Timbuk2 Commute Laptop Backpack


Timbuk2 Commute Laptop Backpack: It’s more than just a messenger bag!

The top handle makes this bag extremely suitable for travel. It also has a laptop sleeve in the rear that is TSA friendly; this is a great asset to the bag. A quick look at how it works reveals a zippered sleeve that allows it to lie flat when the bag rests on its back. There is a padded pocket with a diamond–print design, where you can simply slide your laptop in. The bag is available in three sizes: small, medium, and large. The medium sized bag, is just able to handle a 17 inch MacBook. You can secure it along with two large external hard drives with the use of Velcro straps, and when your bag passes through the x-ray machine, all of your gear will remain together just like you left it. This is an extremely convenient feature as you will not be trying to stuff your laptop back into a full bag; that can be quite frustrating. Being able to get to your iPad or laptop without the inconvenience of digging through the main compartment saves time, and is convenient whether traveling or not.

Special features

Because the laptop sleeve has been placed at the rear of the bag, Timbuk2 Commute Laptop Backpack has the refreshing side effect of keeping the contents of the bag properly aligned. As the inflexible laptop is sitting against your back, it automatically pushes the interior pockets’ contents forward. This prevents the bag from resting at an awkward angle, even when it has been tightly packed. I did have some concerned about the pressure I might be putting on my laptop if I put too many books inside. However, all sides of the space have plenty of padding and for this I was thankful. In order to secure the bag to your wheeled luggage, there is a Velcro-enclosed pass-through around the exterior of this section.

Is the strap comfortable?

It appears to me that this strap layout would be uncomfortable; but that proves to be deceptive. Many messenger bags, as an example, the Chrome’s Buran, are using an asymmetrical strap, which includes extra padding for placement over your clavicle and bears the entire load. The strap on the Commute bag is symmetrical, except for the adjusting clip. Within this system, the weight is somehow distributed so evenly that even when the bag is loaded heavily, it still never feels as though it is boring into your shoulders.

Of course, even with this minor situation, overall, Timbuk2 Commute Laptop Backpack is exceptional. If you are a true cyclist, I would point you in the direction of other models within the Timbuk2 line-up; however, for the majority of users the Commute will satisfy all of your daily needs. The bag is very reasonably priced, especially when you consider the quality of the materials and the fact that a lifetime warranty is included.


The majority of bags with this design use plastic buckles or sew the strap directly to the exterior. You never hear that plastic-on-plastic creaking sound usually heard with other bags; with the Commute’s buckles, which appear and feel as though they were real metal. The pieces that join the buckles allow them to rotate; in this way it is easy to keep straps from getting twisted. There is one small issue with the way the adjustment clamp is set up. The Commute shortens the fabric of the strap at the top, not at the bottom, like a Mission Workshop messenger bag, which seems to be a smarter way of doing things. When you put the bag on, you will have to fight the friction caused as the shifting fabric moves across your shoulder when you tighten the strap. Timbuk2 Commute Laptop Backpack is the right choice for you.


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