Is an extra-large Timbuk2 Messenger practical?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by cleanup, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. cleanup macrumors 68030


    Jun 26, 2005
    I really do want a Timbuk2 bag, but the only place in Toronto that sells them is Mountain Equipment Co-Op and their selection is slim.

    The site is having a sale right now and I can get an extra large ballistic nylon messenger for only $45. Shipping to Canada is $30. An extra-large messenger for $75 US, sans tax! A large laptop commute bag at MEC would run me $100 plus tax and I'd only have one colour option really (plain black). Plus MEC is a bit hard to get to for me.

    But is extra-large too large? I've looked at the dimensions and it seems enormous but I was wondering if anyone's had one or handled one and can tell me truly how big it is.

    I want to be able to carry my Macbook, two textbooks (say an inch thick or so), a binder/notebooks and a water bottle + pens/pencils, wallet, keys, phone, etc.

    This seems like a lot of stuff that my current bag, which I guess is like a medium Timbuk2 size, cannot really handle.

    So should I go for the large or the extra large? The extra large is over 2 feet long at the top... I feel like it'll look ridiculous on me if I'm just carrying a bit of stuff, or it'll just look plain ridiculous. I'm on the average to slim size and only have a 33 inch waist. A two foot bag would eclipse me and then some... but is it all that bad?

  2. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

    Jan 23, 2005
    I just got a timbuk2 commuter messenger bag for school, with a 15" laptop compartment in it. The bag is incredible, it holds all my books and feels sturdy enough to take the load, which is quite a lot. It looks pretty small but is HIGHLY expandable. I have all my notebooks for all of my classes and one textbook and calculator and some pens in there and can easily fit a book, iPod, phone, and more in there. It was $100 and well worth it.

    The store I got it from had that and I believe it was a large but may have been extra large. I thought it was HUGE. I was going to buy it when I saw it online because I wanted to eliminate the need for a locker and carry all my stuff with me everywhere. I walked into the store, saw the two, and didn't even have a second thought or a single regret about not getting it. And the commute messenger allows me to eliminate my locker anyway.

    But I mean that's just my opinion. It's a VERY spacious bag. You may like that though, or may not think it's too big. $75 is a great price too. It's your call.
  3. spikespike macrumors member

    Nov 15, 2007
    I just switched from a timbuk2 to a Chrome. I have to say I like the Chrome better due to better padding and support. Plus the buckle is hawt.

    Anyway, I would go for the large. It doesnt sound like you need to fit all that much in the bag, certainly not stuff thats extra bulky. I have a medium chrome bag and it fits my entire work outfit, a book, and lunch.

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