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Especial Raider Backpack

A small, super light pack for cycling with the essentials.

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Organization

Dual internal shoe pocket to quarantine your cleats

Top zip pocket for securely stashing keys, mobile phone and wallet

Fit

Airmesh ventilated back panel

Clever Extras

Designed in collaboration with our friends at Mission Cycling Club

Internal back panel duals as a folding board for keeping your office duds in shape

Internal hook for easy hanging from towel racks, doors, etc.

Machine washable; remove plastic folding board before washing

Reflective hits

Super-reflective bottom panel keeps you seen in low light

Materials

Lightweight ripstop nylon fabric

Origin

Imported

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What's this all about?

Now an official winner of the International Design Excellence Award!
We earned a Silver Award in the Personal Accessories category from the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). Designed in collaboration with San Francisco's Mission Cycling Club, the Raider Pack frees you to get in a pre-work ride without weighing you down.
Weighing less than a pound, the Raider Pack was named after Mission Cycling's morning "raids" up to the to the top of the Marin Headlands before work. Cooked up over a post-ride breakfast at a San Francisco neighborhood café, Timbuk2 and Mission Cycling were sweaty, tired, and sick of carrying their street clothes in bulky backpacks built for hiking. Understanding the need for a small, lightweight commuter pack that could hold the day's essentials without slowing down the pre-work ride, this pack was born.

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OS 9.4 24.0 10.2 26.0 18.1 46.0 4.7 12.0 0.8 0.4 1,098 18.0

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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 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.

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Reviews (40)

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Especial Raider Backpack
 
4.4

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (37)
  • Attractive (33)
  • Comfortable (33)
  • Great features (22)
  • Roomy (15)

Cons

  • Not enough pockets (8)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (33)
  • Cycling (30)
  • Travel (14)
  • Office (9)
  • School (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (24), Modern (13), Comfort-oriented (12), Career (10), Stylish (10)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (30), Business (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (33), Yes (4)

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4.0

The especial is everything I expected

By Qby

From San Pedro, CA

About Me: Modern

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Not Enough Pockets

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • Cycling
  • Overnight bag

Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

The only thing I would change is the direction the zipper opens at the top. It's designed more for a lefty if you need your keys in a pinch. Or at least have to do its for both uses. Overall great bag

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

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best bag I had in 20 years

By Latinflyer

From Milpitas, Ca

About Me: Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical, Stylish

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Great Features
  • Lightweight
  • Roomy
  • Space Genius Design

Cons

  • Enough Literature

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • Cycling
  • Travel

Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

I could not find any information about side straps how to use or what is design for.
Good design for biking and travel.
Roomier than my two Camelbaks.
Light and resistant material.
Water proof bingo.

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

Great lightweight bag

By Bruce

From NYC Metro Area

About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Great Features
  • Lightweight
  • Roomy

Cons

  • Not Enough Pockets

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • Cycling
  • Family Day Trips

Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

I love how lightweight this bag is. Took it with the family into the city for the day and it was perfect for hat, gloves, etc. Could use a few more pockets for little things like wallet, keys, accessories, but the "shoe pockets" inside work as nice seperators, even if not using them for shoes.

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

Lightweight roomy take everywhere bckpak

By Wayne the Skater Lawyer

From New York, NY

About Me: Comfort-Oriented, Stylish

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Roomy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Cycling
    • Travel

    Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

    The backpack is extremely light, yet roomy. Often, when its empty or only has a couple of things, I actually don't even feel like I'm carrying anything.

    I have the red version, and it looks hot. I got it on sale, and would buy again and again, even at full price.

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

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    a little on the small side and flimsy

    By cycling to work

    From Atlanta, GA

    About Me: Career, Practical

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    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Comfortable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor Quality
    • Too Small

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Cycling

    Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

    I used this backpack to cycle in to work daily. Great for summer months when its not so cold. Great lightweight design. My cold months clothes won't fit in it though, too small. Also after using for a few weeks the chest strap came off. I sent it in to be repaired and after not hearing back or getting my bag back for weeks I called to find out Timbuk2 had lost my bag. They were very apologetic and sent a replacement but all of this took 2 months! WAY too long and I was not compensated in any way, not to mention I had to pay $10 for shipping. UGH. Hindsight I would've repaired locally. Great lightweight bag but a little flimsy at the same time.

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

    Fits so much more than I expected!

    By cancinc

    From Tucson, AZ

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    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Comfortable
    • Great Features
    • Lightweight
    • Roomy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Cycling
      • Travel

      Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

      I've used this bag for 2 weeks now everyday for my cycling commute and as my carry on for a weeklong business trip to Europe. I was concerned when I originally saw the size online, but since receiving and putting it to use it is the perfect size for me everyday. I can fit my lunch, clothes, laptop, toiletries, and a pair of work shoes inside and make it to work.

      As a carry-on, it fit my laptop, kindle, notebooks, power converter, down jacket (stuffed inside its pocket), water bottle, and coffee mug. All this with room to spare.

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

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      I wanted to love this bag

      By NYC Commuter

      From Bergen County, NJ

      About Me: Practical

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight
      • Reflective
      • Roomy

      Cons

      • Not Sweat Proof
      • Poor Material

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Cycling

      Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

      I commute to work on my road bike from northern New Jersey into Manhattan, two to three times per week. The commute is 53 miles round trip, and I do it year around. I was looking for a backpack that was optimized for bike commuting when the Raider came out. I immediately knew I wanted it and pulled the trigger when the grey and blue version was released. I wanted to love this bag so much. It's super light, and has a ton of room to fit clothes, shoes, a computer, etc. The board to fold a shirt is awesome, and the shoe compartments work well, although I wish they were bigger so my shoes didn't touch my clothes. Not a big deal though.

      Unfortunately there is one very fatal flaw. It's hot and humid in NYC during the summer, and commuting typically works up a big sweat. The perspiration from my back penetrates the bag, and my clothes get wet with sweat. The first time it happened the shirt in my bag was soaked. The material on the back of the bag needs to be stronger & waterproof. I have other bags with beefier maternal on the back and sweat is not a problem. To solve this issue on the Raider, I now have my bag lined with a plastic grocery store bag, which keeps everything dry. An annoying solution.

      Using more waterproof material on the back and bottom, and possibly adding another zipping pocket inside the bag, would make the Raider the perfect cycling commuter bag.

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

      Awesome bag!

      By geni

      From Colorado

      About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Comfortable
      • Great Features
      • Great fit
      • Lightweight
      • Perfect size

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Books
        • Commuting
        • Computer
        • Cycling
        • Office
        • Travel

        Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

        I have been waiting to buy a backpack, this was so comfortable, perfect fit and great design! Love that it is light weight, bottle holders on sides, hook and moveable straps.

        Bought one for my sister as a gift too.

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

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Simple and utilitarian

        By Kate the Bike Tour Guide

        From Pennsylvania

        About Me: Modern, Practical

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Great Features
        • Lightweight
        • Roomy

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Cycling
          • Travel

          Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

          great, lightweight design. No more than you need, no less. Multifunctional. Good for water bottles, clothes, shoes, etc.

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Can't go wrong with this pack

          By Dan

          From Los Angeles

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Comfortable
          • Lightweight
          • Roomy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Computer
            • Cycling

            Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

            I use this product everyday when I commute to work on my bike, as well as for quick day or short weekend trips. I typically will have my laptop, my charger, my wireless mouse, and a spare change of clothes for the gym in this bag. I've also carried a large book and some food (in a large tupperware) in this pack with all of the above still in it. Everytime you think it might be full, it turns out you can stuff some more in.

            I also love the shoe pockets, which can be used to store shoes or can be used as great internal organizers. The best part is that if you don't use them, they don't take up any additional space.

            The one thing I haven't used is the dress shirt compartment and folding board because I don't have to wear a button down at work, so I can't comment on that. The bag seems very durable but I've only been using it for about a month and a half now. A friend has had this same bag for 9 months (it also sees daily use) and he has yet to have anything break, so I'm confident in its durability.

            Overall, I would recommend to anyone.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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