Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag

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After two decades of nurturing, Timbuk2 pushed their Classic Messenger Bag out of the nest and onto the street. Armed with a vastly improved cam buckle, side-entry Napoleon pocket, color-coordinated, three-zipper front organizer, and an incredibly useful slash pocket, the Timbuk2 Classic Messenger is all grown up. These feature upgrades mean better performance in everyday urban adventures. If only Timbuk2'd been this wise at 17.


  • Classic Messenger Bag with massive functional upgrades
  • Material: Durable ballistic nylon exterior
  • Waterproof TPU liner
  • True fit cam buckle for single-handed adjustments.
  • New three-zip front organizer with color coordinated zippers - black, gray, and black - to help you remember what goes where
  • Size XS has a one-zipper front organizer; all other sizes have a 3-zipper front
  • Napoleon side entry pocket with zipper closure for easy in/out without touching the messenger flap.
  • Slightly padded internal slash pocket provides a padded, firm place for you to store files.
  • Smart hook and loop placement for fast, easy closure and reduced sweater-pilling.
  • Internal organizer with red key tether
  • Red key tether clips your keys in place
  • Removable cross strap for cross-body stabilization while riding.
  • Coordinating Strap Pad included.
  • Vista loop for attaching blinky bike lights.
  • Cross strap not compatible with XS messenger.

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

18 Reviews

  • Ease of use: 4
  • Great design: 4
  • Build quality: 3
  • Performance: 2

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

18 Ratings & Reviews

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Loving this bag!
May 10, 2011

I really love this bag. I had been contemplating getting one, and when Altrec had a 20% off offer, I pounced at the chance to get it cheaper than if I had gone directly on Timbuck 2's sight. First of all this is one the most comfortable bags I've ever owned. You can fit a lot inside just the small bag. Oh and the service you get at Timbuck 2 is great. When I got the bag the buckle was broken, so I called and within a week I had a new buckle, no worries, no hassle. I'm looking forward to a long future with this bag.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Buffalo, NY
18-24 yrs

Best bag!
January 17, 2011

It took a while to get use to the switch from a bookbag to a messenger bag but it was so worth it. The bag is amazing! The small is the perfect size for everyday use and for school.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, aesthetically pleasing

fantastic bag
January 29, 2010

In just the right size, I use it everyday for school. Durable and comfortable to carry too. Love this bag!

Classic Messanger bag
January 29, 2007

I really like my messenger bag, it's great for class and hauling books all over campus. Although, one aspect I think would add a ton to the bag is a padded shoulder strap, my books are heavy therefore my shoulder would like a little lovin'..

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from New York, NY
25-34 yrs

November 25, 2012

Love this bag!! Small was perfect for 13" laptop & daily necessities. It's very durable & washable. Has survived a few storms and tumbles with no problem scrubbing city grime off with no wear or damage to the bag. Even kept everything in it dry. Would definitely recommend it!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from ashland, OR
35-44 yrs

Carry Everything in Style
December 07, 2010

I got this bag for my girlfriend who's a massage therapist - she needs to bring 2-3 sets of sheets plus other gear to the office daily, and she bicycles there. This bag does the trick, rain or shine, of carrying her load comfortably, efficiently, and completely weather proof! She is also looking forward to using this as a travel bag, and it's dimensions are great as a larger carry on.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use

Best Messenger I've Ever Bought!
March 26, 2010

I've looked at Timbuk2 bags before, but never got one. Once I bought this one, I wished I had years ago. I'm not the first to say, but I concur, this is the best, and last, bag you'll ever get.

Very happy with the bag
February 14, 2007

Great size, durable, looks great. I use it for the gym and when I go to work via train. Waterproof inside so great for taking to the pool also.

Excellent Bag
February 16, 2010

Love the color & style. My teenage daughter saw my bag and also wanted one for herself. Great quality!

better than a backpack
January 03, 2007

More than a fashion statement - a great way to haul your stuff whether by land, sea, or air - comfortable on a bike ride - but also works on a grocery shopping trip.

Great bag, but needs a strap
November 21, 2008

Great bag, nice organiser inside, sturdy material, BUT BUY THE PADDING FOR THE STRAP! I rode only about 10km and ended up with a nasty red mark across my chest because the strap material is quite coarse.


Minimalist gear bag.
February 16, 2010

Recently put Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag (sm) on a library to brewery commute. Held all my identity bits (wallet, phone and hat) and chemistry book (huge), spiral notebook and Dell Latitude D620 (power cord and wireless mouse) snugly/securely around my shoulder. I dub thee a perfect urban buddy.

Great for everyday commuting!
November 02, 2009

I bought the size small messenger bag, which is the perfect size for me! I can fit what school books I need in there, as well as anything else I may need throughout the day, with no problems at all. I love the compartments inside and the waterproof liner works great. I've lugged groceries around in my bag (sans books), while on my bike..it stays in place perfectly. Also, Altrec's customer service is superb! They are easy to contact if you have a problem and are more than willing to help you promptly solve it. I look forward to making my next purchase from the website soon.

Great bag!
February 06, 2007

Very satisfied with my new messenger bag. It has lots of pocket that fit my phone, ipod, wallet, bus pass & sunglasses, etc. Just love it!

Great bag for everyday or travel
February 16, 2008

I like to use this as my carry on bag when I travel because it has lots of pockets for multiple items. It is also nice because it is large enough to put magazines in it, plus other items. It is great as an everyday bag. I wish it just same with padding for the strap.

A great, classic, good looking bag for almost any occasion.
January 17, 2007

This is a really great bag. I have the black one and so far I love it. It works for lugging around my stuff and stuff for my three kids, plus it works well as a work-type bag for job interviews and everyday trying-to-look-professional attempts. The only thing I wish it had that it doesn't (and this isn't a huge deal) is some kind of pad at the top of the shoulder strap so there would be a little extra comfort on your shoulder when you've got a heavy load. Otherwise, it's perfect!

Classic Messenger Bag ( Medium )
February 06, 2007

Timbuk2 definitely makes a high quality product. The bag is extremely functional and very durable. You will absolutely get a lot of wear and tear out of this one. However, because of the size of the classic messenger and the potential to hold so many things, you would think that Timbuk2 would already include a shoulder strap with the bag, right? Go figure. I also wish that there was a size in between the medium and small. That said, overall, it's still a very functional bag.

Great bag for on the go
January 03, 2007

Great trave Bag, holds all my electronics, camera, phone, extra set of clothes, seperate pockets to store it all away including pockets on outside under the flap which are great for passport, wallet, and airline tickets for easy access.

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size xs, size small, size medium, size large and size extra large: xs, s, m, l, xl.

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