Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag 2014, X…


Updated at 8/22/2014 09:13:49 - Details
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Jerz I was given this bag in the large size as a gift and it is an excellent bag. I don't often ride a bike but I do plenty of running around to catch trains, etc. I find all the features to be well-designed and of very high quality construction. The way the strap adjuster works is very, very cool, and I frequently adjust depending on what else I'm schlepping. The shoulder pad is so great that I ordered 2 more for other straps on various instrument cases I own. The little "grab and go" handles are super. I don't know what the complaints are about pockets - there are at least 8, not including the main compartment or the slash pocket for laptop etc., Some are hidden, some zippered, its wild. Key fob, cup holders, compression straps in case I want to bring a recliner with me... Its really the kitchen sink, while still being very lightweight and attractive (as far as a large messenger bag can be!) Anyway, I'd balance this review out with some "cons" but as yet I don't have any - I've used the bag almost daily for 2 months and its excellent all around, I highly recommend it.

Wylie I have a 2013 Classic Messenger size S that I use for daily commuting. I carry my wallet, pens, pad of paper, iPad, water bottle, coffee thermos, some odds and ends, and occasionally extra layers depending on the weather, in it. It is a great bag with plenty of compartments. I recently received a laptop at work and decided I needed a bag that was a little bigger so I could cart my laptop around and not have to use the awful bag they gave me at work. I purchased a custom version of the 2014 Classic Messenger in size M. It has the laptop sleeve, and the two drink holders.



Let's start with things that are good about this bag in comparison to the previous version.

- The fabric is the same, which I like.

- The interior has the same nice liner for some rain protection.

- The concealed flap buckles are nice.



Okay, now on to the bad. I will start outside and work my way in.

- The strap is a new material, which is softer, and more pliable. This might seem nice, but it loses it's structure and folds when putting it on.

- The buckle has changed dramatically from last year. i wasn't a fan of the adjustable buckle on the 2013, but you could work around the quick release mechanism and make it fixed. This new version has a handhold, which should be removed. and when combined with the flimsier strap just makes for trouble. Just give me a strap and that's it. No funny business needed.

- While the concealed flap buckles are nice, they are attached to some long compression straps, which is just silly. Bottom compression straps are not needed. The buckles are needed in order to keep the bag closed in case you have a ton of stuff in it and the velcro isn't doing the job. I would cut off these compression straps.

- The Napoleon side pocket is still there, which I like, but the pocket in front of it has changed dramatically. Now, rather than three zippered pockets, we go back to one, and the width of the pocket has shrunk by perhaps an inch? Why remove the extra two pockets?!

- Inside the bag we have the 'internal organizer for pens, phones and other small stuff'. I love this on the 2013, but we lose stuff on the 2014. There was a nice pocket with a velcro closed flap. That is gone. Pen-sized pockets are gone, but we do get to small pockets that I assume are for pens.

- Inside the big internal zippered pocket we lose some storage areas too. There was an extra flap with some more little pockets, but not on the 2014 version.



I am not happy with this purchase. I ordered it online before trying it out, and yes I should have done that, but based on my previous purchases of Timbuk2 bags, I thought I would get an awesome bag. Oh well. I suppose that three good bags out of four isn't so bad, but I really don't see myself using this new one.

G-squared tl;dr - great bag, good size, great strap, and supremely AWESOME customer service.



I LOVE nearly everything about this bag and the two gripes I had I've found fixes for. I got the Medium size in Dusk Blue with Surf Strip. I love the color; works well in professional environments with just a hint of fun due to the three-color straps. I've gotten a ton of compliments.



The new compression strap layout is so nice - keeps the bag small on light-load days and I love that I can stash my jacket under the bag on days when I don't have space for it on the inside. The clips being under the flap looks very nice, but you do have the trade-off of it being not as fast to open. I prefer the 2014 look, but be aware that the clips are harder to get at. Not much, but noticeable.



I love the organizational panel layout, though I would make them just a bit deeper to handle pens better.



I love the size - perfect for carrying my work laptop around, lunch, books, and all my other EDC; it should go without saying that the side pocket (Napoleon pocket) is one of the best designs on a messenger bag. It just works.



I did have a small quality issue - the zipper toggle on the Napoleon pocket slipped free. I can see how the design is supposed to work and I think the shrink wrap wasn't quite far enough up on the zipper to keep it from slipping off. I was able to re-thread the toggle and moved the wrap higher onto the zipper. A quick hit with the hot air gun and FIXED.



I cannot say enough good things about the strap adjuster cam - it is inspired design and engineering. I was nervous that it would bind or require a lot of effort to move. But it is nearly frictionless. Again, it just works. I love it. And because it is so easy to adjust, I have a new method for carrying the bag - adjust the strap to its shortest length, and then I can quickly grab the bag from my car and sling it over my shoulder like a backpack when you only use one strap. If I'm just walking from driveway to house, this is the easiest and fastest way to carry the bag.



When I carry the bag "normally" across my chest, everything is very comfortable. It took me a couple of tries to figure out exactly how the bag was supposed to hang, but now, it's effortless. The cross-strap works well, though it does cause the main strap to bunch a little. The default strap pad is nice and comfortable; I'd like to test a bit more before calling it perfect, but for my day to day use, it is very nice.



The internal water bottle pockets are great, keeping everything upright and water-free. The medium sized bag is just slightly too short for my preferred Klean Kanteen 27oz bottle with a sport cap. With the flat cap, I think it would be fine. An 18oz fits perfectly, so for the short term, I've switched to that, but plan on getting the flat cap for my 27oz. Not a ding against the bag, just a trade-off.



I did have two gripes, both concerning the cross-strap.



1) The elastic band that is used to capture the tail is basically worthless - it holds the tail out of the way only in the most simplistic of cases. But, I fixed that. I ordered a 3/4" thin bar slide online (Google it). Works SO much better, though it was a bit tricky to install; FIXED.



2) When I'm not using the cross-strap, the way it hangs annoys me, gets hung up on things, or nearly caught in my car door. However, Timbuk2 customer service rep Antonio absolutely made my day. I suggested that they make the female end of the cross-strap (the part that goes on the main strap) available for people to attach to the other cross-strap point on the bag to serve as a storage anchor. He agreed and is sending me one, no charge. AWESOME policy. Well done Timbuk2. Once that's installed, I'll just clip the cross-strap into that to keep it of the way. So, also FIXED.

Stephan tl;dr - great bag, good size, great strap, and supremely AWESOME customer service.



I LOVE nearly everything about this bag and the two gripes I had I've found fixes for. I got the Medium size in Dusk Blue with Surf Strip. I love the color; works well in professional environments with just a hint of fun due to the three-color straps. I've gotten a ton of compliments.



The new compression strap layout is so nice - keeps the bag small on light-load days and I love that I can stash my jacket under the bag on days when I don't have space for it on the inside. The clips being under the flap looks very nice, but you do have the trade-off of it being not as fast to open. I prefer the 2014 look, but be aware that the clips are harder to get at. Not much, but noticeable.



I love the organizational panel layout, though I would make them just a bit deeper to handle pens better.



I love the size - perfect for carrying my work laptop around, lunch, books, and all my other EDC; it should go without saying that the side pocket (Napoleon pocket) is one of the best designs on a messenger bag. It just works.



I did have a small quality issue - the zipper toggle on the Napoleon pocket slipped free. I can see how the design is supposed to work and I think the shrink wrap wasn't quite far enough up on the zipper to keep it from slipping off. I was able to re-thread the toggle and moved the wrap higher onto the zipper. A quick hit with the hot air gun and FIXED.



I cannot say enough good things about the strap adjuster cam - it is inspired design and engineering. I was nervous that it would bind or require a lot of effort to move. But it is nearly frictionless. Again, it just works. I love it. And because it is so easy to adjust, I have a new method for carrying the bag - adjust the strap to its shortest length, and then I can quickly grab the bag from my car and sling it over my shoulder like a backpack when you only use one strap. If I'm just walking from driveway to house, this is the easiest and fastest way to carry the bag.



When I carry the bag "normally" across my chest, everything is very comfortable. It took me a couple of tries to figure out exactly how the bag was supposed to hang, but now, it's effortless. The cross-strap works well, though it does cause the main strap to bunch a little. The default strap pad is nice and comfortable; I'd like to test a bit more before calling it perfect, but for my day to day use, it is very nice.



The internal water bottle pockets are great, keeping everything upright and water-free. The medium sized bag is just slightly too short for my preferred Klean Kanteen 27oz bottle with a sport cap. With the flat cap, I think it would be fine. An 18oz fits perfectly, so for the short term, I've switched to that, but plan on getting the flat cap for my 27oz. Not a ding against the bag, just a trade-off.



I did have two gripes, both concerning the cross-strap.



1) The elastic band that is used to capture the tail is basically worthless - it holds the tail out of the way only in the most simplistic of cases. But, I fixed that. I ordered a 3/4" thin bar slide online (Google it). Works SO much better, though it was a bit tricky to install; FIXED.



2) When I'm not using the cross-strap, the way it hangs annoys me, gets hung up on things, or nearly caught in my car door. However, Timbuk2 customer service rep Antonio absolutely made my day. I suggested that they make the female end of the cross-strap (the part that goes on the main strap) available for people to attach to the other cross-strap point on the bag to serve as a storage anchor. He agreed and is sending me one, no charge. AWESOME policy. Well done Timbuk2. Once that's installed, I'll just clip the cross-strap into that to keep it of the way. So, also FIXED.

David I have a number of Timbuk2 products from the D-Lux, Classic to iPad sleeves, etc. Most of the improvements and improvements for the 2014 Classic Messenger are great. FINALLY! ears that keep the elements out of the ends of the bag. Love the cordura, it is an improvement over the ballistic nylon. The new buckles with the compression straps look very nice.



And now the bad: the strap is way too short. I am only 5'9" and the bag rides almost entirely above my hip. Taking the bag off does mess your hair up. I have the small, and have returned the X-small. The length of the strap is almost a deal killer for me. While the bag is very nice, it does not carry as well as my other Timbuk2 or Rickshaw bags.

Adam John I have owned a lot of Timbuk2 bags. Sometimes to a fault. Some I returned because I found better use out of different bags. The 2014 edition really encapsulates what I like best about my previous 2 bags (classic messenger and d-lux). This new bag has the best of both worlds. I use this new bag every day. To go to work. To go to school. To go to a buddy's house to record our podcast.



I can wait to use it to travel and while biking when the weather warms up.

Ashley In San Francisco for the weekend, I took the opportunity to check out the new version of the classic messenger at the Hayes St. store. Fortunately for me, they had the dusk blue/ yellow stripe bag in stock, and I spent an inordinate amount of time deciding whether or not to purchase.



Eventually (after taking a 20 minute walk to think it over), I did purchase the new version in extra small. For one thing, I love the new, refined look. It is crisp and streamlined in appearance. The Cordura makes it lighter and supple against the body. I really appreciate the way it wears on me. The narrower, much more flexible strap is a great improvement, and I am glad that the bag's dimensions and carrying capacity are unchanged.



And yet. Two reasons I had to take a walk to think over the purchase: the lack of Napoleon pocket (my favorite Timbuk2 feature), and the redesigned buckle. I had my doubts about this feature, and three days of non-stop walking later, my concerns were valid. While I can appreciate the reason for putting a smaller, quieter clip on the lighter, looser strap, the buckle itself is a bit too trigger-happy for my taste. That is to say, one accidental bump and whooosh! down slides the strap, and down goes the bag from my back to the lowest point on my hip. Since the strap is sewn at both ends, the bag is not going to fall off, but at the same time, I don't like my bag to slip at unexpected moments. I wrestled with it constantly for three days. The length is oddly short as well. I am 5'3, and it the bag sits at lowest point of my hip at the strap's furthest length.



Another quibble is the non-removable strap pad. Though much better than the previous version, it is not a great pad, and I would like the option of switching it out with one of my third-party pads when necessary.



One possibly more serious issue is with the new fabric. The corner of the bag that was against my side has some loose thread already. Not sure if this is just where the 'Cordura' label is stitched in, or if it is something at the seam. I only noticed it this morning, and need to take a closer look.



I do like the bag, and do not regret the purchase. Hopefully this nicer looking, lighter weight classic extra small messenger will be as reliable and durable as my others.

Creative Shawn I am absolutely in love with this revised style of this bag! I love the updates, the stable compartment for papers/ipad, love the new strap cushion, the strap adjuster, the extra flaps on the side, two bottle compatments inside.... I am so happy and in love. Thank you so much, this made my entire year! I ordered the xs and comparred to the old model (which I sent in for warrenty issues) it is much lighter weight which is an extreme plus, I am so happy I got this one. Thank you!

Mike the Man-purse This bag is good i'm just not really blown away for the price. The best feature is the two water bottle holders inside on the ends. It's pretty durable too. What I especially don't like, is that the one side of the bag (the side that is under the flap) has an outer pocket with a zipper, an outer sideways pocket, an outer outer pocket, a larger inner pocket with a zipper, and then several "organizer" pockets on the outside of the zipper pocket, ALL ON THE SAME SIDE IN THE SAME AREA!!!! I absolutely HATE when bag manufactures do this. If you were to actually use all of the pockets (outers, inners, organizers, etc.), all your stuff would be bulging out in every direction and make everything tight and bulky! If you were to slip your hand in the inner pocket for example, you would feel all those items from the outer pockets and the organizer. So no one would ever fill all those pockets up, unless your are carrying flat items like paper only. I just hate that, what's the point of making all these separate compartments and then sticking them all together on one side separated by thin pieces of fabric? And then you have this huge area of free empty space with no separate pockets or organizers. Maybe it's just me, but i hate that. It's such a bad decision in my opinion. I carry a "man purse" because i have lots of odds and ends like chargers, adapters, headphones, flash drive, first aid kit, nylon bags, keys, wallet, cigarettes, chapstick, umbrella, lotion, sanitizer, etc. All things that are not exactly flat. Why not separate all these pockets up evenly throughout the bag? The water bottle holders are the best part like said, because they are a good use of the space to accommodate items that are not flat, but bulky. This bag just didn't meet my needs, but maybe it will meet yours. I just don't think it's worth the money. And one other thing, the velcro flap is annoying. I would've preferred a magnetic strip, button, or something, to make it feel closed but without having to rip it open with velcro.

RandBuk2 Was going to give 2 stars.... giving 1 now because the review pages are so f'd up on here. It's taken me 30 minute to write a review because the submit button never renders properly.



I've loved my 10 year old messenger bag and decided to upgrade. Though the 2014 bag is a downgrade



-everything is smaller. Main compartment, internal compartments, everything

-internal storage is less practical, and small pockets are too tight to hold much of anything.

-water bottle holder is too small and too tight. It's a joke. It takes two hands to insert a water bottle.



The extra features are well intentioned, but timbuk2 missed the mark



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