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Especial Cycling Messenger Bag

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

Starting at $179.00 $134.25 $179.00
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  • bike
  • laptop
  • weatherproof
  • warranty

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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 (61)

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Especial Cycling Messenger Bag
 
4.3

(based on 61 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • High quality (52)
  • Attractive (47)
  • Comfortable  (45)
  • Durable  (41)
  • Roomy  (32)

Cons

  • Not enough compartments (9)
  • Heavy / bulky  (8)
  • Too small (5)
  • Uncomfortable  (3)
  • Wears quickly (3)

Best Uses

  • Cycling (47)
  • Commuting (42)
  • Computer (23)
  • Office (22)
  • Day trip (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (34), Comfort-oriented (23), Career (20), Modern (17), Stylish (16)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (57), Yes (3)

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5.0

Weekend Warrior Status

By Weekend Warrior

From San Luis Obispo, CA

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

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Needs water bottle holder
  • Not enough compartments

Best Uses

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

Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

I use the bag everyday getting to and from work to carry lunch, snacks, keys, phone, electronic cigarette periphenalia, and random other stuff. It's quite easy to sift through without looking while driving (which is convenient), and it looks cool next to my desk at work :D

I also take it with me on my weekend adventures - it just went through a 10 mile hike in CA. It's got some dirt on it, but otherwise it's held up like a champ. The padded section of the strap is pretty well thought out and really comfortable. The other end of the shoulder strap could use a bit of padding too though, if using the bag shirtless it tends to rough up your skin during extended use. It's otherwise a pleasure to wear. The cross strap is a little weird if you've never used something of that style before, but it keeps the bag well balanced on your back - even with significant weight in the bag over a 10 mile hike :D

I haven't had a chance to try to clean it yet, so I have no idea how well that will go...

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

I was a Bike Messenger in Boston in 1983

By Bike Cellar

From Naples, Florida

About Me: Classic, Practical

Pros

  • Appears Water Proof
  • Attractive
  • Lightweight 
  • Roomy 

Cons

  • The Buckles Are Not Simpl

Best Uses

  • Airplane travel 
  • Computer
  • Cycling
  • Day Trips
  • Extended trips 
  • Office

Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

The original DeMartini Messenger Bags are still being made and I have one dating back to 1983 BUT they are not very stylish. This is my second Timbuk2 messenger bag and it really good but I wish the strap and the Velcro pad were more forgiving and buckles were more robust. The Magnetic hasps are neat but I worry they will fail in the future...don't appear to be rugged enough.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Especial!

By mr_mateusz

From Warsaw, Poland

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

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Comfortable 
  • Durable 
  • Good Strap Length
  • High Quality
  • Lightweight 
  • Nice Clips
  • Roomy 
  • Safety Lightening Straps

Cons

  • No Carabinerbottle Opener
  • No Sunglassbottle Holder

Best Uses

  • Cycling
  • Office

Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

Great product, comfortable use during cycling, not bad price, easy tigh and untigh straps (one move), nice ligtening elements make the item safe in the night, plenty of pockets, compartments, key holders etc.

No carabiner / bottle opener (nice add on) and bottle holder / sunglass holder (inside and / or outside).

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

Quality made Bag

By Todd

From Arlington, VA

About Me: Classic

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Cycling
    • Office

    Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

    Prefer the cam adjustable strap however once I have adjusted to the new I am getting use to the feel. Addition of reflective material is outstanding. The under flap zippers on both sides is the best feature of all. Keep lock in one side and keys in other, great idea.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Best bag I can remember ever having...

    By reveler

    From Seattle, WA

    About Me: Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • High Quality
    • Love The Magnetic Closure

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky 
    • Not enough compartments
    • Too small
    • Wears quickly

    Best Uses

      Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

      This is my everyday bag whether I'm headed to work or off to complete errands. I'll say this first and foremost, I'm not a cyclist, but I still really like features about this bag.

      Pros:
      I strongly dislike most other bag buckles...they pinch fingers or slide out at the drop of a hat, etc. That's why I think the magnetic closures are absolutely brilliant. Others agree too! My S.O. liked them so well that he bought a set from our local store and had a seamstress affix them to his Timbuk2 messenger.

      I really like the waterproof factors of the bag too. One of my issues with messengers of the past was water seepage at the corners but this one doesn't cause that panic for me...and where I live gets A LOT of rain.

      Another issue I have with the standard messenger is where it sits. I am short and many bags I've had bump against my legs or feel like they aren't secure enough. So I like that this bag can sit up snug to my back, similar to a backpack (which made up most of my previous bags).

      Cons:
      I have the same trouble with the reflective product adhered on the bag. It frays almost instantly. A couple months of use and creases in this material was very visible.

      I'm a huge fan of pockets too and while I really like the pockets this bag does have, I would love more "secret" pockets. I know this idea is balked at because the main idea of this bag is the waterproof-ness. However, I think a little more ingenuity in this arena could make this bag amazing.

      I also really like the TSA compatibility of some of the other messengers. Not because I travel a lot and need that separation, but because I like the access. I carry my iPad with me almost everywhere I go but I don't like having to open the main compartment of my bag just to get at it---especially while on public transport. I would love a quick access panel or zipper that would allow me to grab my device or make it easy to use my earphones with my device. Yet another idea that would take some ingenuity in order to maintain the waterproof values of the bag, but anyway.

      Overall, this bag is great though!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great bag, but not perfect

      By Adam

      From San Francisco

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Comfortable 
      • Lightweight 

      Cons

      • Some Areas Wearing Fast

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Computer
      • Cycling
      • Office

      Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

      I've been using this bag for commuting for the past six months and it's mostly a great bag. I have the small version and I do a short bike commute every day, followed by a train ride and a 10-min walk/run.

      Here's what I like:
      - Looks great. Sleek and kinda stylish.
      - The magnetic latches are fantastic.
      - Nice pockets. I love having the two side pockets that can be accessed without taking off the back and entering the main compartment. Simply flip the bag to your front and unzip, perfect for train cards or keys.
      - Perfect amount of storage for my needs. In the main compartment I usually have a MacBook Air, running shoes, tshirt, shorts, extra layer. Sometimes I throw in a bottle of beer or wine and there's still room. The bag itself isn't really expandable, but you can fit in a lot if you just place the velcro at the highest level. The bag also can become quite small when you cinch everything down. Bonus: you can use the straps under the bag to stuff wet bike pants.
      - So far so good on durability, except for the reflective material (see below)
      - Fairly light. It's not the lightest bag at this size, but it's got some nice features that make up for the extra weight.
      - The chest stabilizer strap is really good at keeping the bag tight to your body on the bike.

      Here's what I don't like:
      - The reflective material around the edge of the bag is already cracking and fraying, especially at the bottom corners. One of them is totally fraying off. This is not a structural problem, more of an aesthetic issue, but Timbuk2 made a bad design/material choice here. The reflective stuff should be on the lower-wear parts of the bag, not the high-wear parts.
      - The strap is fairly stiff, and when I have a super-full heavy load, it comes up into the side of my neck. This is slightly uncomfortable, and I've adjusted the angle of the strap to no avail.
      - The chest stabilizer strap is constantly coming out of it's "holder"…a magnetic connection would've been good here.
      - There are three handles on the bag and none of the are really useful. The handle on top is almost useless as you can just use the main strap. The handles on the side aren't really needed either and I'd rather have them gone to make a lighter bag.

      Overall I'd recommend this bag to bike commuters, or even non-bike commuters. It's pretty great for the most part.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      4.0

      Hey Cyclist!, this is the bag for you.

      By TelemarkTumalo

      From Bend, OR

      About Me: Active, Career

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Computer
        • Cycling
        • Office
        • Small Grocery Stops

        Comments about Especial Cycling Messenger Bag:

        I use the bag for commuting to work, so typically carry a change of clothes and my lunch, as well as my iPad or laptop. The bag is large enough to handle all of my items without becoming to bulky. It is firm enough to hold its shape well and is stable over my shoulder, even when low in the drops. Very waterproof, even in several downpours. I also toss the bag in one of my motorcycle panniers and routine trips in the car.

        My only recommendation would be to have a carry handle on the top. There is a handle that is oddly placed a third of the way down the back and is not comfortable to use. There are also carry handles on the ends which are also awkward to use.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        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

          (10 of 10 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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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