Especial Raider Backpack

Style # 423-3-6053

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

$ 46.97 $ 79

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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.

Please note that we also have a handful of non-Timbuk2 manufactured products, such as Blue Bottle and New Balance shoes, included on the website. While we love these products and think they’re awesome, they’re not covered under our lifetime warranty.

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Especial Raider Backpack
 
4.5

(based on 100 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (94)
  • Comfortable (89)
  • Attractive (76)
  • Great features (62)
  • Roomy (51)

Cons

  • Not enough pockets (20)
  • Too small (6)
  • Poor quality (4)
  • Wears out quickly (3)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (77)
  • Cycling (77)
  • Travel (43)
  • Office (27)
  • School (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (63), Comfort-oriented (40), Career (35), Modern (33), Stylish (22)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (82), Business (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (90), Yes (7)

Reviewed by 100 customers

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3.0

Its ok

By vini manara

From Sao Paulo/Brasil

About Me: Modern, Practical

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Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Roomy

Cons

  • Not Enough Pockets
  • Too Small

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • Cycling
  • School

Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

Its a ok bag. really lightweight. Would be great if its have more pockets.

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

Great work-out/locker backpack!

By P in ATX

From Austin TX

About Me: Athletic, Career, Modern, Practical, Stylish

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Comfortable
  • Great Features
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Not Enough Pockets
  • Not for heavy loads

Best Uses

  • Cycling
  • Travel
  • Work out bag

Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

Great ultra lightweight bag, sits well on my 5'5" frame. Fits perfectly in a locker (has a hook for hanging) and I use it as my work out bag. Smart-looking, easy to clean. Internal shoe pockets are handy and work well for cycling cleats but are a bit snug for bigger shoes. Internal clothes organizer a bit snug unless you have just a few small items. I had to use a small organizing pouch for toiletries because it does not have another pocket inside but this way it works well. External pockets w elastic hold a water bottle and other items very well. Outside zipper pocket w lanyard holds all the little stuff: tissues, gum, membership card, small wallet.

It is a great locker bag, but I would not recommend it as a bike commuter bag while carrying a heavy load, it is too lightweight a construction to sit comfortably on your back packed with many pounds.

Very handsome looking in the all black version.

Would not pay full price for this bag but on sale it's a great buy!

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

I would buy it again and/or recommend.

By MaxKatt

From New York

About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Cycling
    • Travel

    Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

    Didn't actually purchase for cycle commuting. GF started drinking coffee. Needed new lightweight pack with 2 external sleeves for coffee thermoses. Boom! Has that, plus a pair of sleeves inside for cycling shoes, but which we sometimes use for bottles of water/juice. Also love the long red cord to secure keys, as well as the internal hook to hang the thing from a closet bar. Don't use the internal clothes folding thing, but darn...that's clever! I leave the plastic board in to provide a little rigid back and to protect computer/ipad.

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

    Perfect

    By John

    From Detroit, MI

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

        This is the perfect overnight bag. Despite its size, you can somehow magically fit an entire change of clothes including extra shoes, and still have room for other stuff.

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

        Best backpack ever!

        By 19run74

        From Manchester, NH

        About Me: Career, Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Gym Rat, Modern, Practical, Stylish

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Cycling
          • Gym
          • Office

          Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

          This bag is awesome. I am an elementary school teacher and I have a laptop messenger bag from Timbuk2- it's stylish and perfectly sized for my MacBook Pro and all of the teacher stuff I need to carry every day. I am so happy that I got myself the Especial Raider Backpack for all of my outside adventures too, mainly gym clothes and cycling. Can't say enough about how much I love Timbuk2 products- they are so worth the money.

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

          The Raider is by far the best backpack I've ever owned 10/10

          By Dean

          From Melbourne

          About Me: Career, 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:

            I use the pack everyday cycling to work.
            I do boxing afterwork most days so the two shoe pockets are just great for my trainers and the bag has a deceiving amount of room I'm able to fit my jeans, shirt and gym towel along with a bunch of other random things.
            The top pocket is where I store my phone,wallet and I use the fob for my bike lock key which has enough reach for this purpose.
            The stretch pockets are amazing as they are easily reached while cycling almost like your wearing a jersey, I sometimes even pop my phone in them if I need it while cycling.
            The bag is amazing just buy it.

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

            cool cycling backpack

            By Daniel the cycler

            From Tel Aviv, Isreal

            About Me: Practical

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Great Fit
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Cycling

              Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

              just put it on your bag and ride like the wind.

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

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Wouldn't buy it again

              By Traveling the world

              From Um, the world

              About Me: Traveler

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Easily Torn
              • Lack Of Structure
              • Not Enough Pockets
              • Poor Quality
              • Wears Out Quickly

              Best Uses

              • Office

              Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

              I bought two for a trip, one for me, one for my partner. Within five days, one of the bags got a rip in the front pocket, in the front, not a seam or a zipper. It's not like the bag was abused either! I was told the bag wouldn't be covered by the warranty. Se la vie, whatever. I won't buy anything from this company again. There are better travel bags out there.

              Also the front pockets are useless, too loose and small.

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

              Great pack!

              By Eli B

              From Brooklyn, NY

              About Me: Practical

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Commuting
                • Computer
                • Cycling
                • Office
                • Travel

                Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

                Use it to bike commute. Very comfortable!

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

                Impressed by the clever design

                By Lloyd the Belgian

                From Northumberland, UK

                About Me: Always On The Go, Practical

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Great Features
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Commuting
                  • Cycling
                  • Grocery Trips
                  • Hikingsnowshoeing
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

                  I have long wanted to try this pack but never pulled the trigger until a recent sale made it silly not too.

                  When I first received it I thought it maybe wouldn't suit my needs but I have been very impressed with the bag so far. I use it to haul groceries at the moment as cycling in the snow and ice is better balanced with a backpack than a messenger when hauling awkward items.

                  I've also used it on several 7 mile trail hikes, runs, and a snow shoeing trip. It's lightweight, very comfortable, and carries just what I need ably without a bunch of frill features.

                  I already own the rain cover so it's lack of water resistance isn't an issue for me. The rain cover is worth it's price, I use it on my messenger bag as well. Not so much for keeping the contents dry, but so not to have to dry the bag out while traveling or carrying a dripping wet bag into work when getting caught in heavy rains.

                  The bag is very lightweight, which is a feature I didn't really think I'd care as much about as I do. That's why it makes a great trail running/hiking pack. The water bottle / external access pockets are stretchy and secure, the shoe pockets inside also double as bottle carriers and organizers for food/snacks/etc allowing the main hold for jackets and sweaters while not having to have to dig for smaller items and snacks.

                  The helmet attachment is genius and I am impressed beyond words by the design of the bag.

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

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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

                  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.