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Classic Messenger Bag

Style # 116-4-3733

The original Timbuk2 messenger improved by 25 years of expertise.

$119

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XS 0.0 0.0 11.8 30.0 10.2 26.0 9.8 25.0 4.7 12.0 1.0 0.5 549 9.0 0.0 0.0
S 0.0 0.0 16.1 41.0 13.8 35.0 10.6 27.0 5.1 13.0 1.5 0.7 854 14.0 0.0 0.0
M 0.0 0.0 18.1 46.0 14.6 37.0 12.2 31.0 7.1 18.0 2.0 0.9 1,281 21.0 0.0 0.0
L 0.0 0.0 20.1 51.0 15.0 38.0 13.8 35.0 7.9 20.0 2.1 0.9 1,709 28.0 0.0 0.0

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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 and contact warranty@timbuk2.com.

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Classic Messenger Bag
 
4.5

(based on 454 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (293)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (109)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (13)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (360)
  • High quality (360)
  • Durable  (331)
  • Comfortable  (320)
  • Lightweight  (306)

Cons

  • Not enough compartments (80)
  • Uncomfortable  (23)
  • Too small (16)
  • Wears quickly (13)
  • Poor quality (10)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (310)
  • Day trip (241)
  • Office (239)
  • Airplane travel  (181)
  • Cycling (156)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (308), Comfort-oriented (211), Career (153), Stylish (148), Modern (147)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (384), Yes (55)

Reviewed by 454 customers

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4.0

Excellent product!

By Law and Order

From Virginia

About Me: Comfort-Oriented, Practical, Stylish

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Computer
    • School

    Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

    I use this medium sized messenger bag for school. It is light weight and not bulky. It fits all of the things I need for school each day including my 13" laptop. There is more than enough room in this bag. In addition, the look and feel and quality are superb. It was exactly what I was hoping it would be when I ordered it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I've been in love with this bag!

    By Chuck AzEee

    From Bronx, NY

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Not enough compartments

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Computer
    • Day Trips
    • Extended trips 
    • Office

    Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

    I will use the Classic Messenger as my everyday bag, and on long trips it will fit my 16" laptop and tablet. The bag is rather comfortable and on my commute to and from work, the bag didn't hinder or interfere with anyone around me.

    The tassel to the adjustable straps are a bit long and could perhaps some day have an extra holder to keep it from dangling.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    What an awesome bag!

    By Chuck AzEee!

    From Bronx, NY

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Not enough compartments

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Day Trips
    • Office

    Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

    I got this bag for everyday usage to work and for weekend trips with my wife. When needed, I will have my Lenovo G500s Touch Laptop in the bag when I go on long trips but normally I will have my iPad Air 2 and other miscellaneous in the bag on an everyday basis.

    A couple of things I would change about the bag, the straps that tighten to make the bag less roomier tend to tangle, I would rather prefer that they not do so. Also the material that makes the back pouch compartment sturdy is a bit cheap, a slightly thicker plastic will do.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Small is plenty big for me

    By Chris In Fla

    From St. Pete FL

    About Me: Comfort-Oriented, Practical

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Day Trips

      Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

      I added an old camera bag insert and carry not only camera gear, but everything I used to keep in my pants pocket. The small size is large enough for me. The bag is sturdy and easy to access. Looks great! I get compliments on it all the time. Note about color: the acid wash denim in my particular bag does not appear to be acid washed as in the picture, but actually I was pleased to see that it just looked like blue denim. I don't know if they all look like this or not but I could be happy with either denim look.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Birthday present, Very pleased!!!

      By JK the massage guy

      From Virginia Beach, VA

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Comfortable 
      • Durable 

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Office

        Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

        I bought this messenger bag for a friend's birthday. She picked the right model and was very pleased with it!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        4.0

        Best investment ever!!!

        By Sue the curator

        From Kansas

        About Me: Practical

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Everyday Workoutpurse
          • Office

          Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

          I got the small and use it as a purse. I can take it to work out and carry my pad lock and a water container in it easily. I work at a museum and carry my iPad in it easily to take pics of acquisitions and download to the computer. It is heavier than my previous purses but the shoulder pad works great!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          great bag, light/durable, would have liked more compartments

          By Sam

          From Sacramento, CA

          About Me: Career, Physician, Stylish

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Durable 
          • High Quality
          • Lightweight 
          • Roomy 

          Cons

          • Not enough compartments

          Best Uses

          • Airplane travel 
          • Commuting
          • Computer
          • Office

          Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

          Durable, stylish and comfortable. I love this bag because it's roomy and lightweight, and looks great! However, unless its filled to the rim, things just thrash around in the bag, hence would have liked more inside compartments.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Can't wait to use as my daily driver.

          By Nathan

          From Madison, WI

          About Me: Career, Classic, Modern, Practical, Stylish

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable 
          • Durable 
          • Good Strap Length
          • High Quality
          • Roomy 
          • Water Bottle Holder

          Cons

          • No Padding For Laptop
          • Not enough compartments

          Best Uses

          • Day Pack

          Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

          Plan to use this as a day pack for work. Whether I'm riding the bicycle or the bus, this will be a good size yet so much room for an extra change of cloths, laptop, ect.
          I was hoping this would be a bag that I could throw a laptop in easily, but it does not have any protection. I will need to put my laptop in a neoprene case before I throw it in this messenger bag, which isn't a big deal as I planned on this anyways. Only thing I could think of that would make this bag better would be a small lining of foam in the laptop compartment.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          "Improvements"? NO. They screwed up a good thing.

          By Scooby Dubious

          From San Francisco, CA

          About Me: Daily Messenger Bag User

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Too Many Read The Review

            Best Uses

            • To Annoy People

            Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

            I had a Timbuk2 messenger bag for probably 16 years, using it everyday on motorcycle. It was a bit sun-faded after all that time and had a stain, but still functioned just great. I decided I would take advantage of the 20% trade-in of my old bag and get a new one. The website touts all these supposed improvements so I thought it would be cool. So I stopped by the Hayes store in SF.

            MISTAKE! They did NOT improve these bags, they made them worse.

            • The "Large" size is now smaller than the old Large. And apparently they stopped making an XL due to low demand. Or so they said.
            • The main opening is now smaller due to whatever design changes they made. I used to be able to fit an entire full bag of groceries on my back. not anymore.
            • The strap is now a flimsier material. It gets tangled up easily and can fold in all sorts of directions. The previous one was much thicker and burlier.
            • The latch/clamp thing on the new strap is very flimsy and harder to operate. Looks like it will break in a short time.
            • The "partially concealed" buckles are annoying and take more fiddling to operate.
            • The interior pockets are now more shallow. I used to use one for my glasses case, but now it sticks out the top and will probably fall out of the pocket.

            I used it for a few hours riding around town doing errands and it was just annoying.
            I called the store and they still have my old bag, so I'm returning it tomorrow and going back to my faded, stained 16-year old Timbuk2 messenger because it's BETTER!

            Message to Timbuk2: You don't have to constantly change stuff and get all "designy" just to have some new product to push. Simple and rugged is what is needed.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            OUTSTANDING!

            By Sean the PT

            From Austin, TX

            About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented, Ergonomic, Practical, Stylish

            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Comfortable 
            • Durable 
            • Good Strap Length
            • High Quality
            • Lightweight 
            • Roomy 
            • So Many Pockets

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting
              • Computer
              • Cycling
              • Day Trips
              • Gym And Studying
              • School

              Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

              I use the bag to carry my laptop, my gym/bouldering gear, on my scooter, walking around. It is excellent. The strap can tighten so it wears right next to your mid back placing less stress on your shoulders and the cross stop just provides extra comfort so the back is secured well to the strap. There were so many pockets I actually couldn't find the cross strap for a day because I missed the inside zipper pocket. This bag is the medium and its great for my Mac Air, my iPad, and whatever else I need. It has two drink holders for my water bottle and reusable coffee mug. The streps loosen and the compartment opens up. It has enough pockets to fit all of my writing needs, my headphones, iPod, iPhone, wallet, and charger cables. And I got caught in the rain and it kept everything dry. It is also VERY light weight. At times I don't feel like I'm carrying anything on my back. I love this bag. Timbuk2 you've struck gold with this one!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              Organization

              Internal organizer for pens, phones, and other small stuff

              Internal water bottle pocket

              Napoleon side entry pocket has zipper closure for easy in/out without undoing the messenger flap

              Slightly padded internal slash pocket of this messenger bag provides a padded, firm place for you to store files

              The Napoleon side entry pocket is not featured on the XS size

              Fit

              Coordinating Strap Pad included

              Cross strap not compatible with XS messenger

              Fully adjustable shoulder strap with a permanent, super comfortable airmesh strap pad

              Removable cross strap for cross-body stabilization while riding

              Timbuk2 Double-Loop cam buckle enables easy fit adjustment while eliminating any excess webbing

              Clever Extras

              Flap corners fold into place for excellent weatherproofing

              Partially concealed flap buckles with bottom compression straps for subtle and secure closure (XS size does not have bottom compression)

              Smart hook and loop placement for fast, easy closure and reduced sweater-pilling

              Vista loop for attaching blinky bike lights

              Materials

              TPU liner for easy cleaning and keeping the elements out

              Origin

              Imported

              What's this all about?

              25 years of messenger expertise bring you our updated Classic Messenger Bag. Designed in San Francisco with decades of user testing and consumer feedback in mind, our updated Classic Messenger features a new refined look, updated fit, and smarter organization. A new shoulder strap features a curved airmesh strap pad for increased comfort, finer webbing, and Timbuk2's new Double-Loop CAM buckle that adjusts quickly and eliminates dangling straps. A new low profile grab strap makes this messenger easier to grab and go and SR buckles are partially concealed behind the messenger flap for a more refined but just as secure closure. Inside, the waterproof TPU liner and corner wings keep water out, and the internal water bottle pocket keeps water in. Distributed internal pockets and organization balances the weight of your carry. It's a classic reborn and ready to be worn for another quarter century.