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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 81 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (75)
  • Comfortable (70)
  • Attractive (66)
  • Great features (48)
  • Roomy (39)

Cons

  • Not enough pockets (16)
  • Too small (4)
  • Poor quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (66)
  • Cycling (63)
  • Travel (36)
  • Office (23)
  • School (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (53), Comfort-oriented (33), Career (28), Modern (26), Stylish (18)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (65), Business (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (71), Yes (7)

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(1 of 1 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
     
    5.0

    Lightweight. Comfortable. Just the right number of pockets.

    By Marty

    From New York City

    About Me: Comfort-Oriented

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Comfortable
    • Lightweight
    • Roomy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Cycling
      • Travel

      Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

      Light weight, comfortable.

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

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Excellent bag

      By New to timbuk2

      From Thailand

      About Me: Comfort-Oriented, Practical

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Travel

        Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

        Pros:
        1. Nice slim profile even on ladies. I'm 5 feet 6 inches in height.
        2. Doesn't swing around even at a slight jog
        3. Very lightweight with no messy bells and whistles
        4. I use this in a humid climate and it's comfortable to wear even after 45 minutes of walking outdoors.
        5. The internal side compartments let me separate my wallet from water bottle and provide a bit of organization.
        6. The outer side pockets are deep enough to be useful for tucking a pair of gloves or your phone.
        7. Overall high quality construction.
        8. A colour for everyone. I bought black so I can share it with my husband. There are funky colors if that's your style.

        Cons:
        1. The top zip pocket can't hold anything heavy or it collapses inward making for an awkward opening of the main compartment.
        2. It's material means you should really only carry soft and light items.

        This bag meets all of my daily needs and it can be used even on travels if you pack lightly for the day. This is a good-looking, functional sports bag that isn't very overpriced if you can get it on sale.

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

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        I really, really, really like this backpack.....

        By Paul from MN

        From Minneapolis, MN

        About Me: Career, Classic

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable Construction
        • Great Features
        • Super Lightweight

        Cons

        • Too Small

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Cycling
        • Travel

        Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

        I wanted to love this backpack, but I just really like it. I commute 16 miles 2 - 5 days a week, year round. I work in an office environment and I have locker and shower facilities, so that is a plus.I have tried many ways to carry my work cloths and essentials. I've had several backpacks, a couple cycling specific, a couple day packs and a couple different panniers and I just cant fine the perfect system. I read an article about this backpack and I was super excited to try it and I ordered it right away. It's almost perfect. Its very lightweight and comfortable. The built in folding board and the shoe pockets sounded exactly what I was hoping for. When it arrived, I was immediately concerned......it's pretty small. Although its designed by cyclist commuters for cycling commuters, they must all be very small who wear a polo shirt, flip flops and shorts to work. I can stuff a dress shirt, dress slacks and a tie and underwear along with my wallet, keys, phone but thats about it. Putting dress shoes in would be a pipe dream, its just not thick enough. All that being said, I have a locker at work where I keep my dress shoes and some sport coats so this pack is still workable. If you need to carry a suit or want to bring a sweater with, prepare for a mass of wrinkled work cloths and don't even think you can get a pair of shoes in this pack. I'm still happy with it, I can make it work in my situation and it will make a great day pack for hiking, BUT is is far from the commuters dream pack that it appears it could have been if it were an inch or two longer, wider and thicker. I would recommend this backpack, as long as you know what you are getting.

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

        Love this bag!

        By Kix

        From New Mexico

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Cycling

          Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

          This bag helps me get through hiking, snowboarding and cycling. It is spacious, tough and stylish. I'm glad I bought while it was on sale. I'm very happy with this product, Timbuk2 out out quality.

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

          Forget the traditional diaper bag - the Raider Bag is it!

          By Kenza Yapper

          From East Palo Alto

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

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Wears Out Quickly

          Best Uses

            Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

            I love how many pockets there is for moms and how light it is.

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

            Nice: Lightweight, durable.

            By Justin

            From Crozet, VA

            About Me: Modern, Practical

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Comfortable
            • Lightweight
            • Roomy

            Cons

            • Not Enough Pockets

            Best Uses

            • Cycling

            Comments about Especial Raider Backpack:

            Bought it for commuting to work carrying all my work clothes. Even in the winter it has enough room to carry everything. My commute is about 15 miles and is pretty hilly so I'm out of the saddle quite a bit. Even so, I find it to be really comfortable and not distracting. It doesn't bounce around too much, fits snuggly. I also like how bright it is. I like to be seen.

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

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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

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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.