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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 84 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (78)
  • Comfortable (73)
  • Attractive (67)
  • Great features (51)
  • Roomy (40)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Commuting (68)
  • Cycling (63)
  • Travel (36)
  • Office (23)
  • School (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (54), Comfort-oriented (34), Career (30), Modern (26), Stylish (18)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (68), Business (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (74), Yes (7)

Reviewed by 84 customers

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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
     
    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
       
      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

        (2 of 2 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

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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.