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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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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 76 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lots of pockets and features (61)
  • Stylish (61)
  • Weather proof (58)
  • Comfortable strap (50)
  • Good protection (49)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Commuting (67)
  • Travel (43)
  • School (32)
  • Heavy duty protection (20)
  • Light protection (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (60), Stylish (39), Budget shopper (23), High-end shopper (16)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (53), Business (20)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (66), Yes (7)

Reviewed by 76 customers

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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
         
        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
           
          4.0

          Super durable and bigger than expected!

          By Lars the laptopper

          From San Jose, CA

          About Me: Practical

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Heavy Duty Protection
            • Travel

            Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

            Overall I'm really happy with this setup, only two minor gripes:

            1. Main compartment zippers should go length of pack for easier access and loading
            2. Straps and zippers are kind of loud when walking, a lot of stuff swinging around!

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

            Especial is especial

            By Kristin

            From Philadelphia

            About Me: Active, Practical

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Almost Fits Work And Gym
            • Comfortable Strap
            • Lots Of Pockets And Features
            • Rugged
            • Weatherproof

            Cons

            • Not Good For Quietsetting
            • Too Much Velcro

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Travel

            Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

            The Velcro is really loud- I wish there were more zippers instead! All else is pretty good- seems like a sturdy product!!!

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

            Cool backpack but needs help on padding

            By COLady

            From Denver, CO

            About Me: Bargain Hunter, Stylish

            Pros

            • Good Protection
            • Lots Of Pockets And Features
            • Stylish
            • Water Proof

            Cons

            • Insufficient Padding
            • Uncomfortable Strap

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Travel

            Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

            I recently purchased this pack for my 15 miles ( about 50 minute) each-way bike commute to work. I typically pack my laptop, extra charger, snacks and a change of clothes for when I get to work. I am 5ft 9 inches, about 135 pounds, female. Most of the path I ride is sidewalk style with a good amount of bumps and climbing.
            So, I love all the storage this pack offers and it fits a TON of stuff. BUT, the straps are painful, and there is not nearly enough padding on the back panel. I actually had bruising on my spine after 1 day worth of commuting. I tried cinching the straps up high, making them more relaxed- nothing worked and the pack was uncomfortable and downright painful for most of the commute. I am a strong woman, and a pretty average size and I felt like even on a man my size the back panel design of this pack would be lacking the appropriate fit. I'll need to continue my search for a more comfortable pack now.

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

            Especial is Especially Comfortable

            By Lemond

            From Columbus, OH

            About Me: Practical

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting
              • Light Protection
              • School
              • Travel

              Comments about Especial Medio Cycling Laptop Backpack:

              I used this to commute to work. Holds shoes, and my dress clothes without a problem and has space to spare. The laptop sleeve is a good size. Lots of helpful pockets and compartments, I especially like the expandable back pocket to put a jacket or helmet when not in use. Have not used in the rain yet, but seems to be water proof. Has enough room for my soap, deodorant, etc to shower at work. Very comfortable to use on my bicycle for a 7-ish mile commute.

              The only change I would make is a zipper instead of the velcro closure for the 1 outside pocket.

              • 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.