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25 years in the making.

The Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag is the culmination of 25 years of cycling expertise, design innovation, and customer feedback. Slightly revamped, the Classic Messenger Bag now features Cordura nylon instead of ballistic nylon. Cordura nylon is lighter, stronger, and more water-resistant than the ballistic nylon previously used. In addition, this messenger bag features a waterproof TPU liner to protect the bag's valuables from soaking rain and splashes.

This messenger bag features an exterior front and Napoleon pocket for quick-access to your keys, wallet, phone, and other small accessories. The large interior compartment features dual stretch pockets for holding water bottles or laptop chargers. A back slash pocket sits inside of the main compartment, giving you a place to secure a laptop, tablet, notebook, or loose papers. Holding small accessories, an interior organizer features small pockets and a larger zippered area for compartmentalizing your stuff.

Fully adjustable, the shoulder strap easily conforms to your upper body, and it features an improved airmesh design to enhance air flow and comfort. Compression straps (S,M,L only) prevent the bag's contents from jostling around, also working to cinch a jacket or sweater for added versatility. 

  • Cordura nylon construction
  • Waterproof TPU liner
  • Laptop and tablet compatible (dependent on bag size)
  • Adjustable airmesh shoulder strap
  • Compression straps (S,M,L only)
  • Low-profile grab handle
  • Exterior front and Napoleon pockets
  • Large main compartment with front organizer
  • Interior slash and stretch pockets

Tech Specs

[shell] Cordura nylon, [liner] TPU
[x-small] 9L (549cu in), [small] 14L (870cu in), [medium] 21L (1281cu in), [large] 28L (1709cu in)
Shoulder Strap:
[external] 1 zippered front organizer, 1 zippered Napoleon, [internal] organizer, water bottle, slash
[XS] 9.8 x 12/10.2 x 4.7 in, [S] 10.6 x 16.1/13 x 5.1 in, [M] 12.2 x 18.1/14.2 x 7.1 in, [L] 13.8 x 20.1/15.2 x 7.9 in
Claimed Weight:
[XS] 1 lb 2 oz, [S] 1 lb 9 oz, [M] 2 lb, [L] 2 lb 1 oz
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:

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took my wife 8 years to change hers

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

my wife, got this bag after i changed my bag, we both bought similar timbuk2 bags about 8 or 9 years ago and they still work, just dont look super pretty so we felt it was time. my wife loves these and so do i


  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought this for my husband and he absolutely loves it. I purchased the medium and its perfect for his laptop, a few books, and other office supplies and still have room without being too bulky. The strap is made to withstand the test of time. Great product!

New Product Video

The original Timbuk2 messenger improved by 25 years of expertise.

What size bag is being shown in this video?

The bag in the video is a size Medium

Unanswered Question

Does it come with a hip strap? I'm thinking about using it for commutes on my motorcycle and want to ensure it can be secured around the waist.

Nice bag

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I haven't used this bag to many times but it is made from a good durable material that can withstand weather. the bag is light, and the bag makes it easy to access all my stuff.

Great Messenger

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been a messenger bag kind of guy since my teens. This is not my first Timbuk2 and I doubt it will be my last.

Construction is dependable and their bags are comfy and reasonably roomy. You also can't beat the range of sizes and colors available for getting that personal touch you want.

My only hesitation is the laptop portion of the bag. It does accommodate the 15-inch Macbook Pro that is the defacto standard in my industry. The laptop area is not well protected though. I've added a padded sleeve to beef it up a little and I feel better about rolling around with the computer now.

The rest of the storage is easy to use and provides plenty of space for your daily carries - whatever they are. The straps are simple, but seems very durable and easy to use.

I have yet to fly with the bag, but I suspect it will be easy to carry on and comfortable for treks through the terminal.

Avg. ride time: 8m per week
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Great, inexpensive bag.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought it for a carry-on and it does the job perfectly.

Incomplete and flimsy laptop padding

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I had another Timbuk2 bag which has lasted for 10 years. I was looking to replace it with something similar that I could use to carry my laptop while I biked to work. I researched this bag and it seemed like the natural replacement. The version that was shipped to me did not come with a cross strap to use for cycling. More fundamentally the internal laptop sleeve didn't offer any padding. It is simply a cloth pocket without any padding at all on four sides and a very thin piece of padding on the front. This is problematic because there is nothing whatsoever to soften the impact of your laptop when it makes contact with hard surfaces at all. It seems like Timbuk2 sells a lot of bags now, so maybe their others would have better laptop padding, just don't expect it from this one.

Fits a 15" macbook pro

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

The size small DOES fit the new 15" macbook pro if anyone is wondering. I hated how big the medium bag was when I got it, so I ordered a small as well to try to see if it would fit my macbook (even though timbuk2's website said it wouldn't). It definitely does. Its snug, but my macbook has a protective case on it, and it still fits in the laptop sleeve. FYI the difference between the small and the medium sizes were a pretty large leap. I like the small because I'm just more of a minimalist. I'd prefer a small bag and being minimal than too big of a bag with extra space. The medium looked like I was carrying a suitcase on my shoulder. I plan to put a protective camera pod in this along with my laptop to use as a incognito gear bag while traveling and it looks like the small bag is going to fit my macbook pro along with the pod that will be carrying two large lenses, one DSLR full frame body, and a flash. Also as a sidenote, the vintage metal color does have a slight purple tone to it. Its pretty, but not something I really noticed at first in the online pics. Haven't actually taken it anywhere yet but I'll come back to update if I find any faults!

True, it does fit, but it's not comfortable. I had mine in a relatively thin case, and it was a very tight fit. For bike commuting, considering you have to carry a lock and some clothes, it'll be busting at the seams.

Despite the size (I agree it's a big jump from S to M), I sized up to a medium.

classic for a reason

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

In college I used the XL messenger bag. It stored my 17" laptop and books with plenty of space for jackets, water bottles, etc.. everything for 12 hours of commuting and schooling. Now that I'm not biking around with quite as much stuff I wanted the same bag but in a smaller version. Sized down to a medium and I still have plenty of space for all my work and personal stuff.

Great Bag!!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used my original Timbuk2 messenger bag for over 3 years, every day for school and work. When it came time to purchase a new one, I figured why not stick with something I'm used to? I opted for this new classic messenger bag. I am very glad I did. The material is just as strong, durable, and light as the original. It comes with an updated design and some new features. I really like the one handed strap lock. It is very easy to operate(make shorter when riding or longer when walking).

The only con I can think of is that the sizing is a little different from the original model of the bag. I purchased a medium since my other bag was a medium and it was somewhat larger than the original model. I guess I can't complain about the added storage space but it does make it a little bulkier while commuting on my bicycle or motorcycle. It also causes the stuff inside (laptop, books, etc) to shift. The bag does however have compression straps on the bottom to tighten down when you don't have enough stuff to fill it up. It is a hassle to always have to tighten it and loosen it depending on the amount you're carrying especially when you're in a hurry.

Overall a great messenger bag that I would buy again! 4/5 stars due to the sizing difference.

I'd also like to note that I purchased this bag since I wanted a new one and NOT because my old one was no longer functional. In fact my old one is still in great condition! This goes to show the durability of Timbuk2 products!

Will never choose a different one!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this bag. It's comfortable, has lots of zippered components (critical to me) and looks great. I feel so cool wearing it :)!

Love this bag!

    This bag is so great. I love that it is weather-proof and it can fit all of my items in it. Great bag.

    This bag rules!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought this as a gift but have feedback:
    "I had a different Timbuk2 bag for years, 5 actually. I used it daily for work, traveled with it, and put it through vigorous use until finally getting a new one. The old bag still had its integrity, functionally still worked extremely well, but I wanted something a bit smaller for my daily driver. Thankfully, my new best friend was under the tree this Christmas?I was thrilled. Although I loved my old bag, the look and feel of the new one (this one) is hard to beat. Incredible functionality, very comfortable to wear, and has all the pockets and organizational specs I wanted. I highly recommend this bag to anyone in the market!"

    Pictures and video show the bag worn over the shoulder and tight to the individuals back (looking like a true messenger bag). Based on the strap setup can you also wear the bag over the shoulder and have it ride more on the hip (more like a briefcase)? I do not bike to work and want a replacement bag for my current leather bag. Thanks!

    Yes... you can use it like that. You might find that the strap is angled a bit for "across the chest" wear, but it should still be perfectly serviceable over one shoulder.

    I'm a bit of a bagologist... and I would recommend against this bag if you're just going to use one shoulder. I'd suggest you look for something billed as a shoulder-bag rather than a messenger bag--primarly because on these more modern messenger bags you'll find it difficult to lift the main compartment lid with the bag still hanging off your shoulder, whereas shoulder bags are a little more suited for that type of use.

    Best Answer

    I use this bag as my everyday bag and part of the reason I love it so much is because of the flexibility it offers. I use it over my shoulder the majority of the time, but when I'm walking around campus I often use it on my shoulder in a more briefcase like style.

    I looked at quite a few different bags and settled on this one because of the weather resistance, durable cordura fabric, and the practicality for so many different uses. I think you'd love it.

    All Purpose, Great Bag!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have a small timbuk2 bag, purchased around 2010, and my only complaint is that a larger laptop is hard to fit in the laptop pouch. Otherwise, I've used this bag daily for work, taken it to conferences, on climbing trips, kayaking, and more. The water proof interior is great for containing messes, and keeping important documents dry from the rain.

    (Photo taken around the time I was studying for preliminary exams, proving the bag can handle weight and volume!)

    All Purpose, Great Bag!

    Pretty good but not exactly perfect

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I was excited to get this product after watching the video posted by Timbuk2; and for the most part I have been happy with my purchase. I was looking for a more robust messenger bag for my daily cycling commutes here in Portland, Oregon and knew that I would need something waterproof and roomy to hold my work clothes, lunch, laptop, etc. The various pockets are very nice and everything works the way I expected except for two issues:

    1. The water bottle mesh pockets are way too small and don't allow the use of standard sized water bottles, like nalgene or camelbak - this was a huge disappointment.

    2. Secondly - the bag is not very rigid, so it is a bit difficult to load when it is empty.

    My final issue with the bag is that it is a bit clumsy to get my cell phone into the pocket as compared to my old Keen bag; however, I am happy with the functionality of the bag and I really like the cross strap and the easy ability to adjust the strap on the go. Overall, I would recommend the bag.

    Worth the money!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Mostly using my bike to commute, you need a steardy bag that will allow you to carry things from point A to point B. This messenger bag is great because it water resistant and is easy to clean. Yes, I've spilled a thing or two in it. The straps are easy to adjust to make it closer to your body. I've used the medium size bag and thought it was perfect. Not too big or small. Clip on some of your favoirite button pins are you are ready to go!