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Created in reaction to the rise of mighty TSA in American airports, our new commute laptop messenger bag is approaching perfection. Its laptop compartment unzips to lie flat so you don't have to remove your laptop at airport security, and its waterproof TPU flap keeps your gear dry in a drizzle. Additionally, this laptop messenger bag has external water bottle pockets and a silly amount of internal organization for Pens, mice, cords, and bades, and our beloved red key fob. Thou shall never dig for thy keys or be last through the security line again.
Very well made bag, Medium would have been a perfect size for a 15" laptop. However I have a 13" MacBook and felt it was not quite snug enough, so I am exchanging it for a small and hopefully that will fit better. Plenty of space in the middle for a neck pillow and the outside flap pocket is perfect for easy access to your boarding passes. I really like this bag & I will update once I try out the smaller size as well.
UPDATE: The Small fit the 13" MacBook Pro a lot better than the medium, although it says the Small can fit up to a 15" laptop. I kinda wish they made an even smaller size for the 13" laptops. It really isn't that much smaller than the medium. It has all the same pockets and depth to it, just a little more narrow is all. It should fit a little easier under the airline seat though.
Overall a very well made bag and I am a happy customer.
My job is primarily travel-based, so a good messenger bag is a must. I switched from a Samsonite Colombian Leather Flapover Case, Brown, One Size to the Timbuk2 for a few reasons. Foremost, the Samsonite is an excellent, functional messenger bag with a great price and exceptionally good looks. The downsides are mostly preferential and the replacement reasons for me were as a result of the rigors of air travel. The leather began to look rough for wear and I intend on keeping it, so my newfound requirements became: non-leather material that wasn't boring black nylon, external water bottle pockets (I'm an instructor, so trying to teach all day with dry mouth sucks. External pockets make like a lot easier), water resistant (I bike commute when not flying around), and easy to remove laptops. This bag blows those requirements out of the water. While by no means...
I got the small and it's still bigger than I expected. I'm not sure why but the Timbuk2 sizing info seems to be very conservative. The small easily fits a 15" laptop. In fact, I put my 14" laptop plus iPad, Kindle, cables, etc. in my fairly compact CaseLogic bag, and that ENTIRE BAG fits inside the 'small' Timbuk2 Commute.
Pros: - Lots of room for stuff - Decent shoulder strap - Nice internal and external bottle holders
Cons: - Seems unnecessarily bulky when not carrying a huge amount of stuff. And it seems to me that if you are carrying a huge amount of stuff, you will be more comfortable with a backpack style bag to distribute the load better. - As others have noted, internal storage design is not great. The main compartment is just a huge cavern making it feel like Hermione's magical bag in Harry Potter. Unless you enjoy that sort of chaos, you will need to bring your own organizational solutions to this bag. - One issue...
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