If it wasn’t obvious long before now, we love a good messenger bag at Modern Vintage Man. We aren’t ashamed of that and we will go to great lengths to find the prefect bag, but the thing is the perfect bag for you, may not be the perfect bag for me. So we like to provide you with options. Timbuk 2 didn’t just let us review their bag, we got to pick out exactly how it would look, which is part of the fun.
The process to making a bag on the Timbuk2 site is easy and fun. With a wide variety of colors, patterns, and combinations. I fell in love with the Red Devil color, white piping, and white emblem. I would be lying to say I didn’t absolutely AGONIZE over the decision. My wife at one point said she already had a bag made and would be happy to complete the review since I couldn’t pull the trigger. Ultimately, my decision was easy and I felt good about once it arrived.
I also added a strap pad because to be honest, no matter what the bag if I didn’t have some padding on the strap, my shoulder would be killing me by the end of the day. I carry a lot of stuff. I like to be prepared. Who knows when I might be feel called to write something down in my journal, all 3 of them I am carrying around for review. (Yes, that’s right we have some journal reviews coming as part of our journaling series)
Now to the nuts and bolts. I should first add that Timbuk2 sent me a Crater Laptop Sleeve. Which for me is like my MacBook Pro’s new “lucky shirt” in that I pretty much use it constantly and without ceasing. It’s perfect for MacBook and because my laptop does get hot with some of the graphic work I do, the craters air holes allow it to breath a little, catch it’s breathe if you will. The Timbuk2 comes with a sewn in laptop compartment. While I enjoy the compartment, I did find myself wishing it was removable since I had the Crater Sleeve, but I doubt I would have felt that way had I not had it. It’s nice that there is somewhere for my laptop to be kept separate from the rest of my belongings.
The bag has comparable dimensions to most bags we review, but it seems to get bigger the more stuff I add to it. That has to do with the fact that it has a very free form shape and fits to whatever you put in it. While this is helpful for packing, it becomes cumbersome when putting the bag down. Mine tends to fall over, depending on how I put it down. It does have a handle at the top of the bag which adds for convenience when carrying around not on the shoulder and giving something to hold on to when throwing it over your shoulder.
This bag has pockets, oh does it have pockets. As you can see above, the front has FIVE pockets, just on the front. FIVE. I of course had to take advantage of all of them. I have a gum pocket. I am avid gum chewer and now I have a designated pocket.
-Plenty of space
-Many Customizable Options
MVM Score: 4/5
If this doesn’t fit your needs Timbuk2 has PLENTY of options. Play around and find out what works for you. Maybe we will more to show from Timbuk2
PPPSSSSSSS Did you see somethings in my bag that we haven’t reviewed yet? Hint: There is at least 3!