The best for laptops
The Timbuk2 Command Messenger Bag is a well-designed bag that’s built to manage any commute, from bicycle to subway to airplane.
Timbuk2 was founded in 1989 when a San Francisco bike courier set out to design a new, efficient messenger bag. Since then, the company has perfected its original model and built a number of variations and other kinds of bags, like backpacks and luggage.
The Command messenger bag was built for organization. The bag is generously endowed with pockets, buckles, and zippers for all your needs. When the bag is closed, there are three side entry pockets on the front that you can still access, and each one is closed securely with zippers. One smaller pocket is felt-lined, making it perfect for a smartphone or other electronics. The largest side pocket sits behind it, and is big enough for a bicycle U-lock, a magazine or newspaper, or a tablet, while the third pocket is on the other side of the flap and fits items like a power adapter or sunglasses.
Spinning the Command around, the laptop pocket is accessible through a zipper on the back of the bag, completely isolating it from the main compartment underneath the flap. The pocket is well padded, and there’s a second pocket for a tablet. You can also separate the laptop to conform with TSA standards when traveling. On the back of the bag, outside of the laptop section, a luggage handle pass-through lets you place the bag securely on top of a roller bag.
The inside of the bag is extremely organized, which is always a welcome feature for a bag you’re commuting with. Interior zip pockets keep smaller items accessible, while pockets for pens, pencils, and other supplies keep the essentials handy.
There’s an exterior pocket for a water bottle, which can fit just about any type of bottle. At the top of the bag, a padded handle makes carrying the bag by hand a breeze. Like many Timbuk2 bags, the shoulder strap has a quick-release buckle, which lets you lengthen and shorten the strap with one easy motion. It’s a real help if you’re biking or carrying a heavy bag.
The bag is lined with a weather-resistant material to keep your belongings safe whatever the day may hold. There are many color options and multiple sizes of the Command bag available, so make sure to check the dimensions to see which one you need.
Pros: Padded handle, adjustable strap, tons of pockets and organization
Cons: Some reviewers have suggested the laptop sleeve is thinly padded