Especial Raider Backpack

Style # 423-3-6053

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

$79

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97 Reviews

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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 97 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (61)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (91)
  • Comfortable (86)
  • Attractive (74)
  • Great features (60)
  • Roomy (49)

Cons

  • Not enough pockets (18)
  • Too small (5)
  • Poor quality (4)
  • Wears out quickly (3)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (75)
  • Cycling (74)
  • Travel (41)
  • Office (27)
  • School (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (60), Comfort-oriented (39), Career (33), Modern (31), Stylish (21)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (79), Business (15)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (87), Yes (7)

Reviewed by 97 customers

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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

      Verified Reviewer

      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

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Lightweight, but almost see through.

                By Bag Lady

                From Saratoga Springs, NY

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

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Comfortable
                • Lightweight
                • Spacious

                Cons

                • See Through

                Best Uses

                • Cycling
                • Gym Bag

                Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

                Was going to use it for an overnight trip to NYC, but the see through (translucent) makes it not practical as people can view contents of bag.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Awesome

                By TBenz

                From Chandler, AZ

                About Me: Comfort-Oriented, Modern

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Not Enough Pockets

                Best Uses

                • Books
                • Commuting
                • Computer
                • Cycling
                • School

                Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

                Best backpack around for commuting

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

                Excellent as a small travelling backpack or when cycling

                By Jetlagged

                From Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

                About Me: Modern

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Comfortable
                • Durable
                • Folds To Very Small Size
                • Lightweight
                • Roomy

                Cons

                • Key String Gets Caught

                Best Uses

                • Cycling
                • Travel

                Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

                I travel a lot and this goes everywhere I go as it rolls up into my suitcase taking up no space at all unlike these large stiff backpacks. Very handy when going out to explore and you just want to bring water, a map and a camera. When cycling it is comfortable and has room for what I need. The only thing I don't like is the key chain which gets caught in the zip for the upper pocket all the time. Also, I wish Timbuck2 would advise how much weight I can safely put into this bag. I bring a large camera and lens with me and although it appears very well made and strong I do wonder if I am pushing the boundaries on what is safe to carry.

                • 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.

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