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Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack

Style # 435-3-2001

A mid-sized weatherproof top loader for serious cyclists.

$124 $179

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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
 
4.4

(based on 80 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lots of pockets and features (65)
  • Stylish (65)
  • Weather proof (62)
  • Comfortable strap (53)
  • Good protection (51)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Commuting (70)
  • Travel (44)
  • School (32)
  • Heavy duty protection (20)
  • Light protection (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (62), Stylish (39), Budget shopper (23), High-end shopper (16)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (57), Business (20)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (70), Yes (7)

Reviewed by 80 customers

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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
       
      4.0

      Good bag.

      By Pez

      From Portland,Or

      About Me: Practical

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Tight Front Pocket

      Best Uses

      • Commuting

      Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

      I have had this bag for two weeks, very functional and fit is great. The weight gets distributed evenly and your back doesn't feel the brunt of the load due to the chest strap and hip straps. The padding on the back is very nice and you will sweat but the padding helps. The only flaw is the front pocket is very tight when you have a full load.

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

      A bag that holds a lot, looks stylish, and is comfortable

      By Jimmy the GIS man

      From Reston, VA

      About Me: Practical

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lots Of Pockets And Features
      • Storage Capacity
      • Stylish
      • Weatherproof

      Cons

      • Top Rubs Bike Helmet
      • Zippers Seem Cheap

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Travel

      Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

      I use the pack to hold my belongings during my 12 mile each way bike commute. The great parts about the bag are that it keeps stuff dry in heavy rains, holds everything I need for work including clothes, lunch, extra bike clothes, and sometimes my laptop. It also looks nice.

      I used to swear by messenger bags, but I found that the bag covering my bike during hot Virginia summer rides caused me to get hotter and sweatier than I wanted. This bag has a curve in the back that helps keep it off your back allows a small amount of ventilation. You still get a sweaty back on hot days, but I find myself more comfortable than when using a messenger bag.

      The fit of the bag is fairly nice. One complaint I have is that when I ride my bike with my hands on the tops, my helmet rubs against the top of the bag. I had to loosen the shoulder straps quite a bit to lower the bag to the point where it did not hit my helmet all the time. I have a very short torso so people longer on top shouldn't have this problem.

      I also find that the bag bobs up and down quite a bit when I am riding out of the saddle up hill. This does not happen when the bag is fuller and heavier.

      This is the first bag that has allowed me to comfortably carry my laptop while riding my bike. The weight gets nicely spread out over parts of your body and I find that I forget I have a computer on my back.

      Overall a great bag. I just hope the zippers last a long time. I'm used to buying new Timbuk2 bags not when they wear out but rather when I get bored and want a new bag. The zippers have me worried that the streak will be broken

      Would have given it 5 stars if nicer zippers and slightly smaller in height.

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

      Daily Commuter

      By Mike

      From Denver, CO

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Good Protection
      • Lots Of Pockets And Features
      • Stylish
      • Weatherproof

      Cons

      • Uncomfortable Strap

      Best Uses

        Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

        Overall a pretty decent bag. The only issue is that when it's not very heavy -- like when I leave my laptop at work -- it kind of rides up and the shoulder straps rub into my neck when riding and turning my head (which happens quite a bit in the city).

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Also a great airplane bag!

        By Pierre

        From Seattle

        About Me: Practical, Traveller

        Pros

        • Lots Of Pockets And Features
        • Rugged
        • Weatherproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • School
          • Travel

          Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

          Great, great bag, which is marketed for bike use; this however masks the other function for which it is best suited, traveling.

          I use it as my carry-on personal item. Whether I check-in a luggage with me in the cabin or not, airlines will always take a backpack. If you don't stuff this one to an inch of its life, it'll be fine.

          I put passport, notepad, pens, MP3 player, phone, keys in the organization compartment, toiletries (in the transparent bag) in the expandable front pocket, tickets + papers in the napoleon pocket.
          This leaves the large compartment which can easily take headphones, 3 days' worth of clothes, and a decent camera, or less clothes and an SLR (albeit without the dedicated protection a camera bag would offer). The top pocket is for sunglasses and potentially cables, and the secret stash pocket is where the phone goes.

          I've not worn it yet for extensive periods of time. It is not a backpacking bag, more of a commute/travel bag to me (outside of its primary goal as a weatherproof biking bag of course).
          Either way, this bag has made transcontinental airplane travel more pleasant. I'm trying hard to think of any 'wish it had' features, but can't. I feel that if the bag were bigger it'd be a tougher sell as a personal item on a plane. And due to the compression straps, it doesn't need to be made smaller; it won't take up more space than what you put in it.

          Overall a great bag which has single-handedly replaced all bags I'd taken on airplanes before.

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

          My favorite backpack ever

          By Chris P

          From Houston TX

          About Me: High-End Shopper, Practical

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

            This backpack is nearly perfect. It's my favorite ever. I love how the profile stays thin always, but you can still fit soooo much stuff.

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

            Bought on sale and would buy again at full price.

            By kflex

            From Houston, TX

            About Me: Bargain Hunter, Stylish

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Weight

            Best Uses

            • Commuting

            Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

            I find all the pockets to be useful and well thought out to (a) keep the bag slim but large and (b) easily access while on a bike (at a stop of course).

            It's incredibly comfortable despite it's weight (which is expected of a bag this size).

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

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect backpack for the first time

            By kenn

            From Manhattan, NY

            About Me: Practical, Stylish

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Good Protection
            • Lots Of Pockets And Features
            • Stylish
            • Weatherproof

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting
              • Light Protection
              • School
              • Travel

              Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

              I have to say I'm impressed. Especial Medio is a proof that you don't have to sacrifice aesthetics for functionality. It has the best features and thought-out layout of pockets while it keeps the best looking design to my eyes.

              What I like the most is that there are more pockets at the top, inside and outside, that are accessible when it's put on the ground.

              Things can be messy at the bottom of the bag, but I use a bag-in-bag anyway (a felt organizer from invite.L) so it's not a problem for me.

              I take it with me all the time whenever I go out, but it shines best when used for subway commute in Manhattan. I don't feel the weight of 15" MacBookPro like other messenger bags / backpacks do!

              Highly recommended or... should I keep it to myself because I can't brag about it if everyone has the same product? ;)

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

              Good - but not perfect...

              By Massakka Franz

              From Europe

              About Me: High-End Shopper

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Rugged
              • Stylish

              Cons

              • Pricy
              • Straps Too Narrow

              Best Uses

              • Commuting

              Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

              Overall good product, but as pointed out in some youtube videos - the shoulder straps are positioned too narrow for my neck, so it pinches my lower back neck. (I am 6,4' with 150lbs so very slender).
              I like the red fabric "inside" in the blue version - so it not that dark inside...

              • 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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