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Shift Pannier Messenger

A laptop pannier that magically converts to a messenger.

Starting at $129.00 $129.00 $129.00
Shift Pannier Messenger Front
Selected Color Black/Black/Black - Ballistic Nylon
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  • bike
  • laptop
  • weatherproof
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What are the features?

Organization

Front zip pocket for small bits

Fit

Converts from a bike panniermessenger bag to a pannier

Fast clip pannier attachment for easy on and off bike

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

Clever Extras

Pannier panel zips away when not in use

Rain fly for soggy days lives in its own dedicated pocket

Reflective hits

Vista loop for attaching blinky bike lights

Materials

TPU liner for easy cleaning and keeping the elements out

Origin

Imported

Laptop/Tablet

Internal stretch pocket fits up to a 15" MacBook

What's this all about?

Why choose between a messenger and a pannier when you can have it all in one? Clip it onto your bike to ride and then take it off and clip on the shoulder strap when it's time to hoof it on foot. The pannier hardware tucks away in a dedicated pocket, so its alter ego will never be discovered; plus, it comes with its own rain cover for those stormy Mondays.

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External Dimensions

Size Top Width Bottom Width Height Depth Weight Volume
in cm in cm in cm in cm lb kg cu in L
OS 16.1 41.0 12.2 31.0 11.0 28.0 5.5 14.0 2.2 1.0 671 11.0

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  in cm in cm
OS 15.0 38.0 10.2 26.0 No. Your device will not fit.

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Lifetime Warranty

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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.

Please note that we also have a handful of non-Timbuk2 manufactured products, such as Blue Bottle, all apparel, and Joey Charging Kits, included on the website. While we love these products and think they’re awesome, they’re not covered under our lifetime warranty.

Reviews (19)

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Shift Pannier Messenger
 
4.0

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • High quality (12)
  • Good strap length (10)
  • Attractive (8)
  • Comfortable  (7)
  • Durable  (6)

Cons

  • Not enough compartments (6)
  • Heavy / bulky  (3)
  • Too small (3)

Best Uses

  • Commuting (19)
  • Office (14)
  • Cycling (12)
  • Computer (7)
  • School (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (13), Career (12), Modern (9), Comfort-oriented (7), Stylish (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18)

Reviewed by 19 customers

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3.0

+ Easy to attach & - Velcro scratches

By JeanneBeau

From Walnut Creek

About Me: Career, Woman Professional

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable 
  • Easy To Attach
  • Fits Computer Lunch

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky 
  • Not enough compartments
  • Not Feminine
  • Velcro Damages Clothes

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • Cycling

Comments about Shift Pannier Messenger:

I commute daily on bicycle with computer, lunch, changes of clothes (including heels!). Can fit all inside. Downsides 1) no outside pockets/water bottle; 2) scratchy part of velcro faces out, damaging several pairs of pants

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
3.0

A Mixed Bag

By Justin P

From San Mateo, CA

About Me: Practical, Stylish

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • High Quality

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky 
  • Too small
  • Uncomfortable 

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • Computer

Comments about Shift Pannier Messenger:

The good:
+ Build quality seems great
+ Looks good
+ versatile

The bad:
- Fairly small; I can fit a laptop, shirt and jeans, but need to take a 2nd backpack for shoes
- The included strap is uncomfortable
- Bag tends to hang parallel to the ground rather than to your body. I think it's due to the weight of the mounting hardware at the top of the bag.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

Happy I bought it!

By CMELO

From Boston, MA

About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Comfortable 

Cons

  • Not enough compartments
  • Too small

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • Computer
  • Cycling
  • Office
  • School

Comments about Shift Pannier Messenger:

I was reluctant to buy this bag because 1. the price tag 2. I thought it would be too small for me. However, I've been using it for about a month and it's great. On busy days I go to the gym, then work, then school (in that order). The bag IS small but I've been able to fit my laptop, a change of clothes, extra shoes, and a lunch on a good day. However, I do often find myself having to make choices about what to take and leave behind. I keep larger panniers both at work and home for when I need more room, but so far only used it once.

things I love:
-no sweaty back! Switching from backpack to this has changed everything.
-It can go seamlessly go from bike to work to school and no one has to know you biked there.
- the outer pocket that fits my bike lock.

things I would change:
- I would love an outer compartment and a water bottle compartment. One of my maing gripes is having to unbuckle the whole bag to fish out my bike lock keys. I will point out though that you can stick items in the flap though.
-the hardware is ok once you get used to it. The bottom hook doesn't seem super sturdy. However, I often don't use the hook and don't tighten the top hooks and it stays on just fine.
-it's slightly heavy, but not too bad. It's surprisingly comfortable once you zip up and hide the hardware.

Overall, I'm very pleased. I hope if/when they upgrade this bag they add a little more room!! Otherwise, it's pretty awesome and worth the money if appearance and comfort are your priorities.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

good size, very functional

By Rhythmtony

From Atlanta, GA

About Me: Modern, Practical

Pros

  • Comfortable 
  • Durable 
  • Roomy 

Cons

  • Not enough compartments
  • Rather Tedious Rack Clip
  • Straps Need Adjusting
  • VELCRO

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • Office
  • School

Comments about Shift Pannier Messenger:

Solid product. Velcro is a personal annoyance (hate the sound). Rack clip takes a little time to put on and take off rack (you have to tighten the center clip to make it secure). Straps are barely long enough for me (6'1") and need constant adjusting when putting on (straps stay in place once on).

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
4.0

Perfect for laptop and work clothes

By Chris

From Indianapolis, IN

About Me: Career

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Durable 
  • High Quality

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky 
  • Not enough compartments
  • Too small

Best Uses

  • Commuting
  • Computer
  • Cycling
  • Office

Comments about Shift Pannier Messenger:

I bought this bag for bike commuting about 40 miles round trip. My laptop and clothes for the office (plus a few small extras) fit perfectly in the bag. It is made of heavy duty materials, which is good, but makes it relatively heavy when combined with the hooks for the bike rack. The weight is not an issue once it's on the bike but is noticeable when walking with it. Also, a little more room and an extra compartment or two would be nice. Overall, I am very happy with it so far.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Practical and Stylish

By Agent Orange

From SF Bay Area

About Me: Practical, Stylish

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable 
  • Good Strap Length
  • High Quality

Cons

  • A Little To Small

Best Uses

  • Airplane travel 
  • Commuting
  • Computer
  • Cycling
  • Office
  • School

Comments about Shift Pannier Messenger:

Great bag. Good for versatile use, both on bike and shoulder.

The clips I am used to are a bit smaller, but the actually covered up pretty well when using it as a shoulder bag.

Both size and color options would be great, would love to make a more playful choice.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
5.0

Versatile companion!!

By Lil Goat

From Chicago, IL

About Me: Outdoorsy, Practical

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable 
  • High Quality
  • Lightweight 

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Cycling
    • Office

    Comments about Shift Pannier Messenger:

    I like that you can take this on and off the bike with ease, and then hide the hardware on the back of the bag so that it doesn't look like a pannier. Pretty ingenious.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great idea, poor attention to detail

    By Chicago Moonscape

    From Chicago, IL

    About Me: Career, Modern, Practical

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Good Strap Length
    • Lightweight 
    • Roomy 

    Cons

    • Not enough compartments
    • Uncomfortable 
    • Wears quickly

    Best Uses

    • Airplane travel 
    • Commuting
    • Cycling
    • Office
    • School

    Comments about Shift Pannier Messenger:

    I received this as a Christmas gift from someone who knows my propensity for fast bike commuting. It's a fantastic idea, as anyone who has had to live through the sweat patch on the back in summer can attest. So far it's held up reasonably well to the moonscape that is Chicago streets, it's light, it holds my computer and a some of other essentials very securely, it's almost totally weatherproof, and though smaller than other messenger bags, it's not so small as to be a problem.

    So why the mediocre review? Well, I'm not happy with the build quality. My current bag is actually my second; I had to return the first because the retaining hook at the bottom of the bag broke. This allowed the bag to bounce on the rack, which, considering that it contains my computer, is not acceptable. Upon closer inspection the lower retaining mechanism was very cheaply built of unreliable plastic. Timbuk2 really should build that mechanism of the same material as the top hooks (with which I have no complaints).
    With the new bag, my problem is the computer pocket. It's a standard setup: computer pocket with elastic band and velcro fastener to hold everything in place. Within three weeks of purchase, however, the velcro patch on the computer pocket began to pull off; the stitching had broken. That's the sort of problem that gets worse over time, and it should not be acceptable on a $130 bag.
    The last problem is the padding. Timbuk2 has a flap that fastens over the pannier attachment system on the back, but this flap is not padded. Result: the pannier attachment system digs into your back when off the bike, and that can be moderately uncomfortable or very uncomfortable, depending on how much stuff you have in there.

    Overall, I have mixed feelings on this bag. I love the idea, and I credit Timbuk2 for having it. However, I am not satisfied with the details. If Timbuk2 can address the issues I've listed, though, I would have absolutely no hesitations about recommending this bag to anyone.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    Satchel pannier

    By Kerrie

    From Albany Western Australia

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

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Comfortable 
    • Durable 
    • Good Strap Length
    • High Quality
    • Lightweight 
    • Roomy 

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Cycling
      • Day Trips
      • Office

      Comments about Shift Pannier Messenger:

      I use it to cycle to and from work, it is a perfect size fits all I need and great compartments for my tablet phone lunch etc. I think it looks great, professional, neat and high quality and I like that you can zip up the attachment section. Great that a waterproof cover is included
      Maybe a bigger selection of colours, otherwise brilliant

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Bag, Great Service

      By Randy Cycles to Work

      From Los Angeles

      About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive
      • High Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Computer
        • Cycling
        • Office

        Comments about Shift Pannier Messenger:

        Evidence that I love Timbuk2 products: I own 4 of their bags. But the customer service really blew me away. I can't believe how helpful people have been and how extensive their efforts to assist me. I highly recommend Timbuk2 for their bags and service, and hold them up as an example for how businesses can be thoughtfully and ethically managed. Major kudos.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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