Timbuk2 Tuck Roll Top Backpack

Last updated: November 2, 2021

If you prefer a simple backpack with minimal pockets, you'll love this roll-top backpack. It has only the large compartment that fits up to a 15-inch laptop, a front pocket for smaller items and internal pockets for items like pens. Lightweight polyester provides both durability and comfort, and the laptop sleeve is padded to keep your device safe.

We looked at the top Roll Top Backpacks and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Roll Top Backpack you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: With reflective zippers and a streamlined design, this roll-top backpack is ideal for cyclists.

In our analysis of 25 expert reviews, the Timbuk2 Tuck Roll Top Backpack placed 4th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Enough with the tricks. Sometimes we need to keep it simple. A straightforward roll-top, its weight and volume are medium, its pocketing effective, laptop protection legit, and on-bike comfort and visibility for real. We love its streamlined look and straightforward philosophy. Why make things harder than they have to be? Dual side slip pockets for water bottles, u-lock, and/or umbrella. Front zip pocket for small bits. Stealth rear side zip pocket for secret stuff. Internal organization pockets for pens, gadgets, and other small items. Reflective zipper pulls. Vista loop for attaching blinky bike lights. Internal pocket fits up to 15 inch laptop. It has a side zip access.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

I really love the Tuck Pack. For me, less is more. I don’t like backpacks that have a million specialized pockets for each specific thing. I’d rather have a couple of large pockets to hold all my essentials. I usually carry some shorts, flip flops, 13-inch Dell XPS, notebook, laptop charger, and my camera. This load keeps my backpack from being too bulky.
At $79 this pack is a great value for someone looking to up their backpack game and wants a pack with clean lines that is versatile, durable and very bike friendly.
A zippered stealth pocket on the side can hold small, flat items like cash or identification. On the Timbuk2 Tuck’s exterior is a secure zippered pocket that works well for holding a bike lock, wallet or other items that need to be accessed quickly.
The Tuck features reflective zippers, a stealth pocket, side access to the bag, and a padded laptop sleeve. Best of all, the Tuck is only $79 when it’s not on sale (starting at $49 as I’m writing this), and even the customized option comes in under $100. It also includes a lifetime warranty.
The pack is made of lightweight polyester, and fits 15-inch laptops in a padded internal sleeve. Also inside the main compartment: two drop-in pockets and two pen pockets for organizing your stuff. Not tons of stuff, but the essentials. Seal it all up with the roll-top closure that has a simple (and secure) clip.

What reviewers didn't like

If your water bottle is significantly bigger than a regular bottle of soda, it’s going to be too big to fit into the water bottle pocket.
You definitely need to be mindful of how you pack it – pokey objects will definitely lower the comfort level against your back.
The lack of breathability in the back panel during long distance rides in hot, humid weather will decrease comfort.
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