When I was a kid, someone told me (or perhaps I read it somewhere) that when you look into puddles in the street and see the reflections of streetlamps, what you’re seeing is really the gateway to Timbuktu.
Now, I’ve done my research, and apparently this is not a common belief.
This is backed up by my personal experience of jumping in puddles as a kid, half-expecting to go to this mysterious Timbuktu, and instead looking like a complete dunce.
Now that we’re all older, and we’ve finally figured where in the world Timbuktu is (it’s in Mali), some of us might actually go there.
Sadly, puddles won’t get you there, but the good news is that the serendipitously named Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag just might do the trick.
Shoulder Strap and Airmesh Pad
If you’re like me, many is the time you’ve loaded up your messenger bag with all the stuff needed for an afternoon at the coffee shop, slung it over your shoulder, and only then thought, “Wow. This isn’t at all comfortable.”
For those of us who don’t enjoy the occasional bout of light-headedness, Timbuk2 has fitted this bag’s shoulder strap with an airmesh pad.
Now you can cycle to the office, or even walk to the car, in comfort! There’s even a cross-body strap to add stability for you bikers.
Low Profile Grab Handle
This is a great feature.
While my current messenger bag also has this, it’s stitched into the top of the bag, which is great until I need to pick it up.
If it’s carrying any substantial weight (it usually is) and I haven’t buckled the front flap, the Velcro definitely won’t hold.
So much for picking up my bag and shoving off quickly.
In contrast, the Timbuk2’s is placed on the back of the bag, which means you can pick it up with no worries even if the closure straps aren’t buckled.
Did someone say, “Parkour”?
Features & Specifications
– CORDURA Nylon, weathered canvas, & waterproof TPU liner
– Zippered external pocket for on-the-go storage
– Internal pockets for a laptop or documents, and a water bottle
– XS, S, M, & L bag sizes
Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag Customer Reviews and Scores:
Amazon counts 105 customer reviews for this bag, and the general consensus is enthusiastic.
There were, however, a few complaints, mostly in regards to the laptop compartment not being padded.
This is a definite downside, but you can remedy it by using a laptop sleeve, which will add some padding and shock protection.
On the whole, customers are satisfied with the bag’s size, comfort, and design, and many say that it is their favorite!
Remember those puddles I mentioned?
While it’s true that they’re not actually secret portals to Timbuktu, there are less esoteric means of traveling there; though to be honest, it seems Timbuktu is actually pretty dangerous, and the U.S. Embassy discourages travel in the region.
But regardless of your chosen destination, the Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag can help you get there properly equipped, waterproofed, and with your spine in its upright and locked position!