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Especial Raider Backpack

Style # 423-3-6053

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

$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 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.

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Especial Raider Backpack
 
4.5

(based on 73 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (68)
  • Comfortable (63)
  • Attractive (61)
  • Great features (44)
  • Roomy (36)

Cons

  • Not enough pockets (14)
  • Poor quality (3)
  • Too small (3)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (61)
  • Cycling (58)
  • Travel (33)
  • Office (22)
  • School (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (49), Comfort-oriented (29), Career (25), Modern (23), Stylish (18)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (57), Business (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (64), Yes (6)

Reviewed by 73 customers

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5.0

Good Bag!

By The Dude

From Houston, TX

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Great Features
  • Lightweight
  • Roomy

Cons

  • None yet

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • Cycling

Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

I use this bag as intended. If you are planning on commuting to work I would suggest this bag. The video sold me so you probably should watch that. I suck at reviewing things but the bag kicks butt.

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

Small size but excellent for practicality

By Robojim

From Beirut, Lebanon

About Me: Career, Modern

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Comfortable
  • Great Features
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Needs More Loops

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • Cycling

Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

I use it to carry a few things when I take my bike out. Notably, holds my helmet when I'm off the bike and the lock when I'm on the bike. Everything else is gravy.

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

In Use Every.Single.WorkDay

By Des PsychoCycle

From Singapore

About Me: Active, Athlete, Freelancer, Practical

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Roomy
  • Stretchy Side Pockets

Cons

  • Not 100 Waterproof
  • Small Pocket Spillage

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • Cycling
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Office
  • Travel

Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

I love that the Especial Raider isn't bulky to bike about carrying it, yet it fits so much more than you'd ever imagine just looking at it from the outside! I fit a laptop, iPad, work notebooks, pencilcase, gym gear, snacks, personal items, KeepCup and water bottle in there on a typical workday. (To be honest on the gym gear - just workout clothes and a towel - if I needed to bring towel and shower stuff and change of shoes, then I'd need a separate bag - but that's not a knock against the Raider.) The color is fab, and I love how stretchy the side pockets are so I can stuff lots of things in there.

I hardly use the clothes hook inside, although I think it's cool. It can get annoying because the hook tends to flip out a lot. Also, the soft material - which is great! - can also have its downsides of easily flopping over, especially when opening the front small pocket. I've had a few incidents of all my stuff in there tumbling out, but that's probably a non-issue for someone who's more careful about not fumbling.

The straps are ergonomic, comfortable and have great ventilation. I've not had the Raider out in a raging downpour yet, but I have experienced unappreciated dampness on stuff inside during drizzles and light rains. I wouldn't take this out on a rugged trip or excursion, but as a workbag, it's tops. The quality of its construction and materials all around is excellent.

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

Great backpack

By Noodles

From Philadelphia, PA

About Me: Comfort-Oriented, Practical

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Cycling

    Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

    After seeing my best friend's bag and liking it so much, he purchased one for me for a birthday gift. Love it.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    Excellent for travel

    By Siris061

    From ELP

    About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

      This was a gift for my husband. We're in Italy right now an this backpack has been with us in all small journeys. We pack the necessary, fits what we need and color amazing. I can find my husband whenever we go

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      4.0

      Great overall with one catch.

      By Jdub

      From Western Massachusetts

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Great Features
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Shoulder straps

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Cycling

      Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

      Overall I really like this bag. I use it for pre-work dawn patrol rides primarily. It is light and well laid out. My only complaint is that the shoulder straps are too close together where they meet the top of the bag. I had the same problem with my other timbuk2 backpack. I'm not a burly dude so I don't think that's it. Still would recommend this bag as it meets its intended use very well.

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

      Raider Backpack

      By Berik

      From Portage, WI

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

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Cycling

        Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

        Took this bag on a 200 mile bike trip. Was able to fit change of cloths, shoes, cold and rain gear ( in moderation ), Toilettries and other various thing. It is a good bag for the price. Was able to do everything I wanted it to.

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

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great product

        By Dani boy

        From Israel

        About Me: Career, Practical

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Comfortable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Too Small

        Best Uses

        • Travel

        Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

        Great

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

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        8 out of 10! Super lightweight and convenient

        By Rachel H.

        From New York, NY

        About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Great Features
        • Lightweight
        • Roomy

        Cons

        • Not Enough Pockets
        • Poorly Placed Pocket

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Cycling
        • School

        Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

        I use this bag every single day - biking to and from school/work, walking around town, traveling, etc.

        Things I love about it:

        - It's super small and lightweight. I'm a small person, and most bags are too bulky for me to carry around comfortably without feeling like the bag keeps getting in the way. This bag is the perfect size for me, and is so light that I never have to worry about weight being an issue.

        - The chest strap is super useful. When I put a LOT of things in this bag, the chest strap is super handy for keeping the weight balanced and steady while I'm cycling or walking around.

        - The inside pockets are awesome for keeping things separate inside the bag. I know other people use them for shoes, but I use it for putting a large wallet or a wet water bottle.

        - The inner clothes compartment is nice for keeping clean clothes separate from everything else! I rarely use the folding board because I find it takes too long to stuff it into the compartment with clothes on it, but it's a nice idea.

        Things that I think could be improved:

        - I think the outside top pocket could be a bit bigger, lower, and better structured. Right now it's a bit small and flimsy. Whenever I put my phone in there, and then open the main compartment, it always causes that part of the bag to flop over – meaning you always have to close the top pocket before you can open the main compartment. A small annoyance. It has led me to only use the top compartment for holding my ID and receipts.

        - The key strap thing in the outside top pocket is also kind of annoying in terms of placement. The pocket is really too small to keep both your keys and your phone and any wallet-like things. Kind of seems pointless.

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

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love it!!!

        By Melinda Sanchez

        From Riverdale, MD

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

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Books
          • Commuting
          • Computer
          • Office
          • School
          • Travel

          Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

          I am completely in love with this bag! I definitely recommend it to any and everybody! It's so lightweight and I love the fact that I can wash it!'n

          • 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.