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Especial Cycling Messenger Bag

Our very best messenger for die-hard cyclists and commuters.

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Selected Color Black - Cordura Nylon
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  • bike
  • laptop
  • weatherproof
  • warranty

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What are the features?

Organization

Napoleon side entry pocket has zipper closure for easy in/out without undoing the messenger flap

Fit

Backbender flexible cooling panel for superior ventilation and comfort

Padded, ambidextrous shoulder strap allows for universal carry as a sling over either shoulder

Removable cross strap for cross-body stabilization while riding

Timbuk2 custom Tensionlock allows for easy fit adjustments and quick on and off body transitions

Clever Extras

Magnetic buckle closure on the flap for easy one-handed accessibility, while still secure and super speedy

Reflective hits

Waterproof zippers

Materials

Durable Cordura nylon fabric

TPU liner for easy cleaning and keeping the elements out

Weatherproof boot for unexpected puddles

Origin

Imported

Laptop/Tablet

Large fits 17" MacBook plus iPad

Medium fits 15” MacBook plus iPad

What's this all about?

For all you die-hards out there, the Especial Messenger withstands even the most grueling commutes. With Cordura ripstop, abrasion resistant nylon on the outside and waterproof TPU inside and on the boot, the Especial handles foul weather and even fouler road grime with ease. Magnetic buckles with tensionlock enable on-bike, one-hand access to your messenger, and the ambidextrous shoulder strap favors righties and lefties and can be micro-positioned for a truly custom fit. The backbender flexible cooling panel provides superior ventilation and comfort and the laptop slash pocket rides up to a 15" MacBook Pro in style. Pile on quick-access pockets for your phone, lock, and keys and you've got a messenger you may never take off and you will certainly never leave behind.

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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
S 16.9 43.0 15.7 40.0 13.8 35.0 4.3 11.0 2.8 1.3 915 15.0
M 20.1 51.0 18.5 47.0 16.1 41.0 5.1 13.0 3.4 1.6 1,465 24.0

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S 15.4 39.0 12.6 32.0 No. Your device will not fit.
M 18.5 47.0 15.7 40.0 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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Especial Cycling Messenger Bag
 
4.3

(based on 45 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • High quality (39)
  • Comfortable  (34)
  • Attractive (33)
  • Durable  (31)
  • Roomy  (24)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky  (6)
  • Not enough compartments (6)
  • Too small (3)

Best Uses

  • Cycling (35)
  • Commuting (33)
  • Computer (14)
  • Day trip (13)
  • Office (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (26), Comfort-oriented (19), Career (15), Modern (12), Stylish (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (42)

Reviewed by 45 customers

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5.0

Tough, big, lots of pockets

By Charley McQ

From Portland, OR

About Me: Comfort-Oriented, Practical

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Cycling
    • Day Trips

    Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

    I have nothing but Timbuk2 bags, and this is by far the best bike bag I have ever brought of them. I have an Especial Backpack, which holds a bit more, but doesn't have the strategically placed pockets.
    This holds a TON of stuff, though, and because it fits so tight to my bike, I don't notice it as much. I love the variety of pockets, and their location.
    This is probably the best built bag I own. If it went up against a chain saw, I honestly don't know which one would walk away.
    Little design plusses, like the magnetic strap fasteners, the handles on the side, the waterproof fold-over top of the bag; all are great.
    Only small con would be no dedicated water bottle holder, but that really isn't a problem for me. A bottle fits inside the bag just fine.
    The Especial Line is, so far, really impressive.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    could be better

    By Jen

    From San Jose, CA

    Pros

    • Durable 

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Computer

      Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

      Didn't come with the female attach for the removable cross strap, and that female attach had been constantly sold out on the website. It is not very convenient to bike without the cross strap.

      (2 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      PERFECT BAG BUT SICK PRICE REDUCTION

      By SICK CUTS

      From NY

      About Me: Modern

      Pros

      • Comfortable 

      Cons

      • Wears quickly

      Best Uses

      • Day Trips

      Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

      The bag is very cool,I bought it When I travel to New York,but just after only a few weeks,it cuts so much,nearly $50!And there is no price protection measures.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Messenger Bag Ever!

      By Dan the bicyclist

      From Indianapolis, IN

      About Me: Practical, Stylish

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Cycling
        • Office
        • School

        Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

        Great messenger bag with plenty of room and easy to adjust for comfort and fit. By using it to bike to/from work, its roominess allows me to store plenty of gear for the vagaries of IN weather.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The very best bag ever!

        By William Beckham

        From Los Angeles, CA and Bogota, Colombia

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

        Verified Buyer

        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 Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

          I have been through a million bags looking for the perfect one. My garage is full of bags of all brands.
          This bag is perfect for everything.
          I use it for work, running errands, to the gym....evreything. Its even a great daioer bag as well.
          One bag that looks great amd dies it all.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Good choice for cycling

          By Seth the investor

          From Beijing, China

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy / bulky 

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Cycling
          • Day Trips

          Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

          I use this bag everyday to work. My gal laughed at me saying that it looks like a turtle shell on me. I think it looks great. A girl at work said it made me powerful:D
          The great things about it is that it can hold so many stuff and stays comfortable to wear. But the bag alone is a little heavy and bulky. Maybe you can work on that.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Everything I wanted in a commuter bag

          By Subway commuter

          From Brooklyn to NYC

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

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Uncomfortable 

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Computer
          • Office

          Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

          I first bought my Especial messenger bag from a third party website after a ton of online research. As a transplant to Brooklyn, my old non-Timbuk2 laptop bag was falling apart from the rain, snow, crowded train and daily 1-mile walk to the station.

          When I got the bag, I knew immediately it was too small to hold my laptop, notebook, lunch and random cold weather gear, so I swapped it out for a large. When the larger bag arrived, I was excited to have it. When I started packing my gear into the larger bag, I noticed that the stitching on one of the pockets was comnig apart, so I exchanged it again. Within two days of the new one arriving, the same problem occurred.

          This time, I sent it back for a full refund and figured I was back at square one to search for a bag that would work. I wrote a note to Timbuk2's customer service explaining the problems I had with the bag and how disappointed I was with the quality after I had read so many positive reviews.

          Within a few days, Antonio at Timbuk2 reached out to me and we discussed the problems I had. I was extremely impressed with his dedication to customer satisfaction, so I agreed to let him help me find a replacement.

          I have been using the bag for a month and a half and it is perfect. I have trudged through snow and rain and packed it with food, laptops and clothes and I have not had a single problem with it.

          If it weren't for Antonio, I would have written off Timbuk2 as an untrustworhy brand. Because of his help, I will be a lifelong customer.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          great bag just too small

          By carls10

          From Rochester NY

          About Me: Career

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable 
          • High Quality

          Cons

          • Too small

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Cycling

          Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

          I waited 6 months before splurging on this bag. I bought it specifically to commute by bike to work. It is great other than it is much to small for my needs. I was concerned about getting the larger bag as I am only 5'4" but my lunch barely fits in this bag. It's a good quality bag (as it should be for the price). I would exchange it for the larger but they have a pretty strict return policy. Overall quality product but would appreciate a more leniant return policy since this was a big purchase.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          For Bike Riders, Not Commuters

          By Martin the Dane

          From Copenhagen, DK

          About Me: Classic, Practical

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Durable 
          • High Quality
          • Lightweight 

          Cons

          • Too small
          • Uncomfortable 

          Best Uses

          • Cycling

          Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

          I bought this bag in the foolish assumption that it'd make a good commuter bag. It is an absolutely beautiful bag, but the strap is too short, there isn't enough room in it for my needs, the strap hinge tends to squeak, and something I should have noticed from the photos: the shoulder pad needs to be fixed to one side of the bag, so you'll have to wear it tilted as a commuter.

          TL;DR: Not for commuters, I'm regretting mine, and have gone back to an old Timbuk2 messenger.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great

          By thenoaa

          From Fargo, ND

          About Me: Comfort-Oriented, Practical, Stylish

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Heavy / bulky 

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

          This is my third Timbuk2 messenger bag and without question is the most thought out bag in over all construction I have seen yet. The only improvements that could be made are more protection for a laptop from within the bag, go a little further with rain protection (this time they did truly think about it), better pen/pencil area. If this and the commander was combined there would be no touching it if the laptop stayed inside the bag. I use it with an Asus G75VX - what bag won't be bulky. It fits great even with books and my Zen.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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