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Classic Messenger Bag

Style # 116-4-1077

The original Timbuk2 messenger improved by 25 years of expertise.

$109

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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 439 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (284)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (104)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (12)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (349)
  • High quality (348)
  • Durable  (318)
  • Comfortable  (310)
  • Lightweight  (297)

Cons

  • Not enough compartments (76)
  • Uncomfortable  (23)
  • Too small (16)
  • Wears quickly (13)
  • Poor quality (10)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (298)
  • Day trip (234)
  • Office (230)
  • Airplane travel  (177)
  • Cycling (152)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (297), Comfort-oriented (204), Career (147), Modern (142), Stylish (140)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (372), Yes (52)

Reviewed by 439 customers

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5.0

Practical and stylish

By UQ

From Chicago, IL

About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented, Modern

Pros

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

Cons

  • No Laptop Padding

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • Computer
  • Cycling
  • Day Trips
  • Office
  • School

Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

I use this for school and work all the time. just stash everything in there very quickly. It's been super useful and i've gotten a number of compliments. Also having a Timbuk2 conveys a certain mobility and hipness. The one downside I've noticed with this bag is that the laptop compartment isn't padded. Once it dropped to the ground with the laptop inside it and the laptop got dinged. Since then i've been keeping my laptop in a sleeve. That's really the only negative experience I've had.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
 
5.0

Love this bag...

By st

From boca raton, fl

About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

    I use this every day for work. It is my briefcase, my tote, my handbag, my everything. It has so much space but also great pockets to organize things in. I have two handbag organizers in it to create more organization and so that I can grab them and move them to another bag when I need something that functions or looks differently.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    Amazing.

    By Catherine

    From Brooklyn, NY

    About Me: Classic, Particular, Student

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Computer
      • Cycling
      • Day Trips
      • Office
      • School

      Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

      I have a friend who has a previous edition of the classic messenger, I borrowed it once and simply didn't care for it much. I have a Timbuk2 backpack but steered clear of their messenger for years because I was convinced that I just didn't like them - too bulky, heavy, uncomfortable, and not enough pockets. But about two weeks ago I decided to replace a busted but serviceable no-brand canvas messenger I'd been lugging around, and I came across the description of this updated classic. The demo video ft. Jared and the customer reviews convinced me, so I went for it. Seriously, best decision. BEST. DECISION.
      It's weird to gush about a bag, I know, but this thing is such a beaut. I got the small size, and my 13" laptop fits perfectly in the big slash pocket. It even fits my laptop's sleeve! What! All of the other things I need to take with me to school or work fit just fine as well, plus it looks sharper and sleeker than the previous version, and it's fantastically comfortable to carry. This is one of the smartest purchases I've ever made.
      The only thing that I would change about it is that I'd like for one of the inside organizer pockets to be slightly wider, something which could accommodate a passport-size wallet, for example. This is a tiny criticism for what is otherwise the perfect bag for my purposes. No joke, I can't wait to nerdily show it to my friends. Thanks for the update, you guys. I'm glad I came around.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Great product, but I wouldn't ship internationally again.

      By Jason the Student

      From Vancouver, BC, Canada

      About Me: Career, Classic, Practical, Student

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Nowhere To Put X-strap

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

      I use this bag for everything. It can carry almost anything and is especially good for short-medium length trips. I can't see myself needing anything other than this for trips less than a few days. I would never buy from this store internationally however, unless you want to get destroyed by shipping. I live in Canada and UPS dinged me left right and center. If you know someone in the US ship it to them, or go and get it yourself! Great product: 10/10. Poor Shipping 0/10.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Best in a decade!

      By DP

      From Austin Texas

      About Me: Career, Practical

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Airplane travel 
        • Commuting
        • Computer
        • Day Trips
        • Office
        • School

        Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

        Daily commuting and office work. Used Timbuk2 for over 10 years around the world. Keeps getting better.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Great look. Great Bag.

        By Mark

        From New York City

        About Me: Stylish

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Computer
          • Office

          Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

          I use this on the subway and It fits everything I need for my day. It has a great look and has lots of compartments for smaller items.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Perfect Bag

          By Tots

          From New York

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

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Computer
            • Office
            • School

            Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

            Being a graduate student I needed a bag that could go from the classroom to the office quickly and this is just the bag. It's lightweight and durable. Not to mention it's weather proof!

            The bag is a little stiff at first, which makes it difficult to open the buckles right away. However, once you use it a few times that goes away.

            Overall, this is the best bag I've bought from Timbuk2! (I own 3)

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            you cannot only own one

            By just me

            From Odessa TX

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

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attractive
            • Comfortable 
            • Durable 
            • Good Strap Length
            • Great For Errands
            • High Quality
            • Roomy 

            Cons

            • Not enough compartments

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Day Trips

            Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

            stuff with billfold, keys, snacks etc things you need in the day
            it has enough pockets for your phone pens your Daytimer will fit in it
            the changes that were made on the flap make it more desirable
            I can't say anything thing bad about the bags they wear great and you can tell by the workmanship that they are made to last

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Awful

            By Joe

            From United States

            About Me: Classic

            Pros

              Cons

              • Heavy / bulky 
              • Not enough compartments
              • Poor Quality
              • Wears quickly

              Best Uses

              • Commuting

              Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

              Terrible product and even more the customer service is worse

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good schoolbag

              By Schoolgirl

              From Washington state

              About Me: Modern, Stylish

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Durable 
              • Lightweight 
              • Roomy 

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Airplane travel 
                • Extended trips 
                • Office
                • School

                Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

                I need to carry quite a lot of things in here, including the run-of-the-mill school supplies like a binder, notebooks, laptop, books, etc. I find that the large bag was necessary when I needed to bring my entire load to school. Other times, it was of course overkill. The inclusion of the key lanyard was nice.

                I find that the clamp on my shoulder strap is prone to slip, even when it was sealed down tightly. Otherwise, the strap length was very comfortable for most heights.

                The exterior and interior was gorgeous and was made with care. I have used this bag practically everyday for both essential needs and school use for the past year; it looks and works like brand new. Since I live in a rainy area, the waterproof material saved me a lot of trouble. My only wish was that it had some stiffener that prevented the bag from looking saggy and help hold its shape when it is not fully loaded.

                • 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.