Crave giveaway: Durable Timbuk2 laptop backpack

This week's giveaway brings another free Timbuk2 bag, this one a stylish padded laptop bag.

It's black and blue, but not in a bruise kind of way.

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Congrats to Greg V. of San Francisco for winning last week's prize, a Timbuk2 messenger bag custom-designed by me. This week, we have another Timbuk2 bag, again resulting from my visit to the Timbuk2 factory a couple of miles from CNET's headquarters here in SF.

This one is a striking laptop backpack that has a jolt of color to help it stand out. Thick, padded straps and a contoured back will help keep a fully loaded pack from getting too hot and gouging your shoulders (I tried it out myself), and a chest strap helps distribute some of the weight.

Inside, a larger pocket straps in your laptop (up to 17 inches), while a smaller secondary pocket can hold a tablet. Importantly, the interior sleeves elevate your tech from the bottom of the pack, so an accidental drop shouldn't damage your electronics.

It's a lot of fun seeing the laptop bag-making process in person. Check out my experience, and what makes a good bag, here. And to make this backpack worth $180 your very own, please read our rules below.

  • Register as a CNET user. Go to the top of this page and hit the "Join CNET" link to start the registration process. If you're already registered, there's no need to register again.
  • Leave a comment below. You can leave whatever comment you want. If it's funny or insightful, it won't help you win, but we're trying to have fun here, so anything entertaining is appreciated.
  • Leave only one comment. You may enter for this specific giveaway only once. If you enter more than one comment, you will be automatically disqualified.
  • The winner will be chosen randomly. The winner will receive one (1) Timbuk2 laptop backpack, with a retail value of $180.
  • If you are chosen, you will be notified via email. The winner must respond within three days of the end of the sweepstakes. If you do not respond within that period, another winner will be chosen.
  • Entries can be submitted until Monday, February 22, 12 p.m. ET.

And here's the disclaimer that our legal department said we had to include (sorry for the caps, but rules are rules):

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. YOU HAVE NOT YET WON. MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENT OF ONE OF THE 50 UNITED STATES OR D.C., 18 YEARS OLD OR AGE OF MAJORITY, WHICHEVER IS OLDER IN YOUR STATE OF RESIDENCE AT DATE OF ENTRY INTO SWEEPSTAKES. VOID IN PUERTO RICO, ALL U.S. TERRITORIES AND POSSESSIONS, AND WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Sweepstakes ends at 12 p.m. ET on Monday, February 22, 2016. See official rules for details.

Good luck. (And be sure to follow Crave on Twitter @crave. Some of our giveaways are now Twitter-based.)

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