Command Messenger Bag

Style # 174-4-4730

A sophisticated bag for organized travel, smart commutes, and more.

$ 89 $ 149

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Rated 4.46 out of 5 stars
of respondents would recommend this to a friend

Selected Color Surplus - Coated Nylon

  • Surplus - Coated Nylon
  • Black/Red Devil - Polyester
  • Midway - Rip Lite Polyester
  • Carbon Full-Cycle Twill - Recycled Polyester Twill
  • Carbon and Molasses - Polyester
  • Oxide and Adobe - Rip Lite Polyester
  • Nautical - Coated Nylon
  • Black/Gunmetal - Nylon
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External Dimensions

Size Width Top Width Bottom Width Height Depth Weight Volume Handle Drop
in cm in cm in cm in cm in cm lb kg cu in L in cm
S 16.9 43.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 13.6 34.5 5.1 13.0 2.6 1.2 1,098 18.0 0.0 0.0
M 17.1 43.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 14.4 36.5 5.1 13.0 2.7 1.2 1,343 22.0 0.0 0.0
L 18.5 47.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 15.4 39.0 5.9 15.0 2.7 1.2 1,587 26.0 0.0 0.0

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Size Width True Width Height True Height Depth Will Your Laptop Fit?
in cm in cm in cm
S 15.0 38.0 11.8 30.0 1.6 4.0 Yes. Your device will fit. No. Your device will not fit.
M 15.7 40.0 11.8 30.0 1.6 4.0 Yes. Your device will fit. No. Your device will not fit.
L 16.9 43.0 13.0 33.0 1.6 4.0 Yes. Your device will fit. No. Your device will not fit.



Lifetime Warranty


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Timbuk2's Lifetime Warranty

Timbuk2 products have a lifetime warranty; we stand behind the legendary quality and craftsmanship of all our products. Our warranty is valid only when the Timbuk2 product is purchased through Timbuk2 directly (via or one of our brick-and-mortar retail stores) or through an Authorized Reseller.

We also embrace the wild, twisty ways of life. If there is a defect in the materials or workmanship we will repair  the bag at our discretion. Damages not covered are those resulting from abuse, normal wear and tear, accidential damage, and cosmetic damages that do not affect the functionality of the bag (such as scratches or stained fabrics). Any damage to, loss of the contents of a bag, loss of use, loss of time, or similar expenses are not covered. The lifetime warranty also does not include our apparel products, such as Timbuk2 t-shirts and hoodies.

Your Timbuk2 bag is sewn by hand and might contain some slight imperfections. Like Daniel Craig or Marilyn Monroe, the slight imperfections are what add character to an already awesome product.

Warranty & Repair FAQ

What is covered by the warranty?

 Manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship are covered, notwithstanding age. If there is a defect in the materials or workmanship we will repair the bag at our discretion. 
*If your product arrived defective from please email Customer Service and we'll move mountains to right your wrong.

What is not covered by the warranty?

Damages not covered are those resulting from abuse, normal wear and tear, cosmetic issues that do not affect the functionality of the bag, and accidental damage. Any damage to or loss of contents of a bag, loss of use, loss of time, or similar expenses are not covered.  Unless a product is designed and stated to be machine washable, washing bags in washing machines can result in damage not covered by our warranty.

Wear and tear is damage that naturally and inevitably occurs as a result of normal use. Regardless of how carefully you use, or how well you care for your bag, it will eventually begin to show age and wear. Usual wear and tear not covered by the lifetime warranty includes changes in color, abrasions, and general breakdown of materials over time.  Some examples of common wear and tear include color fading from sun exposure, worn elastic, and fabric wear, especially in high wear areas such as corners, reflective binding, worn velcro, and worn shoulder or back padding. Some examples of accidential damage are rips or cuts in fabric, animals chewing or clawing on our products, as well as damage arising from airline abuse such as bent or dented luggage handles or damaged/cracked wheels & bottomplates.

What products aren’t covered by your fabulous warranty?

Any headwear, apparel or footwear. Third party attachments and or devices like the Joey power packs or NiteIze blinky lights, or Blue bottle kit accessories like scales, grinders, or cups. Any other third party accessories sold by Timbuk2 but not bearing the Timbuk2 brand.  The items are generally warrantied by their respective manufacturers.

Need Replacement Parts?

We also offer replacement parts for many of those broken and missing reflectors, buckles and straps. You can find them here: Timbuk2 Replacement Parts

If you are unsure how to install your part, check out some of the part replacement guides we’ve created: Timbuk2 Part Replacement Guides

Don’t see your part on the site?  Contact Us and we will do our best to help you out.


Warranty & Repair Process

North America Warranty or Repair Claim Details

Step 1 - Please select the appropriate link and check out to start a repair claim:

     Please keep in mind that the repair fee payment is held as a pending authorization only - and will never be charged unless the damage or nature of the repair request is not covered under warranty and the bag can be repaired.

After checking out, you will receive an email with instructions and a form to print out. A repair number will be generated and will need to be included with the bag when you send it in for repairs. 

Step 2 - Send us the bag with the Repair number

Please send the bag to the address provided in the repair details email. Be sure to write your repair number on the outside of your package. We recommend using the least expensive shipping method that will provide you with a tracking number and insurance. Timbuk2 is not responsible for parcels lost in transit. Your repair fee covers the return shipping in the lower 48 United States.

  • Package up your bag, include a copy of the repair form with a description of the concern(s).
  • Write the repair number on the outside of the package  (W-XXXXXXX).

Please keep in mind that California State law requires that all items accepted for repair be freshly cleaned. You wouldn't want to dig through someone else's nasty, so help us provide a clean and safe environment for our employees. If we determine that your bag needs to be cleaned, we will return it to you without preforming the repair(s). We do not offer cleaning services. For more information on how to properly clean and maintain your awesome Timbuk2 bag, please see Bag Care.

Step 3 - Evaluation / Repair 

Once your item arrives, our repair team will be evaluate your claim within 7-10 business days and determine if the issues can be repaired and what is covered under the Lifetime Warranty.  Because pictures don't tell the whole story, and we want to give your claim the best possible evaluation, warranty assessemnts are only preformed in person once our repair team receives your bag.  

  •      If the claim issues are covered by the lifetime warranty, we will waive the authorization fee and repair your product. 
  •      If any repairable claim issues are not covered by the lifetime warranty, we will charge the authorization fee and repair your product.

Not sure your bag can be repaired, please contact us.

Outside of North America Warranty Repair?

If you purchased your bag outside of the USA and Canada, please contact us for local representatives that will offer you warranty services. Please provide your proof of purchase and the location for the bag when submitting your claim.  Should your bag require service in the USA, shipping to and from the USA for your Timbuk2 item are your responsibility.


External access zipper pocket on the side offers quick access to your powerbrick or cords

Internal organizer for pens, phones, and other small stuff

Napoleon side-entry pocket for access without undoing the flap

Tricot-lined floating pocket protects sunglasses or smartphone


Coordinating Strap Pad included

Removable crossbody strap for cross-body stabilization

Timbuk2 cam enables easy fit adjustments with no excess webbing

Clever Extras

Integrated bag silencers to silence the bag when needing to make a stealth entry

Luggage pass through for attaching to your wheelie companion

Tensioned aluminium hooks for quick and secure closure



What's this all about?

Jet-setters, rejoice: every detail of the Command Messenger was designed for the needs of the savvy traveler. At the airport, strap down the hook and loop silencers for seamless access to your boarding pass and ID. Tricot-lined pockets make sure your electronics and polarized shades make it unscathed through the journey. Any destination will do: the Command's continental styling is equally suited to business and pleasure. From Antwerp to Australia, you're clear for takeoff.

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Rated 4.46 out of 5 stars
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450High Quality
347Good Strap Length


77Not enough compartments
33Heavy / bulky 
31Too small
5Poor Quality
Best Uses
305Airplane travel 
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Reviewed by 510 customers

Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Nice bag but the first version was 10 times better.

Comments about the Command Messenger Bag

I had the original Command Messenger bag. I loved it. Best laptop bag ever. It had all the right pockets and zipper pouches in all the right places. When it wore out and was peed on by the dog I had enough and decided to get a new one due to the sales they were having. I purchased a new one, larger, as I purchased a new laptop. The bag arrived and the color was great. Right away though, the bag felt very stiff. Upon examination, the interior was lacking of pockets in the right places, and the inside pockets felt very flimsy and cheap. The exterior side pockets, yet cool to have pockets there, I feel the lack of the front pockets with zips downgraded this version significantly. The interior pockets are not the best, and all the hidden compartments can be confusing as to where you stuff things. I am strictly comparing this version to the previous version which I absolutely loved. The velcro doubled up for extra protection in case you grabbed the bag without clipping it shut. The rear compartment is still very much the same, soft and nice for the computer with the extra pocket inside. Unfortunately this one lacks the hidden compartment at the bottom for a rain cover or small umbrella. In conclusion, Timbuk2 is my favorite company for bags hands down. I love the construction, colors, styles, and durability of each bag. I do highly recommend them but this bag just doesn't hit high on my list and I was really hoping it would. My wife talked me into keeping it and giving it time to adapt to the new design and I am still not happy with it although it gets the job done in housing all my gear I travel with for work.

Bottom Line No, I would not recommend to a friend

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

3 Years and Still Intact

Comments about the Command Messenger Bag

Given as a graduation gift. I'm writing this review because I had the bag for so long that I felt some moral responsibility to my bag. it is still in the same condition as I got it; ballistic nylon is no joke. I used to bring my bag everywhere on campus and during short trips. Spacious cargo space and nifty pockets. The quality is great, and the various pockets keep my electronics separated from micro scratches from pens and keys I carry. One situational problem I've noticed is the how much the bag will bulge out if stuffed with clothes. Bottom line: the ol'school Command Messenger is a very good bag that will look to continue to be of service for a very long time.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Like it so far

Comments about the Command Messenger Bag

I got the small and it fits my 10x13" laptop as well as my 8 1/2" x 11" Rite in the Rain 9250T-MX Organizer perfectly. There is not much room to spare but I don't require any. The bottle holder is a bit small but will fit my 20 oz Yeti bottle. Time will tell how it holds up but I really like it so far.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Recommended and Now I Understand

Comments about the Command Messenger Bag

A friend of mine was traveling with me, and I noticed his Command Messenger Bag. After asking about it and the company that makes the product, I started doing my research. My wife knew that my current messenger bag was on the last legs due to me using it for over ten years. Therefore, she purchased the Large Command Messenger Bag for my birthday, and I was tremendously excited. The Large Messenger Bag at first seemed big, but now that I have used it for three months, I am glad she got that size. In fact, my friend who recommended the bag wants to upgrade to the large now. I use it daily for work and while I am traveling. The pockets are great for organizing my bag (I have OCD) along with having the ability to store my Ipad and Laptop in the back portion safely. The messenger fits perfectly under the front seat on an airplane with room for your feet and can open the padded area (laptop and Ipad storage area) for TSA scans if needed. I can carry a change of clothes, necessary documents, office supplies, charger for electronics, and it still has room for more. The strap is comfortable for hours, and the top handle makes carrying a breeze. The only thing I had to get used to is that it does not stand up on its own (unless fully packed). The cross strap for keeping it secure on my back while riding a bike is a great addition that I would have never thought of. Thank you Timbuk2, and I appreciate the products you produce.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Love it

Comments about the Command Messenger Bag

I use this as my carry on bag for plane travel, and once I get there it can become my messenger bag for bike rentals. It also is professional enough looking for when I show up on a job I don't have my old, dirty messenger bag with me. I like the padded laptop sleeve and the external water bottle pocket, so if it spills it's not in the bag with my laptop!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Timbuk2 to anywhere you want to go

Comments about the Command Messenger Bag

I bought this to replace a Fossil messenger bag. I own a timbuk2 backpack, roller luggage and hybrid backpack/messenger bag as well. Timbuk2 quality is hard to match, the command laptop messenger bag is no exception. I purchase 2 colors (Carbon/Molasses and Surplus) in size SMALL as i wanted something professional but not boring/stiff. I felt the Surplus color and texture just wasn't as polished as the Carbon & Molasses. At the same time i also purchased the Timbuk2 Closer Case in Small & Medium, however the medium was still smaller than the Command Small. I thought the slimmer size of the Closer Case might provide a clean look, however, it was still too small and the style of the Command bag, especially in C/M color is a very clean, sleek looking bag. Size small is still a larger messenger bag, but will not fit my 17" MSI laptop, should fit a 15" no problem. Surface Pro fits with plenty of room to spare, which is what i purchased this bag to hold. Pro: 1. Aluminum Hooks, though takes a minute to learn how to rotate the hook as some other reviewers have mentioned, after a couple times it's no easier/harder than a standard push-button clip style. 2. Napoleon side pocket on flap, AWESOME for going through TSA at airport to throw your keys, phone etc in (I'm pre-check so i cannot speak about the TSA approved benefits of this bag). 3. Cam Buckle lock, super awesome and convenient. Stows easily under seat in front of you, even on smaller planes. 4. Plenty of internal pockets for organization. 5. Texture of Carbon color material is really awesome, and very unique, will def. make people look twice at it. Surplus color did not have this texture Cons: 1. I'm left-handed and the bag goes over the left side of my body the water bottle pouch ends up being on the backside of the bag, this is just part of being a lefty in a right-hander's world. 2. the bottom of the bag is angled towards the front of the bag, so if you set it down it tends to fall forward, laying on bag face.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Barely fits my laptop

I entered the dimensions of my 17" laptop (and even exaggerated the size a bit), and the Timbuk2 website said this largest size would be sufficient (it even said size medium would be good enough - ha!). However, it's not easy to get my computer in, and once it's in, it is really really difficult to get out. Instead of whizzing through airport security, I'm now the person holding up the line as I wrestle my laptop out of my bag. I feel like the bag needs another inch. I really wanted to love this bag (it's not easy finding a good-looking bag for a 17" laptop), but alas, I'm just lukewarm about it.

Bottom Line No, I would not recommend to a friend

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Nice bag, good attention to detail, very functional

The strap on my last bag would not stay adjusted. It finally drove me crazy enough that when I saw this on sale I bought it on impulse based on Timbuk2's reputation. Now that I've used it for a few weeks, I would buy it again at full price. There are a lot of things I like about this bag, but mostly it comes down to the fact that attention was given to details and almost every feature is useful to me. The things I like are: 1) The lined cell phone and laptop pockets. 2) The "silent" option of using only buckles, or skipping buckles and using only velcro to close. 3) The size is just about right as well. 4) The quick adjust strap feature is what got me to buy the bag in the first place. 5) Sturdy grab handle 6) overall quality of materials Things I don't like so well: 1) I probably don't need quite so many internal pockets 2) The zippers on the seam pockets (I think) should zip closed in the down direction rather than up, but that's maybe just me Nothing is a big enough complaint to deduct a star, I really like the bag overall.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Stylish but not that functional

I really like to colors on this bag but the strap closure coming undone makes it difficult to wear. The hook closure on the flap is also very challenging for quick access. The base is not flat and so the bag falls flat when placed on the floor. The quality and pockets are what you would expect from Timbuk2. I

Bottom Line No, I would not recommend to a friend

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Rated 4 out of 5 stars

The quality is top notch

I really love how well constructed the bag is. It feels like a premium product I'll be using forever. I like all of the hidden pockets. A little heavier than expected but that's ok. Color seemed a little off from the product photo but again, that ended up being ok. The main compartment doesn't open as wide as other bags I've used and I find that I have difficulty standing it up with the front facing out for easy access when I need a notebook or whatever (just falls face down immediately.) The construction is great but it makes the bag rigid in ways I wasn't expecting. Most of these are minor quibbles, I love the bag and use it everyday. When I decide to get a new one (which won't be because this wore out; this thing is a beast), I'll only be looking at Timbuk2.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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