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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 and contact warranty@timbuk2.com.

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 (62)

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Especial Raider Backpack
 
4.5

(based on 62 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (58)
  • Comfortable (54)
  • Attractive (53)
  • Great features (38)
  • Roomy (30)

Cons

  • Not enough pockets (13)
  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (53)
  • Cycling (50)
  • Travel (29)
  • Office (20)
  • School (17)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (41), Comfort-oriented (24), Career (21), Modern (20), Stylish (16)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (47), Business (13)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (55), Yes (4)

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5.0

Bought for commuting but also great for travel

By Que Si

From Boulder, CO

About Me: Career, Classic, Practical

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Not Enough Pockets

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • Cycling
  • Office
  • Travel

Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

Bought this for bicycle commuting, it is fantastic for that. Lightweight, keeps shoes separated, holds everything you need for the office but the sleekness doesn't tempt you to overpack. Took on a flight for a 3 day trip, put 3 dress shirts and shorts, socks, undies, book, cellphone, chargers, snacks, water and notebook inside with no problem. I was going minimalist but there always seemed to be room for one more thing. It makes you focus on taking just what you need but always seems to have room for one more item... Great, versatile pack.

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

It Survived the Inca Trail in Peru and Then Some

By A Fashionable and Practical Hiker/Biker

From Los Angeles, CA

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

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Cycling
    • Travel

    Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

    I purchased this specifically as a day pack for hiking the Inca Trail in Peru and couldn't have made a better choice. I used the back pocket to hold a 72 fl. oz Camelbak (Omega HydroTanium Replacement Reservoir) and just zipped up around the tube and that worked perfectly without the zippers unzipping during the hike. (I'm sure I could have easily cut a hole for the tube but I didn't want to damage the backpack.)

    I love that this backpack is compact yet still roomy enough for holding daily essentials for a day hike (there were incredible porters who lugged the rest of us tourists's stuff—major props to them!) like an extra sweater, sunblock, snacks, first aid kit, etc., and not to mention the water. The interior and exterior side pockets were ideal for smaller items and made it so convenient to reach around and grab small items, keep them organized and from getting lost in the rest of the bag.

    The airy mesh back was also a godsend during long stretches, and the nylon protected my belongings fairly well in light drizzle. The hook was perfect for hanging the bag in less-than-dry situations and public restrooms with dirty floors.

    I now regularly bring this bag with me on light to long hikes, bike rides, doggie adventures, etc.

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

    Best Everyday Pack!

    By Gomes

    From San Francisco, CA

    About Me: Classic, Modern, Practical

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Cycling
      • Office

      Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

      I love my raider backpack. I carry it everyday to go to work, super lightweight, perfect for my everyday bike commute and it has enough space for everything I need. Mine is white, I was worried about the color, but it keeps you visible when cycling. Great Pack!

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

      (Almost) Perfect lightweight commuter bag

      By WhitInChi

      From Chicago, IL

      About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight
      • USEFUL

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Cycling
        • Office
        • Travel

        Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

        After borrowing my husband's Raider Pack, I finally got my own when it went on sale. I got the white so that it would be clearly different from his black/red one (and so that things in black cases don't get "lost" in the bag) and it was the cheapest. I can tell that it is going to be hard to keep clean. I would love this bag in a more variety of colors.

        The hook in the bag is perfect for hanging it up in a locker room (or storing it in a closet!). The only change I would make would be to move the key fob string to the main part of the bag so that you can keep a phone/wallet in the small pocket without it getting scratched by keys.

        Otherwise, it is a great bag to carry clothes, bike lock and shoes on the work commute. Or Tri gear down to the lake for an open water swim.

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

        Especial Raider Backpack

        By Maria

        From Berkeley

        About Me: Career, Modern, Practical

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Books
          • Commuting
          • Cycling
          • Office
          • School
          • Travel

          Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

          Best bag for any occasion!

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

          Awesome

          By A Guy Who Like Bags!

          From Spoka-Vegas, Washington

          About Me: Practical

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Comfortable
          • Durable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Travel

            Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

            Awesome it is light, large to carry my items needed, and stylish. It is hold up to rides in hot weather of Vegas, and Utah. I love it.

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

            Great BackPack

            By E-man

            From Los Angeles

            About Me: Career, Good Looking, Modern, Stylish

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Comfortable
            • Lightweight
            • Roomy

            Cons

            • Could Rip Easily
            • Not Enough Pockets

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Cycling
            • Office

            Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

            In a nutshell the Raider Especial Backpack is awesome, I took the recommendation of a Timbuk2 rep vs another timbuk2 backpack and I'm glad I listened.. The bag is roomier than I thought and I don't feel the weight on my shoulders. On a personal note I would have liked an inside pocket inside the out zipper pouch. Just to separate my wallet/cards and not have it look so bulky with small article in one pocket. Great job Timbuk2

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

            Love mine!!!

            By PixieMethod- Artist & Gamer on the Go!

            From Cherry Hill, NJ

            About Me: Artist On The Go, Career, Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Books
              • Commuting
              • Computer
              • Cycling
              • Everyday bag
              • School
              • Travel

              Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

              I loooooove my raider backpack. SO LIGHT TO CARRY! I bring this EVERYWHERE I go. I'm not a handbag type of girl, I love my backpacks and this one is totally my style and it's comfy to wear and not bulky either. I carry my 15" MacBook, sketch book, water bottle, snacks, sunglasses, wallet, pencils, etc. this bag has some serious room. I'm totally using it for Florida. I also bought a waterproof spray to conceal since I carry my laptop most of the time. But I haven't sprayed it yet and it held up to the on and off showers her in NJ! Very impressive and pleased with.

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

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