Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag 2014, X…


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dave am using this bag on a daily basis to hold work related items - - - from a computer and i pad to file folders/calculator/safety glasses/and even hand tools needed on a construction site. i ordered the extra large version just in case i needed more room. as such, there is plenty of space to spare. the materials are top notch, perfect for the dust/dirt/moisture found on the job. the zippered compartments are perfect for smaller items. would be nice if there was a large zippered pocket running the width of the bag interior - - - but not a deal breaker.

thus far, no complaints - only praise.

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.

Dissappointed Long Time Shopper :( I have been buying Timbuk2 for well over 10 years and I love the brand, but I felt compelled to write because I am shocked at the decline in the material quality in my new bag!



I have a number of messenger bags that I have purchased over the years, including my oldest one, which was when the bags were still being produced in the US. The last one I purchased a few years ago, was produced in China, which was disapointing at the time, because I noticed the quality wasn't as as good as my older bags. But this new one is even worse.



This is what I found:



1. The main strap is considerably thinner, flimsier and shorter than my previous bags.



2.The buckles and strap release are much smaller and flimsier.



3.The strap release is poorly designed and harder to use. I prefer the original.



4.The fabric for the inner pockets has thinned out consderably (from already being thinned out in my previous bag!). The fabric is like paper thin.



5.The bottle holders were a new feature I was excited about, but I found them to be quite small. I use Kleen Kateen, which has a pretty standard width for a water bottle and I find them to be a bit snug to get the bottle in and out.



6. They removed all the inner pockets inside the main organizer pocket and simplifed the others, which they refer to as streamlining in the video. I think it's just to cut corners.



-I have included some closeup images for reference. On the left hand side of all the images is one of my older bags. On the right hand side is the new bag. And keep in mind the older bag is a size XS and the new is a S and even then, the buckles, straps and strap realease of the new larger sized bag are smaller, thinner and flimsier!



I love the overall retro design of the bag, which is one of the reasons I purchased the bag. But, aesthetics don't cut it without the solid durability that Timbuk2 is known for. I hope this review is taken as constructive critcism (and posted), because I have always loved Timbuk2 as a brand. But after this dissappointing purchase I don't know if I will be purchasing again! I am glad I have held onto my older bags becuase even though they have all been used heavily they are all in great condition. Why? GREAT MATERIALS and CONSTRUCTION!

Highly Disappointed I have been buying Timbuk2 for well over 10 years and I love the brand, but I felt compelled to write because I am shocked at the decline in the material quality in my new bag!



I have a number of messenger bags that I have purchased over the years, including my oldest one, which was when the bags were still being produced in the US. The last one I purchased a few years ago, was produced in China, which was disapointing at the time, because I noticed the quality wasn't as as good as my older bags. But this new one is even worse.



This is what I found:



1. The main strap is considerably thinner, flimsier and shorter than my previous bags.



2.The buckles and strap release are much smaller and flimsier.



3.The strap release is poorly designed and harder to use. I prefer the original.



4.The fabric for the inner pockets has thinned out consderably (from already being thinned out in my previous bag!). The fabric is like paper thin.



5.The bottle holders were a new feature I was excited about, but I found them to be quite small. I use Kleen Kateen, which has a pretty standard width for a water bottle and I find them to be a bit snug to get the bottle in and out.



6. They removed all the inner pockets inside the main organizer pocket and simplifed the others, which they refer to as streamlining in the video. I think it's just to cut corners.



-I have included some closeup images for reference. On the left hand side of all the images is one of my older bags. On the right hand side is the new bag. And keep in mind the older bag is a size XS and the new is a S and even then, the buckles, straps and strap realease of the new larger sized bag are smaller, thinner and flimsier!



I love the overall retro design of the bag, which is one of the reasons I purchased the bag. But, aesthetics don't cut it without the solid durability that Timbuk2 is known for. I hope this review is taken as constructive critcism (and posted), because I have always loved Timbuk2 as a brand. But after this dissappointing purchase I don't know if I will be purchasing again! I am glad I have held onto my older bags becuase even though they have all been used heavily they are all in great condition. Why? GREAT MATERIALS and CONSTRUCTION!

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.

mat-tat-tat This is my 4th Timbuk2 messenger bag, and I must admit that this new updated classic messenger left me very disappointed. The bag seems much smaller than my other 3 medium messenger bags. The strap is very soft, and less rigid, and about 3inches shorter, which makes a huge difference. The redesigned compression straps on the bottom of the bag hang way to low when not buckled, which is a problem for those of us who mainly use the hook & loop closure. I regret going with the custom design, cause now I cannot return it.

Stephan The bag is good.



It is sturdy, it looks good and it is big enough (medium size) for the daily use between home and office.



But the biggest con: The strap!



It is so short that I even can not put on the bag in comfort! Okay, you might call me above average if I tell you that I am 1,92m in height ... but even the friend of mine, who's bag the inspiration for me was to order the bag, can not do so ... an she is just 1,80m ... and the strap of her ~2 year old bag is about 40cm (!) longer!



As I am living in Austria and I do not want to go through the hassle to return the bag to the US (and lets be realistic the next strap will be the same) I will buy a matching piece of strap and go to someone with a heavy duty sawing machine and let him extend the strap.



I would like to know why Timbuk2 does not use a strap that is at least as long as the one in the models/years before. The mechanism to shorten the strap is so clever that it would be able to deal with a strap even 50~60cm longer ... did a financial controller decide about the savings you can make by delivering less material?



So my recommendation for that bag: do not buy it without giving it a test ride!



Kind Regards!



Stephan



PS And yes I still would recommend the bag! But only to someone below the height of 1,70m!

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.

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

Traveling Coder I am traveling in Thailand right now and I quickly realized that my thin cloth purse, with no closure or compartments, was not a good choice for busy street markets or bicycling tours. I'd never had a Timbuk2 bag before but I knew their reputation, so I bought one locally. I'm so, so glad I did.

The Classic Messenger is an amazing travel bag. As far as theft goes, it's hard to slash or snatch, and it has only one closure that fastens with loud Velcro and sturdy clasps. I love the slick external material - I accidentally set it down in muddy water and was sure the light-colored fabric would be stained, but the mark disappeared after only a few minutes. And it's so water-resistant! During the Thai New Year festival, which is basically one giant water fight where I was drenched with buckets of water and garden hoses turned on full blast, the inside of the bag stayed completely dry. I think the interior would only get wet if the bag were completely submerged, since there are slight gaps at either edge of the opening.

I do wish it were a little more roomy inside, though I'm not sure how that could be achieved without sacrificing other benefits. For example, the firm and narrow internal compartments made it very easy to glance into the bag and grab exactly what I needed - they kept all my things organized exactly as I put them in. I could easily carry several devices, my pocketbook and journal, some travel essentials like sunscreen and hand sanitizer, and some layers for when it got cold.

I have tried the bag for two other use cases, commuting and biking. I was able to carry my 15-inch Macbook and charger and other work necessities, though the weight made the strap dig uncomfortably into my shoulder. (I think that's just what happens with messenger bags.) For biking, I definitely wouldn't recommend riding without the optional strap that secures it to your back. Since I bought the bag in a rush, I didn't even find the strap until after I'd already tried to bike with the bag and found its swinging weight very distracting. I haven't yet tried to bike with the strap.



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