Affordable backpack with padding

afinch1992

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 13, 2012
383
6
Dallas, Tx
Hey everyone, I just got my new 13" and I'm loving it. Now that I have my baby I want to protect it! My old backback was good for protection from side to side, but there is just a piece of rubber protecting the bottom. Anyone have suggestions for an affordable backpack with good protection from the bottom?

This North Face is on the top end of my budget (77.99 from one seller), so I wanted to know if there was anything similar or better for around this price:
http://www.amazon.com/The-North-Face-Surge-Daypack/dp/B000NB2NWY/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1349564155&sr=1-1&keywords=north+face+surge
 

PerformaGuy

macrumors member
Oct 5, 2012
92
2
I have this same backpack, but in red!

It is very nice since I can put my MBP directly into the padded laptop sleeve section without any extra casing. It is padded on the bottom, I have used it like this for about 2.5 years now.
 

afinch1992

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 13, 2012
383
6
Dallas, Tx
thanks for the input guys. It seemed to be the perfect bag for my needs, but wanted to see if there were any better options people had run into.

the only other backpack Ive come across that is close to what I need is Brenthaven
 

M5RahuL

macrumors 68030
Aug 1, 2009
2,704
1,034
Colorado
There are better options, but not in that price range ... I paid $99 for the Surge and its held up pretty darn well for the abuse I've put it thru!!

Now, I'm using the Ogio Renegade RSS and while its better than the Surge , it's also $149. The thing I really like about the Ogio is the suspended laptop compartment.

However, the Surge is excellent, especially at $78!!! Snag one and don't look back :D
 

pikkashoe

macrumors regular
Jun 29, 2010
181
0
I have had both the surge and the ogio renegade.
I didnt see any reason why the renegade was $50 more, yeah the laptop compartment is suspended, but the surge has a foam bumper at the bottom of it.

Also the renegade I had lasted exactly one week, before the strap started to rip where it meets the bag (and I only had my retina in it). I did like the little cel phone pocket on the strap.

The surge on the other hand is bullet proof, looks brand new, and I air travel 3 to 4 times a week. This thing is indestructible. Fully loaded up with the retina and other things, its the by far the most comfortable back pack I have ever owned. I doubt I will ever need a new bag after this one, ever.
 

afinch1992

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 13, 2012
383
6
Dallas, Tx
I have had both the surge and the ogio renegade.
I didnt see any reason why the renegade was $50 more, yeah the laptop compartment is suspended, but the surge has a foam bumper at the bottom of it.

Also the renegade I had lasted exactly one week, before the strap started to rip where it meets the bag (and I only had my retina in it). I did like the little cel phone pocket on the strap.

The surge on the other hand is bullet proof, looks brand new, and I air travel 3 to 4 times a week. This thing is indestructible. Fully loaded up with the retina and other things, its the by far the most comfortable back pack I have ever owned. I doubt I will ever need a new bag after this one, ever.
exactly the comparison I was hoping for! thank you for your insight. After some ram and an ssd, this bag is next!
 

M5RahuL

macrumors 68030
Aug 1, 2009
2,704
1,034
Colorado
I have had both the surge and the ogio renegade.
I didnt see any reason why the renegade was $50 more, yeah the laptop compartment is suspended, but the surge has a foam bumper at the bottom of it.

Also the renegade I had lasted exactly one week, before the strap started to rip where it meets the bag (and I only had my retina in it). I did like the little cel phone pocket on the strap.

The surge on the other hand is bullet proof, looks brand new, and I air travel 3 to 4 times a week. This thing is indestructible. Fully loaded up with the retina and other things, its the by far the most comfortable back pack I have ever owned. I doubt I will ever need a new bag after this one, ever.
You must've received a bad renegade.. I abuse the hell out of my bags [ much worse than air travel ] and the renegade has held up just as well as the Surge!

Either way, like I said, both bags are great and there's no reason to spend $149 on the Renegade when the Surge is available for $78 !
 

Similar threads

Replies
3
Views
307
  • MikeX
1
Replies
1
Views
193
  • AverageGuy
9
Replies
9
Views
775
  • pawprint1125
2
Replies
2
Views
534
  • themaestro
7
Replies
7
Views
1K
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.