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Classic Messenger Bag

Style # 116-2-4011

The original Timbuk2 messenger improved by 25 years of expertise.

$54 $89

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Selected Color Sunshine - Coated Nylon

  • Heirloom White/Black - Cotton Canvas
  • Heirloom Black - Cotton Canvas
  • Beam - Cordura Nylon Ripstop
  • Ironside - Polyester
  • Black - Coated Nylon
  • Heirloom Mustard - Cotton Canvas
  • Heirloom Waxy Green - Cotton Canvas
  • Sunshine - Coated Nylon
  • Dusk Blue/Black - Coated Nylon
  • Sherbet - Washed Cotton Canvas
  • Army Dip - Coated Nylon
  • Vintage Rose
  • Heirloom Bixi - Cotton Canvas
  • Dynamo - Polyester
  • Heirloom Adobe - Cotton Canvas
  • Cruz - Polyester
  • Fire - Coated Nylon
  • Aquafoam - Washed Cotton Canvas
  • Wasabi - Washed Cotton Canvas
  • Heirloom Waxy Blue - Cotton Canvas
  • Heirloom Persian Red - Cotton Canvas
  • Acid Denim - Washed Cotton Denim
  • Sky - Washed Cotton Canvas
  • Heirloom Pennant - Cotton Canvas
  • Smoke - Polyester Tweed
  • Vintage Metal - Washed Cotton Canvas
  • Carbon Full-Cycle Twill - Recycled Polyester Twill
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Size Width Top Width Bottom Width Height Depth Weight Volume Handle Drop
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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 a 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.

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

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Classic Messenger Bag
 
4.4

(based on 469 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (302)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (112)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (15)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (372)
  • High quality (370)
  • Durable  (342)
  • Comfortable  (328)
  • Lightweight  (315)

Cons

  • Not enough compartments (81)
  • Uncomfortable  (23)
  • Too small (18)
  • Wears quickly (14)
  • Poor quality (11)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (318)
  • Office (248)
  • Day trip (247)
  • Airplane travel  (189)
  • Cycling (160)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (316), Comfort-oriented (219), Career (158), Modern (153), Stylish (152)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (394), Yes (60)

Reviewed by 469 customers

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5.0

Great bag, very versatile, would buy again.

By Tim

From Tucson

Pros

  • Comfortable 
  • Roomy 

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Airplane travel 
    • Computer
    • Office

    Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

    Great bag, very versatile, would buy again.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Glad I made the investment

    By Boise Brunette

    From Boise, ID

    About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Color
    • Durable 
    • High Quality
    • Lightweight 

    Cons

    • Too small

    Best Uses

    • Airplane travel 
    • Commuting
    • Cycling
    • Day Trips
    • Office

    Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

    -works well for my rides to work
    -love the color
    -wish I'd gotten one size larger (medium instead of small)

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Best bag i've ever owned. Period.

    By Clever Dad

    From San Jose, Ca / Manila, Philippines

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

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Minor Fraying

    Best Uses

    • Airplane travel 
    • Baby Bottle Bag
    • Computer
    • Office

    Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

    I got a Medium size first but it was too bulky for my every day carry, so swapped it to a small and now it's near perfect. It could use a bit of padding on the bottom of the laptop compartment at least but a neoprene sleeve can fix that. Some fraying on the buckle straps occurs due to their placement over the velcro tabs, annoying, but no functional issues. Weighs next to nothing when empty. I use it daily, for work, carrying a 15'' laptop plus accessories on a grid-it, a water bottle and other knickknacks. On weekends it serves as a diaper/bottle bag when out and about with my toddler. I've been a backpack advocate until I got this bag. You never think you need a quick adjust strap until you have it. There are just some things you can't do without taking off a backpack, this messenger does it all while looking good. I'm getting a new place near the office soon, and I can't wait to just bike to work with this strapped on.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    This is my go to handbag.

    By Diane

    From Michigan

    About Me: Comfort-Oriented

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

        I have 2 of these now and will get more in the future. I love the number of pockets and the way they are designed and I really like the separate section in the back for a tablet, e-reader or papers you don't want getting smashed. There are just 2 features that I would tweak. The velcro on the front flap is too big making a LOT of noise whenever you open it and the straps that adjust the width of the bottom hang loose and flop all over. It would be nice if there were some way to fasten them to the bag.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Still Swooning

        By Geo

        From Bellingham, WA

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

        Verified Reviewer

        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 Classic Messenger Bag:

          Had to replace my 25yo beloved and finally tattered Timbuk2 original black large messenger. It had served me well. I've moved on to a small and I love, love, love it. All the traditional bells and whistles, shockingly roomy and so worth it. Here's to another 25 years.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Great graduation present for new MD

          By on the go

          From Boston, MA

          About Me: Career

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Computer
            • Office

            Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

            Came on time and as promised. New MD loves it and walks to work in Boston using it as his work bag. He works long hours so great to hold lots of items.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            3.0

            The Classic Messenger has changed in size big time!

            By Glenda

            From Eugene, OR

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

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Heavy / bulky 

              Best Uses

                Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

                I have owned two classic messenger bags over the past 13 years and I loved them both! I ordered a third online just recently and noticed the sizing has changed a lot! I once used this messenger bag as a college student but liked the bag so much that it went from book bag to purse. The actual bag was more square-ish. This new bag is really really long and a little shorter in height. No way can this bag serve as a purse. I sent it back right away though I have yet to receive a refund. I did order another messenger, the Sunset messenger bag in camel and am pretty happy with it though it is smaller than my original two messenger bags. I am sad the Classic Messenger bag has changed sizing and is no longer available. It was the perfect bag...

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                Number 3, in 20 years.

                By Marc_in_SD

                From San Diego, CA

                About Me: Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

                  This is my third Timbuk2 messenger since the 90s, probably the most annoying thing about them is they never wear out. I have to justify buying a new one somehow. This time I went with "this one has a water bottlle holder." It also has a laptop sleeve/slot. I turned my last one into a camera bag. Embarrassingly, it wasn't until this morning that I found the long, zippered slash pocket behind the phone and pen pockets, so... bonus. The only real beef, and it's minor, is the grab handle on this one is just a webbing strap, and opposed to the gel-filled(?) strap one the last one. I do like the newer inside pockets, my smart phone fits now, and the bottle pockets are great, though, the could be deeper. Great bag. Really happy with it as usual.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  1.0

                  It''s look ages before your eyes

                  By Jkl

                  From Oakland

                  About Me: Modern, Practical

                  Pros

                  • Durable 
                  • Lightweight 

                  Cons

                  • Poor Quality
                  • Wears quickly

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

                    The bright turquoise trim fades very quickly which makes the whole bag look dirty. The company has not responded after a month to my complaint after buying it 5 most ago. The shoulder strap lock does not. The shoulder strap could be 4 inches longer.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    The bag is lovely. Your customer service is not!

                    By Upset Customer

                    From IN

                    About Me: Classic

                    Pros

                    • Attractive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

                        The bag is great.
                        However, trying to return a product prior to this was a nightmare. You never gave us the full refund amount and it took MONTHS before I received that PARTIAL credit. I had to contact the BBB and you didn't even respond to them.
                        I will never buy another thing from you again.
                        I've never had an experience like this in retail before.
                        Shame On You!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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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.