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Ace Laptop Backpack Messenger Bag

A TSA friendly backpack that transforms into a messenger.

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Selected Color Carbon Full-Cycle Twill - Recycled Polyester Twill
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  • Black - Nylon
  • Carbon Full-Cycle Twill - Recycled Polyester Twill
  • Fatigue - Polyester Canvas

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What are the features?


Front zip pocket fits phone, passport, and wallet

Internal organizer for pens, phones, and other small stuff

Large main compartment for books, jacket, and other carry-on essentials


Converts from a backpack to a messenger with tucking straps and removable shoulder strap

TSA-friendly; grab your laptop without taking off your bag

Ventilated back panel to give your back breathing room

Clever Extras

Exterior webbing offers attachment for carabiners, or U-lock

Luggage pass through for attaching to your wheelie companion

On-strap bottle opener for party tricks and quick refreshment

Reinforced grab handles on all sides for and easy heave ho





Laptop compartment fits 15" MacBook plus iPad in separate pocket

Padded front pocket offers protection for iPad mini

What's this all about?

Built for a cooler than the average IT guy, the ACE solves for messenger and backpack at the same time. Respect. Backpack straps easily untuck for 17" plus extra batteries days, but on iPad only days, it carries naturally as a messenger. Its TSA-friendly design allows easy access to your machines and its front zip pockets help you always find your phone and its ventilated back panel keeps you cool so you can do your tech thing.


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External Dimensions

Size Width Height Depth Weight Volume
in cm in cm in cm lb kg cu in L
M 11.4 29.0 17.3 44.0 5.1 13.0 3.0 1.4 1,709 28.0

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M 11.6 29.5 15.7 40.0 No. Your device will not fit.


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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.


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Ace Laptop Backpack Messenger Bag

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Rain resistant & good looking!

By HS the Teacher

From Japan

About Me: Career, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

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  • Attractive
  • Comfortable 
  • Good Strap Length
  • High Quality
  • Rain Resistant
  • Roomy 


    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Computer
    • Cycling
    • Office
    • School

    Comments about Ace Laptop Backpack Messenger Bag:

    Timbuk2 has a great name, and I've always wanted to buy one but have hesitated due to cost. Well, I finally took the plunge because I commute by bike and on foot and needed something that could become a backpack when I was schlepping all my work gear. I got the gray colored Timbuk2 Ace. It looks really nice. The outside fabric gives it a very professional look, while the inside is red (which I love because it allows me to easily see everything) and feels similar to the type of material rain jackets are made from.

    There are plenty of pockets. In the front, there are three. One large one for a cell phone or passport, and two smaller ones on either side that'll fit pens, earphones, a small MP3 player, smaller cell phones, etc. On the side of one pocket are a bunch of webbing to hook carabiners, bike gear like helmets and U-locks, etc. Then there is a big pocket closest to the front, big enough for your odds and ends like folders, magazines, etc. A little further to the center of the bag is *another* pocket, this one larger for your misc tech gear (I use it to carry my portable CD drive, USB wires, and so forth), A4 sized portfolios, random stuff, etc. Inside this pocket are a bunch of organizational pockets: four credit card sized or lipstick sized pockets and one larger zippered pocket about half the size of a sheet of paper. They are sewn at an angle so even if you throw the messenger bag over your shoulder or wear it as a backpack, the stuff inside shouldn't fall out! There's a back zippered pocket for a 15" laptop or a pocket for your tablet. This is the only pocket that is gray instead of red, and all fabric, with loads of padding to protect your tech gear. Finally, there's a zippered pocket on the back of the bag where the backpack straps tuck away. The back has webbed fabric for air circulation. There's also a strap to attach the bag to your rolling luggage. At the top of the messenger bag is a briefcase handle and more webbing for carabiners or whatnot. There's also a similar handle on the side, in case you're using it as a backpack.

    Whew! Hopefully, that wasn't confusing.

    There are some nice extra features of the bag: a padded shoulder rest so the strap doesn't bite into your flesh. Ties on the zippers for added grip. A bottle opener on the backpack strap. The bag is supposedly TSA-friendly, although the back pocket doesn't open fully or lie flat like most TSA-friendly bags, so I'm not sure if it "counts." The straps are adjustable.

    I was worried my laptop wouldn't fit because on the Timbuk2 website it says it fits a 15" MacBook (plus an iPad), which is slightly smaller than my 15" HP Envy. However, I had no problem fitting the laptop into the back pocket. I don't know if a tablet would also fit, though, especially if you have a cover for it.

    The bag arrived in a timely manner over the weekend, and I was ready to use it on Monday...which, coincidentally, is also when a huge typhoon hit. "Well," I thought, "this bag is REALLY going to be tested." Despite my efforts to keep it protected with my umbrella, it still got a good amount of rain on it and when I got to work (about a 10 minute walk), I was pleasantly surprised to find my laptop (the inner pocket) was completely dry. So was the misc tech gear in the center pocket (the one with the organizational pockets inside). However, the front pockets got pretty damp, particularly the areas close to the zipper. If you're walking in the rain, even with an umbrella, I suggest making sure all important stuff is in the center or back pockets, as these seem more rain resistant. I had put a backup pair of socks in the front, large pocket (the one I think is meant for magazines or folders) and they had wet patches when I pulled them out!

    Also, I found the zippers for the laptop pocket are not ideal. When I tried to zip my laptop up, they wouldn't budge until I took out my laptop, half zipped the pocket up, and put my laptop back inside, then finished the job. Because of this and the lack of water resistance for the front pockets, the bag lost one star.

    I haven't used the bag as a backpack yet, but when I hooked it all up to test it, everything seemed to be in working order. The straps felt comfortable, too. Switching to a backpack took no time at all, switching back to a bag took a little longer because you have to tuck the straps back in such a way as to be able to zip up the pocket.

    All-in-all, I recommend this bag if you're a commuter and just need something to schlepp your laptop with odds and ends. It does convert to a backpack, which is an amazing convenience! And it looks really nice and urban professional.

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