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Especial Tres Cycling Backpack

Style # 437-3-2001

A high volume weatherproof roll-top pack for serious cyclists.

$209

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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.

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Especial Tres Cycling Backpack
 
4.4

(based on 61 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Roomy (51)
  • Comfortable (45)
  • Attractive (44)
  • Durable (44)
  • Great features (39)

Cons

  • Not enough pockets (9)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (43)
  • School (43)
  • Cycling (42)
  • Travel (39)
  • Computer (32)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (40), Comfort-oriented (22), Stylish (22), Career (18), Modern (18)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (44), Business (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (46), Yes (8)

Reviewed by 61 customers

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5.0

sleek, chic and functional!

By Ariel

From Cambridge, MA

About Me: Modern

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Great Features
  • Roomy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Cycling
    • Travel

    Comments about Especial Tres Cycling Backpack:

    I bike everywhere and have a lot of different outfit changes/shoes I need. This bag fits everything and keeps me organized. I love it.

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

    good bag slightly heavy

    By Professor

    From dallas, tx

    About Me: Practical

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Roomy

    Cons

    • Too Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Especial Tres Cycling Backpack:

    I like the amount of space in this bag, I asked for it as a gift primarily to carry art supplies back and forth to class. It is heavier than I expeced, but it is extremely sturdy. I have not had to test the rain proof quality yet, but its still early in the season.
    It holds my computer or tablet securely. There are small pockets on the front that are very difficult to get into. The opening should have a gusset on the siides so that the pockets are more accessible when the pack is full. I really like that the inside is a light blue color (on the black pack) it makes it easier to see what is in the depths of the bag when it is packed for travel. It easily held everything i needed including a coat. and extra shoes for a week of travel, the roll top is great and can be sinched down tight to make it smaller for underseat storage on a plane or easy fit in the overhead.
    Overall it is a good bag for someone who likes to have a hands free means of carrying a large load, I will test it for carrying art supplies this week as classes begin. If it is not suitable for daily carry, I will definately use it for painting en plein aire. The overall height will help with rolled paper and other tall art supplies or tools; and my art bins will easily fit inside. My only concern is the weight when I get it packed. I recommend this bag for someone who is strong enough to carry it daily or anyone who wants an all in one travel backpack with plenty of room.

     
    2.0

    Sadly this bag is a huge disappointment.

    By Ran the mechanical eng son of a cycler.

    From Israel.

    About Me: Career, Eng Student, Hardcore Cyclist, Modern, Practical, Stylish

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Roomy

    Cons

    • Internal Space Wasted
    • Not Enough Pockets
    • Pockets Do Not Hold Shape
    • Side Pockets Unusable

    Best Uses

    • Computer
    • Cycling
    • School
    • Travel

    Comments about Especial Tres Cycling Backpack:

    Simply uncomfortable in all ways imaginable.

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

    Spacious & Sturdy

    By Hitomi

    From Kuala Lumpur, MY

    About Me: Practical, Travel Savvy

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Great Features
    • Roomy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Cycling
      • Travel

      Comments about Especial Tres Cycling Backpack:

      I ordered this mainly for cycling/touring purpose.
      However, I did use this during my travel in Perth: carrying mainly Nikon D90 with Nikon 24-70mm lenses, powerbank, purse, passport and phone.

      I like the side pocket at the back section, providing secured storage for my mobile phone, yet easy to access when I need it.

      I like the roomy main compartment that can more than comfortably fit my DSLR and long lens. I have yet to fit my laptop in along with my DSLR but I think it would be quite tight considering the bulkiness of DSLR will make the other compartments less accessible.

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

      The backpack I was looking for

      By SrNaranja

      From San Francisco

      About Me: Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Great Features
      • Roomy
      • Strong

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Cycling
        • Travel

        Comments about Especial Tres Cycling Backpack:

        Needed a backpack for cycling and traveling. This one gives me enough room for basically anything (laptop included) and it is waterproof, so no need to worry about the weather.
        The prize made me hesitate, but found a good black Friday offer and I do not regret it at all!

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

        Awesome...Just Awesome

        By Austinious

        From Las Vegas

        About Me: Practical

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Large
        • Lightweight
        • Roomy
        • Water Proof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Keeping Items Dry
          • Travel

          Comments about Especial Tres Cycling Backpack:

          This bag is just the size I was looking for. I am a huge fan of Timbuk2, and as a result have several bags of theirs. This one is large and awesome to carry everything you need on a short trip or if you have to pack things around.

          First "Roll-Top" bag I have had, and so far am a fan.

          I bought it because I have been traveling for work, and with some tools I need to bring along with all of my clothes, I needed something large. This lets me have everything I need all in 1 bag and still has quick access to my computer when I have to pull it out for work or at the airport for security.

          The ONLY gripe I have is the front pocket is flat, making it sometimes hard to get into without unzipping the side all of the way.

          Love the bag.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Precision Waterproof Comfort

          By Cordura connoisseur

          From San Diego, Ca

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

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Can't Have 2 Many Pockets
          • Not Enough Pockets

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Especial Tres Cycling Backpack:

          I use the Especial Tres everyday, loaded with tons of food, laptop, books, files, and peripherals. I average carrying 20lbs. or more.
          My first impression was the quality and strength of the shoulder strap anchors. I wore it four hours the first day, and I was impressed with how comfortable the straps were. The straps are wide, cushy and breathable. The first couple days I was a little sore, but it was a good sore, from being able to load more weight than I was used to.
          Whoever designed the back panel is a genius and deserves a raise. I literally feel a breeze on my back! The chest strap, when fully loaded, balances the load perfect. I haven't used the waist strap yet, even when I run stairs. Thinking about removing it, but it hasn't been in the way. I love how all the straps can be secured for a clean look.
          I love the quality of the waterproof zippers.I've been rained on twice. It's life altering if what I carry gets wet. No worries, not a drop inside.
          I frequently use the side access zipper, so the nature of the roll top hasn't bothered me.
          I carry a 32oz. Nalgene, or a 32oz. protein shaker everywhere I go on in the side pocket. I use a carabiner to secure it because the pockets are shallow. Problem solved.
          The bottle opener was a nice thought, but it dug into my right arm. So it "fell" off.
          I work downtown, and it's been nice to get compliments on it. I've gone to events and conventions and I noticed more than a couple people checking it out.
          I'm very happy with this bag. It punches above it's weight. And it can't be beat at this price point. This is my first Timbuk2 bag, but it won't be my last.

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

          This is an amazing bag

          By Bike Commuter

          From Carrboro, NC

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Great Features
          • Roomy

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting

            Comments about Especial Tres Cycling Backpack:

            Every weekday, I commute by bike 20 miles each way with this on my back, so I wear this bag almost 2 hours each day. It does the job perfectly. It is completely waterproof, but the design makes sure it is also functional once I get to work.
            I primarily access my stuff through a side opening into the main compartment. This feature is very handy as it allows the top rolling portion of the bag to remain sealed. It allows access directly into the center of the main compartment, so I can get to things quickly. The bag is surprisingly big when it is fully expanded, but you can tighten it down to a normal sized backpack. Each strap comes with a wrap the means you can expand or contract the bag without having straps dangling everywhere. The materials seem to be of high quality and the bag has clearly been thoughtfully designed.
            There is a dedicated laptop section that keeps your computer perfectly positioned for maximum protection. It does not allow your computer to drop to the bottom of the bag, and it holds it directly against the pads in the back that rest on your back.
            There are plenty of other pockets of various sizes that range from completely exposed to full sealed.
            I am completely satisfied with this bag. I wish Timbuk2 made more of the products I use because a product as well conceived and executed as this bag speaks to the quality of the entire company.

             
            5.0

            Perfect for my daughter

            By Jen

            From Columbia, TN

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Lightweight
            • Plenty Of Room For Gear
            • Roomy

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Commuting
              • Cycling

              Comments about Especial Tres Cycling Backpack:

              My daughter is in the police academy in Portland, Oregon and wanted it to for all her gear so that she can bicycle to work. She's so pleased with it!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
               
              5.0

              Where have you been all my life?

              By Meg on the Water

              From Coastal British Columbia

              About Me: Lady Boss, Practical, Stylish

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Comfortable
              • Durable
              • Great Features
              • Pockets
              • Roomy
              • Waterproof

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Boating
                • Travel
                • Winter Commuting

                Comments about Especial Tres Cycling Backpack:

                I commute to work in a small open boat, on the North Coast of British Columbia, Canada. This pack fits what I need for my day, keeps everything dry(hallelujah!), and easy to find (unlike most dry bags that are a black-hole, single-compartment). This pack expands to allow big wool sweaters to be squished in, carries my laptop, lunch, coffee fuel and is very comfortable to wear.
                Wish I had this pack years ago!

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

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                Organization

                Dual side stretch pockets fit water bottles or U-lock

                Features a waterproof rolltop plus swing around side access to the main body of the bag

                Internal organizer for pens, phones, and other small stuff

                Fit

                Backbender flexible cooling panel for superior ventilation and comfort

                Backpack straps feature high density foam with cooling mesh for ventilation

                Comfort backpack straps with hydration or headphone routing, a reflective hit and detachable sternum strap

                Clever Extras

                Do it in a downpour; will keep the contents of your bag dry for several hours in the rain - Internal drop liner with waterproof seam tape construction

                External compression straps for cinching or expanding

                Front panel unzips to expand volume for carting extra bulk

                Reflective hits

                Vista loop for attaching blinky bike lights

                Water resistant, PU coated zippers

                Materials

                Durable Cordura nylon fabric

                Origin

                Imported

                Laptop/Tablet

                Internal slip pocket fits up to a 15" MacBook

                What's this all about?

                An update to the original, the new Tres Backpack has an improved fit and greater visibility for safe, comfortable riding. The Tres offers serious expansion options in its roll-top closure and gusseted front pocket for big-haul days, and its super cushioned, ventilated backpack straps and backbender panel feel good on your back and shoulders and keep you cool. The internal waterproof drop liner keeps water out, and a backbender flexible cooling panel feels good on your back and keeps you cool. Hits of reflective paneling keep you visible on late night rides, and an improved taper design enables clear over-the-shoulder visibility. Carry as much as you can, the Tres is ready.

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