We’re actually not sure if the TimBuk2 Classic Messenger Bag is actually a laptop bag. The website says it is, But the dedicated laptop storage area seems weak. Unlike the average smartphone, most laptops have relatively sharp edges so the lack of padding makes the laptop very pronounce in the bag.
If you do get the TimBuk2 Classic Messenger Bag, consider getting a padded sleeve for your laptop.
The TimBuk2 Classic Messenger Bag is made from Cordura Fabric which doesn’t mean much given that there’s a multitude of Cordura Fabric types but in general, the material is going to wear well over time.
One of the things that I really like about the TimBuk2 Classic Messenger Bag are all the different colors and designs that you can choose from. I’m not a splashy person but even I can’t stand the drab black laptop bag.
When it comes to water resistance, the Cordura fabric offers great water protection. Zippers are usually terrible for water resistance but the TimBuk2 Classic Messenger Bag doesn’t have any exposed so the contents of your bag are going to stay dry.
You can store a lot in the TimBuk2 Classic Messenger Bag. The large pockets works well with oversized items like over-ear headphones and there’s even a dedicated space for a water bottle. There isn’t a lot of small pockets to store other stuff but enough for a pen, a bunch of business cards and something larger like a portable pack of facial tissues. There are three smaller zippered compartments for loose items.
The strap on the TimBuk2 Classic Messenger Bag is quite wide which means you’ll be able to haul it around a bit longer. There is a secondary strap to the TimBuk2 Classic Messenger Bag which improves the stability of the bag on your body which is nice.
In general, the bag is fairly easy to use if you can get use to Velcro on the bag. It does take a bit more effort to open but that’s a compromise you’ll have to make with this type of bag.
At the end of the day, for $80 bucks, the TimBuk2 Classic Messenger Bag is a good deal.