Join Date: Mar 2004
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Timbuk2's do work, and for casual usage they are ok, my first messenger bag when I started riding for a living was a timbuk2.Then when it started leaking water in the rain I got a chrome bag and the difference is night and day, its not so much the bag but the strap system, center cinch-up and an integrated shoulder pad makes a really big difference.With the timbuk2 one of the first things you have to do is secure the add on pad they sell to the strap or it slides all over the place making is useless, plus it isnt long enough, when you put a big load in and have to let the strap out some the shoulder pad wont be on your shoulder anymore.The way the timbuk2 strap is locked leaves alot to be desired as well, sure it works, but cinching it up can be an exercise in itself.If your not making a bunch of stops and having to open it up all the time its not nearly as much of an issue, but when Im slammed with work, im making a stop every 5-8 minutes, you dont have time to screw around with the bag.Even with a decent strap and pad your shoulder gets abused, I have a whole bunch of T-shirts that have frayed tattered left shoulders from bag abrasion, when youve got 40-50lbs in the bag it starts to get pretty serious, timbik2's hurt with that kind of weight in them, its not unbearable, but it isnt comfortable either.