The Closer Case

Style # 1810-4-5675

A better version of a classic briefcase.

$ 159
Rated 4.28 out of 5 stars
of respondents would recommend this to a friend

Selected Color Nautical - Coated Nylon

  • Nautical - Coated Nylon
  • Jet Black Static - Static Polyester
  • Moss - Melange Polyester
  • Storm - Melange Polyester
  • Fog - Melange Polyester
  • Surplus - Coated Nylon
  • Jet Black - Coated Nylon
  • Oxide Heather - Cordura
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Device Fit Guide



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 0.0 0.0 13.8 35.0 14.6 37.0 12.2 31.0 3.1 8.0 1.7 0.8 488 8.0 0.0 0.0
M 15.4 39.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 13.0 33.0 3.1 8.0 2.2 1.0 610 10.0 0.0 0.0

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How to Calculate True Dimensions

  • 1 - Measure your True Width: true width = Width + Depth
  • 2 - Measure your True Height: true height = Height + Depth
  • 3 - Compare your numbers to our numbers and voila! Your laptop has found a new home
Size Width True Width Height True Height Depth Will Your Laptop Fit?
in cm in cm in cm
S 13.0 33.0 10.4 26.5 0.0 0.0 Yes. Your device will fit. No. Your device will not fit.
M 13.8 35.0 11.2 28.5 0.0 0.0 Yes. Your device will fit. No. Your device will not fit.



Lifetime Warranty


We've Got You Covered

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.


Internal organizer for pens, phones, and other small stuff

Side stretch pocket for water bottle


Grab your laptop without taking off your bag

Removable crossbody strap for cross-body stabilization

Removable shoulder strap

Clever Extras

Grab handle for easy lifting

In-pocket key keeper

Luggage pass-through for attaching to your wheelie companion doubles as a slip pocket when not in use

Reflective hits

Side neoprene pocket


Coated fabric on Fog color has higher water resistance




Padded laptop compartment in medium size fits 15in laptop

Padded laptop compartment in small size fits 13in laptop

Rear access to laptop pocket keeps your device protected while giving more space in the main compartment for your other stuff

What's this all about?

Closer is for those who don't want to, but need to carry a briefcase. It holds most of your office, but is streamlined. Like our legendary Commute Messenger, the Closer Case is full of tricks. Its Timbuk2 trademark features keep track of cards, keys, and coffee, but more importantly, it's almost over the top laptop compartment keeps you online. Paired with the simple pleasures of a new a rolled grab strap and beautiful base fabric, this thing will make you feel downright good about working hard.

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Rated 4.28 out of 5 stars
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Ratings Distribution

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25High Quality
24Comfortable Strap
19Good Strap Length


2Color Not As Expected
2Not Enough Pockets
2Poorly Made
1Needs better strap/padding on the shoulder.
1Tight Buckles
Best Uses
25Daily Use
Describe Yourself
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Reviewed by 32 customers

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I look forward to adding more bags to my TIMBUK2 selection

Comments about the The Closer Case

This product is a amazing! When I walked into the Portland store, was introduced to this product, it simply made sense. This bag is great for business, and the fabric is amazing. It is easy to clean, and is great with any business attire. I am a momprenuer bending and flrxing to be the best version of myself! Thank you TIMBUK2 for being a great addition to my life!!!!

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Six months, twice around the world

Comments about the The Closer Case

This review is quite detailed because that's what would help me in the decision process. Headline: Best laptop travel briefcase I've found in years. Could benefit from very minor improvement. I bought this briefcase through my local Timbuk2 retailer where i could inspect and play with it. I do a lot of professional international travel. I need a robust, comfortable bag that will accommodate my 13" MacBook Air, some papers, charger, cords, business cards, pens and a book or journal. It needs to fit under an economy seat with room for my feet. I'm impatient, so access and easy to carry are fundamental. I also commute to my office by bike. This bag is nearly the most perfect briefcase i've found in years. Here's why, and below I have some recommendations. I love: 1. Small but deep. Compact, but holds what i need for a 7 day international trip. 2. The sleeve on the back that goes over a roller board handle works perfectly with my Timbuk2 carry-on suitcase. (Or, I suspect, any carry-on with a double-pole handle system.) 3. The bag can be picked by the handle on top, whether or not it is latched, without incident. I've had bags with no handle, (a drag!), or those with a handle, but when you lift it must be latched or they go all over the place. 4. Laptop sleeve in the back, not in main compartment. This took me some time to get used to. But, it is a brilliant design. I can pull out my laptop very easily without digging around, great when sitting in the middle seat on an economy flight, or when it's attached to my carry-on. 5. Zipper side pocket with long-ish tether. I can easily keep my keys safely tucked away. But, doesn't work well for my passport. 6. Elastic side pocket. perfect for earphones! It needs: 1. Pen sleeves. I don't like dumping my pens into the bottom of a pocket. 2. Anti-slip material on the shoulder strap pad, slips off my shoulder all the time.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Won Girlfriend of the Year with this Gift!

Comments about the The Closer Case

I purchased this bag as a gift to my boyfriend. The company was recommended to me by a coworker. The recipient is a total tech geek (he would not mind that description). He's an IT director and owner of his company so I wanted something that would hold up to daily use AND represent him well with clients in his professional environment. Every week since Christmas he has mentioned how perfect his bag is! It's lightweight but protects his MacBook. I was worried about the handle because he is 6'4 & has big hands. He has had zero issues with being able to handle the bag. It has pockets for his accessories and he can throw his wallet and car keys in there. So glad I chose Timbuk2 for this gift purchase!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Very Happy with This Gem

Comments about the The Closer Case

I wanted a laptop bag with a handle and a water bottle. My previous bag, which was excellent and also by Timbukt2, was great but the irritation of not being able to pick-up by handle versus the bag straps grew over time. This mostly came as I needed the bag to transition from being my commute bag, that I strap to my back to also be the bag that I carried from one meeting to the next. I've only had the new bag for a few weeks, but it has been great. The handle is strong and works well for picking up of the floor, pulling the bag around from my back or just a secondary hold if I'm using a single shoulder. I love the layout of the bag. As weird as it was to not put my laptop inside what I consider the main casing of the bag, I now love that it's totally separate and won't accidentally fall out if I leave the bag open. The only downside of the cushioned laptop space is that its a tight fit for my 15" MacBook Pro. I've taken to wrapping a ribbon around my laptop before sliding it in. This allows me to pull it out with more ease. Trying to fit your hand in to grab it just further tightens the space. It would be nice to have the ribbon sewn into the bag. That said, I'm not certain if it would work as well if it was sewn in, since those ribbons to exert force at an angle, while my wrapped ribbon allows me to pull straight out. The number of pockets is a bit insane but highly valued. I love the little side, hidden pocket and use it for snacks, cough drops, etc. The centered front pocket handles my pens and Field Note notebooks. Which allows me to put books, files, and folders in the other two internal areas, and still have a large pocket for cables— HDMI, USB, converters, power, etc. It's a workhorse.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Good quality, but smaller than expected

Comments about the The Closer Case

I received the medium size which was suggested by their sales support. I use this to haul a MacBook Pro 15-inch, wall charger, a couple of small external drives, and a mobile wireless mouse. The fit is pretty snug, but it works. The side stretch pocket barely fits a standard plastic water bottle. I was hoping I could fit a bit more considering the price. I gave this 3 stars because the size is a bit small, but the quality is excellent.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great and tough briefcase

Comments about the The Closer Case

This bag is great for carrying my office things, and the side bag is a perfect size for my coffee thermos. Everything looks and feels high quality, with the exception of the velcro straps, they feel like an afterthought. I already have 2 bags from Timbuk2, and will probably keep adding to the collection.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Makes very loud squeaking sound

Comments about the The Closer Case

I like the design and look of this bag. However, after about a month it began developing a very loud squeaking sound that appears to originate from the strap. I contacted Timbuk2's customer service regarding this, but they never bothered to respond.

Bottom Line No, I would not recommend to a friend

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Rated 3 out of 5 stars

what's inside??

Comments about the The Closer Case

I am reviewing the video above, believe it or not. I am basing my briefcase purchase on the capacity and also the size of the opening. I watched the video, sorta shocked that the woman never even opened up the bag to show the inside ! Dumbfounded ...

Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Too few pockets and fasteners make metallic ding sound!

Comments about the The Closer Case

Tried to return as a design flaw - ( I mean, you really DESIGNED this to make noise with every step?) but you wouldn't accept the return.

Bottom Line No, I would not recommend to a friend

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Love it!

Love all the pockets, epecially the easy access laptop compartment, and the secure cable for storing keys. The outside side pocket is perfect for holding my umbrella

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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