I realize that a proper review of the Timbuk2 Sunset ($109) should include at least one annoyance to counteract the lengthy list of why I love and recommend this casual urban pack for non-sweaty outdoor endeavors and general travel.

Oktoberfest in Munich

Oktoberfest in Munich

Notice that I distinguish that the Timbuk2 Sunset is intended and designed to be a casual urban pack and not for hiking, commuting via bike or carrying heavy items? I don’t want you to buy it and then be disappointed. (For the record, there are two annoyances but they’re at the end of this review…)

Spectacularly Sexy Features

  • It has one semi-large outer zip pocket with a sturdy zipper and two side pockets with quick-and-easy magnetic closures.
  • Side pockets are perfectly situated for inserting items while carrying (a la single-strapping), like keys, wallet, ID badge, etc.
  • An internal slip pocket inside the pack can hold an iPad, Kindle, Nook, or a small laptop (up to thirteen inches).
  • Sturdy leather grab handle for easy lifting from café chair or bus seat to your shoulder and back.
  • Smooth waxy canvas just feels sexy to touch.
  • It’s just comfortable to wear.
Torture chamber in Bratislava

Torture chamber in Bratislava

Useful Utilization

  • Best suited for urban use such as commuting to work by car, train or bus or hauling your iPad, eReader, or small laptop to your local coffeeshop.
  • Great for airplane travel because it is comfortable to wear while walking through airports and stows easily under the seat in front of you.
  • I don’t recommend it as a bike commuting backpack – it isn’t water-resistant and does not have a ventilated back panel.
  • Most amazing travel pack for Europe! Though I can’t say this based on personal experience. My friend loved the look and feel of the Timbuk2 Sunset so much that I made a deal: she takes action photos and brings me an Oktoberfest refrigerator magnet.
  • Besides work, a couple trips to Colorado and the North Shore, my Sunset has seen Salzburg, Vienna, Passau, Durnstein, Bratislava and Budapest.
  • And that’s okay because I got to stay in Minnesota and watch dead leaves plunge to the ground from deciduous trees.
Chicken sex in Salzburg

Chicken sex in Salzburg

 

Gratuitous Grievances

  • Leather flap straps require finger muscle to secure. They have softened a bit while in Europe but not a ton.
  • Shoulder straps could be shorter and a tiny bit of padding would be nice to help offset those days when you’re carrying a heavier load.