Kanuk in Chi I got this for my teen daughter who cares about looking cool. I care that she had two straps instead of a shoulder. The Rogue fit the bill. She carries a ridiculous amount of stuff and it all fit, but shockingly the pack design belies the volume and number of items inside! It kept her laptop and books dry in a downpour. The downfall is that there aren't enough pockets inside, so we mitigated that with a bunch of fun pencil cases that now hold her million of little things. She looks great. she's happy. her posture is better. I am happy.
Single-Speed Gavin Having been a STRICT Chrome Bags user for the past 6 or so years, I had a difficult time even THINKING about switching brands. That said, as I was looking at the Timbuk2 products on their site, I stumbled across the Rogue. Based on the description, it was almost everything I was looking for in a bag, carried the same lifetime warranty, and, let's be honest, was nowhere near as expensive. Upon receipt, the first thing I noticed was the lack of over-abundant long straps: one of my biggest gripes about Chrome bags is that there are not only too many straps, but, regardless of what I have in my bag, the straps are ALWAYS between 6-12" too long, and I can't stand that. The Rogue was visibly missing these inconveniences, so I was immediately intrigued. Of course, the true test of any bag is to pack it full and try it out. I transferred all of my daily contents (iPad, iPod, cassette tape Walkman, phone, headphones, cycling tools, jersey, jacket, hoodie, neoprene mask, beanie, gloves, arm- and leg-warmers, chain and u-locks, pens/markers, sewing kit, and water bottle) into the Rogue, and, just to test it out, I tossed my laptop in, as well. Not only did everything fit PERFECTLY (and conveniently, I might add), but the bag adjusted quickly and easily to my "comfort zone", which is sometimes difficult due to lower back issues. Once the back was packed, I took off for a short 10-mile ride, and it was easily one of the most comfortable rides I've ever had with a backpack on. The couple of times I stopped, my u-lock was EASILY accessible, as was my phone, and I never even had to actually take the bag off in order to access these items. The bottom line is this: from what I can tell, in the world of cycling (especially messenger-type cycling), there are two types of people: Chrome people and Timbuk2 people. I WAS a Chrome person, but the ease of ordering, service, and the product itself have converted me to a Timbuk2 person - I'll never NEED to purchase another bag, but, simply because I like variety, the next bag I DO purchase will be from Timbuk2. Excellent work, folks, and thank you for such a fine product!
Seattle Commuter I use this bag for everyday use on my bike. I like the size, weight and style. The red thread on the black is a nice touch. Also, it stays upright when you put it down. My other timbuk2 bag would not do this and would pitch forward spilling out all the contents. This bag has a solid base and is better designed for standing upright. The webbing in the front is good..but, it could have been better. They picture my exact U-lock in the webbing...but the webbing is like is just a shy too wide and the U-lock, not easily, but could slip through. If they made it a little narrow it would be perfect. Before closing the top main flap, I wish it were possible to velcro close the main compartment first. I'm a little worried that with the flap over the bag, that it may be possible for it to not be fully enclosed. Also the straps on the back seem to come together a little more than my other strap. They might have been better if the shoulder straps were set apart just a little more. Since there are absolutely no reflective materials on the bag, I'll be stitching in some reflective material on the webbing for a little added safety.Overall, so far, I really like the bag. I'll see how it does in a Seattle rain but so far it's been durable, intuitive and snazzy.
Jasmine Nguyen I use this bag for everyday use on my bike. I like the size, weight and style. The red thread on the black is a nice touch. Also, it stays upright when you put it down. My other timbuk2 bag would not do this and would pitch forward spilling out all the contents. This bag has a solid base and is better designed for standing upright. The webbing in the front is good..but, it could have been better. They picture my exact U-lock in the webbing...but the webbing is like is just a shy too wide and the U-lock, not easily, but could slip through. If they made it a little narrow it would be perfect. Before closing the top main flap, I wish it were possible to velcro close the main compartment first. I'm a little worried that with the flap over the bag, that it may be possible for it to not be fully enclosed. Also the straps on the back seem to come together a little more than my other strap. They might have been better if the shoulder straps were set apart just a little more. Since there are absolutely no reflective materials on the bag, I'll be stitching in some reflective material on the webbing for a little added safety.Overall, so far, I really like the bag. I'll see how it does in a Seattle rain but so far it's been durable, intuitive and snazzy.
DK First things first, the webbing on this bag is 3/4" wide with about a 2" spacing on the front of the back. Behind that is 1.5" wide with a 6" opening. On the side its 3/4" webbing with a 1.5" space in the middle with about 2" spaces on either side.Now that that's out of the way...This bag is a no nonsense bag that doesn't have all the bells and whistles that some of the other bags on the market have. It doesn't have dedicated pockets for everything and the kitchen skin. It is a just a basic bag, with a massive main compartment. Think basic two pocket backpack mated with a messenger bag, add some webbing on the outside and that's the Timbuk2 Rogue in a nutshell.The main compartment is as huge, because the sides are all soft, you can really stuff it with just about anything that can fit in its gaping maw. A built in light would have been handy or maybe a retrieval spell. A warning label should be included as people with short arms may have trouble reaching the bottom of the bag.However is that there really isn't much padding. I suppose I have grown spoiled of having super soft squishiness on my back and on the shoulder straps of other bags. Speaking of shoulder straps, yes they are fixed in a position that is a little too close together so if you are use to wearing your bag a little high like I do, they pinch your neck making it extremely uncomfortable to wear. To solve this, you need to lower the bag a little so the pads will wrap around the top of your shoulders.I would also have liked to have seen compression straps on this bag, This bag can become extremely compact when not filled to the gills with stuff. Keeping things nice and secure in the massive compartment would have been great.This bag is also not water-resistant even though it has water resistant materials in some sections. I purchased the Carbon color and most of the lining is red on three of the five sides on the inside of the bag.If there were a few more tweaks here and there, this bag would be a home run.
Trose I absolutely love this bag. I am a full time student that commutes by train in the Pacific Northwest (it rains a lot). I can fit a couple books, my lunch, and other essentials all comfortably and I think it's super cute, especially for the price. I have been stuck walking home in the rain and none of my things in my bag were wet! Super comfortable too! The only thing I wish this bag had was another outside side pocket to put my umbrella in, just having the one is great for my water bottle but two would make this the perfect bag. I also prefer a bag that doesn't have a lot of internal pockets as I tend to stuff things in pockets and forget about them, so the ones available in this bag suit me perfect.
Max the Maxer I'm positive I'll never be able to break or wear the thing out. It's built like a beast A+++ on that. I got the truffle color, it looks B.A. ,and It's comfy/light. When you wear it, it feels like the real deal. What makes it average is that there should be more padding and pockets. It simply lacks basic organizational accesories on the inside. If the bag had an extra flap for paper or notebooks attached to the laptop poach, had more padding around the laptop poach, and maybe a couple extra small poaches in the lower part of the inside of the bag, the thing would be absolutely perfect in my mind. It can carry a butt ton for as small at it looks. It's just a hastle organizing everything, especially when I have a laptop charger with nowhere to put it except under all my books and junk. I wouldn't recomend this for students who value organization. I am a Timbuk2 fan though, so check one of there other bags if your into that eduacation thing. They make some good stuff but for 79$ this one's just ok if not leaning to overpriced. I hope this review is helpful I just wanted a little bit more out of it for the price. THANKS!!
nerd I love almost everything about this backpack, except that if you put a laptop in it, the back becomes very uncomfortable because there is not enough padding. It's like having board on your back pressing against your spine. There could be more pockets, but that's minor. I am mostly concerned about the comfort of this bag, which seems like something Timbuk2 could easily fix. The aesthetic is great! Just wish it was more comfortable, especially for us on bikes.
Michael S. I started school in the fall and needed a reliable bag that would, more than anything, keep my laptop secure and dry. I was a bit concerned after reading some reviews, because people said it wasn't entirely water proof. But I pulled the trigger anyway because I got such a good deal on it at the time. Since buying the bag I've commuted to school and work several times in HEAVY rain, and everything inside the bag was perfectly dry. On top of that, it's a stylish bag. I also noticed some reviewers concerned that the bag doesn't have enough pockets. I think that's more of a personal preference thing and not necessarily a con; for me, I like that the interior is largely open and let's me decide how to pack it.
Z the Nature-loving Photographer LOVEIt's awesome how simple yet stylish it is. I work as a photographer and all its pockets and features are very useful. I recently used it for a day hike and found it super comfy. DON'T LOVEIt has a lot of velcro and tends to cling on clothes and my mesh gear bags but that's too specific of a problem and quite ignorable. Also the side pocket is made for smaller water bottles. Not snug enough for my 27oz Kleen Kanteen.