NEWS – Rain can be a drag if the wet gets into your gear, but Timbuk2 has you covered. The Especial Messenger was introduced a few years ago for the hardcore bike commuter, and 2019 brings us some new designs to protect your stuff from gnarly weather forecasts.
We’ve got three new bags in the series for 2019. The Especial Scope (shown in the picture) is a top-loading pack with a waterproof external admin panel that can expand from 24 to 36 liters of carrying capacity. The Especial Shelter is a monster roll-top pack with a 48 liter capacity. The Especial Stash is a new 20 liter messenger bag design with a beefed-up shoulder strap for comfortable carry. Each bag features extra waterproofing, magnetic clasps, reflective hits for biking, a padded and waterproof 15″ laptop compartment, and an external mesh pouch for your water bottle or U-lock. The color scheme is urban-cool black on black.
We have an assortment of Timbuk2 packs and messengers in my house; I’ve been a fan for a long time. I never got my hands on the original Especial Messenger but it gets consistently great reviews for its design and use of high-end hardware/materials. It looks like those elements have been carried through in the new series. Each bag in the lineup retails for under $200. Check them out on the Timbuk2 web site!