Lee L.wrote a review of Timbuk2 Especial Messenger on August 30, 2013
Familiarity: I've used it several times
After 2 months of using this bag I can say it was well worth the $. It is comfortable, keeps my laptop dry in the rain, holds plenty of gear, and has bright reflective trim. I use it daily on my motorcycle and bicycle through rain or shine.
Here's the issues I have found:
1) The bottom is rounded so the bag will not sit upright on my desk (not a big issue)
2) This is an expensive bag, after 2 months of daily (but light) use, the reflective material around the edges shows signs of wear everywhere it bends when it's closed. Not an issue but looks like wear points that will tear eventually.
3) The interior zip pocket could use more dividers/pockets for small items
I traded up from my 5 year old Timbuk2 laptop bag, this bag has been my new favorite, I would recommend it.