The Timbuk2 Especial Dos is the smallest of the range with a 10-liter capacity (Timbuk2)
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continue to expand their range of cycling-specific soft goods with the new
Especial Series – a flagship collection of tough Cordura
Ripstop backpacks and panniers aimed at today’s more technologically equipped
crop of urban riders.
The Especial Dos is the smallest backpack of the bunch, with roughly 10 liters of total capacity and a dedicated sleeve for a 13in laptop
computer. The main compartment allows easy access via a wraparound zipper and
open clamshell layout, while smaller pockets on the outside separate items like
keys and wallets.
An exterior loop is specifically sized to holster a mini
U-lock, too, while a molded Backbender back panel cushions your body against
sharper items and provides some ventilation. Routing is provided for headphone
wires or a hydration reservoir hose, too. Claimed weight is 0.7kg (1.5lb) and retail price is US$119.
The Timbuk2 Especial Dos backpack has a laptop sleeve designed for up to a 13in screen
The Especial Tres backpack is substantially larger at nearly 30 liters
– or even greater if you leave the top open and utilize the multiple
compression straps – and a laptop sleeve that can accommodate a 15in computer.
However, its real draw is its weather resistant construction, courtesy of a
rolltop layout, waterproof zippers and a welded laptop compartment. Other
features include a Backbender rear panel, lots of reflectivity, routing for
hydration reservoirs or headphone wires, and a U-lock holster. Claimed weight is 2.0kg (4.4lb) and retail price is $229.99.
The Timbuk2 Especial Tres uses a rolltop design to help keep out water
On paper, the Especial Cuatro backpack is only marginally more spacious
with its 35-liter capacity but secondary straps and various tie-down anchors
allow the top flap to extend up and over much longer or bigger items. We
recently received a sample for testing and it’s truly a monster.
Some gear organization is provided by the welded 15in laptop sleeve, a
zippered interior panel and a pair of exterior pockets sized for standard
water bottles and mini U-locks, but at least on first inspection, the Cuatro is
really aimed at hauling serious amounts of gear.
The new Timbuk2 Especial Cuatro is a monster of a bag with 35 liters of capacity with the flap closed but much more if you leave it open and utilize the supplementary straps
As with the Dos and Tres, it gets a cushioned Backbender rear panel, a host of reflective bits
and a loop on the exterior shell for mounting a light, several compression
straps, routing for hydration hoses or headphone wires, and an easy-access
document pocket. Claimed weight is identical to the Tres at 2.0kg (4.4lb) and retail
price is $229.99.
The final member of the new collection is the Especial Viaje, which
looks to be a comfy load with the Backbender rear panel and padded straps but
it also converts to a pannier with the hardware mounted on the other side. The
flat bottom stands up on its own, an interior organizer helps separate smaller
items, the welded sleeve accommodates a 15in laptop and there’s also a
separate rain cover included for riding in poor weather. Total capacity is 26 liters, claimed weight is 2.3kg (5.1lb) and
retail price is $229.99.
The Timbuk2 Especial Viaje serves double duty as either a backpack or pannier
All of the Especial bags are subject to Timbuk2′s custom program as
well. Additional information is available on the Timbuk2 website.