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I love bags of all kinds. I also love magnets. So imagine my excitement when Timbuk2 announced the new Robin Pack a few weeks ago, with not one, or two, but three sets of magnetic closures. “This might be the perfect 20 liter backpack,” I thought. After three weeks of everyday use I can say it’s close, but with one frustrating flaw.

What is it?

The Timbuk2 Robin Pack is a compact 20 liter “bike and work” backpack meant for daily use in all types of weather. It features two pockets secured with magnetic clasps, a magnetic sternum strap, a concealed rainfly, and an inner pocket for a tablet and/or laptop. It costs $179.

What’s special about it?

The Robin Pack is pitched as “a reflective, weather-proof rolltop with tons of hidden…

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