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Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack

A mid-sized weatherproof top loader for serious cyclists.

Starting at $179.00 $179.00 $179.00
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  • Stormtrooper - Cordura Nylon Ripstop
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  • bike
  • laptop
  • weatherproof
  • warranty

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What are the features?

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

Waterproof 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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External Dimensions

Size Width Height Depth Weight Volume
in cm in cm in cm lb kg cu in L
OS 13.4 34.0 20.9 53.0 8.7 22.0 3.2 1.4 1,831 30.0

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OS 11.8 30.0 15.7 40.0 2.0 5.0 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 (29)

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Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack
 
4.7

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stylish (25)
  • Comfortable strap (24)
  • Lots of pockets and features (24)
  • Rugged (24)
  • Weather proof (22)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting (24)
    • School (13)
    • Travel (13)
    • Heavy duty protection (8)
    • Light protection (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (26), Stylish (18), Budget shopper (8), High-end shopper (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (23), Business (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (28)

    Reviewed by 29 customers

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    5.0

    Absolutely PERFECT bag!

    By Tamityville

    From Miami Beach, FL

    About Me: Bargain Hunter, High-End Shopper, Practical, Stylish

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Strap
    • Good Protection
    • Rugged
    • Stylish
    • Weatherproof
    • White

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Heavy Duty Protection
      • Travel

      Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

      This is one of the few bags I could find online that was predominately white, which was very important to me. I walk 3.6 miles to work one way carrying a decent amount of things including either a Mac Air or iPad, sometimes both. I am not afraid to pay for quality, but at the same time I am thrifty. I've not tried a Timbuk2 bag before but had poked around on the site on several occasions for the past few years. Daps to Timbuk2 for being the only mfg I could find of their caliber that offered a mostly-white option because for me personally that put it over the top to go with them. WOW was I amazed!! First of all I stumbled into the President's Day Sale I didn't know was on so saved $50 without even trying. The bag arrived in perfect condition and I absolutely LOVE it. My arms were going numb using the cheaper backpacks, and I needed a better bag ASAP yet still unwilling to compromise style. Timbuk2 delivered with a product that was not only what I knew I wanted, it was what I didn't know I wanted until I got it. FAN FOR LIFE!!

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

      HolyGrail commuter - best of all worlds

      By Ernie

      From White Salmon, WA

      About Me: 30 Year Roadiecommuter, 30yr Roadiecommuter, Bargain Hunter, Practical

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Capacity
      • Comfortable Strap
      • Good Protection
      • Load Distribution
      • Lots Of Pockets And Features
      • Rugged
      • Streamlined
      • Stylish
      • Weatherproof

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Heavy Duty Protection
      • Light Protection
      • School
      • Travel

      Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

      This backpack is a perfect synthesis of the best features of many commuter bag styled products. It incorporates the great functions of messenger bags with more versatility in storage and far superior load distribution. I have been a dedicated messenger bag user for most of my 30yrs of avid cycling that includes plenty of commuting. I never embraced TB2 commuter bags (high ride, heavy on one shoulder) in favor of early 90's brand Yah-Yah bags (out of Spokane, WA), or even recent Eddie Bauer branded ones no longer made. Both of those styles had the ideal (imo) commuter bag style with lower-on-the-back riding, waist-hip cinched horizontal bag-ride and the shoulder strap as a support. The TB2 style are all just too ergonomically unbalanced not ideal for heavy bag loads (high riding, all weight on one strap and upper back, stressing lower back).

      Well, the Especial Medio nails all the best qualities of load balance and distribution. You can adjust weight distribution by shoulder strap and waist belt variations, adjust ride to get it lower to get load of shoulders, and the back supports sit nice and lightly on you even when loaded. Bag has a great stiffness too it that maintains shape and stays aero loaded of even near empty (no flapping in the breeze).

      Storage and loading habits used when coming from messenger bags takes a little reorientation, but I adjusted happily in about a day. With the good bit of extra space over a normal sized messenger it made it easy. I can haul a LOT in this thing.

      For size reference since, both the guy and the woman in the ref. pics are essentially the same size ( !!! :) how bout a guy in the 6'0"-6'3" range since the woman is already 5"6" and the dude is 5'8" not a helpful contrast) it took some study to decide if at 6'0" this or the Tres would be a better choice for me. Well I'm very glad I passed on the Tres, it would've been huge (good if you need that). The Medio would serve most commuters very well I think, the lateral rear view is very good looking over the shoulder with this pack, no blind spots there.

      Durability is hard to gauge since I've been using this two weeks. But based on experience and builds of other commuter products this awesome piece of gear has a bomb-proof feel to the build. Tough as nails cordura with weatherproofing at every turn. It has outstanding zippers too. My educated guess and expectation is that it will last a long long time. I'm convinced I'll get 10+yrs out of it if not never blow it out. And when you throw in lifetime warranty and the fact that it will likely outlast three or more other bags, the price on this starts to seem so much easier to handle.

      I am a frugal shopper when it comes to bike gear and I put the good money into things that matter, where you need quality and not to needlessly waste money. It was a tough decision to dive in for this bag as it's a bit pricey, but i am ecstatic that I did. You get what you pay for here, and then some I think. Goodbye messenger bags for good. Thanks Timbuk2 for offering an alternative to them that for some of us fills the need in far better ways. You got my business over Velo Transit for all these reasons. I absolutely got what i paid for and a fair price. What a great product! I got the white one for the higher visibility on dark country roads, I love the color and name Stormtrooper

      I also took the plunge on a sale item on the same purchase (was my bday and TB2 offers 20% discount on bday :)) the Especial Raider which looks like the lighter weight summer alternative. I look forward to writing a review on that one down the road.

      Cheers!

      M

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

      Best backpack for non cyclist ever

      By Dpdave

      From New York City

      About Me: Practical

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Heavy Duty Protection

        Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

        Love it. So happy with the build quality.
        I've stood in rain, sleet and snow. Dry inside. Zippers are smooth and sealed. Lots of easy to get to compartments. Gets dirty, wipes off. Comfy easy adjust straps. Best I've ever had.

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

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Stylish and practical

        By Cameron

        From Sydney, Australia

        About Me: Practical, Stylish

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lots Of Pockets And Features
        • Stylish
        • Unique design

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Travel

          Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

          I searched far and wide for the right combination of style, colour and practicality; particularly lugging around a 15" laptop.

          When I got this, my first thought was "stylish" and then "it's big". The bigness isn't a worry, it expands and contracts quite well, so if I'm just carrying a laptop it's pretty flat, but if I want to stuff it with clothes it'll fit them. It *is* a little taller than I'm used to, but I think the extra room will be handy.

          Lots of pockets to compartmentalise lots of things.

          In short, I'm loving it.

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

          Best backpack ever!!

          By demon9733

          From Kharkiv, Ukraine

          About Me: Practical

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Strap
          • Good Protection
          • Stylish
          • Weatherproof

          Cons

          • Not Enough Pockets

          Best Uses

          • Travel

          Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

          Even though it could have a little bit more pokets (e.g. for iPad apart of laptop), it's the best thing I've ever had. Timbuk2 <3

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Nice

          By UCLA Mom

          From SoCal

          About Me: Practical

          Pros

          • Comfortable Strap
          • Lots Of Pockets And Features
          • Weatherproof

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

              This was a gift for my son who uses it for college It fits his helmet, workout gear, laptop and school stuff easily and so far has worked out great. Lots of pockets and compartments. Miss the dedicated padded sunglasses pocket his old e pack had, but this holds his bike helmet and is nicely padded. Not to heavy and comfortable. I thought there was a free gift available (a bike pack) and checked the box when ordering but it did not appear on my invoice or with my order so not sure what happened and never followed up after holidays. Order took longer than expected to arrive but came in a cute plastic bag.

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

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome!!!

              By DMA 442

              From Chicago

              About Me: Practical

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Commuting

                Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

                Awesome

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

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Practical, sleek, and weatherproof

                By Somnolent Prattler

                From Philadelphia, PA

                About Me: Bargain Hunter, Practical, Stylish

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • External Pocket Tight
                • Mesh Pockets Don't Grip
                • Outside Pen Pocket Tight

                Best Uses

                • Commuting
                • School
                • Travel

                Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

                I spent days comparison shopping many different weatherproof laptop backpacks. It came down to a Chrome Bravo and this Especial Medio. The Especial Medio took honors hands down for amount of space, and organizational compartments. So many compartments!

                I've used this pack for about 9 months, now, as my work bag. I carry a Chromebook, Kindle DX, power supply, small 3-outlet + 2 USB power strip, lithium battery, flashlight, first aid kit, light rain parka, rain hat, insulated bottle, some pens, notebooks, business cards.

                I used in on a flight recently, and it's a little tall to completely fit under the seat.

                It does keep out water really well from the main compartment, the flapped compartment, and the top zippered compartment. I walked 20 minutes in a downpour without an umbrella or rain gear: I had a nice rental camera in the bag which was bone dry. The weatherproof zippers are awesome.

                The padding is great: keeps air circulating, while the stiffness keeps the pack from flopping around. The straps adjust easily, and stay adjusted.

                The reflective hits are great, and stealthy.

                There are only two minor details. First, the two side mesh pockets don't have grippy material. I lost a nice stainless steel coffee mug because it slipped out while I was riding the subway, and the pack was on the floor.

                Second, and probably a bigger issue. The big pocket with the flap, i.e. the outside compartment with the interior pockets and pen slots, is pretty tight. The pen slots are too tight to hold a sharpie, or some of the newer gel pens with slightly fatter barrels than a cheap ballpoint.

                And the compartment does not expand: it lies tight against the main body of the bag. So, if you have the hidden pocket or the main compartment well-stuffed, it is difficult to put anything into this compartment. It's also not easy to get to the bottom. If only this compartment were given some gusseting.

                All in all, I given it 4 out of 5, because I used to own a 5 that I used till it disintegrated. They don't make that one, any more.

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

                Awesome derby bag

                By Shelby

                From Seattle, WA

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

                    I'm not a cyclist, but I still appreciate this bag.

                    I was looking for a bag for my roller derby gear, so I needed one that had a flat bottom and was large enough for the two skates, my pads, tools, and smaller essentials. This bag fits everything.

                    A lot of derby bags are roller bags, and I find them impractical and kind of ugly. This back pack is big enough for everything, waterproof, has a lot of functional pockets, is sleek in its styling, is not bulky (so I won't whack people on the bus), and it distributes weight well.

                    The waterproof zippers are awesome. The small zippered pocket is great for my wallet and bus pass so I can just swing the bag off my left shoulder and get to those things quickly.

                    It's expandable, so that is super useful. This'll definitely be my go to bag when I travel too.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    4.0

                    Very happy

                    By Jim

                    From Pittsburgh, PA

                    About Me: Quality Seeker

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

                        I've been commuting to work daily with this bag now for about 3 weeks. The main reason I got a new bag was because I was tired of wrapping my backpack in a trash bag every time it was raining (it works, but is a pain in the butt and looks funny).

                        So the waterproofness of this bag was very important to me.

                        I finally got a chance to test that out yesterday on my ride home. It was a steady rain, and was pounding down pretty hard for a few minutes. My commute is 8 miles (about 35 minutes) so I figured if the inside was still dry after that, then I found a winner.

                        Sure enough, the inside was bone dry. Even the outer pockets that don't claim to be waterproof held the water out.

                        The only reason I gave this bag 4 stars instead of 5 is that the main compartment, although big, is kind of skinny. It doesn't expand out very far. Especially if you have items in the outer pockets that push in on the inner compartment. My old bag was a Lowe Pro backpack meant for camera equipment (not really a bike bag), but it had a big main compartment that just seemed to fit things better. This isn't necessarily a bad thing about the bag, I just have to get used to packing things differently.

                        I read through the reviews before buying and a few mentioned the lower strap that seemed cheap, or like an afterthought. I was a little concerned about this too, but after a few weeks with it have no problems with the chest/waist straps. They're comfortable and help distribute the weight pretty well. They also don't seem to be cheaply made.

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

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