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Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack

Style # 435-3-2001

A mid-sized weatherproof top loader for serious cyclists.

$179

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88 Reviews

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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 a 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 and contact warranty@timbuk2.com.

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Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack
 
4.5

(based on 88 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lots of pockets and features (72)
  • Stylish (70)
  • Weather proof (69)
  • Comfortable strap (60)
  • Good protection (57)

Cons

  • Uncomfortable strap (10)
  • Not enough pockets (5)
  • Wears easily (5)
  • Not weatherproof (3)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (78)
  • Travel (52)
  • School (37)
  • Heavy duty protection (21)
  • Light protection (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (69), Stylish (44), Budget shopper (28), High-end shopper (16)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (62), Business (22)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (76), Yes (8)

Reviewed by 88 customers

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4.0

Yes!

By kr_barnett

From Calgary, Alberta

About Me: Bargain Hunter, Practical

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable Strap
  • Lots Of Pockets And Features
  • Rugged
  • Weatherproof

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Travel

    Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

    Been eyeing this bag for a while for the spring, summer, and fall cycle commuting to work finally pulled the trigger when the Cyber Monday sale came up. The Especial lives up to the reputation.

    • Primary use:
    • Business
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    In Love!

    By Katie

    From Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

    About Me: Practical, Stylish

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Strap
    • Good Protection
    • Lots Of Pockets And Features
    • Rugged
    • Stylish
    • Weatherproof

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Light Protection
      • School
      • Travel

      Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

      Bought this for my boyfriend for Christmas. He uses it for biking to work and loves it.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      4.0

      Awesome bag!! Lots of room but not 100% Waterproof!

      By Taybull

      From San Diego, CA

      About Me: Practical, Stylish

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Protection
      • Lots Of Pockets And Features
      • Stylish

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • School
        • Travel

        Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

        Did a lot of shopping around for an everyday bag. Looked at Chrome, North Face, Timbuk2 and other similar brands, but it came down to size, style, and price. Bought during black friday weekend and saved a bunch! Bag is overall a great bag! lots of room, organized pockets in front, quick access pockets, laptop pocket inside of main compartment, weatherproof (but not 100% waterproof), build is great and I love the reflector hints for night. I mainly use this for my daily commute on my motorcycle and it packs everything from my lunch, headphones, sunglasses, gym clothes, shoes, and a 32 oz hydroflask. And theres still lots of space left. There's also a hidden expansion pocket in front for bike helmets or anything that can fit. My only con is that when wearing, the straps are a little narrow around the neck area, as if the straps are stitched to close together. Very minor but for people that have bigger necks or would prefer a bigger space, it might be uncomfortable.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        A huge bag that doesn't feel huge

        By Tim

        From Saint Louis, MO

        About Me: Bargain Hunter, Practical

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Airy Padding
        • Comfortable Strap
        • Fits Close
        • Rugged
        • Weatherproof

        Cons

        • Inner Pocket Is Cavernous

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Cycling
        • Travel

        Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

        I've only used the bag on a short cycling trip so far, and I love the way it fits with the waist belt. I'm not a tall guy, and despite the size of the bag, it fits close to the body and doesn't hang over my butt. It holds my ginormous 15" Lenovo laptop, and I like the way that the laptop pocket is suspended from the top.

        I've also used it as a carry on for an airplane, and that is where I found out how big this thing is. Just keeps going and going. No weather yet, but it looks capable of keeping out a big rain.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Awesome low-profile backpack with weather sealed zippers.

        By Adrienne the backpack obsessed commuter

        From Edmonton, AB, Canada

        About Me: Bargain Hunter, Practical, Stylish

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Strap
        • Good Protection
        • Lots Of Pockets And Features
        • Rugged
        • Stylish
        • Weatherproof

        Cons

        • Wears Easily

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Heavy Duty Protection
        • School
        • Travel

        Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

        This backpack works great as carry-on luggage due to the low profile design. Also, the weather-sealed zippers provide assurance that your belongings will stay dry. The reflective materials built in to the back-pack fabric works well. So far, I have not found anything I do not like about this backpack.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Perfect Backpack.

        By Ev

        From Guelph, ON

        About Me: Bargain Hunter, Practical, Stylish

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Strap
        • Good Protection
        • Lots Of Pockets And Features
        • Spacious
        • Stylish
        • Weatherproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Biking
          • Commuting
          • School
          • Travel

          Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

          The Especial Backpack is maybe my favourite backpack. The back padding makes it comfortable wearing it for most of the day biking between lectures, and the divided pouches for the laptop in the main pocket makes it easy to pack many books and supplies.
          I would also consider for hardcore traveling using this for biking and backpacking for urban exploring. Not necessarily for camping trips but it has everything you need if you plan on going with as little as possible.
          One thing that would make the Especial better is adjustable straps to bring the bag closer or farther away from the shoulders. Waist clips are handy but it needs some straps to adjust for different transportation.
          Otherwise an awesome product, easily can make this last me my life!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great back that barely misses the mark of perfection

          By BBSEA82

          From Seattle,WA

          About Me: Bargain Hunter, Commuter, Practical, Stylish

          Pros

          • Comfortable Strap
          • Good Protection
          • Lots Of Pockets And Features
          • Weatherproof

          Cons

          • Increase Durability
          • Not Enough Color Choices
          • Pockets Need More Space
          • Wears Easily

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • School
          • Travel

          Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

          I have owned this bag for 3 months now. I commute 80% of the time to work in Seattle. I love the water resistant bag, lots of pockets, and sealed zippers. I have noticed the bottom of the bag could use more durability. I would also like the front pocket to be not so restricted and tight when the bag is fuller.

          The bag has been great to own and commute with, plenty of room for laptops and various objects. I would buy this bag again.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Great all-around pack.

          By Cycling For the Billions

          From Mesa, AZ

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Strap
          • Good Protection
          • Lots Of Pockets And Features
          • Pocket Size
          • Rugged
          • Stylish
          • Weatherproof

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Cycling
            • Travel

            Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

            I haven't used it for a bike commute yet, but it has already exceeded my expectations as a day-to-day laptop/commuter bag. The size is perfect for a laptop and the pockets are bigger (and more configurable) than I expected. This is my third bag from T2 and I use them all regularly.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            The Real Deal (Go Cubs Go!)

            By Zalukos

            From Chicago

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Comfortable Strap
            • Good Protection
            • Lots Of Pockets And Features
            • Rugged
            • Spacious
            • Stylish
            • Waterproof
            • Weatherproof

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

              Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

              I use this bag as a commute bag for cycling to and from work. Great bag. Great space. Comfortable and keeps the back cool. A great purchase.

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

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Would definitely recommend

              By Kgil

              From Omaha, NE

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Comfortable Strap
              • Lots Of Pockets And Features
              • Stylish
              • Weatherproof

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Commuting

                Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

                I purchased the Espcial Medio to replace another Timbuk2 backpack. The most important features I was focusing on was waterproof and padding on the back; two things my previous bag lacked. I commute to work about 3-4 days per week.

                I'll be honest and say, I didn't like the bag at first. I felt it was too big and bulky, but before returning it, I thought I should at least try it for a couple days. I think it took me all of one day to realize this was definitely a smart purchase.

                The main compartment has plenty of room and I love that it's a contrasting color, as it makes it easier to find things. I love the two side elastic pockets, which are accessible when you're on the bike. I love the hidden expandable pocket. That thing has come in super-handy, whether it's for a surprise grocery run my wife makes me do or putting in wet clothes. The best feature is that padded back. The bag is really comfortable when it's on and I can tell my back is getting a bit more ventilation. The side phone pocket was also well placed. All in all, the bag seems to be made of great materials. I haven't ridden in the wet with it yet, but I'm pretty confident my duds are going to stay dry.

                However, I cannot rave about everything on the bag. My one complaint is the front organizer pocket. You cannot expand it much at all if you wanted to peer in there. if you want to find something, you're pretty much limited to sticking your hand in there and feeling around to find whatever you're looking for.

                Regardless, I have a feeling this bag is going to take care of me for a long while.

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

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                Organization

                Dual side stretch pockets fit water bottles or U-lock

                Fit

                Backbender flexible cooling panel for superior ventilation and comfort

                Backpack straps feature high density foam with cooling mesh for ventilation

                Comfort backpack straps with hydration or headphone routing, a reflective hit and detachable sternum strap

                Clever Extras

                Do it in a downpour; will keep the contents of your bag dry for several hours in the rain - Internal drop liner with waterproof seam tape construction

                External compression straps for cinching or expanding

                Front panel unzips to expand volume for carting extra bulk

                Reflective hits

                Vista loop for attaching blinky bike lights

                Water resistant, PU coated zippers

                Materials

                Durable Cordura nylon fabric

                Origin

                Imported

                Laptop/Tablet

                Internal slip pocket fits up to a 15" MacBook

                What's this all about?

                An update to the original, the new Medio Backpack has an improved fit and greater visibility for safe, comfortable riding. A super-durable, water-resistant, expandable pack, the Medio is designed for serious cyclists. The internal waterproof drop liner keeps water out, and a backbender flexible cooling panel feels good on your back and keeps you cool. Hits of reflective paneling keep you visible on late night rides, and an improved taper design enables clear over-the-shoulder visibility. Ride it to work, ride it for an overnighter; the Medio is ready to haul.

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