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Old 05-22-10, 01:42 PM
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School me on Backpacks

Looking for a reasonably priced backpack that's not too big but I can put my laptop in. Checked Amazon and there are hundreds of course. Anyone have a recommendation?
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Re: School me on Backpacks

About the only advice I can think of is I usually like to try it on to see how it feels. I also like to see inside the main compartment. Usually I don't want all the little pockets and whatnot. I don't think I would buy online unless I knew of one I liked in the store and found it cheaper online.
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Re: School me on Backpacks

Backpacks are old news. Get a man purse!
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It's not a purse. It's European!
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Re: School me on Backpacks

it's a bag that you wear on your back. In most cases it has 2 straps and is used for carrying books or things like this. In reality you can carry anything you want in it. They come in a variety of colors and some are specialized for hiking, laptops, etc..

-schools out
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Re: School me on Backpacks

Last time I needed to buy a backpack, LL Bean was the shit. Ide start there
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Re: School me on Backpacks

I like ebags.com

Not only do they have a zillion backpacks, but they have many of them searchable.

Because I spend 200 days a year away from home, I consider myself a subject matter expert on luggage including backpacks. No way to tell you what to get without more information. But here are some general suggestions,

If this is something you plan to use daily or regularly, don't skimp. $15 backpacks at Wallyworld will give you more headaches than it is worth. Doesn't mean you have to spend a ton, but don't go to cheap or you will pay for it.

What all are you going to carry? Cords, cables, books??? Consider what you will carry.

Don't get bigger than you need. If you get big not only will things slide around, but you might be tempted to carry more than you really need and get heavy.

Get material that is along your back that breathes.

Wider straps might look geeky, but will be more comfortable.
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Re: School me on Backpacks

I recommend ebags too. My favorite Messenger bags are made by Patagonia.
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Re: School me on Backpacks

Ogio makes great laptop backpacks. Top notch quality and designed smartly with lots of pockets for all your gadgets. Mine is similar to this one.
http://www.ogio.com/product/view/3/Metro
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I have had a Wenger (Swissgear) laptop backpack for 7 years now and it is still going strong and is still very comfortable. I don't know if the ones they sell now are as good or not.
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One thing I think is a nice feature, but haven't seen it much is an light color INTERIOR. My eBags brand bag has an orange interior. Truth be told when I first got it, I thought how stupid. But actually works well. So much stuff I carry is black or dark color and they really stand out in the orange interior.

A good water bottle holder is a must. I also really like a key attachment.
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Originally Posted by Sdallnct View Post
A good water bottle holder is a must. I also really like a key attachment.
Agreed. My old Wenger has a bottle holder that is neoprene. It does a very good job of keeping the drink secure and cold. Most bags I have seen nowadays have this cheap synthetic net/drawstring carrier instead, which is crap.

I think all Wenger bags come with a secure hook in one of the front pockets for keys and what not. I use it for my thumb drives mostly.
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Another thought (I love ebags) is to look at Army Navy Stores. I stopped by one yesterday since I was looking for a smaller messenger bag, and they had lots of choices in bags for much cheaper than most stores. Lots of NEW bags that were nice and I found one that I had been looking for, for $12!

If you want a inexpensive backpack, I do like an Ogio that I have had for years.
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Agreed. My old Wenger has a bottle holder that is neoprene. It does a very good job of keeping the drink secure and cold. Most bags I have seen nowadays have this cheap synthetic net/drawstring carrier instead, which is crap.

I think all Wenger bags come with a secure hook in one of the front pockets for keys and what not. I use it for my thumb drives mostly.
Agree with the neoprene. However IMO that is not a deal breaker. I'll often slip a koozy in the pocket for the water bottle or in the organization pockets in the front. This way a little protection for camera, bluetooth adapter, wireless adapter, etc...
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Re: School me on Backpacks

Great feedback. I checked out ebag and, man, do they have a lot to choose from. Might be pushing my luck but anyone care to post a link to backpacks they would recommend? I would be carrying a small laptop, files, cords, thumb drive, office supplies, etc. I would like a water bottle holder and a key attachment. Like to spend under $40. Possible for a decent backpack?
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Great feedback. I checked out ebag and, man, do they have a lot to choose from. Might be pushing my luck but anyone care to post a link to backpacks they would recommend? I would be carrying a small laptop, files, cords, thumb drive, office supplies, etc. I would like a water bottle holder and a key attachment. Like to spend under $40. Possible for a decent backpack?
Sure. I'll play. Keep in mind backpacks are basically a womens purse. Meaning really more personal preference than absolute features/quality. But I throw out a few. How you don't mind I'm going to use the $40 "range" rather than absolute limit.

I've been using the eBags rolling backpack for a couple years now and works well so I'd consider this,

http://www.ebags.com/product/ebags/d...backpack/15025

http://www.ebags.com/product/calpak/...backpack/95525

http://www.ebags.com/product/sumdex/...ackpack/109977

http://www.ebags.com/product/calpak/power-pak/57494

Note, I refuse to link a High Sierra. I had a large rolling duffel from them that left me high and dry dry at an airport on the 3rd time I used it! Not only that, but when I emailed and then called them I got no help or response at all. Terrible, terrible.

If you decide to spend more, then you can expand to look at Eagle Creek and REI brand stuff. Not saying you have to, but say'n...
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ebags.com is great.

Recommended brands:

Patagonia
Timbuk2
Crumpler

They won't be cheap, but they will last a long time.
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Maybe check out a Northface Recon? I have a newer version where you can't hide the lap belt, but older ones let you do it. REI usually carries em if you wanna check it out before buying.
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www.llbean.com

They have nice backpacks, with a warranty (satisfaction for life of product), huge selection, have had many over the years for work, play, etc.
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