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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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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 (54)

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Especial Raider Backpack
 
4.4

(based on 54 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (51)
  • Attractive (46)
  • Comfortable (46)
  • Great features (33)
  • Roomy (24)

Cons

  • Not enough pockets (11)
  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (45)
  • Cycling (43)
  • Travel (23)
  • Office (15)
  • School (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (35), Comfort-oriented (21), Career (16), Modern (15), Stylish (14)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (41), Business (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (47), Yes (4)

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5.0

Perfect for the essentials.

By tyler

From Minneapolis

About Me: Commuter

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Cycling
    • Office
    • School

    Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

    I've been doing longer, harder rides to and from work and while I love the Chrome bag I've got, it was really bulkier and heavier than needed for these speedy rides, especially in warmer and dryer weather. The Especial Raider has been perfect. It easily fits a change of clothes, a sketchbook, lunch, and various odds and ends. I have not had any issues with the chest straps popping off and find it to be light and comfortable. I also love that it's washable. The clothes folding board and pocket is a stroke of genius. Would definitely recommend and/or buy again.

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

    Slim, lightweight and well thought out

    By Coelho

    From Lisbon, Portugal

    About Me: Comfort-Oriented

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Comfortable
    • Lightweight
    • Slim

    Cons

    • Keys In Cellphone Pocket

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Computer
    • Cycling
    • Travel

    Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

    Product is exactly as shown on the site and it doesn't disappoint. It fits the bill perfectly as a lightweight commuter cyclist's daily bag that easily carries my 12" Macbook and my change of clothes, plus the usual knick-knacks.
    Only (very minor) gripe is that, in order to carry my cell in the top pocket, I have to carry my keys in the outside pockets, or they'll scratch the phone. Perhaps a divider or a cellphone sleeve inside the top pocket? Or move the key fob to one of the outside pockets. Still, it's nothing important. Great bag.

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

    New favorite pack

    By Chris

    From Saint Louis

    About Me: Career, Practical

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Great Features
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Cycling
      • Travel

      Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

      If you're going on a bicycle tour of the Himalayas, this bag is exactly what you need. It's so advanced, it would probably tell you, "hey, you're crazy, who tries to ride the Himalayas." If you want a great pack for a bike commute to work and occasional business travel, this is what you want. Great features include the compartments, pockets, hanger-- and all in a modest size bag to keep you from over packing.

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

      Its a wonderful backpack now that its watersealed bag.

      By marco

      From NYC

      About Me: Comfort-Oriented, Practical

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight
      • Roomy

      Cons

      • Poor Quality

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

      If your'e cycling and it starts to rain thr bag will get wet. I had to buy a fabric waterproof spay and now the bag is the best bag ever!

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

      Solid pack for exactly what it was designed to do

      By Sean

      From San Diego, CA

      About Me: Practical

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Bike Light Clip
      • Comfortable
      • Great Features
      • Lightweight
      • Reflective Bottom

      Cons

      • Keychain Clip Bit Cheap

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Cycling
      • Office
      • School
      • Travel

      Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

      I bike commute 30 plus miles round trip several times a week and wanted a pack that was going to be comfortable, lightweight, did not shift on my back while riding, and just flat out did it's job. This pack definitely fits the bill. I love the design of the bag and the placement of the pockets, which makes it very easy to balance the weight when you load the bag. I love the reflective bottom and the bike light clip positioned perfectly for how a bag sits on a cyclists back while riding. The bag is made out of a material that I would describe as a tent rain fly material, which gives it the desirable lightweight quality, but I would imagine that the water resistance suffers. I am in Southern California, so I do not get the opportunity to test how the pack performs in the rain, but if I did I would probably buy the pack cover Timbuk2 offers. In the end, if you want a bag that teaches you to pare down to only carrying your essentials when bike commuting, this pack will not disappoint. If you want a bag for carrying everything, I would look at one of Timbuk2's other products.

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

      Love this bag!

      By Chris

      From NJ

      About Me: Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Great Features
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Cycling

        Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

        I like the way this bag conforms to your body. It's compact and gives you enough space for your shoes, extra clothing, and small items. It looks delicate, but it's actually quite durable.

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

        Extry! Extry! Read all about it!

        By Rambo Flower Child

        From Orange County, Ca

        About Me: Comfort-Oriented, Practical, Stylish

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Cycling
          • Travel

          Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

          Raise your hand. Pat yourself on the back. Your backpack. That is how awesome it is. This design is so simple. All I need is a pack that I can carry my work clothes, a pair of shoes, and some knick knacks. Boom. Done. If I tried to carry all of this in my other pack I was using, you can be sure it's like my cousin Joe after Thanksgiving: so stuffed you could barely move it. I don't need 30 pockets for my laptop, satellite dish, or pole vaulting equipment. I don't need a pack capable of smuggling jet skis. The reflective panel on the bottom is awesome, considering I ride really early in the morning. Just wish it had a dedicated spot for your bike lock. The pockets on the sides can definitely carry it, but the weight of the lock should be in the middle. Minor problem. However, this pack is on track. The right track. Thanks.

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect small backpack

          By Mark M

          From Nyc

          About Me: Practical

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Cycling
            • Extra Layers
            • Workout Gear

            Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

            I decided to strip down the weight I was carrying every day to just the essentials - usually workout clothes and an iPad. This is perfect for that but big enough on those days when I need to bring more

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

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great all-around bag, but not perfect.

            By Ashley

            From Oakland, CA

            About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting
              • Cycling
              • Office
              • Travel

              Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

              I use this as my primary bag for bicycle commuting, personal daily use, and traveling. It's a great all-around bag. After deciding to purchase after a lot of research, while the positives outweigh the negatives for now, my search for the perfect bag may not be over. Being fairly new to bicycle commuting in San Francisco (1 year so far) I have changed through four different bike bag setups so far that haven't been ideal. I have a very conservative office and like to keep my clothes very neat and this bag's garment board is great for that. But although this is the best bag I've had so far, there are two things that I wish were different:

              1) The marketing videos for this bag advertised that it had a moisture-wicking back, which was a pretty nice thing to note. Although appealing and a factor in my decision to purchase, I didn't think that it would be initially important as I am not a heavy perspirer at all. After a few months of use it is very apparent that the bag use itself really does NOT live up to the claim of a moisture wicking back. This problem occurs so much that I have experienced "bacne" for the first time in my life. Sorry for the TMI, but it is really not pretty.

              2) The hook is not an exciting feature. Most locker rooms and showers have hooks anyways, and the top loop can go over almost anywhere the hook can. The rubber hook cap always falls off, and the bare hook has poked a hole in more than one of my knit sweaters. I've since taped over the bare hook, but it is a small detail that should really be made more durable.

              For travelling, I'm a pretty minimal packer, so this bag also turned out to be the perfect size and held up great for both a one-week stay in the Costa Rican jungle, and a recent 4-day urban adventure in Portland. I'm small (5' 3''/100 lbs)
              so the option of adding a hip strap would be a cool added feature for those with smaller frames.

              Overall, I may end up replacing this bag with a different daily commute bag because of the failure to stand up to the claim of a moisture wicking mesh back. Maybe if Timbuk2 does an Especial Raider 2.0 I'd be interested in testing out a redesign. I'll definitely keep this bag as a urban-stylish, comfy, and light weekender.

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

              Great backpack for the work week

              By Steph the Active Commuter

              From New York, NY

              About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented, Multisport, On the go, Practical, Stylish

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Outside Hooksattachments

              Best Uses

              • Commuting
              • Cycling
              • Gym During Or After Work
              • Travel

              Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

              I use this to carry my gym clothes, towel, toiletries, and shoes to work. I also use for softball with my cleats and glove and some snacks. This bag is really great and sleek and stainpeoof. The other day, something spilled in my bag and all I needed was some paper towels to wipe it out and it was as good as new. I am very petite so I usually have issues with unisex backpacks fitting my frame but this one fits very well with a lot of support. With all the pockets to put my keys and wallet and water bottle in, I never have to carry stuff in my hands. I can't say enough good things about this bag.

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

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