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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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94 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
 
4.4

(based on 94 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lots of pockets and features (77)
  • Stylish (73)
  • Weather proof (72)
  • Comfortable strap (64)
  • Good protection (60)

Cons

  • Uncomfortable strap (11)
  • Not enough pockets (5)
  • Wears easily (5)
  • Not weatherproof (4)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (82)
  • Travel (54)
  • School (39)
  • Heavy duty protection (22)
  • Light protection (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (73), Stylish (46), Budget shopper (30), High-end shopper (16)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (66), Business (24)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (79), Yes (11)

Reviewed by 94 customers

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1.0

Does not meet expectations

By Beach Mom

From Carlsbad, CA

About Me: Practical

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Large Interior

Cons

  • Not Enough Compartments
  • Not Weatherproof
  • Uncomfortable Strap

Best Uses

  • Commuting No Rain

Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

No compartment for paperwork, only one exceedingly large compartment for my laptop.
Too large for my female frame - the straps are rough and rub.
This is the big one: not even water resistant. I rode 30 minutes in the rain. Water made it into every compartment. The top zippered pouch gets drenched in even the lightest rain. The TimBuk2 response to my complaint was a recommendation that I spend additional money to purchase their rain cover.

  • Primary use:
  • Business
  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
 
5.0

Best Bag

By Andrew

From Brooklyn, NY

About Me: Bargain Hunter, Practical

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Heavy Duty Protection
    • Light Protection
    • Travel

    Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

    Incredibly sturdy, best commuter bag I've had. Great for loading up at the grocery store, or for a bike commute.

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

    Durable & Versatile

    By cg_oak

    From Oakland, CA

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Lots Of Pockets And Features
    • Rugged

    Cons

    • Picks Up Lint
    • Velcro Difficult To Open
    • Weird Bottom Fabric

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • School
    • Travel

    Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

    I wanted a roomy all-around bag that would fit all the junk I ride around with--laptop, books, change of clothes/shoes, climbing gear, toiletries--without swamping my torso, which is a tricky thing to find for shorties like me. When I'm wearing it, I'm definitely aware that it was cut for people taller than me (I'm 5"3 when standing up very very straight), but it still feels comfortable, unlike most unisex bags. I've only had it for a month or so, but it seems to be holding up great--I subject my bags to pretty brutal treatment and this one still looks new. I absolutely love the pocket on the back panel--I stick my wallet in it so I can swipe into the train station without taking my pack off and digging around at the faregate. I don't use all the front pockets--the helmet pocket's Velcro is difficult to pry open and my helmet stays with my bike anyway. However, I'm thrilled that my Tigr lock mostly fits---my bike frame is too small to mount it, and it sticks perilously far out of most bags. In this bag, it sticks out a few inches but the zippers stay tight and keep it snug in transit, which is great.

    The bag is roomy enough to take for a four-day conference (and fit under an airplane seat), but not egregiously large. It's comfortable to walk with for a few miles too, especially with the back panels. It hasn't gotten a thorough soaking yet, but held up well in intermittent rain.

    The canvas seems to be a bit of a fuzz magnet--never thought I'd have to lint-roll a backpack--and I agree with a previous reviewer that making the bottom of the bag out of canvas was a bit of an odd choice, considering how much it gets scraped around. The blue was darker than the picture would lead you to believe, but still looks sharp. The loop to attach a blinky light is a nice bonus. I got the bag for half off; though I really, really like it, I'm not entirely sure I'd pay full price. That being said, it's a durable, versatile, well-sized bag.

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

    Comfortable and Convenient

    By active grad student

    From Minneapolis, MN

    About Me: Bargain Hunter, Practical, Stylish

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • School

      Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

      This is a very stylish and convenient bag. I am a 5'3" female and was worried it would overwhelm me or not be enough space but the load distribution is perfectly done so that I don't look like I am being eaten alive by my bag but it also holds everything I need as an active full-time grad student. I can fit my lunch, watch, coffee, gym shoes, laptop, ipad plus books, notes etc. I am not sure if you can see from the photos but the front packet extends the height of the bag and have zippers that allow it to expand--it is perfect for gym shoes/clothes or a helmet. Also I really hate when water bottle pockets poof out and get saggy but these ones fit a variety of size bottles and so far are holding their integrity when not in use. I also love hat it looks equally good totally full and completely empty--good structure.

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

      Absolutely love

      By Alexis

      From Boston, MA

      About Me: Practical, Stylish, Yoga Teacher

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting

        Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

        I live in Boston and use public transportation to get my office and then to the yoga studios where I teach so I need to be able to carry all of my clothing, food, and stuff for the whole day. I have bought at least 15 other bags trying to find one that will hold everything I need to be out of the house for 16 hours straight. This is the first bag that has kept me organized, dry when it rains and snows, and looking stylish while also keeping my back and shoulders healthy and relaxed. I love this bag and would buy it again and again!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        5.0

        Best bag I've owned

        By Dav

        From Sydney, Australia

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

            After decades of single strapping I wanted two straps to handle heavy loads on an aging back. I thought I'd alternate this with my current Seagull but since getting the Medio it is all I've used. Love it. I especially like how the extra stablising straps are removable/reversible. Recommended

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

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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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