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TIMBUK2 Spin Shoulder Laptop Messenger Bag


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  • Slash pocket on the reverse side suitable for most 13 inch (XS/S) and 15 inch (S/M) MacBooks with a sleeve on.
  • Bag with zip fastener and organisation pockets inside for your stationery, iPlayers etc.
  • Watertight flap construction to protect from water.
  • The buckle with memory function ensures that you don't need to readjust every day to get the perfect fit: simply open the buckle, throw the bag over your shoulder and close the buckle again for a perfect fit every time.
  • Padded shoulder strap ensures a comfortable wear.

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Product Specifications

Height 28 centimetres
Length 39 centimetres
Width 10 centimetres
Weight 500 Grams

Product Description

This streamlined, satchel-style bag is built for speed. ber-simple and lightweight, it?s perfect for grab it-and-go errands or commutes. A hook and loop strap with watertight flaps keeps everything safe and sound, including your laptop, which you can tuck into the internal slash pocket. Off you go

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 39 x 10 x 28 cm ; 499 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 540 g
  • Item model number: 421-2-4082
  • ASIN: B008MOGT7E
  • Date first available at 27 Mar 2013
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,500 in Luggage (See Top 100 in Luggage)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Good bag, needs a goofy version 12 Mar 2013
By ringo - Published on
Colour Name: black/black/black Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I've been using (and wearing out) messenger bags for about 20 years now (before they were trendy...), so I was happy to find this one. It is a real messenger bag, as in "appropriate for using on a bicycle, not just looking cool on the commuter train."

The keystone of the cycle-friendly design is a two-part adjustable/openable buckle on the shoulder strap. When cycling (or speed walking), you really want your bag to be high up and tight against your body, to minimize play and have a controlled center of gravity. Problem is, you can't take the bag on and off when the strap is tightened up all the way, so you loosen it, and then re-tighten it, and then re-loosen it, and eventually it wears out. What this bag has is a strap with a loop on the end, and a buckle that opens into the loop. So opening the buckle doesn't give you an open strap, just a looser one - you can open the buckle to take off the bag, but keep the tighter adjustment setting. I love it. But. When you're wearing the bag over your left shoulder the buckle is in front of your right armpit, which makes it easy to adjust the strap. When you're wearing the bag over your *right* shoulder, however, the buckle is sitting on top of, or right behind, your shoulder. Not a good place for a hard thing with a lot of weight on it. (I also worry about the loop getting caught in an accident, but I live in a very urban environment).

The bag has other features that are also mixed blessings:

- The strap is attached at a slight angle to the plane of the bag, again making it bike-friendly. But the attachment points for the strap are tiny, maybe 1''x2'', and sewn in with no kind of fabric reinforcement.

- The flap is velcro-closed, and the hook part of the velcro is on the bag, as two long vertical strips, with the loop part on the flap. This is good engineering: hooks are far more likely to catch on a sweater or hoodie inside the bag, and long vertical strips mean you can close the bag if it's overstuffed as well as relatively empty. However, the long attachment area is also LOUD when opening the flap, which may not be a good thing in a lecture or meeting. Straps and buckles would dangle, so there is always a tradeoff.

- There are no accessible pockets when the bag is closed, which makes for a sleek profile. I personally prefer one wide pocket on the body side of a bag for things you'd want to get to without opening it, but again, it's a tradeoff. This bag has two small pockets (one zippered, one not) on the outside of the bag but under the flap, and some small organizer-style pockets on the inside. There is nothing appropriate to hold a water bottle.

- There is a large compartment for your macbook (the company knows its demographic). This compartment is unpadded, though it does do a good job of holding a laptop tight against your body. Again, designed for cyclists.

- The bag is made in Vietnam, not that other place.

Overall, I found this to be a good bag, but not a great one. Also, unfortunately, not for lefties.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Lightweight and Well Made, But... 18 Mar 2013
By Tamara Thorne - Published on
Colour Name: black/black/black Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I love Timbuk2's products because they're sturdy, well made, and reliable. This little messenger bag easily holds my 15" MacBook Pro -- and almost assuredly would hold a 17" laptop. This is a no-frills bag with a wide adjustable strap that feels good on the shoulder. There's a zippered pocket on the outside as well. Inside, there's a slash pocket to hold the laptop and the rest is one large opening. I use this bag every day and carry my laptop and Kindle, along with their chargers and my iPhone charger, wallet, brush and other personal items, and can easily throw a small lunch, cds, and a sweater or lightweight jacket in as well. The Velcro closures are huge and strong. They won't let you down.

The one thing that worries me is the absolute lack of padding. Don't drop your bag and expect no damage to your computer. If it had a little padding, I'd give it five stars.

Let me recommend a more expensive bag Timbuk2 Commute 2012 Laptop Messenger Bag for added safety. You won't fit a 17" MacBook in it, but it holds a 15" beautifully and doesn't weigh that much more, but is far more detailed and very padded, with clasps over the Velcro for added protection. It is also built so that you can board planes without taking it out of the case to get through the TSA checkpoint. I use this bag whenever I'm traveling or there's a possibility of knocking my computer around at conferences and so forth. But for everyday use, the Spin Messenger reviewed here is perfect. Timbuk2 is a brand I always know will last. Recommended.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Perfect for travel 28 Feb 2013
By Lyric - Published on
Colour Name: black/black/black Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Just received this product and really like it. I travel with my 15" laptop and this bag affords me room behind the main part of the bag for a safe place to store the laptop. Truthfully, I could take my 17" laptop in this bag too because laptop space is large enough to accommodate it. Meanwhile the larger section of the bag is good for my Kindle, paper notebooks, presentation folders etc.
Or that larger space can be used to hold a sweater or a lightweight jacket in addition to any other stuff that I need when on the road. I like the zipper compartment with the strap and snap hook for keys. Plus there are pockets for pens, phones of any type etc. I always carry extra contacts and glasses and there is enough space to hold them too.
Nice padded shoulder strap. I've already tossed the bag that I previously used for this purpose as this Timbuktu bag is lightweight and has more functionality.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
No frills Timbuk2 messenger 28 Mar 2013
By Ed - Published on
Colour Name: black/black/black Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I am a very big fan of Timbuk2 and have several of their bags. The Spin Messenger is meant to be a simplified version of their classic messenger bag. And it is. There's only one zippered pocket on the outer section of the bag and a few inner pockets for small items. Really, though, the Spin is all about the main compartment. The divider allows you to throw in a small laptop or tablet as long as you use a padded sleeve with it and the main compartment is fairly spacious. It's definitely meant to hold less volume than Timbuk2's classic messenger. The shoulder strap is also simpler in design than the classic messenger and the flap uses velcro to stay closed. The overall feel of the Spin is that of a no frills, bare bones messenger with the usual Timbuk2 quality. If that's what you're looking for, the Spin will be a great fit. Keep in mind, however, that it's not much cheaper than the classic messenger bag, depending on the size. And the classic Timbuk2 messenger is an amazing messenger bag in its own right.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Good no-frills bag, but loud velcro! 6 Oct 2013
By JG - Published on
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It's a simple bag but I like it, no frills and not bulky; just right for taking daily to work via public transit (subway in my case) or bike and have papers, personal items, e-reader, tablet etc. It could fit a small laptop, but wouldn't provide much protection so I'd recommend getting something different for that.

One problem: the velcro securing the main flap is way too loud when you pull it apart! That may seem like a silly complaint, but it definitely bothers me. I feel like I can't open it in the office. I'm planning on taking whatever measures necessary using the tools at my disposal to quiet it...
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