Confused between Timbuk2 Uptown and Timbuk2 Command? No worries. In the following article, we will discuss about the comparisons and distinctions between Uptown and Command so that you will be able to determine which model that suits you the best. Both Uptown and Command are popular bags from Timbuk2. They are greatly loved for daily activities, commuting, and especially traveling abroad. This is because both bags are TSA-compliant, each featuring an external laptop compartment that unzips and lies flat, allowing the bag to go through security scanners without having to remove the laptop. Uptown and Command are also available in a similar price range. Which bag should you choose?
Design and Size
If you try putting the two side by side, you can see that Timbuk2 Uptown is slightly bigger and has a more rectangular shape. As the effect, it appears firm, solid, and sturdy. Indeed, the bigger size allows for better capacity. This is especially apparent in the laptop compartment; it can take up to a 17” MacBook Pro in it. It also has a huge internal volume as well as additional compartments and pockets. Both the laptop compartment and the tablet pocket are padded, tricot-lined, ensuring optimum cushioning and protection to your gadgets. Timbuk2 Uptown comes with the trademarked Swing Around Access design, which allows you to take your laptop or tablet easily without taking off your backpack. Timbuk2 Uptown is available in four color variants: Diablo, Cobalt, Truffle, and Black. (Read also: Timbuk2 Command vs Command plus)
Timbuk2 Command, on the other hand, has more rounded corners, creating such a modern and contemporary appearance. It is available in various color choices. There are lots of choices, from the plain and solid ones to the multi-colored ones. However, it is also a little bit smaller. The laptop compartment can only take up to a 15” laptop. The front pocket is padded, offering protection for your tablet. There are also tricot-lined floating pockets for sunglasses or smartphones.
Both models have great performance. Both models truly deliver easy, simple, and quick mobility. Timbuk2 Uptown is slightly handier and more practical due to the Swing Around Access. However, Timbuk2 Uptown is not fully waterproof. The internal lining is water repellent to a degree, giving some protection to your belongings, but the outer layer of the bag is not. So, it can get wet. On the other hand, Timbuk2 Command boasts the 400D Nylon Faille construction that is highly rugged and durable. The bag is more waterproof, ensuring optimum protection to your items against rain and moisture. Neither bag is foldable.
In general, we recommend you to choose Timbuk2 Command for the better water resistance. It also is more stylish regarding the design. But Timbuk2 Uptown can still be your alternative if you really need a bigger bag.