Timbuk2’s made in San Francisco small Classic Messenger bag has been in my arsenal for the last week or so. This post won’t be a review, but rather a quick tour via several quick, handheld shots. This is the Timbuk2 “Classic” Messenger, size small, in black/black/black (1680 denier ballistic nylon) with the logo in Citron. Also pictured is the “Tough Tek” rubberized strap pad:
Inside, the bag is equipped with the “Laptop Loveglove;” you can see the leading edge of my MacBook Air peeking out. The Loveglove is a molded foam sleeve that’s suspended from the sides of the bag; as you can see, it features molded studs or dimples, which provide a little extra isolation and protection. The interior color (you can see a bit at the top of this shot) is “Old Gold,” by the way:
On the front of the bag are three zippered compartments which are handy for all manner of small items:
On the right (leading) edge of the front panel is the zipper to a hidden compartment that’s handy for boarding passes, or a (how quaint!) checkbook; you can reach under the bag’s flap and locate this zipper fairly easily, once you’ve tried it a few times:
The locking cam hardware performs the same function as those found on the offshore-manufactured Timbuk2 bags, but is a bit more sophisticated in appearance:
How is the cam lock helpful? Most times, if you’re using the bag as a daily bag, you’ll simply wear it over your shoulder, resulting in a large loop of extra strap material, as shown below. But for extra security and stability (say, you have to carry a large box, or a shopping bag or two), you’ll want to wear the bag messenger style, with the strap on your opposite shoulder. Just release the cam and the excess shoulder strap material is instantly released, making the switch to over your head/on your other shoulder easy:
A full review will follow in a week or two; for the moment, I’m really enjoying this bag. See it at the Timbuk2 site: Timbuk2 Small Classic Messenger
The custom Timbuk2 bags are all made in San Francisco; off the shelf bags, like the Freestyle I reviewed a few weeks ago, are made offshore. When you opt for a custom bag, you can specify the bag’s colors, accents, and features to exactly suit your needs; a dizzying array of materials and colors is available. I’ll do some direct comparisons between the custom and off the shelf bags in my full review. Stay tuned.