. I immediately liked the appearance and embraced new concepts like the noise-free hook-locks or the "Napoleon"-pocket.



I probably should mention as well, that I ordered this bag as an even more classy replacement to my old Commute Messenger bag for everyday usage.



Unfortunately the manifacturing of the features advertised comes less-than-wonderful, as you can see from the images (please excuse if they're not all that crispy, I was in a hurry a bit…):



1. The loops that the new hook-locks grip into already started tearing out after about four weeks of normal everyday usage. I'd also highly appreciate if these were a bit more stiff, thus easier to grab.



2. The demonstration video says, the "Napoleon" is suitable for placing your keys inside, so they can be accessed without lifting the main flap. While brillant in theory, unfortunately the (any)way-too-short keystrap is sewn in on the *opposite* side of the bag, rendering the concept rediculous.



3. The front-pockets "for your files" won't make those rave but wave instead: Tried it once, got them out crumbeled an unusable. The front panel's material is just not stiff enough – even if you carefully check the contents not exceeding the bag's bottom measures. Probably a bag's front just isn't the suitable place for a file compartment.



4. The inside of the shoulder pad isn't all-too-robust as well and already rubbing off slowly.



5. The bottle holder has no room for a bottle at all; it's just a flat piece of fabric. That said the bottle you insert needs to draw practically its entire volume from *inside* the bag, which is a serious issue if there isn't any left (e.g. due to the files you did not dare to use the front pockets for – see above).



Hey guys, this is not meant to offend you in any way, but it's just not the great stuff I have become addicted to buying from you for the last 10 years. (Please feel free to get in contact with me directly and/or validate my purchase.)



You can do seriously better!!

Jello the computer science gamer This a good bag(large). I like the style. The "Napoleon" pocket is very convenient for quick key storage. Love how much room there is in the main pocket. It can hold so many text books, binders and composition notebooks.



Another thing I found out about this bag that I thought was amazing is how none of the pockets leak into the other pockets. I don't know if they said that but that would be good to know.



The padded briefcase handle is a good addition from the old bag. Another good thing that they added was the water bottle.



But it can get uncomfortable at times if you pack too many heavy things in it. I have a heavy laptop so my shoulder gets sore at times. I don't recommend putting extremely heavy books if your back and should can't take it.



One major downside for me is the power brick pocket on the bottom. If you put your power stuff in there, the bottom of the main pocket become bulky/lumpy so any folder, notebooks and binders in there will be a little lopsided. An easy way to solve that is to put a piece of cardboard in the power brick pocket and put your brick under that leaving your main pocket flat. Maybe in their next bag they will add something inside the liner of the bag to keep the bottom of the main pocket flat.



Other than those minor things I like this bag.

Andy This a good bag(large). I like the style. The "Napoleon" pocket is very convenient for quick key storage. Love how much room there is in the main pocket. It can hold so many text books, binders and composition notebooks.



Another thing I found out about this bag that I thought was amazing is how none of the pockets leak into the other pockets. I don't know if they said that but that would be good to know.



The padded briefcase handle is a good addition from the old bag. Another good thing that they added was the water bottle.



But it can get uncomfortable at times if you pack too many heavy things in it. I have a heavy laptop so my shoulder gets sore at times. I don't recommend putting extremely heavy books if your back and should can't take it.



One major downside for me is the power brick pocket on the bottom. If you put your power stuff in there, the bottom of the main pocket become bulky/lumpy so any folder, notebooks and binders in there will be a little lopsided. An easy way to solve that is to put a piece of cardboard in the power brick pocket and put your brick under that leaving your main pocket flat. Maybe in their next bag they will add something inside the liner of the bag to keep the bottom of the main pocket flat.



Other than those minor things I like this bag.

Rockfish I really wanted to love this bag. I have an older T2 laptop messenger bag that has served me flawlessly for years (after it was replaced under warranty for a defect early on) but it is getting worn and I needed something that looked better for work.

This bag looks OK, though I can't understand why they don't make an all-black version. The grey trim on the black bag is not really grey, but a rather unattractive brownish-purple color. This material is also not very durable, and is beginning to fray after 4 months of daily use. This is certianly not the kind of bag T2 built their reputation on. It is more of a fashion accessory than piece of technical equipment. I expect I will need to replace it after less than 2 years, if I can tolerate it that long.

The bag has many of compartments. The "napolean pocket" is clever but, as others have noted, there is no excuse for it not being double-sided other than cost. Also, it is one of eleven pockets built into the front panel of the bag that ALL bottom out at the same level, because it is cheaper to sew this way/ This means that as you fill these pockets, all that stuff forms a fat, bulky mass across the front of the bag that feels awkward. This is a lack of attention to detail.

The shoulder strap features a huge, cheap plastic buckle that is also poorly thought out. It snags things, bangs around, and the QR functionality is nothing but a "Triple Rush" style affectation on a bag that no real messenger would be caught dead with.

Finally, and by far the worst, are the horrid metal front flap buckles. The metal hooks are poorly designed in almost every way. They cannot be hooked one-handed. They catch on clothes, headphone cords, and on themselves when un-hooked. Being shiny metal, they do not provide enough friction on the webbing straps. If you pull them tight, then pick up the bag by the top handle, the webbing slips right through the buckle and is loose again. The bags fails the most basic requirement of just staying closed.

I will add one positive - the laptop compartment and iPad sleeve are nice. I also imagine the TSA flop-open feature would be valuable to those who fly constantly.

I was very happy with my previous T2, despite the warranty issue which was handled fantastically. When I needed a new bag, I went straight to Timbuk2, didn't even look at another brand. They had earned my loyalty as a customer. And then they blew it. My bag was made in the Phillipines, not SF, and seems to be part of the mass-market cost cutting that afflicts so many great brands that are successful and try to capitalize on their reputation, only to lose sight of the values that got them there in the first place. If I could return this bag under warranty for "thoughtless design and exploitation of customer loyalty" I would.

Neens The best feature about this bag is the TSA Compliant, Checkpoint Friendly Laptop compartment. A quick unzip of the compartment allows the bag to lay flat through the X-Ray machines. When you're through, just grab the top handle and be on your way. This has saved me a ton of time and effort getting through security checkpoints.



The second best feature is the "Napoleon Pocket" which allows me to stash my wallet and boarding pass without having to open the flap or dig through a bunch of different compartments.



Only two things I would change are:

1. add a small exterior pocket. I often times need to stash or get to things quickly, like receipts or a pair of sunglasses. An outside pocket would allow me to stash these things without having to clutter up my Napoleon pocket which I have dedicated to sensitive items like a wallet.



2. I would make the napoleon pocket accessible from both sides of the bag. Right now, it only has zippered access from one-side. When i have the bag across my chest, I sometimes use my other hand to access the pocket and it's frustrating that there isn't a zipper there.



Other than that, this is the perfect bag!

CO I'm a bike commuter and needed a bag that was practical for commuting (and going just about everywhere else), large enough to fit my laptop as well as lunch as well as keys and paraphernalia, but I sent this one back after a week of trying it out. My two biggest problems: I don't like velcro - I picked this bag as I hate velcro closures and this design allows you to block off the velcro and use hooks instead. But if you don't use the velcro closures, the top flap really doesn't easily stay shut - you have to hook it and unhook it to keep your bag closed - extremely inconvenient when all that's really needed is a pocket in the top flap so one can add a couple heavy things such that the top flap stays closed of its own accord. Also, the buckle on the strap was seriously a pain - I assume it's there to allow one to quickly lengthen one's strap, but I'm fuzzy on why that's a desirable feature. It's a very bulky piece of hardware that's stuck just about exactly at one's collarbone - as I like to switch my bag between shoulders, it was uncomfortable and awkward, and there's no way I can see to get rid of it, though the problem could be mitigated slightly by adjusting the strap back and forth. A couple other problems that I could have screened for: the bag is just too wide, somehow - good depth and internal space, but it's just too wide. Probably should have looked at the smaller size. Also, the bag has plenty of pockets, but a lot of the pockets on the outside are completely flat against the bag - very difficult to put anything but papers, cards, or a comb in them. I need my keys, wallet, and phone, at the very least, to have pockets right on the outside of the bag where I can grab them, and none of those pockets allowed anything bulky.

Ricky Mack I also own the D-Lux Messenger bag and I purchased the Command because I wanted something for professional use. I won't repeat all the Pros about this bag because they are all accurate.



I will comment on the "true fit" cam buckle. The buckle is very different from the buckle on the D-Lux bag. The buckle on the Command does not cinch up like the other cam buckles. Instead, it seems to act like a secondary length adjustment. The buckle will not tighten the bag closer to your body. Rather, the strap will slide right down making you wonder if the buckle is having any impact on the strap length at all. Hardly the "memory" buckle that you'll find in their other bags.



The Command is a VERY well designed bag. I'm just wondering how they get the strap wrong when their other bags get it right. It's disappointing for an otherwise perfect bag.

Russmo I use this to schlep my 15.4" Macbook pro, power brick, papers, notebook, lunch, jacket, and other small items back and forth to work and when traveling. I also take out the computer and use it for taking other stuff with me on bike rides into town.



I love the separate laptop/ipad compartment that I can access without opening the front flap. That was a requirement for me. The laptop crater padding is okay, but feels pretty thin. The interior space is great. I think the organizer pockets on the inside are just okay, definitely room for improvement. I don't like black pockets; a lighter color would be much better to see the gear I have in there instead of turning the inside of the bag into a dark hole. Similarly, the 3 stacked front pockets below the flap I find difficult to use, especially when I put something slightly bulky in one of them the others are difficult to use. I mostly use the side access zip there and put in small pieces of paper or other flat objects.



I like the side bottle holder, but I wish it stretched a little bit wider. I can push my coffee mug or stainless water bottle in there, but just barely. Seems like it's sized to fit a small plastic water bottle.



I also like the small hidden zippered pocket at the bottom of the front face that accesses a pouch on the bottom of the bag. I can throw my power brick down there so I can pull out my laptop and power brick without opening the flap on the bag. That being said, I usually put my power brick in one of the pockets inside the bag. I wish one of the velcroed or open top organizer pockets fit my powerbrick, but they do not.



I have the coated canvas in mahogany and gray. I love the colors, and the material is waterproof and bombproof. It looks really stylish, too. When I dont' have much stuff in it, it has a great slim profile. But I love that I can shove my lunch, a change of clothes, and other things in it without any issues. The straps that cinch the flap down also flatten the bellows of the bag at the bottom, which helps keep the profile slim.



Because I use it at work, I usually keep the included velcro silencers on all the time. The metal slip clips are okay, but they do loosen easily when they're not under tension. I would LOVE some magnetic velcro silencers like those on Rickshaw bags. Timbuk2, will you make some for me? Would need magnets or metal bars sewn inside the soft-side-loop velcro strips and another set of velcro/magnets with hard-side hook velcro to attach to the inside of the flap.



I am happy to take this bag with me to business meetings, conferences, coffee shops, airplanes, bike rides. If I don't need my computer, I'm much more likely to use a backpack on bike rides or other active pursuits.



In summary, I really love this bag and use it everyday. Thanks, Timbuk2!

The English bloke I purchased a Timbuk2 classic messenger 10 years ago and still use it as a gym bag / overnight bag. It is bomb-proof, still looks like new and is a pleasure to carry. But it is big. Far too big for what I now need to carry daily. With less and less need for peripherals, cables, etc., my daily laptop carrier needs to be as small as possible, but still flexible.



So I started to research. I've kept an eye on Timbuk2 bags for a while and as soon as I saw the Commute I knew that was the bag.



With a question mark about the sizing (small or medium?) and not content to order online, I decided to go one better and visit the retail store in San Francisco. I e-mailed the store in advance to ask if they had the bag (Black, Small) available - and the manager replied that yes they did, and even better, he put one aside for me. With limited time - I was on a business trip from the UK to San Francisco - I visited the Timbuk2 retail store.



Everything ran like clockwork. No errors or mistakes, a manager who remembered me from the request and a bag waiting for me there. After a quick check of the Small size bag, there was no need to consider a medium - small was the right size. I walked out of the (incredibly designed & good looking) store with it.



So what about the bag itself?

Buy one. It's that good. I've only had it for 3 weeks and regret not obtaining one earlier. The design is faultless, the materials are premium and it looks, well, it's class. It carries my laptop & brick PSU, papers, lunch, shades, umbrella, bits and is a joy to travel with. Either daily or on a trip. Simply stunning.



It was a pleasure to deal with the Timbuk2 manager and it is a pleasure to carry & use this bag daily. And from previous experience of Timbuk2 bags, I'm sure this will not be a long-term bag that doesn't disappoint. [insert massive smiley face]



If you are reading this you must be interested in the bag and may need reassurance about it from owners. Here's mine - like I said - just buy one.



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