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Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack

A mid-sized weatherproof top loader for serious cyclists.

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  • bike
  • laptop
  • weatherproof
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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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OS 13.4 34.0 20.9 53.0 8.7 22.0 2.2 1.0 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 (101)

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Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack
 
4.6

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Rugged (20)
  • Lots of pockets and features (19)
  • Stylish (19)
  • Comfortable strap (18)
  • Weather proof (16)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting (19)
    • School (12)
    • Travel (9)
    • Light protection (6)
    • Heavy duty protection (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (19), Stylish (16), Budget shopper (6), High-end shopper (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (20)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (22)

    Reviewed by 22 customers

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    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
             
            5.0

            Best Bag I Own

            By Jerry

            From New York

            About Me: Practical, Stylish

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting
              • Heavy Duty Protection
              • School

              Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

              I own a lot of bags. I'm always looking for the perfect fit, but they often end up being too small, too large, not rugged enough, too rugged, for my daily commute. The Medio Backpack is the first bag I've bought that gets everything right. Tons of pockets and organizers for all my daily needs. I can carry everything I'm going to need on my bike commute and have the bag still feel light and practical. It's also very comfortable and I barely notice it on my back when I'm riding. If you ride a bike to commute, you won't regret buying this bag.

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

              Some style over substance

              By Daniel

              From Fairfax, Virginia

              About Me: Bargain Hunter, 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:

                So lets just say it upfront. It has zippers instead of a rolltop/flap. Its not as weather proof as some of the other bags in the line. Particularly if you aren't careful when you zip up the main compartment and the small upper pocket. You don't want to leave the zippers meeting in the middle up top. They need to meet off on one of the sides where rain is less likely to squeeze between the two zips/pool up and drip in. I rode through an absolute 30 minute downpour and had all the contents of my bag stay perfectly dry except for the small upper pocket (didn't push the zipper all the way into the protective tab/cover).

                Having said all that.. It looks way better than the other bags in the line. The pockets are in all the right useful places. Its a great size for the vast majority of riders out there. The padding is GREAT and its built like a tank.

                Zippers are never as good as a flap/roll and that's ok. Just know the compromise up front.

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

                Worth every penny!

                By RJ

                From Alexandria, VA

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

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Strap
                • Rugged
                • Stylish
                • Weatherproof

                Cons

                • Not Enough Pockets

                Best Uses

                • Commuting
                • Light Protection

                Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

                Really a great bag, built with typical Timbuk2 quality. Wish the two main storage compartments had a little more room, as accessing the inner compartments and pockets can be a little cumbersome if the bag is slightly full. However, I manage to get everything I need in the bag just fine, though work clothes might be a little complressed / wrinkled.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                3.0

                Good Functionality, NOT weatherproof

                By George

                From Austin, TX

                About Me: High-End Shopper, Practical, Stylish

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Strap
                • Lots Of Pockets And Features
                • Rugged

                Cons

                • Not Weatherproof

                Best Uses

                • Commuting

                Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

                Just line the main compartment with rubberized material and put a flap over the "waterproof zipper", and you'd have yourself something. As it is, in a proper rain storm, this thing gets wet inside.

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

                Best Commuter Biking Backpack Made.

                By GJStache53

                From Lafatette, CO

                About Me: Don't Ride Like A, Practical, Stylish, Task Specific

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Strap
                • Good Protection
                • Logical Strap Management
                • Lots Of Pockets And Features
                • Rugged
                • Sturdy Velcro Closures
                • Stylish
                • Weatherproof

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Commuting
                • Heavy Duty Protection
                • School
                • Travel

                Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

                I commute to work & home (20 miles) round trip every day when possible. This backpack is so adjustable that it should fit just about everyone. It is very light and all pockets, storage and hideaways are perfect.

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

                JUST LOVE THIS BAG!

                By EDEN

                From BOSTON, MA

                About Me: Bargain Hunter, Practical, Stylish

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None
                • Price

                Best Uses

                • School Travel

                Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

                Have used many of TimBuk2's bags and this is by far the best for me. It's large and roomy inside. Lots of pockets and space for everthing especially since I live out of my bag! Great bag and quality to say the least! I bought the bag on one of those TimBuk2's one day sales. It was worth it! It also was the only reason I bought it as the regular price was way too expensive for me.

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

                Great bag

                By Rusty red fixie

                From San Francisco

                About Me: Bike Commuter, Practical

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Adjustable
                • Comfortable
                • Good Protection
                • Lots Of Pockets And Features
                • Rugged
                • Stylish
                • Weatherproof
                • Weight No Problem

                Cons

                • Tall

                Best Uses

                • Commuting
                • Heavy Duty Protection

                Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

                This is a fantastic bag. I didn't get a chance to look at it as I bought it online. It's a little larger than I needed, but with the straps tight it stays quite manageable. One thing is that it's taller than similarly sized bags. This increases the comfort when there is weight in the bag. I commute with my laptop each day and the bag is very comfortably positioned on my upper back. One minor complaint is that the laptop strap is way too long; I have a MacBook retina, and the strap has space for something 50% larger which makes it more annoying than useful. Like I said this is minor, definitely wouldn't stop me from getting the bag again. It's excellently made!

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

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