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Which Timbuk2 bag for me?

I’m seriously considering getting a Timbuk2 Laptop Messenger bag for my forthcoming travels. I love my current laptop bag (a Waterfield sleeve with strap) but I’m needing something with a bit more room. The only thing I’m undecided on, really, is the color/pattern. So, blogosphere: which of the below do you like best? It’s clear that I like the dark orange, and earth tones…but I just can’t make up my mind. So: which do you like best? Vote in the comments!


By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

19 replies on “Which Timbuk2 bag for me?”

Orange/brown/orange, but then I like brighter colors and the orange in the brown/orange/brown combo seems to fade in on itself because of the brown. I’m sure the colors will look different in real life, however.

If you’re going to use the bag on daily basis, then my suggestion would be to choose the color that won’t show dirt easily. I have a brown color version for a few months now and glad I made that decision.

I like the orange and gray one, myself. πŸ™‚

I’ll also echo what a few others have said – the orange will probably show dirt more than a darker color would. Though it does have the benefit of being more visible. And in my book, visibility trumps how often you gotta wash it .

Of course, take what I say with a grain of salt. Since I got my iPhone, my reasons for lugging a bag of any kind with me have pretty much disappeared.

Only a post about a bag would bring me out of blog-reading/commenting hibernation, Griffey. Thanks!

I vote for the orange & grey (second last pic). Because it’s teh awesomest.

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