• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    This bag is a true beauty

    The first day I used this pack, there was this crazy icy slushy snowy rainy storm, and the Inspire stood up to the elements like a champ. This is exactly why I wanted it - something I could bring on my commute (which includes some good time spent outdoors in the New England weather) and not worry about leakage in on my precious MacBook Pro or iPad. Those aren't exactly things you want to throw to chance with a $30 bag from someplace else.
    There a lots of good pockets and a ridiculous amount of space inside the bag, like you'll be looking for more things to carry with you. Cargo seems to disappear inside, in both the way the bag holds everything and the fact that it's (minor drawback) kind of dark inside. If you want to carry your gadgetry outdoors in the world, then this is it.

    91 of 95 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    My new favorite bag!

    Every time I use this bag I find more reasons why I love it. I was just looking for a well priced everyday bag and I still can't believe this bag wasn't a lot more expensive for what you get. This is my 4th Timbuk2 bag and they continue to impress.

    Here are some of the features that i've discovered in just the first week of use.
    -much roomier then it seems. easy to keep packing more in and utilize the roll top
    -new roll top clip closure design is faster then a zipper and silent for those times you want to slip out toward the end of a meeting but don't want a loud zipper making you the center of attention as you pack up.
    - easy access to the laptop/tablet compartment and storage pockets on the outside of the bag
    - I didn't even know it was water proof! got caught in the rain with a laptop and iPad. Saved them both from ruin.
    - lots of loops and straps to attach things on the out side. Have not used that yet but makes me confident i'll always have room to cary more.
    - and of course it just looks really cool!

    bottom line. If you have a lot of tech gear that you want to safely, conveniently and stylishly cart around you can't go wrong wit this bag.

    85 of 90 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best urban backpack ever!!!

    First of all, it's very water resistant, so you won't have to worry about your devices if it starts raining or even if someone spills a drink on your bag.

    Second, it has great support for your back.

    Third, I'm amazed at how much you can fit in this bag without it looking even the slightest bit bulky!

    Fourth, it's super stylish.

    Fifth, it's made of durable, quality materials.

    Five stars!

    65 of 71 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    More cool than practical

    I've owned this bag for maybe six months now. I wanted to expose it to the weather of Cleveland ohio which, if you don't know, changes fairly quickly. I use the bag for commuting on my road bike almost everyday rain or shine. the bag is very comfortable even when its loaded with stuff. The slots for the mac book and iPad where a good idea, but you can use them for other things too. the back is a little cramped and dark on the inside, but that shouldn't be an surprise because when its opened it fairly tall. that bag IS NOT WATER PROF, just water resistant only on the front and the sides, not the back or bottom of the bag so be carful. You mac book isn't 100% protected from the elements. Oh and if you're wondering that cool metal thing is on the shoulder strap, it a sun/eye glass holder, bottle opener, and and be used to hang your keys with a carabiniere.

    20 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No joke.

    I've never written a review before, but feel compelled because this bag is so perfect. I use it every single day. It distributes weight evenly and comfortably, which somehow manages to make whatever you're carrying feel lighter. It looks rad, has a ton of easy-access pockets and dividers, it stays clean, is basically indestructible, yet somehow costs less than half comparable backpacks like Chrome. I don't get how... but I love it!

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome bag!!!

    I bought this bag to carry my 13" Macbook Pro to school. It's great, gives me plenty of space and protects my very expensive computer. I love how it's waterproof and obviously made very well. Another thing that I didn't know, but found out when I read the material included with the bag, is it comes with a lifetime warranty and Timbuk2 will repair it at any time. The one small complaint I have is that there are a couple large pockets with nothing to help secure smaller items inside.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited room, difficult to access, and your stuff gets wet.

    This bag is nice for sunny days when you don't have much to carry. It cannot carry much as space is limited and it doesn't expand easily or have any give. Getting your wallet or other stuff out of the front pocket is a pain. Finally, on rainy days your stuff gets wet. In the main compartment, my books were damp on some corners and edges. In the top pocket, my iPhone screen was damp, too. I was not riding at high speeds in torrential rains either. My commute to work is only twelve minutes in the rain, but my stuff still got wet. Not recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Understated Efficiency


    Living in the mountains on a dusty road, staying in hotels and campgrounds while traveling, hiking on day trips, and backpack trips – all these make protecting a MacBook Pro a top priority. Timbuk2’s Spire does it – and more – efficiently and effectively.

    The 15-inch bag provides more than enough space for a 13-inch MBP, all its accessories, and more. When loaded, its mesh backing, padded shoulder straps, plus a pick-up handle and sternum strap (nice touch) make it easy to handle and comfortable to carry. It provides protection from the elements and offers plenty of storage for other items – as small as flash drives or pens & pencils, and as large as either a 13- or 17-inch MBP or both if necessary.

    Its sleek design, light weight, and internal organization pockets and sleeves attest to its well-researched design. Its best feature? It does everything it claims to do without shouting “Look At Me!” Black with only a small logo, its unobtrusive appearance and sleek design allow it to blend in whether at home, in your vehicle, at a campsite, on your back, in airports, on day hikes, or during hotel check-ins.

    YouTube reviews demonstrate the Timbuk2 Spire’s adaptability for clothing and other items.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very poor design, inaccessible

    This is a very poorly designed bag with all compartments being difficult to access. For some reason the top folds over and hooks onto the bag instead of using any number of preferable methods like a zipper, snap, velcro or clips. This hook gets snagged when trying to open the bag, then once you have access to the compartment you have to reach deep into the narrow opening to retrieve your laptop. The main compartment does not expand or unzip to make it easier to access. If this wasn't bad enough, there are other pockets inside as well, but don't expect to find your items visually as you have to reach shoulder deep to get to the bottom. The saving grace may have been the front compartments but somehow they managed to make the openings so tight that the zippers scratch my hand as I attempt to retrieve items. As I hunted for more or better compartments I became preoccupied with the touted "exterior daisy chain webbing" that has no feasible application. Maybe it is for hipsters carrying around their rolls of film. If you need a functional bag with good accessibility then you should look elsewhere.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Must

    Durable, compact look, great design, enough space for books. I love it!

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    worst designed backpack ever

    I'm sorry I ordered this, but it's a ways to a store where I could see it. Amazingly inaccessible compartments, and the backpack doesn't actually open up. I'm returning it right away! apparently i can't give it zero stars, but I would if I could.

    8 of 80 people found this useful