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Hudson Laptop Briefcase

A handsome briefcase for shuttling your MacBook and iPad on office visits and upgrades.

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  • Cognac - Felted Poly
  • Stone - Waxed Canvas
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What are the features?

Organization

Internal organizer for pens, phones, and other small stuff

Fit

Removable shoulder strap enables you to wear it like messenger or briefcase

TSA-compliant laptop access; send your bag through security without removing your devices

Clever Extras

Grab handle for easy lifting

Luggage pass through for attaching to your wheelie companion

Materials

Genuine leather binding and trim

Premium liner fabric with a soft surface finish

Waxed 14oz canvas body is water resistant and looks better with age

Origin

Imported

Laptop/Tablet

Laptop compartment fits up to 15" MacBook Pro as well as an iPad in a separate pocket

What's this all about?

Built with the business traveler in mind, the Hudson Briefcase dresses up or down with ease and is designed to carry and protect both your MacBook and iPad. Rugged waxed canvas, heavy duty zippers, and leather trims are tough as nails and get better with age, so you can feel good about being hard on the Hudson. Use the removable shoulder strap for an easy airport carry or go old school and carry it in-hand for an all-business entry.

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OS 15.7 40.0 12.2 31.0 3.5 9.0 2.2 1.0 488 8.0

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Warranty Repair

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 claim here and say hello to your Timbuk2 product for us.

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Hudson Laptop Briefcase
 
4.4

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (35)
  • Well built / quality (29)
  • Adequate capacity (22)
  • Lightweight (20)
  • Well organized inside (20)

Cons

  • Inadequate capacity (5)
  • Poor internal layout (3)

Best Uses

  • Daily commuting (26)
  • Travel (23)
  • Staying organized (19)
  • Important documents (16)
  • School (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Classic dresser (15), Trendy/stylish dresser (10), Casual dresser (7), Comfort-oriented (3), Practical (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (30), Personal (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (29), Yes (6)

Reviewed by 38 customers

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4.0

Very stylish, highly functional, limited

By CT1982

From Cambridge, MA

About Me: Casual Dresser

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Quality Construction
  • Secure Design
  • Well Organized Inside

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Inadequate Capacity

Best Uses

  • Daily Commuting
  • Important Documents

Comments about Hudson Laptop Briefcase:

Great bag for professional use where a traditional timbuk2 messenger just won't cut it any more. One of the most attractive bags in the leather/canvas briefcase genre with the quality and durability timbuk2' is famous for. That said, the capacity and carrying comfort is a definite step down from a messenger bag or backpack. Plus my original hudson bled leather dye all over my clothes. Timbuk2 was great in sending me a new bag right away .

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

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Misses the mark in many key areas.

By Greg

From Atlanta, GA

About Me: Classic Dresser

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Adequate Capacity
  • Attractive Design
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Bad Pocket Design
  • Front Snaps Difficult
  • Inadequate Capacity
  • Needs More Leather Trim
  • Poor Internal Layout
  • Rough Clunky Zippers

Best Uses

  • Daily Commuting
  • Traveling

Comments about Hudson Laptop Briefcase:

I needed a bag to carry my 13" MacBook Pro retina (very thin) and iPad. I wanted something that looked nicer than my backpack and could be carried like a messenger bag. Overall, this is a nice bag for the basics but there are a number of things that could have been done better:

1. There's no pen pocket in the front flap pocket. Everything is just loose. Annoyingly unorganized. There's a long strap for keys that just gets in the way and tangled up.

2. The front flap has two snaps. Strong magnets or even Velcro would have been easier and more secure (already dumped it once thinking the snaps were snapped)

3. The pen pockets in the zip area are deep and too narrow. Easy to loose them down there and hard to get out with big fingers like mine.

4. The pockets are too small for the smallest of portable hard drive and there's no front area for ids or business cards.

5. The zippers seem heavy-duty but feel a bit rough.

6. Additional leather trim would have made it look better than the canvas. Still nicer looking than the standard black nylon bags.

Overall, it's an ok bag but doesn't live up to my expectations. Not totally disappointed but certainly not wowed.

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

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

exceptional bag, some compromises

By Greg

From Denver

About Me: Trendy/Stylish Dresser

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Quality Construction
  • Secure Design
  • Style

Cons

  • Needs 2 More Pockets
  • Not-quite-enough Capacity

Best Uses

  • Daily Commuting

Comments about Hudson Laptop Briefcase:

Overview:
This is a fantastic laptop briefcase. It has some trade-offs that are useful to be aware of, but if you decide that these are OK for you, you'll be happy with your purchase.

Use:
I'm an MBA student and entrepreneur. I use this bag to transport my laptop and other essentials between my city apartment, campus, and meetings. Most of these events occur within 5 miles of each other and I bike to all of the above most of the summer, but end up driving for the cooler 3/4 of the year. On biking days where I don't need my computer or if I ONLY need my computer, I'll use a Timbuk2 messenger bag. Otherwise, I'll use my Hudson. This means that I'll use it by bike and by car.

By bike, the Hudson isn't all that great, but it's better than using a non-laptop messenger bag. The Hudson obviously isn't made for biking and I accepted that this was not the intended use of the bag, but if you need to throw it over your shoulder and hop on your bike for a few miles, it will get the job done. My biggest issue with using this bag on the bike is that the metal snap on the back of the bag (for attaching to the handle of your luggage) is located exactly in the center. When I sling this bag over my shoulder and lean forward on my bike, this snap rests directly on my spine. You'll need to offset the bag to the left or right a bit to make it comfortable, so it's just a bit out of balance. Also of note on the bike, if you want to take the strap off when you arrive to go briefcase style, there isn't a good spot for it. This is one of the two needed pockets that just isn't there.

By car, this thing is great. The leather handles are incredibly supple on the hands and very comfortable. The design of the bag is classy. The slim profile hurts the capacity a bit, but you really get the style benefit here. The bag is decidedly more briefcase than duffle bag and isn't clumsy. Easy for getting in and out of cars and crowded elevators.

Pockets:
Pockets, let's talk about that for a second. The Hudson has three main pockets. The first is zippered all the way around (which rocks) and holds your laptop, charger power brick, and iPad. That pocket is nearly perfect in its entirety. I will note that if you're laptop is 15 inches AND pretty thick, this bag just may not be big enough for you. With a slim 15" laptop, this compartment is perfect. The second compartment is the main compartment. The zipper goes completely around the top 1/3 or so of the bag. This compartment isn't as big as you would like. It fits a textbook and a notepad. It will take a bit more in a pinch and I sometimes stuff a raincoat in, but any additions of this nature make the bag look overstuffed. There are also 4 pockets on the wall of this compartment and a zippered pocket as well. Those are all great, but I need one more. I keep an umbrella, pens, pencils, and reserve a pocket for sunglasses here. The zippered pocket takes my phone, wallet, and earbuds. This leaves me without a critical pocket for my computer mouse, something that seems like a significant oversight for a laptop bag. The mouse fits in the wall pockets, but then the umbrella or my sunglasses are left to the abuses of the main compartment. That's the other pocket that I need, one for the mouse. The third main compartment is a snap closure pocket on the front of the bag. I fill this pocket with keys (with key clip lanyard), a pack of gum, a mid sized bike "U" lock, and bike lights. No complaints there, that pocket is great

Materials:
Everything on the Hudson is made from very high quality materials. The leather is incredibly soft and supple. The waxed canvas is durable and the liner material is soft. This bag gets a very refined feel from the materials used. I have been on my bike for 2 unexpected "soakers" and though the exterior of the bag seemed wetted-out, the contents of the bag remained dry. The riveted attachment points for the handles and straps seem bomb-proof and I don't anticipate any failures in the material in the near future. The snaps can be a little tricky to close on the go, but with a bit of practice, you'll develop a technique and this probably won't be a long term issue for you. There have been a lot of negative comments in the reviews about the zippers, which I would like to debunk. The zippers on this bag are fantastic. They are stout metal zippers and take a little time to break in before they achieve a buttery operation, but they get better with time and use. I have used this bag hard for about 6 months now and I think that others who reviewed them as "sharp" or "edgy" feeling just haven't used them enough yet.

Overall, this bag achieves near perfection for what I believe to be its intended use. It is made to be a high quality, classy bag for business applications. It is highly functional and can even be slung over your shoulder for people on the go. It's not a gym locker and it won't take much along that isn't business related, but it will do it in style. It's missing 2 pockets, but you'll be very happy with its performance.

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

High class, tough Timbuk2 construction

By Bob in SF

From Berkeley, CA

About Me: Casual Dresser

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Adequate Capacity
  • Attractive Design
  • Lightweight
  • Quality Construction
  • Secure Design
  • Well Organized Inside

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Commuting
    • Important Documents
    • Traveling

    Comments about Hudson Laptop Briefcase:

    I own three Timbuk2 back packs and two messengers, and they are all tough as nails. The oldest one has carried heavy loads for close to a decade, and not a sign of wear. So, when I saw this bag with what I think is a very cool, professional design, I knew it would be perfect for work commuting. And it is! The design of the compartments (separate, custom sized and padded for a MacBook Pro 15" or smaller and large or small iPad, plus separate compartments for all your other stuff, plus, lots of pockets and zippered enclosure for all the little things... So well thought out. As long as I don't need to carry something BIG, I've always found this thing organized, secure, and really good protective padding.

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

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Love it, but to small!!

    By pete the professional

    From Madison, WI

    About Me: Classic Dresser

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Quality Construction
    • Secure Design
    • Well Organized Inside

    Cons

    • Inadequate Capacity

    Best Uses

    • Daily Commuting
    • Important Documents

    Comments about Hudson Laptop Briefcase:

    I had a classic messenger bag for almost 7 years. When I finally upgraded to a more professional looking bag I was excited with the distilled collection briefcase. I like everything about it but the capacity. The main compartment needs to be 2-3 inches wider to accommodate all my stuff. Other than that I'm really enjoying it.

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

    Great bag

    By Me

    From NC

    About Me: Classic Dresser

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Adequate Capacity
    • Attractive Design
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Construction
    • Well Organized Inside

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Daily Commuting
      • Staying Organized
      • Traveling

      Comments about Hudson Laptop Briefcase:

      This is my first briefcase style bag and I did a lot of research, and this definitely meets my expectations and advertisement. It fits well with business attire as well as casual attire, and it was thoughtfully designed. All aspects of the bag are useful and the TSA approved computer compartment works as advertised. I have not had any problems with the TSA at several different airports. The main compartment could be slightly bigger for air travel to accommodate the usual business stuff plus headphones and a bottle of water--not a complaint, just a suggestion.

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

      Professional & Well Crafted Briefcase

      By Brian the Business Traveler

      From Phoenix, AZ

      About Me: Classic Dresser

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adequate Capacity
      • Attractive Design
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Construction
      • Secure Design
      • Well Organized Inside

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Staying Organized
        • Traveling

        Comments about Hudson Laptop Briefcase:

        My wife introduced me to the Timbuk2 brand recently and recommended I purchase a briefcase from the company to replace my very tired looking bag. I travel extensively for work and the first trip with my new Hudson Briefcase was going to be a test - two weeks on the road - Phoenix to Prague to London to Philadelphia and home to Phoenix. It passed with flying colors!

        Size was perfect to fit under the plane seat ahead of me. It maintained it's comfort in carrying, no matter how many items I added. I really like the front pocket with snap cover. Great for accessories that are in need of easy reach. Internal pockets are the perfect size, and really like the zipper pocket for my wallet, passport, and everyday travel items. First section provides just enough space for a notebook, a few folders, and your electronic accessories. Second section fits perfectly my laptop and tablet. Handles are very sturdy and the shoulder strap fits nicely. As other reviews have mentioned, the zippers are rather tough, but it is welcomed quality, in hopes the zippers manage the wear and tear.

        I had my previous briefcase for almost 10 years and my expectations is the Hudson Briefcase will last well beyond that. Well done Timbuk2!

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

        Loved it! and so did they...

        By bob d.

        From Santa Monica, CA

        About Me: Trendy/Stylish Dresser

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adequate Capacity
        • Attractive Design
        • Light Rugged Good Looks
        • Lightweight
        • Quality Construction

        Cons

        • Odd Balancing When Full

        Best Uses

        • Daily Commuting
        • Traveling

        Comments about Hudson Laptop Briefcase:

        Had the bag for about two weeks. Was really getting to like it a lot... Apparently so did the thieves who broke into my house. It's the only thing they grabbed. Well, they took my bike too but that wasn't in the bag ; )

        Great Quality, and I really like how it looks. If I had any complaints it's that when it is full with a laptop in it the balance is not centered. So if you strap it on your shoulder there's really only one direction it has to be. It's a quirk for sure but not a deal breaker for me.

        Initially I was concerned about how much stuff would fit comfortably in here. If you are also curious about this, I happen to have handy the insurance list of everything that it was carrying. Luckily My computer, phone and iPad were not in the bag, but they did fit in just fine with everything else.

        Go Pro Camera in case
        Prescription Oakley Sun Glasses
        Jot Script Stylus
        Leatherman Surge Multitool
        iPad Camera Kit
        Apple Ear buds
        Sennhieser headphones
        SD Card
        Apple Laptop Power Supply
        USB Hub
        Jewelers Screw driver kits
        SPL Meter - Trusty Realistic Sound Pressure Level Meter : (
        Tascam iMic
        Pen Flashlight
        Ethernet Cable
        USB Cable
        iPad Cable
        Magazine
        Toothbrush + Case
        Toothpaste
        Floss
        Sudafed
        Excedrin
        Ibuprofen
        Ear Plugs
        Note Pad (with 3 months worth of notes and history I wish I had back)
        My good Pen / Stylus (that I miss very much)

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

        Hudson Laptop Briefcase = Awesome

        By Gwaite

        From Columbus, OH

        About Me: Classic Dresser

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adequate Capacity
        • Airport Travel Ready
        • Attractive Design
        • Lightweight
        • Quality Construction
        • Stylish
        • Tsatravel Friendly

        Cons

        • Inadequate Capacity

        Best Uses

        • Daily Commuting
        • Traveling

        Comments about Hudson Laptop Briefcase:

        I bought this laptop bag as an update to my old messenger bag. the big selling points were: look/style, handles, TSA friendly, and Timbuk2 quality. I have used it for over 3 months and love the bag. it has a good amount of storage space and organization.

        My only two complaint would be another internal pocket/divider for organization. I added a Grid-it to help hold all my travel cables. And then the front pocket is not deep, so it it doesn't hold much, especially if the bag is already loaded up.

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

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great bag, stylish look

        By Will

        From Atlanta, GA

        About Me: Trendy/Stylish Dresser

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adequate Capacity
        • Attractive Design
        • Quality Construction
        • Well Organized Inside

        Cons

        • Rough Zipper

        Best Uses

        • Daily Commuting
        • Important Documents
        • Staying Organized
        • Traveling

        Comments about Hudson Laptop Briefcase:

        I upgrade from classic Messenger bag (the TSA compliant one) because I travel a lot and I got to the point in my career where I was dressing to a point where the classic messenger no longer fit with my clothing. I needed to look professional in a business environment and the Hudson Briefcase completed that look for me.

        The bag is laid out very well. I took me minutes to figure out a system that works for me and I'm very happy with the amount of stuff it fits in a organized manner.

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

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