Classic Messenger Bag

Style # 116-4-3733

The original Timbuk2 messenger improved by 25 years of expertise.

$89 $119

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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.

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Classic Messenger Bag
 
4.6

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (15)
  • Comfortable  (15)
  • Durable  (15)
  • Roomy  (15)
  • High quality (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Commuting (18)
  • Day trip (11)
  • Office (11)
  • Airplane travel  (10)
  • Computer (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (12), Comfort-oriented (11), Career (8), Classic style (7), Modern (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13), Yes (5)

Reviewed by 20 customers

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4.0

Room for improvement.

By Kathryn

From Tucson, Arizona

About Me: Comfort-Oriented, Practical

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Good Strap Length
  • Roomy 

Cons

  • Cheap hardware
  • Heavy / bulky 
  • Strap adjustment doesn't lock
  • Wears quickly

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • School

Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

I got a custom, medium bag because none of the standard color options were bright enough to use for commuting by bicycle (I went with safety orange and reflective stuff), and as a replacement for the Especial Messenger that I received as a gift that was a bit too big. The medium is large enough for the things I need for work (planner, lunch, pens/pencils, a notebook, a sweatshirt or change of clothes, other various things), and I'm reasonably certain it'll fit my U-lock as well. Lots of pockets, and it holds my laptop no problem, though with less room for other things. It works well as a day-to-day bag, and I've used it as a carry-on as well.

Downsides: The bag itself is kind of heavy. The elastic in one of the internal bottle holders doesn't have a lot of give in it, so you're limited in what you can put in it. (It works well for glasses cases, though, and I just use the other one for water bottles/travel mugs.) The option of a waist strap would be nice, since the sternum and shoulder straps really aren't enough to hold it in place if there's anything heavy in it...like a laptop or a U-lock. (At least, on a road bike, which is what I commute on.) The other big downside (and why I haven't actually used it on the bike yet) is that cam buckle. It feels cheap, and it doesn't seem to close firmly, and if you bump it or tug on the strap the wrong way, the bag drops, which would be a bit of a problem while biking home. It's particularly an issue when there's anything heavy/bulky in the bag--laptop, heavy sweater, U-lock, that kind of thing. I far prefer the more robust buckle on the Especial Messenger, which is sadly discontinued. Finally, my bag is < 6 months old (and has only been used daily for about 4 of those), and it's fraying around the seams. I'd understand it if it was the Velcro pulling at threads, but the hook side of the velcro is on the bag itself, where it can't do that.

Bottom line is: Not a bad bag, but there's room for improvement

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

I love my chic and functional messenger bag!

By Sherpawoman

From Philadelphia

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

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

    I haul a lot each day - files/lunch/laptop/change of clothes for gym ... this bag is perfect!!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    The best Messenger Bag you can buy

    By GearJunkie

    From Chicago, IL

    About Me: Stylish

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Comfortable 
    • Durable 
    • Good Strap Length
    • High Quality
    • Lightweight 
    • lots of pockets for everything
    • Roomy 

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Airplane travel 
      • buy the camera insert and you have a camera bag
      • Commuting
      • Computer
      • Cycling
      • Day Trips
      • Office

      Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

      Me and my 3 older sons use your bags and Chrome As we all cycle, travel, camp. We think we agree that Timbuk2 makes the best messenger bags and Chrome makes the best backpacks.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Would buy this bag again

      By TN

      From singapore

      About Me: Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

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      Pros

      • Comfortable 
      • Durable 
      • High Quality
      • Lightweight 

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Airplane travel 
        • Commuting
        • Computer
        • Day Trips
        • Extended trips 

        Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

        This was a gift and the person receiving was very happy with its classic design and sensible size

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        3rd timbuk2

        By Joe

        From New York, NY

        About Me: Career, Modern, Stylish

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Comfortable 

        Cons

        • Not enough compartments

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Office

        Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

        I bought a small custom messenger bag in 2013 which I used everyday for work for 3 years. I got this bag(medium) just to change things up.

        Pros:
        Cool design/color/material
        Light weight
        Clean buckle set up

        Cons (compared to 2013 version):
        Less interior pockets
        Pockets are smaller despite a bigger bag
        Soft strap (I personally prefer the stiffer strap)
        Strap adjustment lock doesn't feel like it definitively locks
        Zippers feel cheaper - not as smooth as before
        Cheap handle feels flimsy

        Timbuk2 is still a great bag overall.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        5.0

        All Day Bag!

        By Arce

        From Miami, Fl

        About Me: Career, Classic, Practical

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Comfortable 
        • High Quality
        • Lightweight 
        • Roomy 

        Cons

        • Not enough compartments

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

        I love this bag, is very practical for every day use. Plenty of room, used for cycling or inside the office.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Cute bag and pattern

        By Shenannigans

        From Boulder, CO

        About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Computer
          • Day Trips

          Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

          This is a great bag that I use for day to day to the office, then to school, as well as a carry on when travelling. It's roomy enough to fit my work laptop as well as water bottle, wallet, novel, and a electronics pouch. I love all the compartments and the strap is really nice and comfy. The pattern is unique and I've gotten a lot of complements on it. The only con that I can think of is that the snap that you use to adjust the length of the strap is easily bumped and sometimes can be opened very easily and then my bag just drops as the strap lengthens. I'm hoping that it'll just be something that I will get used it.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Another Timbuk2 bag off to college.....

          By Pam

          From Cleveland, Ohio

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

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • School

            Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

            I give a bag to each of my nieces and nephews as they start college. The newest freshman loves this bag. Roomy and organized, allows him to carry everything he needs to classes.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            5.0

            Top bag

            By Andy H

            From Uk

            About Me: Modern, Practical, Stylish

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Airplane travel 
              • Commuting
              • Computer
              • Office

              Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

              I was looking for a 'man bag' to carry all my daily essentials, MacBook, compact camera, mobile phone, book, paper & pens, deodorant etc.

              I wanted a high quality and stylish messenger type shoulder bag. Nothing I found around town fitted my needs.

              The classic messenger bags looked perfect on the Timbuk2 website, exactly what I had been looking for, so I ordered the medium 'nautical' classic bag. I always prefer to see an item in the flesh before buying! So it was a huge gamble!

              When the bag arrived my expectations were exceeded, it was perfect! High quality, super cool and stylish, ample
              compartments and the strap is ideal too.

              Buy with confidence! I've had my bag almost a year now and use it daily....and it's as good as new.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              The best bags ever!!!

              By Spainhoward

              From Evansville, In

              About Me: Career, Classic, Comfort-Oriented

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Comfortable 
              • Durable 
              • High Quality
              • Lightweight 
              • Roomy 

              Cons

              • The Strap Is Too Small

              Best Uses

              • Airplane travel 
              • Anywhere You Need To Go
              • Commuting
              • Computer
              • Cycling
              • Day Trips
              • Extended trips 
              • Office
              • School

              Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

              The inner mesh pockets hold everything in place to make an easy one handed find.

              • 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.