Uptown Backpack

Style # 252-3-4730

The go-to laptop backpack traveler for WFF (Working from Fiji).

$ 119
Rated 4.49 out of 5 stars
of respondents would recommend this to a friend

Selected Color Surplus - Coated Nylon

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  • Nautical - Coated 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
OS 0.0 0.0 11.2 28.5 11.6 29.5 19.5 49.5 6.5 16.5 2.4 1.1 1,831 30.0 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
OS 11.4 29.0 15.9 40.5 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 timbuk2.com 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 Timbuk2.com 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.


Front zip pocket for small bits

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

Stretchy external side pocket for u-lock or water bottle

Tricot-lined floating pocket protects sunglasses or smartphone


Channeled airmesh ventilated back panel

Custom-fit strap design for a truer, more comfortable fit

Clever Extras

Vista loop for attaching blinky bike lights




Laptop pocket fits 15" MacBook and iPad

What's this all about?

Just because your commute occasionally takes you cross-country instead of across town doesn't mean you need more than a laptop backpack. The Uptown has designated spots for your laptop, iPad and peripherals as well as your non-gadgety items. Plus, it opens up to lay flat on its way through security.

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Rated 4.49 out of 5 stars
164 ReviewsWrite a Review
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115Lots Of Pockets And Features
98Comfortable Strap
83Good Protection


16Not Weatherproof
13Uncomfortable Strap
4Not Enough Pockets
3Wears Easily
3Color Not As Expected
Best Uses
17Heavy Duty Protection
Describe Yourself
25Budget Shopper
Primary use
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Reviewed by 164 customers

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I Love It, Yet...

The product is a lot smaller than expected, but everything fit! In fact it's compact style was not a hinderance to include all my stuff, and I have a lot of stuff. I am missing a place to connect keys, or a thumb drive on the backpack. I had my wife sew a clip on the side of the bag for this purpose. I also had to add a box at the bottom of the big compartment because all my books fell to the bottom. The computer compartment is easily accessible when the bag is on its side. I find myself turning it on its side to access much of my 'stuff'. In some ways this makes it easier and in some ways more difficult. Every backpack I've owned takes time to get used to. This one is no different. It is the best backpack I have owned. There is not a one perfect for all my needs. But this one is close. I would highly recommend it.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Nearly perfect backpack

I used to haul around a messenger bag, a tote bag, and a small laptop bag whenever I went to work. In hopes to downsize, I searched for a backpack here and feel in love with the Uptown upon discovering the separate laptop sleeve in the back. There are plenty of pockets, whether it's to store emergency toiletries in the more hidden pockets or placing my keys and work badge in that convenient and easy to access top pouch. Everything feels organized and secure. I do enjoy the laptop compartment in the back; I'm not afraid it's going to bump into other things I store, like an umbrella. I worried when transfering everything over into the new backpack that it would feel like a bag of bricks like my old messenger bag, but it feels almost weightless. I'm on my feet all day, so putting this on isn't a miserable experience. I do have a couple of nitpicks with this backpack. While it is grey, the color's lighter than the pictures and has a greenish hue. The zippers can require extra effort to use, which I can go either way; it keeps pockets from randomly opening, but isn't helpful when I'm running ten minutes late and need to shove everything in. My biggest gripe is the laptop sleeve with my current laptop. My previous laptop was a 13" Dell Inspiron that fit snug inside. I've recently upgraded to the Dell XPS 13 9370, which while I love, is also much smaller and thinner, thus leaving it to slide around in that compartment. It goes straight to the bottom of the backpack and I'd hate to place it down without thinking and dent my brand new laptop due to the lack of padding on the very bottom. I've ended up cutting out a piece of foam to stick in there to prevent any damage when placing my backpack down. Aside from that, I love this backpack. It's stylish, practical, and safe on my shoulders/back.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Good backpack but there are problems...

This is a pretty good backpack but there could be some improvements. The pockets are great; smaller quick access pockets (front slash pocket for wallet/passport/plane ticket, phone pocket), a good pen/pencil area and 2 large main compartments to keep work notes/mouse/power brick etc. separate from clothes/lunch/whatever. The capacity of this bag is good and it can hold a lot. The external laptop pocket is great for airport security and also good to keep books/papers flat. Now the cons... the backpack is not waterproof. I live in Vancouver, BC where it rains all the time, so I worry about my laptop getting wet. A backpack cover helps, but because the laptop sits closest to your back, it's vulnerable if water gets in that gap between your back and the cover. Then there is the laptop pocket itself. I don't know why, but Timbuk2 designs everything for MAC products which have rounded corners. A lot of professionals use PCs for work and it's difficult to get a PC into the pocket. I have a 15in Lenovo Thinkpad and it fits, but it's a tight squeeze and I need to be careful when zipping it up around the corners. The laptop sleeve is side loading, so it's difficult to use if you don't unzip the laptop pocket fully and fold it all the way open, which requires a lot of space and can be awkward. A top loading sleeve would have been better. I find the straps fairly comfortable but they do sit close to your neck, and the roughness of the inside stitching/webbing has been hard on the shoulders of my coat. Some other minor things...the zippers are not smooth running (although they are getting better with repeated use), the colour Surplus is really quite green, not grey like the photo, and there is only one outside mesh pocket, which I use for a wet umbrella. A second mesh side pocket would have been great. So overall, it's a pretty good bag but it needs a few improvements, especially if you use a PC and live somewhere that it rains.

Bottom Line No, I would not recommend to a friend

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I love this bag so much

I use this bag to carry my laptop and books (I'm a professor), and it's amazing. My shoulder and neck problems instantly disappeared. The first time I tried it on, I worried that the straps were close together, as some reviews had mentioned that. However, once I got it loaded up with books, I no longer noticed them. I'm not sure if they sat differently when the backpack was weighed down, but it's really comfortable, and the straps don't bother me at all. I'm incredibly happy with this bag.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

The Perfect Backpay for MacBook Pro

Timbuk2 won me over with their classic messenger bag years ago. It was my main commuting bag for over seven years, because of it's thoughtful design, and it held up amazingly well. This Uptown backpack has the same build quality and intelligent design but is much more versatile than the messenger bag for traveling, especially with an expensive laptop. This has plenty of pockets of external batteries and cords/accessories. I also love the plain design, it draws much less attention while traveling abroad. This backpack simply couldn't be better.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

My favorite backpack of all time!

I am a Stay-At-Home-Dad, that doesn't actually get to spend much time at home. I also do the bookkeeping for several clients and need to be able to carry my office around with me so that I can sit down to work when I have time between dropping off and picking up the kids at their various activities. This backpack is extremely well organized so that I can quickly find everything I need, from my bluetooth 10-key keypad, to my laptop, to my file folders. My very bulky noise-isolation headphones (so that I can concentrate at Starbucks) fit nicely in the large front pocket without affecting the main compartment so that I can keep my papers and files from getting mangled.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

This bag does it all

This bag can carry my laptop, my iPad Pro, phone, chargers, Bose headphones, camera and other little stuff with room to spare. With very solid construction this is a bag that will out live me!

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Replaced my Timbuk2 briefcase

I bought this to replace a Timbuk2 briefcase that I loved. I wanted a backpack style for travel. The inside is huge and I can fit everything I need - all without the backpack seeming huge. Tons of organization, easy access to my laptop, durable quality - definitely recommend. Love this! Only downsides I see - the straps aren't overly padded (although they are still pretty comfortable).

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Almost perfect

Excellent quality, lots of pockets, love the fabric. Only downside - the laptop pocket opening to the side, my laptop has slid out more than once while trying to get it out. Top loading would be more functional.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Great bag... almost perfect... almost.

I almost always carry a coffee mug and a water bottle. One mesh pocket means one of those has to go in the bag. It would be so easy to just add another mesh pocket on the other side. If people don't want it, it's pretty much out of the way. But for those of us that need two; it's almost mandatory.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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