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Alibi 17-Inch Laptop Backpack Messenger Bag

A shoulder bag that doubles as a backpack for carrying big laptops.

Starting at $130.00 $130.00 $130.00
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Selected Color Black/Black FARP - Ballistic Nylon
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Style # 343-6-2020
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Features

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What are the features?

Organization

Front zip pocket for small bits

Internal organizer for pens, phones, and other small stuff

Fit

Can be worn as a backpack or a messenger bag with tuck away backpack straps and a removable shoulder strap with ventilated strap pad

Coordinating Strap Pad included

Custom-fit strap design for a truer, more comfortable fit

Padded back panel for extra comfort when wearing

TSA-friendly laptop access; grab your laptop without taking off your bag

Clever Extras

Grab handle for easy lifting

Luggage pass through for attaching to your wheelie companion

Vista loop for attaching blinky bike lights

Materials

Durable ballistic nylon fabric

Origin

Imported

Laptop/Tablet

Fully padded laptop compartment lined with quilted tricot fabric; soft yet secure (fits up to 17" Macbook)

What's this all about?

A shoulder bag built for seriously large laptops, the Alibi converts to a backpack for carrying your 17" MacBook and extra drives and batteries. At home coding in your bedroom or on your desk at work, the Alibi has designated compartments for your power brick, phone, cash, and keys.

Dimensions

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External Dimensions

Size Width Height Depth Weight Volume
in cm in cm in cm lb kg cu in L
L 20.1 51.0 14.2 36.0 4.7 12.0 3.0 1.4 976 16.0

Will Your Laptop Fit?

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How to Calculate True Dimensions

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  • 2 - Measure your True Height: true height = Height + Depth
  • 3 - Compare your numbers to our numbers and voila! Your laptop has found a new home
Size Width True Width Height True Height Depth
  in cm in cm in cm
L 18.5 47.0 13.0 33.0 2.0 5.0 No. Your device will not fit.

Lifetime Warranty

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Warranty Repair

Timbuk2 products have a lifetime warranty; we stand behind the legendary quality and craftsmanship of all our products. But we also embrace the wild, twisty ways of life. If there is a defect in the materials or workmanship of your Timbuk2 product (gasp!), you can file a claim by completing Timbuk2's warranty repair claim . If your product meets Timbuk2's warranty policy, we will repair your bag. If your Timbuk2 product is damaged during normal or abnormal adventure, you will not qualify for a warranty replacement, but you will have epic stories to tell your friends. See if you qualify for a Timbuk2 warranty repair claim here and say hello to your Timbuk2 product for us.

Please note that we also have a handful of non-Timbuk2 manufactured products, such as Blue Bottle, all apparel, and Joey Charging Kits, included on the website. While we love these products and think they’re awesome, they’re not covered under our lifetime warranty.

Reviews (10)

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Alibi 17-Inch Laptop Backpack Messenger Bag
 
4.8

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • High quality (9)
  • Roomy  (9)
  • Comfortable  (7)
  • Durable  (7)
  • Good strap length (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Computer (9)
    • Airplane travel  (6)
    • Commuting (5)
    • Office (5)
    • Day trip (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (8), Career (6), Comfort-oriented (6), Modern (4), Stylish (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    Reviewed by 10 customers

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    5.0

    It fits!!

    By Matato

    From NorCal

    About Me: Practical

    Pros

    • Comfortable 
    • High Quality
    • Roomy 

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Alibi 17-Inch Laptop Backpack Messenger Bag:

        Finally a bag in which my monster laptop can feel safe.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Pretty good, would like to see some other options

        By Jeff the Preacher

        From Montgomery, AL

        About Me: Career, Practical, Stylish

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Back Pack Strap Is Handy
        • Comfortable 
        • Durable 
        • High Quality
        • Lightweight 
        • Roomy 

        Cons

        • Needs Tsa-approved Option

        Best Uses

        • Airplane travel 
        • Computer

        Comments about Alibi 17-Inch Laptop Backpack Messenger Bag:

        Not many Timbuk2 options for larger laptops. I wanted the TSA-approved option where you don't have to remove laptop at airports. Also wanted the option where there's a zipper compartment at the base of the bag for chargers. Also, the small pockets within need to be able to be velcroed shut. When you move the bag into backpack mode, all of the stuff in those pockets falls out.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        You get what you pay for

        By Wayne the travelor

        From Perth Western Australia

        About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Comfortable 
        • Durable 
        • Good Strap Length
        • High Quality
        • Lightweight 
        • Roomy 

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Airplane travel 
          • Commuting
          • Computer
          • Cycling
          • Day Trips
          • Extended trips 
          • Office
          • School

          Comments about Alibi 17-Inch Laptop Backpack Messenger Bag:

          I was still afraid it wouldn't be big enough as I work away for 26 days and I'm then home for 9 days.
          I carry,
          Paper, laptop, power cord, Bose headphone, chunky size speakers, notebooks, stationary, internet connections equipment, 6 hardrives & mouse.
          It's still not bulky & is extremely comfortable

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great, versatile bag

          By Alex

          From Sandy, UT

          About Me: Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable 
          • Durable 
          • Good Strap Length
          • High Quality
          • Lightweight 
          • Roomy 

          Cons

          • Boring Color

          Best Uses

          • Airplane travel 
          • Computer
          • Day Trips
          • Diaper bag
          • Extended trips 
          • School

          Comments about Alibi 17-Inch Laptop Backpack Messenger Bag:

          I'm a mom to two with my own freelance business and this bag is what I use for my diaper bag. We travel a lot and this bag is fantastic for getting through airport security quickly and easily while babywearing my youngest. I love that I can wear it as a backpack or messenger bag. The pockets are fantastic for holding all of the random stuff we carry.

          It easily fits my 15" laptop, my DSLR and all of the accouterment that comes with my two kids.

          My only complaint is trivial, but I wish it came in some other colors.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Love This Bag

          By Tracy

          From San Jose, CA

          About Me: Career

          Pros

          • High Quality
          • Roomy 

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Computer
            • Office

            Comments about Alibi 17-Inch Laptop Backpack Messenger Bag:

            I have a pretty hefty 17" laptop that I lug around for work, it fits easily in this bag with other pockets for other stuff. The straps are nice as it can worn over the shoulder/across the body or as a backpack.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            5.0

            A good, sturdy, multifunctioning bag

            By Fajar

            From Jakarta, Indonesia

            About Me: Career, Modern, Practical, Salesperson

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Backpackmessenger
            • Durable 
            • Good Strap Length
            • High Quality
            • Lightweight 
            • Roomy 
            • Waterproof

            Cons

            • Not enough compartments
            • Wrinkled Look

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Computer
            • Cycling
            • Day Trips
            • School

            Comments about Alibi 17-Inch Laptop Backpack Messenger Bag:

            I'm using my alibi messenger/backpack for a monster notebook (The HP 8770w is a 8kg mobile workstation) and it answers greatly in terms of function.

            The cons of the bag are two, in my opionion:
            * The material is easily wrinkled/wavy so the look is not very suitable for office.
            * The compartments can be divided more, and the design of the zippered inside compartement is awkward to use.

            Nevertheless, the bag do its job nicely for transporting and protecting my monster notebook.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best bags I've ever owned

            By Ger

            From Astoria NY

            About Me: Comfort-Oriented, Practical, Stylish

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Comfortable 
            • Durable 
            • Good Strap Length
            • High Quality
            • Lightweight 
            • Roomy 

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting
              • Computer
              • Day Trips
              • Office

              Comments about Alibi 17-Inch Laptop Backpack Messenger Bag:

              Love Timbuk2 bags. I've tried many, and they typically only provide a year or two (if I'm lucky) of use. Timbuk2 bags are handsome, and made to last!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Great, versatile bag!

              By Gum Buyer

              From Baltimore, MD

              About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented, Stylish

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Comfortable 
              • Durable 
              • Good Strap Length
              • High Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Airplane travel 
                • Commuting
                • Computer
                • Office

                Comments about Alibi 17-Inch Laptop Backpack Messenger Bag:

                I travel extensively overseas. I needed a bag that looked professional and was versatile enough for daily use to the local office, as well as for those weeks-long trips out of the country.

                The Alibi is very lightweight and comfortable as a computer messenger bag for my daily use. However, when I hit the road, it easily converts into a back pack that I can stuff with all of the essentials for a long flight.

                It is Black on Black styling is very attractive and I have received many compliments.

                Great job, Timbuk2!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect

                By plusECON

                From San Mateo, CA

                About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable 
                • High Quality
                • Large
                • Roomy 

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Airplane travel 
                  • Commuting
                  • Computer
                  • Office
                  • School

                  Comments about Alibi 17-Inch Laptop Backpack Messenger Bag:

                  I need a large, powerful laptop for work and entertainment (I currently use a 17.3" Asus RoG machine), but it's obviously difficult to carry such a beast in most bags, but the Alibi is perfect for me.
                  I have a classic Timbuk2 messenger bag which my laptop fits in, but (a) there is zero padding, so the bumps and drops that occur while traveling/commuting worry me and (b) the bag doesn't have backpack straps, so I have to constantly switch which shoulder the strap is on or get a sore, lopsided back.

                  This bag is large enough and padded enough that I can fit my laptop in it and not worry about the incidentally bumps and drops that happen to a laptop in a bag while traveling/commuting.
                  The backpack straps are excellent, since I'm pretty sure carrying my beastly stuff with one strap would give me scoliosis.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Gigantic Convertible

                  By Ben

                  From Bloomington, IN

                  About Me: Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable 
                  • Roomy 

                  Cons

                  • Not enough compartments

                  Best Uses

                  • Airplane travel 
                  • Computer
                  • Extended trips 

                  Comments about Alibi 17-Inch Laptop Backpack Messenger Bag:

                  I have a large thinkpad and most 15" bags are too snug. I have no problems putting it into this thing. I actually had to rig a divider so that that my laptop wouldn't slide around too much. Then I can put my AC adapter on the other side of the divider.

                  There is little in the ways of organization. There's 2 large compartments (in addition to the laptop compartment). Each compartment has a couple zipper pockets. They're all almost too large to do any kind of real organization, though. There's also a couple of pen slots.

                  Where it really shines is its ability to be either a shoulder bag OR a backpack. When not in use, the backpack straps slip into nicely designed slots on the back. It takes all of 10 seconds to pull them out and hook them onto the rings and BAM you have a backpack. This is important for me as I sometimes carry quite a bit of stuff. Normally a messenger style bag is good for around town/work, but when I'm trekking through airports, it gets heavy and causes me shoulder pain.

                  This bag is so huge, I think I'll be able to keep a change of clothes in there in addition to my normal gear, which is great in the event that the airlines lose your checked bags or if you're going on an overnight somewhere.

                  I also considered the Ram, which has some nicer features and is a little more stylish. I needed the size, though and this bag does not disappoint.

                  Some things of note: This won't work well if you're a lefty. The way the compartments are designed, there is a lip so that things down'tn fall out in backpack-mode. In shoulder-mode, it works great if you wear it on your left shoulder and swing it around to the front, but if you were to wear it on your right and swing it around from the left side, the lip would probably be in the way. Just something to consider.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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