Time for a new backpack!

Discussion in 'Mobile Computing' started by walwalka, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. walwalka

    walwalka 2[H]4U

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    Well, my faithful Ogio backpack decided to rip today, which puts me in need of a new one. I'm look for any recommendations you guys have. It will need to hold my 15.6" laptop, charging cable, up to 3 textbooks and my notebook. I don't really have a budget but lets cap it off at $200.

    note: not sure where to put this, Sorry if it is in the wrong section.
     
  2. rysher

    rysher Gawd

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    try oakley, i have the oakley contact and the oakley kitchen sink, both very sturdy.
    with plenty of pockets.
     
  3. Lengradde

    Lengradde Limp Gawd

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    Let's narrow it down a bit more.

    Do you need a waist belt? I don't know what your books are like, but that's potentially quite heavy.
     
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  4. batteriesnotincluded

    batteriesnotincluded [H]ard|Gawd

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    I still love my Ogio Metro, if it was a bit bigger (Mastermind, almost...if it just had that big pocket that holds a 1L bottle, it'd be perfect), it'd be perfect. I've had some fraying, and the handle's plastic reinforcement snapped when it was being stored on a coat hook with about 40 lbs of books in it for weeks at a time, but it's still going strong after almost 7 years.

    But, the Ogio Epic has been very good for me as well.
     
  5. silentcoercion

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    I use a Maxpedition bag. Pricy, but it's got a ton of fantastic features, and it's built to a ridiculously durable standard. Also, adjustable enough that no matter what the load, I can make it fit more like a glove.
     
  6. compslckr

    compslckr [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I am a huge fan of TimBuk2 Messenger bags. If you are dead-set on the backpack idea I would check out some nice technical daypack style bags. I have an Osprey Talon 22 that I love. It does not have a dedicated laptop sleeve but you can use a neoprene sleeve to protect your lapper. Typically backpacking / hiking backpacks offer amazing quality, light weight design, comfortable straps and new pockets for your gadgets.
     
  7. j-dawg

    j-dawg Limp Gawd

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    I use a plain Jansport (http://www.amazon.com/Jansport-STUDENT-BACKPACK-STYLE-TDN7-4ut/dp/B005H7CZTU/ref=pd_sbs_sg_14), and a laptop sleeve if I'm carrying a computer. I've been using mine for well over a decade and it has not so much as broken a single stitch.

    I have a Timbuk2 that I got from a friend, but it wears much faster, holds less stuff, and is less comfortable to wear. The Jansport is tried and true; it looks like the day I bought it, it's more capacious than any backpack I've owned, and it has a ton of pockets for every little knickknack I carry (headphones, pens, napkins, flash drive, and tools are always - 24/7 - in the bag, each in a designated place, and easy to get to).

    Expensive messenger bags are a passing metrosexual fad. At some point the world will realize that the bags we carried in sixth grade are as good as it gets.
     
  8. walwalka

    walwalka 2[H]4U

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    Not into messenger bags, they are much to metro and will not hold all of my stuff. I own the Ogio EPIC, it has been great backpack. I think I'm going to find somewhere that sells them and buy another. A waist strap is not needed, I usually have ebooks on my laptop. Sometimes I do have to cary extra books. I really don't want to have to use a separate sleeve to hold my laptop. That just seems like a bunch of extra fumbling around. I like the looks of the maxepdition bags, but they don't have a dedicated laptop pouch from what I can find. I bought some extra time to find a bag and stitched the old one up till I find something that I truly like.
     
  9. silentcoercion

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    That is an issue I've run into, because Maxpedition is more focused on firearms and anything outdoorsy than dealing with sensitive electronics. It'd definitely be appreciated if they just released a handful of differently sized tablet/laptop pouches to add on, but again, not their focus. Still, the one I have has a pocket which just happens to fit my laptop well, and a pocket which fits my tablet in its sleeve well, so I've coped.
     
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    zchen Limp Gawd

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    hdawg06 2[H]4U

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    I have been very satisfied with SwissGear backpacks and bags.
     
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    stinger608 [H]ardness Supreme

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  13. walwalka

    walwalka 2[H]4U

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    We sell that backpack at my work, I think I pay like 40 for it. But I don't really like the feel of it.

    zchen, my may order the covert 18 backpack. It looks like just about everything I need and it's not girly..