Timbuk2 had a wide assortment of new bags, including unique new pannier bags and some waterproof, reflective packs and messengers.
Shown above are the new Tandem Pannier (gray, top) and the Shift Pannier (orange, bottom) bags.
The Tandem Pannier simply lays over your rack and attaches at the bottom with elastic hooks. To remove, unhook and lift and magnets pull the two halves together to make it look like a single bag (pic after the break). A shoulder strap is available, too. The set retails for $130 and has 12L capacity on each side. They’re made of fabric backed tarpaulin, so it’s super strong and waterproof. Available February.
Redesigned Shift panniers now sit lower and wider so they’re not top heavy, and they look more like standard messenger bags but they keep the same overall volume. They’re $100 each side and attach with standard pannier hooks.
Bag the rest after the break…
Defne shows how easy the Tandems are to grab and go.
New On-The-Go Toolshed holds a couple of small tools, a tube, two CO2’s and some tire levers. Sized to just carry what you need for commutes or quick trips and fit easily in any bag. $20.
I’m all for being organized, but sometimes the idea of carrying a small pack inside my pack reminds too much of the trash habits of SNL’s Anal Retentive Chef (Respects).
Zeitgeist backpack is a very laptop specific with quick side access for both laptop and power cable. It has one giant bucket section as the main compartment, two small and medium sized front pockets and a stash pocket on the back.
Like many (all?) of Timbuk2’s backpacks, it has a bottle opener on the straps. Another cool feature of the Zeitgeist is a side handle so you can carry it like a briefcase and look all professional. $90.
The Shotwell is a slightly smaller version with front lower power supply pocket and water bottle/U-lock side pocket. No side sleeve for laptop, just internal pocket. $80.
For those riding in wetter climes – we’re looking at you, Seattle – Timbuk2’s new LightBrite messenger (on Defne) and backpack (top) has coated nylon to repel water and reflective strips on the outside, with all the internal organization features of their regular bags.
There are also new LightBrite seat bags in standard shapes with zipped expansion bottoms. They retail for $30, hold 0.9L (1.4L expanded), have reflective rear panels and attach with Velcro straps.
The Xpac is their newer lightweight messenger bag made like their original messengers but with a sailcloth fabric so it’s lighter weight and slightly more water repellant than their ballistic nylon. It’s shown in all black in the middle of the rack.
Take that, headlights!
For luggage, they’ve lightened the Checkpoint roller cases and added an expandable gusset zipper. They also have a new larger CoPilot series that has more internal storage, external shoe compartment and Lycra internal buffers for the zippered compartments to make it easier to zip shut even when you’ve inevitably over packed. $220 to $300 depending on size, the largest being 28″ tall and the smallest is 20″ to meet international carry-on regulations.
The new Wingman is their take on a duffel. It has both a handle and single sided shoulder strap, outer shoe and toiletry pockets and large openings. There’s also a padded flat rear pocket for a laptop, making security checkpoint removal quick and easy. $150
If you don’t want your mini Toolshed to rub against your laptop or iPad, they have a sleeve case for that, too, in some fresh new colors, patterns and designs.