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Especial Cycling Messenger Bag

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

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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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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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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 (54)

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Especial Cycling Messenger Bag
 
4.3

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • High quality (47)
  • Attractive (40)
  • Comfortable  (40)
  • Durable  (38)
  • Roomy  (27)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky  (7)
  • Not enough compartments (7)
  • Too small (4)
  • Uncomfortable  (3)

Best Uses

  • Cycling (41)
  • Commuting (38)
  • Computer (19)
  • School (17)
  • Day trip (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (30), Comfort-oriented (20), Career (18), Modern (15), Stylish (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (51)

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5.0

Best Ever

By Handlebard

From Spokane, WA

About Me: Career, Modern, Practical, Stylish

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Cycling
    • Office
    • School

    Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

    This bag does it all. The left or right handed thing is amazing for us lefties.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Good, but there is room for improvement

    By Xarles

    From Germany

    About Me: Comfort-Oriented, Practical

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Durable 
    • High Quality

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky 
    • Uncomfortable 

    Best Uses

      Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

      Many reviews already mention the good features that this bag has. I will focus more in the things that can be improved.

      Good things:

      Well built. It looks cool. Magnetic buckles are awesome.

      Things to improve:

      1. Weight: This bag at 1.3-1.6 kg is rather in the heavy side of the spectrum. Take into account that normally the bike-oriented backpacks for road or mountain bike keep the weight under 1 Kg, and that in those models the weight is distributed in two shoulders. 300-600 gr of extra weight does not sound a lot, but on long commutes (bike or walking) it will make a difference. You will notice this weight penalty if you live in a hilly area or if your commute is long. I am still using my backpack for long commutes. If you sum the fact that this bag has a single strap and that all its load sits on a single shoulder the extra weight makes a big difference. Is too heavy for the 15-24 Liters capacity it offers. Even the Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack from timbuk2 that has 30 liters capacity is only 1 kg and this weigh is distributed in two shoulders. I like this bag and I am planning to do some modifications to cut down at least 300 grams of material from it.

      2. Shape: The rear part of this bag, the one in contact with your back, is very stiff and has a square shape. Due to this shape and the hardness of the material, one of the corners may poke your back. Specially if you are a short person, one of the corners may poke your back where your bottoms begins.

      3. Napoleon Pocket: The zippers of the napoleon pockets are small. I am a person with small hands and despite this fact I still have problems to access to those pockets. The lateral sides of this messenger bag have a hard panel within the fabrics(you can not see it in the pics and is not described anywhere) that gets in the way of the napoleon pockets when you try to pull things out of them.

      4. Reflective material: The reflective material sounds like a great thing to have. But I still think that they are not localise in the right position. When you are on the bike the side that normally points towards the floor when you are standing, is the side that will face the cars. Despite this fact, there is not reflective material in this position. I am planning to add some in the bottom of this bag. On the other hand some reflective material in this bag will never points toward the cars when you are on the bike and therefore is useless.

      5. Side panels. The side panels have a hard panel within the fabrics. This is annoying because: i). add extra weight to the bag. ii). they go in the way with the napoleon pockets. iii). it does not allow you to compress completely the bag using the straps.

      Dont get me wrong, I still think this bag is very good and I will still recommend it, if you dont mind the extra weight. I am sure timbuk2 will improve all those issues in the second generation of this bag.

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      4.0

      Almost Perfect

      By Ben the Cook

      From Atlanta

      About Me: Avid Cyclist Road Bike, Career, Modern, Practical, Stylish

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • U-lock Loop Stretches Out

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

      Pros: Extremely well made and exceptionally good-looking. Makes cycling even more fun, even when carrying a full load. Shoulder strap is the most comfortable of any type of bag or luggage I've ever used. This bag was clearly designed by people who like to ride fast bikes in cities.

      The medium size I got holds an awful lot, awfully well.
      I love this bag.

      Cons: U-Lock strap has become stretched out after a month of use. Quick-access pockets are useful, but cannot really be accessed quickly.

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      5.0

      i love it

      By oxo

      From Bradento Florida

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

        i commute on my bicycle about 12 miles a day. i put my lunch inside and packages (poster tubes) that need to be mailed. Its balanced just right. Very light. Feels really good, Very comfy. Easy on and off.

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        4.0

        The best travel bag I've used

        By Elearning

        From Phoenix

        About Me: Home Office In Bag, Power Traveler

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attractive
        • High Quality
        • Roomy 
        • Waterproof Yay

        Cons

        • Not enough compartments
        • Strap length too short

        Best Uses

        • Carry-on Bag
        • Computer
        • Extended trips 
        • Travel bag

        Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

        I travel 1-2 times per month and carry a mini-home office in my bag. This bag is roomy for all my cables, drives, 17" Precision workstation, and accessories. Love the fact that it's waterproof as I just spent 2 weeks traveling across Europe. I got soaked by my gear remained dry!

        Only downside: The strap is too small for tall people. I'm 6'4" and spent a fair amount of time looking to buy an alternate strap.

        Minor nuisance: I wish there were more compartments. I especially missed having a rear compartment to access when the bag is fully zipped. I assumed that was standard after the two other bags I bought. No big deal, but with passports and plane tickets I really wished there were compartments in the back.

        But I love this bag!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        You don't have to be a

        By Clarke

        From NYC area

        Verified Reviewer

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          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

              I hesitated to get this bag, essentially because of cost and the marketing intimating that you have to be a serious commuter to warrant the purchase. Now that I have it, I would flip that rationale. Who doesn't need a truly waterproof, incredibly comfortable, easily adjustable bag with a lifetime warranty that is well laid out with tons of pockets and can hold a lot of stuff including the largest laptops? This bag has become my friend. I take it everywhere. I'm close to naming it. If you carry a bag daily and have the potential to get wet some day, you deserve this bag.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Stylish, weatherproof and solid.

              By Steve

              From Southern New England

              About Me: Geeky, Modern, Practical

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Comfortable 
              • Durable 
              • High Quality
              • Lightweight 

              Cons

              • Short Strap Length

              Best Uses

              • Commuting
              • Computer
              • Cycling
              • Office
              • School

              Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

              I needed a messenger for commuting on my bike to and from work, and wanted something stylish and durable. Little did I know that it would prove itself during a week when I didn't bike at all.

              A few weeks ago, I took a trip to Vancouver and Seattle. I intended to pack light, and so brought only this bag and a gym duffel for clothes. This bag slid through airport security and carry-on storage like a pro; it held everything I needed without tiring or chafing, and its side handles proved very helpful in tight corners. The quick release and secure tab on the strap saved lots of time, and the napoleon pockets let me grab my documents quickly without taking off the bag.

              One of my favorite things to do in a new city is walk it: choose two points and walk between them, taking in the city as I go. During this trip, though, it rained. Every. Day. I think there was a grand total of 7 hours sunlight that entire trip. This bag, in addition to being light and slim, did not let in a drop of moisture. In fact, the *only* water to get into the bag was from my wet hands when I rummaged around for aspirin or a lozenge. (I fought a cold the entire trip. Great timing, eh?)

              Of course, it more than proves its worth on a bike and for everyday usage. It can hold all my bike gear and more, and has several spots to attach the helmet when not riding. On the bike, it stays put and leaves enough air for my back to breathe. I never have to think about it.

              The only caveats I can think of have to do with the size I got (the smaller size) and the adjustment velcro. The strap is comfortable but short; trying to take it off while wearing a helmet gets tricky, and even without a helmet, if the bag is full it can be a tight fit on and off. The straps are fully adjustable, but the velcro on the side opposite where the strap padding attaches collects a bit of lint. It's just the nature of velcro against some fabrics. If you're meticulous about how your bag appears, this might bug you, but I'm not that fussy about my possessions.

              This bag suits me, both practically and for the image I like to project. I might get the larger size if I had to do it over again, but overall, no complaints about the one I got.

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              • No
               
              4.0

              Awesome Bag

              By Will

              From Ann Arbor, MI

              About Me: Career, Classic, Stylish

              Pros

              • Attractive
              • Comfortable 
              • Durable 
              • High Quality

              Cons

              • Too small

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

              Love the bag. A little small however I make it work.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              THE perfect bag for cycling

              By Jul

              From Münster, Germany

              About Me: Classic

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Comfortable 
              • Durable 
              • High Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Cycling

                Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

                Simply put, this is the best cycling bag you can buy. Very well thought out features like the side pocket to quickly access keys, phone or something like that. The adjustable strap that you can adjust with just one hand is great !
                In size M enough room and compartments to put in everything you need.
                Plus, the material, for the short time I used it, seems very (very) durable.
                Really no complaints so fare ! A perfect product !

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                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.

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                  • No

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