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Timbuk2 Walker Laptop Backpack

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Rating: A-

Timbuk2 is a San Francisco-based company that specializes in messenger bags and backpacks. They appeal to hipster bicyclists and as far as I can tell are the chief competitors of Chrome Industries (the “Comcast” of hipster messenger bag manufacturers). Recently Timbuk2 opened their first Chicago store in Bucktown / Wicker Park, only a couple blocks from a Chrome store.

It’s quite a spiffy place where they have a bag for nearly every occasion. One of my close friends landed a job there, so I now end up in there pretty often. Once when my power went out, I spent the day working at the Timbuk2 store on top of some astro turf. Another time I was there and a thirty-something Danish couple came in, and I talked to this very tall and muscular man about Lars Von Trier films while a guy was doing the robot. Timbuk2 has also fed me and given me many cans of Revolution beer at happy hour store parties.

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Anyway, my friend owed me some money for a wedding. I needed a new backpack for work, so I decided to get paid back in light duty cargo transport. As a post-college grad who is now purportedly an adult male, I’d ideally like a swanky brief case. On the one day a week I have to go to commute to work, though, it’s two hours from when I leave my Chicago apartment to when I get to the office in Naperville, and there’s a lot of walking involved. I needed something with solid weight distribution and a messenger bag or briefcase wasn’t going to cut it.

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Normally I think it would be absurd to buy a $250 backpack, but my friend’s store discount and the money he owed me let me set my sights on the Walker Laptop Backpack.  The Walker is part of Timbuk2’s luxury Distilled collection, which also contains a briefcase and messenger bag. They’re the classiest bags the company has.

The exterior of the bag is a thick brown waxed canvas, that looks more like a dark grey to me—that’s lined with brown leather. It’s completely waterproof, which I’ve unwillingly tested a few times now. There’s a fairly substantial front pocked for items you need immediate access to and a side pouch that securely fits an umbrella or water bottle. The back straps seem very thin, but I find them and the back of the pack to be quite comfortable. Even when I have a lot of stuff, the weight never seems that bad thanks to solid distribution.

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Access to the backpack is done through a lunch bag-style front flap that’s all the rage now in hipster  backpacks, but is rather tastefully done here. There’s also a magnetic part at the top of the sides that lets you seal the pack when closed so water doesn’t get in.

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 The inside has a classy, striped fabric that gives the bag even more of a luxury feel. The pocket in the back of the bag snuggly fits a laptop. On the Timbuk2 website, they say the bag only fits a 15” MacBook Pro, but it easily accommodates my four-year-old, thick, 17” Asus. The middle section is the biggest and could easily a few changes of clothing for a weekend trip, and it’s wide enough to fit vinyl. There’s also a “secret” zipper pouch in the middle that would probably be best for important documents.

Towards the front of the backpack is a convertible pouch. A button snap can separate it into two distinct pouches for you to organize smaller items, or you can keep it as another big pouch. Overall, there’s lots of storage, and it’s easy to organize and access your stuff.

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Really the only flaw with the Walker is the button snaps that close the top flap. There are two sets of snaps and that’s very nice for when you’ve got a bulky load. The problem is it’s hard to secure them, and it requires some feeling around back there. Timbuk2 left room for you to insert a finger under the snap and that helps, but it’s still difficult and you never get the feeling that the bag is securely closed. While it wouldn’t have looked nice for them to use Velcro or a zipper, I’ve seen other Timbuk2 bags with magnetic snaps. That would have been a game changer in this situation.

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I don’t think I could have ever justified buying a $250 bag if it hadn’t been a “gift”; however, this is certainly one of the nicest things I own. When I wear it, I feel like a sophisticated man and not like one of those awkward businessmen in suits carrying an elementary school kid’s backpack.

-James P. 

Nice review; I bought a Chrome Barrage Cargo around the end of last year because I needed something a bit bigger than what I had that was also going to be able to last me a while. I managed to snag it on some kind of sale, as I don’t remember paying more than $100 for it and apparently it’s priced at $180 now. While I’m happy with the bag, literally every regret I have about it, from its appearance to its lack of practical pouches/compartments would be solved by this bag here.

Not sure I’d be comfortable pulling the trigger on a $250 bag either, but I went from a cheap but way too small Timbuk2 messenger bag that billed itself as great for a Macbook without actually having room for much beyond the computer and its charger to this Chrome that, while nice, has its fair share of issues. Maybe I should swing by that Timbuk2 shop and take a look around.

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Today feels like a Trip Shakespeare/Semisonic/Dan Wilson day.

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JHW III is making some pretty Sandman pages, but you want to tell me how I should read this? Is it a double page spread and should I read those top 4 panels, then the two wide triangles, then the four triangles on the bottom? Or do I read top to bottom on each page?
I’m not actually asking, as I figured it out after reading word balloons in the wrong order, but this kind of layout confusion shouldn’t be a thing by someone as talented as JHW III, especially on a book like Sandman.

JHW III is making some pretty Sandman pages, but you want to tell me how I should read this? Is it a double page spread and should I read those top 4 panels, then the two wide triangles, then the four triangles on the bottom? Or do I read top to bottom on each page?

I’m not actually asking, as I figured it out after reading word balloons in the wrong order, but this kind of layout confusion shouldn’t be a thing by someone as talented as JHW III, especially on a book like Sandman.

And focusing on Marvel and DC at the expense of the dozens of other publishers in comics, and then declaring comics a failure at San Diego Comic-Con, is incredibly myopic. It’s a mistake to think that Marvel and DC are all that mattered, that their new events or announcements dictate the future of capital-c Comics. Marvel and DC are comics, just like the other publishers, and they make some great ones when they let the creators do their own thing. But at this point? You can’t treat them like the entirety of the comics industry, or even two companies that can dictate the future of comics. They run the movies, and that’s cool, but running comics? It’s just not true any more. Image in particular outsells Marvel in the book market as far as trade paperbacks go, and that holds true in the comics market lately, too. That’s no coincidence. People enjoy Marvel and DC, but they want more than Marvel and DC.

If the announcements from the Big Two felt lackluster, but the fans still had a great time, how did comics fail? That sounds like a Marvel & DC problem. Vertical debuted Moyoco Anno’s brand new book In Clothes Called Fat at the show, a comic geared toward adult women. They sold out of Fumi Yoshinaga’s What Did You Eat Yesterday?, a romance/cooking comic. At Image, we sold out of Greg Tocchini & Rick Remender’s Low, an aquatic sci-fi tale, and Nick Dragotta & team’s Howtoons, a comic geared toward getting kids interested in the science through practical play. Boom! burned through Lumberjanes, a comic about girls at camp. These aren’t your normal comics, and people were eating them up.

After two bad “Comic-Con was bad for comics!”/”Comic-Con was good for comics!” pieces, io9 lets iamdavidbrothers do his thing, and the result is—surprise surprise—a great piece that’s head and shoulders above the traditional (print) comic coverage on the site*.

(* I specify print because Lauren does really good webcomics stuff over there, because Lauren is great.)

Good stuff here

(Source: graemem, via iamdavidbrothers)

edwardspoonhands:

downto142:

frettedtoflame:

renrevenge:



I’M FUCKING SCREAMING OMGGGGGG THE TIME HAS COME FOR THE 90S TO ROMANTICIZED BY NON-90S KIDS FUCK

I feel like a legend.

Check out the list of the year-end Top 10 of 1994. ACE OF BASE IS ON IT THREE TIMES!
1”The Sign" Ace of Base
2”I Swear" All-4-One
3”I’ll Make Love to You" Boyz II Men
4”The Power of Love" Céline Dion
5”Hero" Mariah Carey
6”Stay (I Missed You)" Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories
7”Breathe Again" Toni Braxton
8”All for Love" Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting
9”All That She Wants" Ace of Base
10”Don’t Turn Around" Ace of Base
This was the year, btw, that Dookie came out, the biggest punk album of the 90s. Longview, the first single of Dookie, peaked at #36 on the Hot 100. THIRTY SIX! 
Oh god there was so much bad music in the 90s. So much…at least the bad music these days is fun to dance to. Look at this list…it was like the highest form of popular entertainment was closing your eyes and FEELING THE FEELS.

Oh, you did not just speak ill of Ace of Base, did you? I feel like John Darnielle has a signal that goes off whenever folks speak ill of Ace of Bass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhNmwIH057g

edwardspoonhands:

downto142:

frettedtoflame:

renrevenge:

I’M FUCKING SCREAMING OMGGGGGG THE TIME HAS COME FOR THE 90S TO ROMANTICIZED BY NON-90S KIDS FUCK

I feel like a legend.

Check out the list of the year-end Top 10 of 1994. ACE OF BASE IS ON IT THREE TIMES!

1”The SignAce of Base

2”I SwearAll-4-One

3”I’ll Make Love to YouBoyz II Men

4”The Power of LoveCéline Dion

5”HeroMariah Carey

6”Stay (I Missed You)Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories

7”Breathe AgainToni Braxton

8”All for LoveBryan AdamsRod Stewart and Sting

9”All That She WantsAce of Base

10”Don’t Turn AroundAce of Base

This was the year, btw, that Dookie came out, the biggest punk album of the 90s. Longview, the first single of Dookie, peaked at #36 on the Hot 100. THIRTY SIX! 

Oh god there was so much bad music in the 90s. So much…at least the bad music these days is fun to dance to. Look at this list…it was like the highest form of popular entertainment was closing your eyes and FEELING THE FEELS.

Oh, you did not just speak ill of Ace of Base, did you? I feel like John Darnielle has a signal that goes off whenever folks speak ill of Ace of Bass. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhNmwIH057g

(Source: theacheofmodernism)