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Classic Messenger Bag

The original Timbuk2 messenger improved by 25 years of expertise.

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Selected Color Dusk Blue/Black - Coated Nylon
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  • Tropic Limestone - Polyester Canvas
  • Grey Solstice - Two-Toned Poly
  • Black - Coated Nylon
  • Carbon Full-Cycle Twill - Recycled Polyester Twill
  • Granite - Recycled Polyester Twill
  • Mojave - Recycled Polyester Twill
  • Dusk Blue/Black - Coated Nylon
  • Marsh - Polyester Canvas
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  • bike
  • weatherproof
  • warranty

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What are the features?

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

Low-profile top grab handle for easy heave-ho

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

Laptop/Tablet

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.

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External Dimensions

Size Top Width Bottom Width Height Depth Weight Volume
in cm in cm in cm in cm lb kg cu in L
XS 11.8 30.0 10.2 26.0 9.8 25.0 4.7 12.0 1.0 0.5 549 9.0
S 16.1 41.0 13.8 35.0 10.6 27.0 5.1 13.0 1.5 0.7 854 14.0
M 18.1 46.0 14.6 37.0 12.2 31.0 7.1 18.0 2.0 0.9 1,281 21.0
L 20.1 51.0 15.0 38.0 13.8 35.0 7.9 20.0 2.1 0.9 1,709 28.0

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M No. Your device will not fit.
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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 (248)

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Classic Messenger Bag
 
4.5

(based on 248 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (161)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (63)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (195)
  • High quality (193)
  • Comfortable  (178)
  • Durable  (174)
  • Roomy  (164)

Cons

  • Not enough compartments (49)
  • Uncomfortable  (12)
  • Too small (6)
  • Heavy / bulky  (5)
  • Wears quickly (5)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (175)
  • Day trip (136)
  • Office (127)
  • Airplane travel  (106)
  • Cycling (92)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (169), Comfort-oriented (122), Modern (88), Career (79), Stylish (79)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (208), Yes (30)

Reviewed by 248 customers

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4.0

Adequate

By Scott

From San Francisco

About Me: Practical

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Roomy 
  • Size

Cons

  • Adjustment Buckle Slips
  • No Around The Body Strap

Best Uses

  • Cycling

Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

I often carry the bag to size capacity with heavy items. The first Timbuktu bag I had came with a strap at the back of the bag that went around my body and attached to the over the shoulder strap. That was a valuable feature that is no longer available. Also, the adjustment buckle on the over the shoulder strap slips easily.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Look like an adult on campus

By Tomato

From St. Louis

About Me: Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Not flashy, Practical

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Noisy

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • Day Trips
  • School

Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

I have searched for a backpack that didn't look like I stole it from a teenager. That is harder than it seems. I wanted something that was simple, practical, had lots of pockets, and a place to hold my water bottle and coffee tumbler. This is it. It has enough room for my tablet, my books, and my lunch containers. (Granted my books are not the typical huge college texts.) I'm 5'6" and chose the small. I think it fits well and is not too big/small. I actually have come to use this everyday as a purse, leaving those actual $$ purses at home. Overall I'm very happy with my purchase, and come grad school, I might be back for a larger one.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

simply love it

By staeryette

From singapore

About Me: Classic

Pros

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

Cons

  • Too small

Best Uses

  • Commuting

Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

nil

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Ultimate Travel Bag

By Traveling Coder

From Bangkok, Thailand

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

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Comfortable 
  • High Quality
  • Water-resistant

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky 
  • Not enough compartments

Best Uses

  • Airplane travel 
  • Commuting
  • Day Trips
  • Extended trips 

Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

I am traveling in Thailand right now and I quickly realized that my thin cloth purse, with no closure or compartments, was not a good choice for busy street markets or bicycling tours. I'd never had a Timbuk2 bag before but I knew their reputation, so I bought one locally. I'm so, so glad I did.
The Classic Messenger is an amazing travel bag. As far as theft goes, it's hard to slash or snatch, and it has only one closure that fastens with loud Velcro and sturdy clasps. I love the slick external material - I accidentally set it down in muddy water and was sure the light-colored fabric would be stained, but the mark disappeared after only a few minutes. And it's so water-resistant! During the Thai New Year festival, which is basically one giant water fight where I was drenched with buckets of water and garden hoses turned on full blast, the inside of the bag stayed completely dry. I think the interior would only get wet if the bag were completely submerged, since there are slight gaps at either edge of the opening.
I do wish it were a little more roomy inside, though I'm not sure how that could be achieved without sacrificing other benefits. For example, the firm and narrow internal compartments made it very easy to glance into the bag and grab exactly what I needed - they kept all my things organized exactly as I put them in. I could easily carry several devices, my pocketbook and journal, some travel essentials like sunscreen and hand sanitizer, and some layers for when it got cold.
I have tried the bag for two other use cases, commuting and biking. I was able to carry my 15-inch Macbook and charger and other work necessities, though the weight made the strap dig uncomfortably into my shoulder. (I think that's just what happens with messenger bags.) For biking, I definitely wouldn't recommend riding without the optional strap that secures it to your back. Since I bought the bag in a rush, I didn't even find the strap until after I'd already tried to bike with the bag and found its swinging weight very distracting. I haven't yet tried to bike with the strap.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Great Bag

By Commuter Ed

From Montana

About Me: Bike Communter

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Day Trips

    Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

    I have had this bag for about a month now. In that time is has served as my daily commute bag on my bike, run errands, and even carried stuff for my family of four on a short vacation.

    The bag is great. Materials and craftsmanship are top notch. There are pleanty of pockets. It easily handles my daily "stuff" back and forth to the office. It carries jackest, a laptop, bike lock, and lunch no problem. My biggest load so far was a trip to the grocery store that filled the bag with a gallon of milk, and some party supplies. There was still room left. This is a large bag. On my vacation, the bag held sundry stuff for a day of sightseeing. Jackets for four, a camera, snacks, books, and whatever else the kids could cram in there.

    I love the fact that this is a large bag. I'm a big guy and the bag is to scale.

    What don't I like? The inside water bottle pocket is too small for a one liter water bottle. Solution there is a smaller bottle, like an 18oz stainless steel,which fits perfectly. As a dedicated two strapper for years, it has taken me a while to figure out that this kind of bag has to be adjusted more depending on the load.

    All in all, I like the bag very much. I would reccomend it to anyone who wants a big bag to haul a bunch of stuff.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Great Bag

    By AVY

    From Columbus, OH

    About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Cycling
      • Day Trips
      • Office

      Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

      This bag is pretty great. It is super lightweight and looks good (I got the twill). I have two Timbuk2 bags and this one is larger and by far more comfortable.
      I have t had it long enough to test durability or the extent to which it is waterproof but it seems pretty sturdy so I'm not worried.
      I work two jobs and it's very roomy so I can carry around quite a bit and not have to worry about it all fitting.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      great purchase

      By satisfied customer

      From atlanta, ga

      Pros

      • Comfortable 
      • Durable 
      • Good Strap Length
      • High Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

          the size (small) was perfect for me (5'2''). i love this bag! i use it daily everywhere i go. it fits my laptop, papers and other personal items. i actually got this bag originally to convert it into a diaper bag when my baby is born (still planning on it). i wanted something that didn't look tacky or scream "DIAPER BAG." i also didn't want a huge bulky bag. i know timbuk2 sells a diaper bag but they only offer it one size, which is bigger than i'd like.

          the velcro on this bag makes a loud noise when it opens, which is not ideal for sleeping baby. so i plan on buying some cheap velcro patches to cover it up. good thing is the bag comes with both velcro and buckles to secure the front flap, so i can just use the buckles instead of the velcro.

           
          4.0

          Top pick everyday from my bag collection

          By GIBS

          From Bloomington, IN

          About Me: Classic, Stylish

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

            Every day is different, but my messenger bag is useful by allowing me to stuff it full and still get around without feeling like I am carrying too much. Since it is smaller, this helps to me to decide what do I really need for the day instead of overcompensating.

            I love the color and durability of it so far, and I am excited to be using it for years to come.

            If there are to be any changes to the bag, I would give the inner pockets more give to allow for items to have shape and not so tightly packed together.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great, exactly what I wanted

            By Chris, a photographer

            From Santa Monica, CA

            About Me: Practical, Stylish

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Comfortable 
            • Durable 
            • Good Strap Length
            • Lightweight 

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Airplane travel 
              • Day Trips

              Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

              I find the bottom could at least have an option for more padding. I carry my camera in the bag and it requires that I set down the bag a bit more carefully without any kind of padding at the bottom.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              New color, old favorite

              By Early

              From Toronto, Canada

              About Me: Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Not enough compartments

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Classic Messenger Bag:

              I've had several messengers, each of them has served me well over several years. Every few years I pick up a new one, as the new fabrics and colors keep me going back for more! These bags are incredibly durable and the quality is second to none. The only thing that could improve this bag is a document pocket on the back similar to the one on the TSA messenger (had that one in black and grey)...

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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