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Timbuk2 Especial Reviews Summary and Buyer's Guide

Last updated July 3, 2019

based on 570 reviews

We have checked hundreds of reviews and found 13 reasons to buy the Especial - and 2 reasons NOT to buy it.

Check all the pros and cons here.

87% of the reviewers give the Timbuk2 Especial a good or excellent rating!

Excellent (69%)
Good (18%)
Average (6%)
Poor (4%)
Bad (1%)


Reviews Summary

Here's what the reviewers think about the Timbuk2 Especial:

Reviewers like these things about the Timbuk2 Especial

  • According to users, the Timbuk2 Especial backpack is comfortable to use.
  • Laptop users lauded the presence of a padded sleeve dedicated to keeping their gadgets safe and secure.
  • Other users thought that water bottles could fit on its side stretch pockets.
  • Reviewers mentioned that its external compression straps make it possible to expand or cinch the bag.
  • They noticed that its front panel could be unzipped to expand the bag's volume. This may be essential when stashing extra bulk.
  • They also noted that the seams of the pack are robust.
  • Users found it easy to access the storage of the bag.
  • Testers said that the bag could be used for travel or daily commute to school or work.
  • Reviewers mentioned that the backpack is water resistant.
  • Other reviewers also found that its zippered pockets allow them to organize their things well.
  • Reviewers indicated that its hip and chest straps are easily stowed and put back on.
  • Other reviewers mentioned that the bag is fashionable to wear.
  • Testers praised the durable construction of the bag.

Reviewers don't like these things

  • A reviewer thought that the pads of the straps and the back soak up the sweat quickly.
  • Another reviewer noted that the bag is smaller than expected.


Crowdsourced specs across all Timbuk2 Especial models and sizes:

Capacity iconCapacity50 l (3051 cuin)
Weight iconWeight0.2-4 oz (0.1-1.8 kg)
Length iconLength4-13 in (10-33 cm)
Width6-20 in (15-51 cm)
Height3-21 in (8-53 cm)

The bag is recommended for these activities:


Popular Models

Timbuk2 Especial Tres

45% choose the Timbuk2 Especial Tres

45 %
Colors and combinations:


Weight iconWeight2.2 oz (1 kg)
Length iconLength9 in (23 cm)
Width14 in (36 cm)
Height21 in (53 cm)

Timbuk2 Especial Medio

36% choose the Timbuk2 Especial Medio

36 %
Colors and combinations:


Weight iconWeight1 oz (0.5 kg)
Length iconLength9 in (23 cm)
Width13 in (33 cm)
Height21 in (53 cm)

Timbuk2 Especial Raider

18% choose the Timbuk2 Especial Raider

18 %
Colors and combinations:


Weight iconWeight1.1 oz (0.5 kg)
Length iconLength9.5 in (24 cm)
Width7 in (18 cm)
Height18 in (46 cm)

Timbuk2 Especial tres vs Especial medio

The two most popular Timbuk2 Especial models are the Especial tres and the Especial medio, so let's compare them:

The Especial tres
Timbuk2 Especial Tres

The Especial medio
Timbuk2 Especial Medio

Popularity and Prices

In total, 81% of the people interested in the Timbuk2 Especial bags choose one of these two models. The most popular choice is the Especial tres which is choosen by 45% (1.2 times as many as the 36% that choose the Especial medio).

Especial tresEspecial medio
Most popular

Looking at the prices, the Especial tres is typically around $320 more expensive than the Especial medio, but check the deals before you buy.

Especial tresEspecial medio

Weight and dimensions

The weight of the Especial tres is 1.2 kg (42.3 oz) higher than the weight of the Especial medio.

Especial tresEspecial medio

If we look at dimensions, both the Especial tres and the Especial medio has the same length (9 in). Both bags are the same width (14 in), while the height is the same (both 21 in).

Features and Colors

Both models are available in black.

Feature Summary

Many sources mention these Timbuk2 Especial features:
  • Reflective
  • Waterproof
  • Ventilated back panel
  • Carry-on size
  • Laptop compartment

Some sources also mention these features:
  • Water bottle pockets
  • Compression straps

Actual features depends on the model, so check the features before you buy.

Capacity/Weight Levels

The capacity/weight level shows how much the bag weights compared with it's capacity (volume).

The lower the capacity/weight level, the better.

cuatro50 l4 oz0.08 oz/L


vs Timbuk2 Bags

The Timbuk2 Especial ranks #29 compared with the other Timbuk2 bags.

27Timbuk2 Cask
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28Timbuk2 Rogue
Timbuk2 Rogue
29Timbuk2 Especial
Timbuk2 Especial
30Timbuk2 Uptown
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31Timbuk2 Navigator
Timbuk2 Navigator

vs All Bags

The Timbuk2 Especial ranks #1645 compared with all the bags we have checked.

1643Arcteryx Pender
Arcteryx Pender
1644Timbuk2 Especial
Timbuk2 Especial
1645Camelbak Zoid
Camelbak Zoid
1646Dakine Freestyle
Dakine Freestyle
1647Vaude Jura
Vaude Jura

Vs Other Bags

Crowdsourced comparison of the Timbuk2 Especial vs the Chrome Citizen.

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Timbuk2 Especial vs Chrome Citizen

Timbuk2 Especial
Timbuk2 Especial


Based on 570 reviews
Capacity: 50 l
Weight: 0.2-4 oz
Price: $$$

Chrome Citizen
Chrome Citizen

Based on 165 reviews

Price: $$$

  • The Especial is rated slightly worse than the Citizen.
  • In total, we have checked and analyzed 735 reviews of the two bags.

Carry-on size
Compression straps
Laptop compartment
Ventilated back panel
Water bottle pockets

Both bags are available in these colors:

Only the Citizen is available in these colors:

Bag ID 31892. Images from Amazon Product Advertising API and shop datafeeds.

Last updated on July 03, 2019