Timbuk2, the continuing saga…

so, I received my Detour last week. Yay!… well, almost Yay. I didn’t like it. 🙁 It was bigger than it seemed from the dimensions on the web site. I mean, this thing is huge.

The Detour is supposed to be a 3-in-one bag, a jack-of-all-trades. Indeed, it is the master of none. as a messenger bag, the thing is really long vertically, so it has to be strapped up pretty high, but then that isn’t exactly comfortable. The backpack straps, while well-concealed, don’t fit quite right. There are many good points, and I’m sure there are users who love it, but it doesn’t work for me.

Luckily, Timbuk2 have a great return policy, and I sent the bag back on an RMA, and I will hopefully get an online store credit. So far, no problems with their service. They’ve been prompt and helpful.


  • Ken

    Yeah…”master of none.” That thought occurred to me when I read your post. I’ve yet to see a bag that converts well from a messenger to a backpack without being awkward. It’s hard to get the straps right.

  • From messenger to backpack? Never works! What’s good for your lower back/butt can never be good for your back. You’re asking from all kinds of trouble if you get one. If you have the funds, I really like the Waterfield bag, although I don’t see the trademark airplane seat-buckles on their bags anymore!