Purchasing a new backpack, any advice?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MacsomJRR, Feb 13, 2006.

  1. MacsomJRR macrumors 6502a

    MacsomJRR

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    I'm purchasing a new backpack (my current one is one thread away from busting apart) and I thought to myself... "hmmm, I wonder if the fine folks who post on MacRumors would have any suggestions for a sweet laptop/backpack"

    Can anyone offer me any advice? I'm looking for something with tons of pockets, extremely durable, and can hold a laptop (MBP coming soon), although I probably won't be putting the laptop in the bag that often so it isn't a must. It has to be big because I carry a lot of books around with me during the day.

    Thanks!
     
  2. AJBMatrix macrumors 6502

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    I have had my Samsonite for over 2 years and it has held up great. The first backpack that actually lasted me. I use it to go to class with my laptop. Has a nice slot for the lappy. I think I am going to forever stick with them.
     
  3. h0e0h macrumors 6502a

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    booq

    I just bought a sweet booq bag from (google it) with a laptop sleeve. It set me back 200 for the complete "system" but I will probably not replace it for the rest of my college career (3 more years HOPEFULLY)
     
  4. supersize macrumors member

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    I second the vote for a booq backpack. I've had mine for about a year and I like it alot. it has tons of space and lots of other compartments for random stuff. I would definately get there "system" package it came with a sleeve for my 12" powerbook and a cell phone pouch thing (which I've never used). But it's well worth the money.
     
  5. iEdd macrumors 68000

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  6. crazydreaming macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a college student. At the begging of the fall semester, I did a huge search for the pefect school bag for my 15" powerbook and books.

    I tried a timbuk2 commute and didn't really like it for school purposes. A little tight for everything, and over the shoulder bags get quite heavy when carrying around school books.

    I ended up going with a Dakine Duel. It wasn't too expensive, it's comfortable and has a seperate sleeve for my powerbook when I need it. It doesn't offer the best protection, but it suites me fine. There is room for a sleeve if you wanted more protection.

    I think Northface has pretty good durable laptop/backpacks.

    Good luck.
     
  7. Dr. J macrumors member

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    I used a Targus sport deluxe, for four years. It still looks brand new, and is much cheaper than a booq. I did buy a marware sleeve for extra protection though.
     
  8. jesaja macrumors member

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    Yes! definitely. I have one, too - they are expensive, but they look cool, have super features and are nearly indestructable. Plus they've got sth like 99 years of warranty...

    jojo

    PS: I don't work there or sth :rolleyes: - I just love this bag!
     
  9. Sox macrumors regular

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    Check out http://www.sfbags.com. Not only are their products fantastic (I have the 12" sleevecase w/strap), but it's one of the friendliest companies I've ever had the pleasure of doing business with.
     
  10. TsuaSai macrumors 6502

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    I have a Samsonite and I love it. My husband also uses a Samsonite. To top things off we have an outlet store near us and we got them both for 20 bucks each. Its a sell the offer all the time at our store. So if you have a local store go check it out. IMO its was the best bang for my buck. Since most of the other ones I say were 60+ dollars.

    Oh yeah we have had both of ours for two years. No problems.
     
  11. jalagl macrumors 6502a

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    I've had a Samsonite backpack for over 1.5 years, and is the backpack that has lasted the longest. I travel a lot, and for some reason just DESTROY notebook bags. The Samsonite is very sturdy and protects the laptop very nicely.
     
  12. TsuaSai macrumors 6502

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    I don't know if this is true or not. But the lady at the store told me if anything did happen to my bag that is I sent it do them they would replace it. Now I have not had to do this. She said it would not be the same bag. But that they would send me another. Has to be normal wear ofcourse. But like I said I have not had to deal with them at this so I don't really know how well there customer service is.
     
  13. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    Brenthaven, nothing more needs to be said other than I've had mine for 4 years with my 15" Powerbooks, dropped it, climbed mountains with it, travelled to ruined cities with it, and gone to school for 4 years with it.
     
  14. desenso macrumors 6502a

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    I researched backpacks quite extensively, and I can quite honestly say that this is both the best backpack, AND one of the cheapest:

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...1/002-6138217-7524869?_encoding=UTF8&v=glance

    It is, plain and simple, the ultimate geek backpack - it has pockets for everything, good spaciousness, nice laptop compartment, all sorts of other features (charging while inside the bag) - AND it doesn't look ridiculous.

    I love mine.. I'd buy 5, if I had any use for 5 backpacks.
     

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