2 thoughts on “Timbuk2 Command Computer Messenger Bag, Ebony, Huge

  1. Aaron
    239 of 243 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Long-Time Timbuk2 Owner: An In-Depth, Comparative Review, March 1, 2015
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    Aaron

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    Long time Timbuk2 owner – this will be an in-depth review of the (Medium Twill) Timbuk2 Command 2015. I will make some comparisons between this bag and Command 2013 and the Classic Messenger 2014 models. The Command 2015 is largely a hybrid of these two models, but it comes with a few unique tricks of its own.

    UPDATE – after 4 months with the bag, I’ve added a few extra words here and there to update how my opinion of the bag has held up, as well as how the bag itself has held up (spoiler: both have held up quite well). Also, I added a couple of pictures, one including my true Every Day Carry.

    ###THE EXTERIOR###

    Overall look:
    This one is pretty easy to get the gist of from the pictures already on Amazon. It’s very clean. Nothing particularly surprising about the look in person that you wouldn’t get from the pictures.

    The shape:
    The bottom of the bag is not flat. This seems like an intentional design decision on the part of Timbuk2… and I’m not sure why. The bag does NOT sit up right when you set it down. It falls on its face. Check out the view from the side on Amazon’s photos and notice how the bottom slopes up from the back of the bag to the front. This problem doesn’t exhibit itself much if you keep the bag full… but I tend to run with a lot of empty space in there. This is the single biggest “detractor” for this bag.

    The strap:
    The strap is removable & reversible like the original Command messenger. However, unlike the original command, there is no “buckle” to undo. Instead you have the fairly handy Double-Loop CAM buckle that you’d find on the 2014 Classic. I was weary about this innovation on the 2014 Classic at first, but grew accustomed to it, and actually grew to prefer it after use. The strap distributes weight very well, but is an awkward length. It’s generously long… to a fault. I’m extremely tall and I still find the strap too long. You can adjust it quite easily, but I’ve found I adjust it to be as short as it can possibly go, and it’s still a little looser than I’d prefer. After a few months – I’m used to the strap. Not something I think about anymore.

    The handle:
    Okay, so if you don’t want to use the strap you’ve got the handle. The handle is much more prominent on the 2015 Command than the other model. The 2013 Command’s handle laid on the top of the bag when you weren’t using it. The 2015 handle is permanently in that arched position. It’s just much longer. Both of those handles are far and away better than the “grab handle” on the 2014 Classic, which was really never that useful (it was too far on the back of the bag, causing the bag to lean forward awkwardly when you used the handle). The handle is a high point on this bag (pun intended).

    The Hook Closure:
    Here’s where the 2013 Command and the 2015 Command start to differ. The hooks on the 2013 Command are attached to the bottom part of the bag (I.E. not the flap). For the 2015 Command, the hooks are now attached to the top part (on the flap). The difference is more than cosmetic. The attachment point of the hooks on the 2013 Command enabled you to cinch the bag closed at the bottom – a very handy feature which was brought into the 2014 Classic. The 2015 Command has no such attachment point, so instead it offers several loops to use the hooks on at various points. The bottom loop works if the bag is completely empty. The top-most loop if the bag is very full. This system cinches the bag closed from the front, which is not quite as handy as from the bottom. Also, you now have 4 discrete levels of “cinch”, whereas before you could use the length of the strap to set your desired level of tightness. It’s a trade off for having a cleaner face. I’m not sure how I feel about it yet. CORRECTION: after a few months – I’ve decided I’m in favor of the new mechanism. The old one left dangly straps that were irritating and loud when set it on a table. Plus – I’ve never once looked at this bag and thought “agh, I wish I could cinch that shut”. The main compartment just isn’t big enough to warrant it.

    The hook closure this bag take some skill to operate. The loops on the face of the bag are quite tight. There’s definitely no chance of them accidentally coming undone, and that’s nice… but I had a slight learning curve for hooking and unhooking them. Pro tip: unhooking is made easier by “rotating” them off, instead of using lateral force.

    The velcro closure:
    Okay, if you don’t want to use the hook closure there’s another option. The velcro silencing strips are integrated into the bag itself now, which is a cool perk. For the 2013 Command you got velcro silencing strips, but you kind of had to decide if you wanted to use them or not and just leave it that way. The 2015 Command you can switch back and forth easily as you see fit. The velcro closing mechanism only really…

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  2. Joe
    26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great improvement over the 2013 model., March 20, 2015
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    Joe

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    I upgraded to this bag from the Command 2013 model, and there were definitely enough changes to the bag to warrant the purchase. I’m on the go a lot, so I need a bag that can keep a decent amount of stuff organized throughout the day. I take frequent overnight trips to NYC, and this bag is compact enough to easily maneuver on Metro North trains and on the subway. I fly with a bag a few times a year, so it pulls double duty as my under-seat carry-on luggage. The medium sized bag is enough to carry most daily essentials, a compact u4/3 camera setup, a raincoat, and an extra change of clothes or so.

    I’ll give a rundown of the similarities and differences to the previous command bag below.

    Similarities:

    The external water bottle pouch is around the same size. I keep a 500mL bottle in there and it is held very securely in place.

    The twill fabric looks identical to the fabric on the 2013 model.

    The TSA clamshell function remains largely the same. In both models there’s enough space to shove a lightweight rain jacket in there to keep it from getting everything else wet, which is kind of nice.

    The laptop compartment and tablet pouch are around the same size, and they are still accessible from a separate zipper along the top of the bag.

    The “velcro silencers” are still there.

    Differences and Improvements:

    The shoulder strap is now identical to the one used on the standard Timbuk2 messenger bag. The adjustment buckle on the front feels less bulky, but it comes loose a bit more easily.

    The bag has a new strap closure system. I’ve found it to be a huge step up from the 2013 model, where the straps would constantly loosen as you lifted the bag. The straps are now integrated into the flap of the bag, and there are a series of loops across the front of the bag to take care of tensioning shut to different positions. This makes the bag stay securely shut, whereas on the 2013 model I found myself constantly fiddling to make sure the straps were still properly tensioned.

    The power adapter pocket has moved from the bottom of the bag to the top of the bag. It holds about half as much volume as it used to, so it will not work if you’re carrying around an old, bulky laptop charger. This disadvantage is overcome by the fact that you can now access the power adapter pocket without having to undo the main straps of the bag.

    The traditional front organizer pouch found on most other Timbuk2 bags is gone. There is a single deep pocket on the front of the bag now. Losing it has been a minor annoyance, but the front of the bag now looks a lot cleaner. Since there is no more front organizer the napoleon pocket has been enlarged, and the zipper sits closer to the edge of the flap. On the 2013 bag, getting to that pocket meant jamming your hand underneath a large portion of the flap, and the new zipper position makes the pocket significantly easier to access with the flap down.

    There is now a padded and lined napoleon pocket integrated into the flap itself. It fits my phone easily enough, and it could probably fit something as large as an iPhone 6 Plus. It could also accommodate the average guy’s wallet instead. I tend to keep both of those things in my pockets, so I haven’t really found a good use for that pocket yet.

    The internal organizer has moved from the front wall of the bag to the rear wall of the bag. It is now more uniform-feeling and has two larger pockets and two smaller pockets. The larger pockets are each about large enough to hold one regular-sized stick of deodorant or a portable USB battery pack. The smaller pockets are each about large enough to hold three to four pens or a single MagLite AA flashlight. There is a zippered pouch behind the organizer, which I use to keep spare USB cables and other smaller things that I used to keep in the front organizer pouch.

    The document-sized pocket now has a velcro closure at the top, and it is less prone to sagging because the internal organizer has been moved to the opposite wall of the bag. The pouch is still a little too short to accommodate a standard sized spiral-bound notebook, but continues to have no problem with composition notebooks and 8.5″x11″ documents.

    The luggage pass-through strap is now just a single strip of material that goes across the top of the bag, meaning it no longer feels as stable when attached to a suitcase. The 2013 model had a full sleeve through which you could pass your luggage handle, and it worked perfectly. This is the only change that I seriously dislike. I only fly a few times a year so it’s not that big of a deal, but I don’t understand why they got rid of such a great feature.

    Overall, I am extremely satisfied with this bag. If you’re looking for a solid “everyday carry” bag that looks good and is light and maneuverable enough to carry on…

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