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Features

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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

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

Fit

Adjustable crossbody strap

Cross strap not compatible with XS messenger

Removable and adjustable crossbody strap allows for multiple carry options

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

Clever Extras

Flap corners fold into place for excellent weatherproofing

In-pocket key keeper

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

Made in San Francisco, California

Laptop/Tablet

What's this all about?

25 years of messenger expertise bring you our updated Custom Classic Messenger Bag. Designed in San Francisco with decades of user testing and consumer feedback in mind, our updated Custom Classic Messenger features a new refined look, updated fit, and smarter organization. A new shoulder strap features a curved air-mesh 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 the 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 optional internal water bottle pockets promote hydration (and water fights). 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.

Dimensions

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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 5.1 13.0 1.0 0.5 549 9.0
S 16.1 41.0 13.8 35.0 10.6 27.0 5.5 14.0 1.5 0.7 854 14.0
M 18.1 46.0 14.6 37.0 12.2 31.0 7.5 19.0 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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XS No. Your device will not fit.
S No. Your device will not fit.
M No. Your device will not fit.
L 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.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Custom Classic Messenger Bag
 
4.1

(based on 99 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (40)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (80)
  • High quality (72)
  • Durable  (68)
  • Lightweight  (66)
  • Comfortable  (63)

Cons

  • Not enough compartments (27)
  • Poor quality (3)
  • Uncomfortable  (3)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (64)
  • Office (51)
  • Day trip (46)
  • Airplane travel  (38)
  • Computer (34)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (61), Career (43), Comfort-oriented (35), Stylish (32), Modern (31)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (88), Yes (10)

Reviewed by 99 customers

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4.0

Great bag!

By A

From Kansas City, KS

About Me: Practical

Pros

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

Cons

  • Not enough compartments

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • School

Comments about Custom Classic Messenger Bag:

This is a great bag that I use for school and work. My only regret is not selecting for a slash pocket in the main compartment to add a bit more structure and another stow for documents. Overall a great bag.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Unbeatable

By Chris_18

From NY

About Me: Athletic, Career, Classic, Parent, Practical

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Comfortable 
  • Durable 
  • Good Strap Length
  • High Quality
  • Lightweight 
  • Looks New After ~17 Years
  • Roomy 

Cons

  • Still Can't Think Of One

Best Uses

  • Airplane travel 
  • Commuting
  • Computer
  • Cycling
  • Day Trips
  • Everything
  • Extended trips 
  • Office
  • School

Comments about Custom Classic Messenger Bag:

I hadn't realized how long I'd had my bag until I bumped into an old friend. He asked if I'd recently gotten a new bag with the same design as my old one. I have had my bag about 17 years from what I can figure out. I've used it through undergrad and grad schools. I've brought it on at least 10 international trips. I used it on my honeymoon and when both my kids were born for the hospital trips. I use it for work now, which includes bringing my laptop to the office and going out for field work, for things like wetland delineations. I wash it normally when it's dirty and chuck it in the dryer. I use it just about daily. To say I've gotten my money's worth is an understatement. I don't think I've had any item for this long, other than things that sit of shelves. Nothing compares to the quality construction of this bag.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
2.0

2nd Timbuk2 Custom Bag

By Chris

From Washington, DC

About Me: Career, Classic, Practical, Stylish

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Comfortable 

Cons

  • Not enough compartments
  • Too small

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • Day Trips
  • Office
  • Photography Equipment

Comments about Custom Classic Messenger Bag:

This is my second Custom Timbuk2 Messenger bag; I bought a large bag several years ago and love it. I use it as a carry on for travel and to carry my photography equipment. I needed a smaller bag for everyday use and purchased the new version of the bag in a medium, carbon and silver, it looks really cool. Looks aside, I have to say I am more than a little disappointed with some of the changes. The change in materials, straps and cordura, was a clear down grade. My older bag looks and feels bomb proof, and has really taken a beating, the new one feels and looks flimsy. The organization pockets are also a disappointment; they don't make sense, and are just short of completely useless. No dedicated pen pockets, soft material that doesn't actually hold anything in if the bag gets turned over, and only one zippered pocket on the front instead of three. Then there is the new strap buckle...and the fact that they reduced the size by an inch, it doesn't seem like much, but yeah, it really makes a difference. If I hadn't ordered a custom bag I would return it, as it is, my 18 month old son now uses it as an expensive toy. I may order one of the 2013 basic classic messengers to replace it, or more likely, look elsewhere. So why two stars, it's a bag, it works, it functions just as described, it just used to do it all a lot better.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

No Main Zipper, but Well Sewn

By Katerina

From Minneapolis, MN

About Me: Career

Pros

  • Durable 
  • High Quality
  • Lightweight 
  • Well Sewn

Cons

  • Color Not True
  • No Main Zipper

Best Uses

    Comments about Custom Classic Messenger Bag:

    I wanted a waterproof bag that zipped shut so I could bring it on an airplane and not worry that any objects would fall out. I assumed the Small Classic Messenger Bag that I custom created on-line would have a zipper on the main compartment but it doesn't. While the Velcro provided to keep the bag closed seems somewhat robust it's no substitute for a zipper. Also, one of the colors (Cordura Village) I chose did not match what was portrayed on-line. The on-line color was a more blue-toned purple and what I received a red-toned wine color. That being said, the bag is very well sewn and lightweight. I liked the option of customizing it to my needs and color choice, but I will not take it on my business trips because of the lack of a main zipper. I would recommend purchasing the Timbuk2 bags in the store where you can see what you're getting, but I would not recommend purchasing it on-line. My rating of "average" is due to the color & zipper issue and not to the durability of the material and general construction of the bag.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    My Custom Messenger

    By SuM

    From NY

    About Me: Classic, Practical

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Durable 
    • Good Strap Length

    Cons

    • Not enough compartments

    Best Uses

    • Commuting

    Comments about Custom Classic Messenger Bag:

    I love Timbukt2 products. I have several sleeves for my electronics - my nook, netbook, iPad mini, other small electronic devices. The sleeves are durable, stylish and well-made. Some I have customized and others I have chosen their colors. I receive many compliments about them.
    I recently customized a messenger bag. I actually wanted the NY map messenger bag but, unfortunately, it was no longer offered. I wasn't certain that a messenger bag was my style but ordered anyway. I am still not convinced it is for me but the bag quality is unparalleled and it is a very handsome bag.
    I would suggest that you order ballistic material and steer away from the specialized materials, I don't find them as durable. I also regret not customizing a grab handle for easy, quick portability.
    Timbukt2 is the best

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Gift gets great review!

    By CynthiaF

    From Lemont, IL

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Custom Classic Messenger Bag:

        My son loved his Messenger Bag, but it was beginning to show wear after being used daily for years! He custom made this and sent it to me for a gift purchase. He couldn't be any happier with it!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        My first Timbuk2

        By Photogal

        From Seattle

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Strap
        • Good Strap Length
        • Lightweight
        • Stylish

        Cons

        • Not Enough Pockets

        Best Uses

        • photography

        Comments about Custom Classic Messenger Bag:

        This is my first Timbuk2 bag. Can't believe I didn't find these sooner! I've been looking for a camera bag that's not a camera bag. Most camera bags are usually (A) black, (B) heavy, and/or (C) bulky. Obviously most camera bags are marketed at men who don't want anything purse-like. Camera bags for women tend to look like leather purses but they're big, heavy, and expensive. No thanks. I prefer a messenger cross-body style that molds to my hip and doesn't bounce around.

        For my purposes, the XS Messenger is just about perfect. I usually carry one or two small mirrorless cameras (Fujifilm XT1 + 18-55 and X100s), plus my wallet, spare batteries, and other misc. things. There is room in this bag for these items and more. I don't bother with camera inserts (heavy/bulky) and instead create my own using a folded padded bottom and regular camera bag dividers. My solution is low tech but helps keep the bag light and molded to my hip.

        The custom colors are really nice. They look exactly like the online mockup. Having a calibrated monitor helps with accurate colors, I think.

        A couple things I don't like:

        --the dangly straps under the flap. I don't see myself ever using these and...well...I cut them off. Many apologies to the person who sewed these on.

        --The massive amount of velcro is great for security but makes the bag loud and difficult to open. I ordered silencers and expect these will solve the problem.

        --The bag is a bit expensive, but for something hand-made in the US, it's a price I'm willing to pay.

        There are a few things I'll do different next time:

        --I wasn't paying attention to the left/right-hand strap question. I'm right-handed and naturally ordered the right-hand strap. It wasn't until I read the description (after ordering the bag) that I realized I should've ordered the left-hand strap because I wear my bag over my right shoulder and against my left hip. I don't expect to adjust the strap that often so I can live with this.

        --The bag is small and light enough to not warrant the shoulder strap. Maybe I'll use for a bigger bag in the future.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Flawed, but worth it! Warranty Claim

        By Luke in Macau

        From Macau, Macau (SAR), China

        About Me: Career, Classic, Practical, Stylish

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Strap
        • Good Strap Length
        • Lightweight
        • Stylish

        Cons

        • Color Not As Expected
        • Not Enough Pockets
        • Wears Out Easily

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Daily Use
        • Running Errands
        • School

        Comments about Custom Classic Messenger Bag:

        I have a lot to say here so please bare with me and you may have some good insight as to why you should choose to purchase your custom bag.

        I should first point out that my current bag is a warranty replacement for my first bag that I ordered in 2012.

        It's a bit complicated why I love my bag given that the first one failed and the second one is already showing signs of wear after only 2 weeks of use. So I will try my best to explain objectively as possible

        It should be noted that the bags are constructed with a remarkable degree of craftsmanship given the nearly limitless custom combinations that you can choose. My experience has been that most failures seem to be associated with the specialty fabrics vs. the old Ballistic Nylon or the current Cordura fabrics. This is likely out of Timbuk2's hands as they do not manufacture the material, however any buyer should be aware that the specialty fabrics likely should be taken for vanity purposes only and not count on them to be 100% dependable or durable.

        My previous bag was a Medium Sized Custom Laptop Messenger with grey wool side panels and a green middle ballistic nylon center panel. I loved the bag, but was very disappointed when I noticed after about a year of use that the wool on the back side began to wear holes and separate at the seams. This was at a crucial point where the fabric comes in contact with my back. Given that I walk many miles in a day for work, the wool just could not hold out to the constant motion and friction. However I saw that the Ballistic Nylon did not wear in anyway so there was hope.

        It took me another 6 months to finally separate with the bag and file a warranty claim. The warranty claim was AMAZING! I live internationally so I sent the bag via certified air mail and with in 3 days I received a notice from Timbuk2 that they had reviewed my claim and promptly credited me the cost of the bag and shipping (though I had to ask later for shipping reimbursement). I couldn't ask for more on this process.

        I then promptly ordered my replacement bag, this time going with a Medium Classic Messenger with a padded separator, Dark Brown Cordura side panels and a Summer Stripe Grey Center panel.

        I loved the look of both of my bags, however I noticed after 2 weeks of use on my new bag, I began to see the wear signs on the specialty fabric center panel that I saw with the wool panel. Fortunately no holes but the little balls of fabric lint that are unique to friction wear.

        Now having had the 2012 model and the latest model there are some differences that I like and others that seem a little disappointing.

        First, the napoleon pocked on the outside has been significantly reduced inside and instead of three horizontal pockets there is only one. Also the internal organizer is smaller and lacks the number of pockets it had compared to before.

        As for the color issue - I did find that the cordura fabric colors are not accurately depicted on the customizer feature as they seem to have a bit more shine when seen in real life. the Brown fabric doesn't fully match the brown binding I selected. But for me this wasn't an issue as I felt the color was far better in reality then it is on the computer screen. But you should be aware of this if you are keen on color matching.

        The strap and the cross body strap are clearly made with thinner material which has a tendency to bunch and twist easily, especially when the bag is mostly empty. However, this is not that big of a concern as I have found the new material to be exceptionally comfortable even when I am not using my shoulder pad. It remains to be seen if this is as durable as the original straps, but I imagine it will last just fine. The new quick release is also very convenient and simple and the under flap connections offer a better look and added feeling of security. Also the Cordura fabric feels much better than the old ballistic nylon.

        Summary -

        You must understand there is a risk in adding the specialty design fabric to the custom messanger bags as they do appear to be too thin to handle regular daily use, however if you are aiming for good looks then it's worth the risk as Timbuk2 has your back on the warranty and they have proven to be very honest, quick to handle warranty claim. If you are ok with the Cordura fabric, by all means go for it! The Cordura feels great and has not shown any problems handling daily abuse. I flat out love my bag and so long as Timbuk2 continues to honor warranty's like they do I am willing to keep buying new bags from them in the future.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Almost Perfect

        By Kelsey

        From Grand Rapids, MI

        About Me: Career, Modern, Practical, Stylish

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Not enough compartments

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Custom Classic Messenger Bag:

        I really love this bag BUT when I ordered the additional "grab handle" on the top of the bag, I thought it would be on the top of the bag. Unfortunately it is more in the middle on the back of the bag so that makes it impossible to quickly grab it because it is not in a convenient spot. Other than that it's great!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Love it (of course!)

        By Meg 9

        From Near Philadelphia

        About Me: Comfort-Oriented, Practical, Stylish

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • Durable 
        • High Quality
        • Lightweight 
        • Roomy 

        Cons

        • Not enough compartments
        • Strap Too Narrow

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Day Trips
        • Extended trips 

        Comments about Custom Classic Messenger Bag:

        My last custom messenger of this size was in 2009 or 2010 and I was used to the wider shoulder strap and larger strap closures. This new bag has a stream lined look and it looks a little less clunky but I'm a bit worried that the thinner shoulder strap won't be as strong. (Also, my old bag's strap pad doesn't fit this one, so I need to order a padded strap for the new bag) I LOVE my 3 custom Timbuk2 bags but do wish that they'd kept the more classic styling from a few years back. Absolutely LOVE the custom fabrics and they've spoiled me from just buying a ready made bag. :)

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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