Enthusiast Photographer at CES: Timbuk2

If you’ve read my blog, you’re aware that I’m the proud owner of two Timbuk2 bags: a custom Laptop Messenger (with a Snoop insert for travel) and a dedicated Snoop Camera Messenger bag I bought when they were on fire-sale recently (they’ve updated the Snoop to add a grab-handle on the top, a welcome addition).

Anyway, as I was wandering the outdoor area adjacent to the main convention center, I noticed a familiar logo…

Unfortunately, I’d left my custom bag back in the hotel and the Snoop bag hadn’t arrived, so no reunion was in store for me.  I wandered around a bit, checking out the various Timbuk2 wares:

Snoop inserts...

Medium and Small Snoop bags in the wild...

Since my Medium Snoop bag hadn’t arrived yet, it was a good chance to see how big this thing was.  The small seems pretty small – great for a body, a couple lenses and a few other things.  The medium is a nicely sized bag.  As I said in my review, it holds a lot of stuff and has a reasonable volume.

Anyway, a nice Timbuk2 employee introduced himself and I mentioned that I owned a Snoop-based bag.  He asked me what I thought about it.  You see this one coming, right?

If you’ve read my reviews, you know I had plenty to say.  I was trying not to throw it all out there, but I did go into a some detail on how I thought the Snoop insert would be a lot better with some pockets on the top (inside and out).  A co-worker of mine happened to walk up, and the guy introduced himself a little more full.  AsTimbuk2’s head of design.

So my face was roughly the color of the top of the tent at the thought of my blathering about the design of a bag to the guy who was in charge of the design.  The good news is he is an awfully nice guy, thanked me for the input and asked me other questions about what I liked and didn’t like.  Keeping your eats open is a great way to improve your product, and I was happy they were looking for the feedback.

Having had a chance to play with a lot of their bags, the quality and overall design is impressive.  They aren’t conventional in their approach to some things, and that is good.  One of these days, I’m tempted to try some of their roller luggage – you’ll never miss it on the belt at baggage claim!

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