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.

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 Tres Cycling Backpack
 
4.4

(based on 70 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Roomy (58)
  • Comfortable (53)
  • Durable (52)
  • Attractive (51)
  • Great features (45)

Cons

  • Not enough pockets (10)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)
  • Wears out quickly (3)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (50)
  • Cycling (46)
  • School (46)
  • Travel (41)
  • Computer (34)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (46), Comfort-oriented (25), Career (24), Stylish (24), Modern (19)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (51), Business (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (55), Yes (8)

Reviewed by 70 customers

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Poor materials quality, warranty, and customer service

By Sean

From Seattle, WA

About Me: Practical

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Great Features
  • Roomy

Cons

  • Poor customer service
  • Poor Quality
  • Wears Out Quickly

Best Uses

    Comments about Especial Tres Cycling Backpack:

    This is a great bag, but reliability and customer service issues prevent me from recommending it.

    The good
    This is a roomy bag, but it also cinches down in size when you don't need the full capacity. It features a large main pocket (with laptop sleeve), a front pocket with organizers, a small front pocket, and a document pocket, so it's easy to keep your items organized. In months of commuting in Seattle rain, it kept my stuff dry and secure. It's also incredibly comfortable to wear.

    I switched to this bag from a messenger bag, since a backpack was clearly going to be better for my shoulders and back. I love how messenger bags open up to make it easy to get things in and out and to find items inside. I ordered this bag in blue, and the combination of the large opening, organizing pockets, and red interior fabric made it easy to find and access items so that I didn't miss my messenger bag that much.

    The bad
    After just about six months, the mesh on the back of the bag wore away in parts (see photo) -- this damage was small but spreading. I contacted Timbuk2 for repair. I was originally (after a two week delay) told that this kind of damage is not covered by warranty. I appealed and they agreed (after another two weeks) to cover it. I sent the bag in for repair only to learn after six weeks that they could not complete the repair and were sending the damaged bag back. This is despite sending in photos of the damage with the initial warranty request.

    It's surprising that Timbuk2 was both (a) reluctant to stand behind their product and (b) unable to accurately assess whether they can repair it. In this case, it meant weeks of using an old bag while waiting for repairs, only to get a damaged bag back.

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

    Super high-quality and durability

    By Roy Cohutta

    From Albany, Georgia

    About Me: Practical

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Great Features
    • Roomy

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting

      Comments about Especial Tres Cycling Backpack:

      I usually open the roll-top of the pack when I reach my destination and put my helmet on top, as shown in photo. This highly water-proof pack is made to withstand decades of abuse. Has lots of organization and a cavernous main compartment, yet still fits in the lockers at the gym and the pool. My vintage Surly 1x1 with fat 26" tires in the background.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      3.0

      This bag is not a day to day go to bag

      By Regular Joe

      From Maryland

      About Me: Adventure, Career, Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

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      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Comfortable
      • Durable

      Cons

      • it takes your whole arm to reach to the bottom
      • Unbuckling and unrolling the top is not fun.

      Best Uses

      • Adventures in the rain

      Comments about Especial Tres Cycling Backpack:

      By the time you unbuckle and unroll the top it takes your whole arm to reach the bottom. It does not lend its self well to being organized. It's my bad I read similar reviews and thought I was not going to be a big deal. If you adventure in the rain a lot this bag might be a good fit. I have bought three timbuk2 bags and loved them and have my eye on the new Armory, hopefully that is a better fit.

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

      High Quality very functional product

      By IMOK

      From Vancouver, WA

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

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Computer
        • Cycling
        • Office
        • Travel

        Comments about Especial Tres Cycling Backpack:

        Awesome Cycling - commuter pack

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

        I love this bag!!!

        By Brandon

        From Honolulu, HI

        About Me: Career

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Roomy

        Cons

        • Not Enough Pockets

        Best Uses

        • Commuting

        Comments about Especial Tres Cycling Backpack:

        Great bag fo commuting to and from work......

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

        Life Changing Backpack

        By Mike the Engineer

        From San Francisco, CA

        About Me: Career

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting
          • Travel

          Comments about Especial Tres Cycling Backpack:

          I use this backpack every day. It's 5 miles each way to work, and this thing holds my laptop, work clothes, gym clothes, two pairs of shoes, and lunch! Coming from a former North Face backpack user, this bag is so roomy and comfortable that I'll never go back.

          It's been a notoriously rainy season in SF and this bag never fails to keep all my goods dry. Has a nice side quick-access pocket for my phone+keys during my rides. Semi-spacious front pocket fits my laptop charger and accessories like wallet, sunglasses, and pens/pencils.

          10/10 would recommend for the average bike commuter.

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

          Great commuter bag for being away from home all day.

          By Jimmy

          From Washington DC

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

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Waterproof

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Busmetro
            • Commuting
            • Cycling
            • Gym
            • Office
            • Shopping

            Comments about Especial Tres Cycling Backpack:

            I wish there was a velcro band on both side pockets.
            I wish the from pocket zipped down since its difficult to access when the bag is full
            I love how light it is.
            i love the style
            overall great bag

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

            Great Backpack for City Biking

            By Mingo the Climber

            From Salt Lake City

            About Me: Career, Practical

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Books
              • Commuting
              • Computer
              • Cycling
              • School

              Comments about Especial Tres Cycling Backpack:

              I love this backpack. It's well-constructed and feels good on my back when riding. Unlike most messenger bags, it stays put even when I'm struggling to get up steep hills. The backpack is roomy and I can fit pretty much all of my winter gear with room left over.

              The only complaint I would have is that the organizer in the front pocket is pretty useless. There's not enough sections for my taste and items regularly slip out of their place and end up in a jumble inside the pocket.

              However, this gripe is not enough for me to take even a star off my rating. It's a great backpack. Highly recommended.

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

              Everything and More

              By Marcaso

              From Walnut Creek, CA

              About Me: Cyclist, Hiker, Musician

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Books
                • Clothing
                • Commuting
                • Cycling
                • Grocery Shopping

                Comments about Especial Tres Cycling Backpack:

                I have been riding in some very heavy rainfall lately in the sf bay area and this bag holds up great against the weather. I've been under heavy rain fall for 2 hours on a ride and my personal belongings were kept completely safe and dry.
                At first I thought the roll top would be a bit of a hassle, but you shortly get used to it and the side access is being put to great use as well.
                I wish the rain would slide off the bag a bit more, when I come inside after a rainy outing, I usually always have to wipe off rain drops with a rag, or else the drops will stay on bag for a long time.

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

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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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