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Especial Raider Backpack

Style # 423-3-6053

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

$49 $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 89 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (83)
  • Comfortable (78)
  • Attractive (69)
  • Great features (55)
  • Roomy (44)

Cons

  • Not enough pockets (17)
  • Too small (5)
  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (71)
  • Cycling (68)
  • Travel (38)
  • Office (24)
  • School (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (54), Comfort-oriented (36), Career (31), Modern (29), Stylish (18)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (73), Business (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (79), Yes (7)

Reviewed by 89 customers

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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
 
5.0

Very impressed

By Gale D.

From Washington, DC

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Great Features
  • Lightweight
  • Roomy
  • Smart Design

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Cycling
    • Office

    Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

    I own 5 Timbuk2 bags. I had been on the fence about this one, but having used it, I totally get it now.

    To me, a successful bag's hallmark is whether you find yourself adjusting yourself and habits around the bag, or whether the bag fits you. While I love my TB2 messengers, I've always had to make an adjustment or two to get them to work well for me- figuring out where to sit them on my back, how to pack my belonging into them comfortably, what to do with my u-lock, etc. The Raider however is definitely the latter.

    The clothes packing cube, designated shoe pockets, upper zip pocket, and deep exterior water bottle mesh pockets are well designed, and just as importantly, well executed (ie, not cheapo quality or cool concept sans functionality).

    It's a bag that does exactly what it says it will. It fit my change of clothes, shoes, work laptop (albeit, mine is tiny- check the fit guide to be sure for yours), toiletries, and some snacks. The top zip pocket was perfect for wallet, keys, and phone. It's lightweight, comfortable on the back, and has nice extras like helmet holding velcro loops and reflective hits on the bottom.

    If you want a commuting bag with these specs, look no further. If you want a workhorse, perhaps check out the Especial line or something more heavy duty. But again, bravo to TB2 on this one- a clever, no-frills commuter bag that delivers on its promises.

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

    Ultimate love of well designed backpack

    By Drmoto

    From West Hollywood

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Great Features
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Cycling

      Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

      I cycle to work 2X a week. The round trip distance is around 20 miles. I push myself to get a maximum workout hence shower at the gym and new change of clothes is needed. This is the exact backpack I was looking for. Comfortable, agile and stealth with logistical pockets of storage. I'm thinking about buying one more when and if they go on sale as I hate it if this design gets disconnected. As a point of reference, I had another backpack from another brand and I saw it falling apart so I switched and what a difference!

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

      Great pack!

      By Thomas C

      From Sydney Australia

      About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented, Modern

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Great Features
      • Lightweight
      • Roomy
      • Size

      Cons

      • Too Small

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Cycling
      • Travel

      Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

      In hindsight, I would have bought a larger pack but for the size and its use, long 40km commute to work (road cycling) its perfect. Wouldnt recommend overloading the pack.

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

      Love It!

      By Dani Bee

      From Orem, Utah

      About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Great Features
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting

        Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

        I bike to work every morning and the folding board and shoe pockets are awesome. I wear a women's size 9 and my shoes fit perfectly. I use this bag solely for my clothes and shoes for the day and use a Timbuk2 saddlebag for my bike locks and lunch.... so this bag is super light and easy to bike with. I have plenty of room to put my lunch and bike locks in the bag if I need to though!

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

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It's worth every dollar.

        By orion3cruz

        From Washington DC

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting

          Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

          I commute 10 miles daily by bike and love how I can fit everything I need for work into this comfortable little backpack. The only thing that would make it better is if it were waterproof. It's a bummer to have to switch between my waterproof backpack and this one when it's raining, although I will say the raider is impressively water resistant.

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

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great workout bag

          By CMU Prof

          From Pittsburgh, PA

          About Me: Career

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Great Features
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gym
            • Running

            Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

            I use this as a lightweight gym bag to hold my running gear. It's light, well-organized, and is easy to carry. Be aware that once you fill it, there is very little room. My only complaint is that the interior could use one pocket to hold stuff. Otherwise, it's almost perfect!

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

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Not bad

            By AlexDOJ

            From Washington, D.C.

            About Me: Career, Modern

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Neatly Carries Clothes

            Cons

            • Not Enough Pockets
            • Not Much Room
            • Not Waterproof

            Best Uses

            • Commuting
            • Office

            Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

            I use it to get to work and carry my business casual clothing. Unfortunately, I was caught in a rain storm on only my fourth commute, and the bag did not protect my iPhone , which is now ruined. Became a very expensive commute as a result..

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

            Sweet

            By Red Rocket

            From NJ

            About Me: Comfort-Oriented, Practical

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Comfortable
            • Great Features
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting
              • Cycling

              Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

              It is exactly what I was looking for cycling. Fits great and is comfortable.

              • 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.