Product Review: Timbuk2 Backpack

Recently, a friend joined me in Boston three-day visit. I’m a horrible packer, so I brought a huge duffel bag stuffed with at least 5 different tops and necklaces. Did I really need to bring all of these things? No, but I get anxious that I bring too little and quickly grab another item, just in case. When I head to California in a month, it’ll be worse.

All my travel-efficient friend brought was this Timbuk2 backpack. Not only could she easily carry it while walking around, but she could fit her laptop, a kindle, a cosmetic bag, and 3 days worth of clothing. Plus, it is TSA friendly, so she can take her laptop out without taking off the entire backpack. And, there is a handle on the side so she could take it out of the overhead bins with ease. So easy!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I travel frequently with Gant on the plane, and I need my hands free so I can hold┬áhis dog carrier. I had never seen a backpack like this before, so I had to take a look at Timbuk2’s website.

They are a San Francisco based company, with retail stores in Seattle, Chicago, Denver, and a few others. In addition to backpacks, they sell customized messenger bags, high end women’s handbags, luggage, and more. They even have this adorable dog carrier. Although it wouldn’t work on a plane, it’s great if you’re always on the go and you need to take your pooch with you.

After a bit of research, I purchased the Showdown Laptop Backpack. It has three zipper pockets in the front, 2 zipper compartments, an inner zipper pocket, and a place for your 15″ iPad or Macbook Pro, where you can easily take it in and out without taking off the whole backpack.

Showdown Laptop Backpack from Timbuk2

I can fit his leash, harness, trash bags, a ziploc bag of food, treats, a small toy, wallet, sunglasses, notebook, iPad, charger, water bottle, a magazine and a book.

But the most important thing? There is a pocket for everything, so you’re not constantly digging around trying to find your pen or notebook.



In the back I can store my iPad/Computer, a book, and any paperwork I may need for Gant, and can easily pull them out when the TSA requests the information. Inside the second pocket I place my headphones, pens, chargers, and wallet. There’s even room for a magazine I’ll buy at the terminal.

I look forward to using this backpack for not only this trip, but for future adventures. And maybe I’ll pack less next time…



Final Tally:

Ease of Website: 5 out of 5
Shipping and Delivery: 5 out of 5. Quick turnaround.
Backpack Design: 5 out of 5. Read all about the features above.
Price: 4 out of 5. For what you’re getting, it’s a pretty great deal. Just don’t like how price is different based on color. This backpack is on the lower end. You can buy one for $200 or more.
Overall: 4.75 out of 5

Showdown Laptop Backpack, $89.00 – $99 depending on color (mine was $89)
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