This durable and water-resistant bag is affordable, a fantastic option for those on a budget.
The Rogue is a military-esque style laptop backpack that is on the small side if you are looking to carry all your gear for a full day at the office or school, along all the other extra stuff you use.
This model earns a low score for its lack of protection. The Rogue has a single laptop sleeve inside the pack that is suspended against the back and made of mesh. We like that it resides high enough, and the back plate provides enough rigidity, as there is little chance of the laptop hitting the ground as the bag is set down.
The Rogue's super thin mesh laptop padding made it one of lowest scoring bags in laptop protection.
We also like that there is a securing strap with Velcro to seal the pocket on top. However, the pocket is made of mesh and provides little to no padding to protect it from other items in the pack. While the foam backplate protects it adequately from the outside, there is no foam or any additional padding at all on the rest of the pouch. The sleeve runs the full width of the pack from side-to-side, but like the bottom of the sleeve, there is no padding, only the relative stiffness of the backplate to help protect your laptop. With such a vast and non-compressible interior compartment, this is a concern for us; unless the bag is full, it is easy for items to shift around and bang against the laptop. The pocket fits our 15-inch laptop just fine, but our 11-inch was not secured and moved around inside, with no way to clamp it down.
The Timbuk2 is not a superiorly comfortable backpack. The backplate of the pack is a soft foam, cut in the shape of a large, semi-rigid rectangle which is neither form-fitting nor the shape of a person's back. It looks like a haul bag and carries like one too. The bag is taller than we like, and our head touched it in the back while riding a bike. It does not have a waist strap, and the shoulder straps bite into the neck. Overall, this pack isn't so uncomfortable that we would not recommend it, but it's the not the most comfortable in this review.
The shoulder straps of the Rouge were on the small side and the sternum strap was not as easy to adjust, making this less than desirable for everyday use.
The Rogue is designed around a single large storage compartment (25L) that is accessed from the top. While this design allows you to carry a lot of stuff, it does not provide the best organization. It has a few zippered and organizational pockets inside of the main compartment, and an easy access pocket in the front of the pack. It also has an external water bottle container that we like.
There were two types of designs in our testing lineup, a top loader like pictures above or a more standard design of a multi compartment style backpack.
Check out the storage and features of this backpack here
Ease of Use
This laptop backpack certainly doesn't suffer in the versatility department, and unless you are trying to carry unprotected documents crammed in with a bunch of other stuff (and you're expecting them not to get damaged or wrinkled), it will serve you well for almost anything. The single large compartment will easily store work-out gear, food, an extra change of clothes, or a combination of books and a laptop and small tablet.
Even with its single compartment, there is a small organization pocket with storage for pens and small loose items.
Its multiple clip-in loops on the outside allow you to attach almost anything, provided of course that you have straps or carabiners. We love that no straps are provided because the lack of strap ends hanging all over the place keeps it sleek.
The Rogue is one of the most water resistant bags in our review. The durable "tarpaulin" material shed water excellently, but the felt material on the sides of the bag absorb water and lack a durable water repellent (DWR) coating. On the inside of the bag, one of the felt sides is lined with a nylon fabric, but the other is not. We assume that in a long enough downpour, water could indeed wick through to the inside. That said, in our shower test, nothing on the inside ended up wet.
The durable "tarpaulin" material shed water excellently, but the felt material on the top and sides of the bag seemed to absorb water and was lacking a durable water repellent (DWR) coating, as far as we could tell.
The Rogue is a stylish and hip backpack that is great for traveling in the city or around town, though we'll let you be the judge! To us, the oddest (and perhaps coolest) thing about this backpack is the beer bottle opener sewn into the shoulder strap…a fun and handy addition that isn't at all necessary.
The Rogue's lack of strap ends keep this pack simple and sleek.
This product is designed first as a backpack, and secondarily as a backpack fit for carrying a laptop. This makes it an excellent choice as a day pack, as a general purpose commuter, or even as a travel pack. It's also a great option for wet climates, given its great water resistance. If you are cautious with your bag or use a laptop protector, it's a great affordable option.
The Rogue fits into the category of a backpack that holds a laptop pretty well with minimal laptop protection but amble space for gear.
retails at $79 and has a decent value for the price. If you seek a more affordable option, this less protective yet versatile laptop backpack is great.
The Timbuk2 Rogue is recommended as an all-purpose daypack that can extend to work, school, and even a hike in the wilderness.