The Rogue is proof that style and performance can co-exist in an affordable package. Made with a "waterproof tarpaulin" exterior fabric, the Rogue is a sturdy and durable top-loading backpack. But perhaps its best feature, besides its price, is its unique design. Its Velcro covered fold-over top flap makes it reminiscent of a messenger bag, while its myriad external attachment straps make it easy to customize.
The Timbuk2 Rogue is similar in many ways to the Burton Tinder, our Top Pick for Style, and indeed received a very similar overall score in our head-to-head testing. However, it shines at different things than the Tinder, most notably in exterior features. The Rogue has many external sewn straps which serve as attachment points for customization, given of course that you don't mind dangly things on the outside of your pack. It also has a more rigid foam backplate that provides better laptop protection by giving the bag something stiff to absorb the impact of setting it on the ground. But much like the Tinder, the Rogue is a single compartment top-loader that is versatile for the outdoors but considerably less so for school or work where you would be carrying a laptop over a long distance. While it isn't the top scorer in any of the individual categories we tested, it is a solid backpack that is worth every penny and ideal for those on a budget.
Timbuk2 makes a move toward simplicity, now offering the Rogue in only Black (shown above) and Surplus (a greenish-gray). Despite the new look, this is still the same pack in all other specifications.