Finally a Diaper Bag that Isn’t Lame: Timbuk2 Stork Messenger Bag Review

Posted in Bike Commuting, Bike Gear, Gear Reviews, Womens Gear by Eric Miller - 05.02.2012

Timbuk2 really brought it home with the Timbuk2 Stork Messenger Bag diaper bag.  Finally a diaper bag that isn’t lame.  Let’s face it, at some point most of us will have kids and we no longer have to succumb to bags that suck.

Timbuk2 Stork Messenger Bag Features

  • Durable ballistic nylon exterior
  • Machine washable (Hallelujah!). Remove the changing pad, wash on a gentle cycle with mild soap and hang dry
  • Waterproof TPU liner with tough guy tricycle print
  • True Fit cam buckle eliminates daily fit adjustments, gifting you precious seconds back into your life
  • Grab strap for easy lifting
  • Internal water bottle and bottle bottle pockets. A cold one for you, a hot one for mini-me
  • Padded removable changing pad with an external, stretchy pacifier pocket, two internal mesh diaper pockets and one clear zippy pocket for dirty dogs
  • Slightly padded internal slash pocket against the back wall for the stashing the changing pad, magazines, laptops or ipads (in a sleeve)
  • Clear three-zip front organizer help the sleep deprived find what they need like now
  • Napoleon side entry zipper pocket for grabbing keys or small magical toys without opening the messenger flap
  • Internal zip organizer for storing adult and baby accessories
  • Red key tether clips your keys or pacifier in place
  • Vista loop for blinky lights (or baby monitors)
  • Cross Strap for stabilization included
  • Coordinating Strap Pad included
  • Price:  $139

Timbuk2 Stork Messenger BagReview

The first thing you’ll notice is the Timbuk2 Stork Messenger Bag looks like a regular messenger bag on the outside.  Not to sound like the person says “its what on the inside that counts” but the inside of the Stork is awesome.  Timbuk2 put a lot of time, effort, research, and planning to knock it out of the park with the Stork.

Holy pockets galore!  Timbuk2 put in pockets, the added more pockets, then added a few more just for fun.  There is literally a place for everything.  My favorite pockets (my wife’s too) are the clear zipper pockets.  The “bottle bottle” pocket is lightly insulated to help keep the bottles warm. Then more pockets to help keep you organized. Now if only you could remember where you put the pacifier…

I had mixed feelings on the changing pad.  It’s large and very cushy which makes changing diapers a nicer job.  Where I found the pad fell short was when it was packed with diapers or wipes.  I could fit two size 1 diapers and a thin plastic wipe container.  With just those few things the Velcro barely closed.  I like to carry more than 2 diapers in a changing pad.  The changing pad does have a couple of nice features:  a carry handle to take it solo, a stretchy pocket for keys or pacifier, and a long, clear zippered pocket.  The pocket does face the same space issue.  If you put much into it the Velcro won’t close.

The Stork is also a great size.  You can fit a ton in it, but when it’s empty it doesn’t look bulky.  Our latest addition is twin girls and we can fit everything we need for a day about with the twins plus some items for the big sisters in the Stork plus have some room to spare.

When fully loaded the wide strap and matching shoulder pad keep the Stork riding comfortably.  Of course, being a Timbuk2 bag it rides exceptionally well when carried via bike.

My wife commented on wishing it came in different colors…I like that it doesn’t look like a typical diaper bag.  I love the inside fabric. The tricycles help round out the looks and add a little fun to the design.

The Good

  • Pockets galore
  • Well thought out features
  • Great design and looks

The Bad

  • Changing pad falls short on carrying diaper and wipes
  • Only in black

Bottom Line:

Best diaper bag, EVER!  Timbuk2 really knocked it out of the park.

Buy Now: Pick up the Timbuk2 Stork Messenger Bag

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  1. Timbuk2

    Wow! We are so happy you love your Stork and that it works for your twins (lucky!). Our goal was to make a diaper bag that didn’t look like a diaper bag and was smart enough to act as a diaper bag and post diaper normal bag. Happy to hear you like the clear zippy pockets. We created them for storing SD cards in our Snoop Camera Messenger, but thought parents on the move would benefit from it too. Have you used the red key fob yet? Some folks like to attach pacifiers to it; who needs keys?! And we hear you on color; it would be awesome to introduce new colors and/or offer this in our customizer (unfortunately that probably won’t happen). Your feedback on the changing pad is really helpful. We’ll have to revisit its storage capacity and cush factor.

    We have several kids in the Timbuk2 family (and one set of twins on the way!) so the Stork was a hotly debated product. We’ll pass along your feedback to our design team for future interactions of the Stork. Thanks again for your very helpful feedback and cheers to the fights against products that suck!

    • Eric Miller

      Timbuk2 – thanks for the follow-up! The key fob is nice. No more digging through the entire bag trying to find your keys! Never thought about putting pacifiers on it, that’ll be a lifesaver too.

      I’m a big fan of the bag and my wife is too!

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