Timbuk2 Commute TSA-Friendly Messenge…


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Pdub Great little bag for my daily commute to school. My 15" macbook Pro can fit in it, though I usually just carry my iPad. Unfortunately, the strap broke about a month after I got it, but Timbuk2's customer service came through and sent me a new strap

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.

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 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!

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.

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.

Disappointed in NJ The cheap plastic buckle on the strap broke after 10 days. I'm now supposed to pay to ship it back, wait 2 weeks for a credit, order a new bag, wait another 2 weeks until you ship a replacement and another week for it to arrive (and pay for the return shipping too). My best guess is this will take a month and cost me $50. And no one answered my emails to customer service.

Robert I like this product and I will use it, but it has obvious room for improvement. Seems generally well built, durable, and stylish. Lots of large to medium sized pockets, but would be nice if there were a one smaller sized pocket for smaller electronic items such as usb flash drives/memory, earbuds, small batteries, or a even small camera. The metal buckles look very nice but just have to go. They simply will not stay fastened. Timbuk2 should design and offer a functional replacement to all owners of this bag. Water bottle pocket is a super idea, but its just way too small for most water bottles. I would suggest that the bottle pocket it should been made larger and with mesh fabric and a bungie cinch draw cord. That way you can also put other things in there(not just a sweaty water bottle), like keys or cell phone, and see them to know they are still there. Have not carried a laptop yet, but I'll be doing so starting tomorrow. Padding in the laptop compartment is probably adequate but it seems a tad on the thin side. I really like the breatheable fabric lining in the laptop pocket, though. Shoulder stap is very nice and adjustable - and comfortable.



Good bag. But would be perfect with the suggested modifications.

Greg the Die-Hard Traveller - I use this for my daily commute, but especially love it for airplane travel!



- I had the previous version too (2011) and loved so many of the new features (TSA compliant, the outside zip pockets (especially the Napolean!), and the inside storage! But, I hated some of the new features, or lack of, enough to recycle it ... what you did with the should strap (sewn directly to the bag vs. swivel hook (uggghhh), hated the lame carry handle (wimpy and not center of gravity), hated the bulky internal organizer vs. historic pockets approach, and missed the bottle holder from a bag I used to have.



- BUT, so happy that you listened to your consumers (QUICKLY!!) and improved the 2012 version. You added an iPad pocket, brought back the strap swivels / attachment (NEVER take these away), fixed the lame carry handle with a real one that works, and went back to more streamlines pockets inside. Anyway I can convert this bag to fasten with the old black plastic closures vs. the metal?!?



THIS is what makes your brand have such loyal advocates LIKE ME!!



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