In the market for a new backpack

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hzamani, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. hzamani macrumors member

    May 1, 2010
    Hey All,

    I'm looking for a new backpack as a continuing University student. I'll be riding my bike a lot and I'll probably need a lot of space.

    I've looked around on the forums, but I haven't seen anything that's been recommended throughout posts.

    I have a MBP 13in.

    I've looked at the NorthFace Surge and Swiss IBEX, and I think they're good, but I'd like other opinions.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    If you're going to be using it every day go with a higher-quality brand like LL Bean. I've had North Face bags fall apart when they really shouldn't have. There's been a marked decline in the quality of their offerings in the past few years too.
  3. Ccrew macrumors 68020

    Feb 28, 2011
  4. Medic278 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2012
    New York
    I have a swiss army one that I use on campus. I really like it there is plenty of room for my books and even my iPad or MBA. There is a dedicated "pocket" in the main the compartment of the bag for your laptop. Very solid construction and very comfortable straps. All for 149.99 which is very reasonable.
  5. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    I roll with a Surge. Excellent bag for two years now. However, this bag isn't waterproof so watch when you bike in the rain.
  6. v2kea412 macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2011

    I have this in blue and it rocks... It allows me to carry my 13" MBP in a inCase sleeve and fits nicely in a special spot in the backpack for carrying a laptop. Plenty of storage available was well...
  7. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
  8. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
    I'm A Marmot Fan...

    High-quality gear at reasonable prices. My long-discontinued Marmot Talus has traveled a lot... Holds up to a 13" computer.

    Tom Bihn has a nifty laptop slingbag but it may not hold enough for you. Bihn's messenger bags are top of the heap... and are priced accordingly. Thule also has a slingbag but the bag's huge Thule graphics a turn-off for me.
  9. MaxBurn macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2010
    I would check into the Tom Bihn Smart Alec or the bigger Brain Bag with a Virtical Brain Cell. Even if you don't get their backpack the hard sided brain cell protection is very good and would turn any backpack into a laptop bag.

    I just moved to one of these from a typical shoulder bag and it is so much better when you have to walk a ways. Even with two computers in it.

    Bit pricey but high quality with US labor.
  10. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I use Tom Bihn as well, and highly recommend those backpacks. High quality, great design and lots of room.
  11. TheIguana macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2004
    I also use a Tom Bihn bag, specifically the Brain Bag. It has been an amazing bag with tons of room for the usual school stuff and with the Brain Cell it does a great job of protecting my Mac.
  12. hzamani, Feb 13, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2012

    hzamani thread starter macrumors member

    May 1, 2010
    Forgot to mention. I already have the Vertical Brain Cell, it's excellent protection.

    However, I find that with all my books and paperwork, the extra load the VBC provides, is a little bit over the edge.

    Also, something under $100 would be preferable :)
  13. YsoSerious macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2008
    The Oakley Kitchen Sink. Looks bad @ss and can carry up to a 17" MBP.
  14. iLukeJoseph macrumors 6502

    Dec 20, 2011
    I don't THINK they do a backpack. But may have another style that will work for you? Waterfield bags are amazing. Yes not cheap, but the quality is excellent.
  15. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    That looks like a parachute.
  16. shanimal macrumors member

    Mar 12, 2011
    i have the Compact Nylon backpack from Incase. its really durable and stylish. i wish i would have gotten the regular one instead of the compact one though, but everything else is nice about it.
  17. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011

    Bihn is great but pricey... Anything comparable to the Marmot will cost at least twice as much.
  18. hzamani thread starter macrumors member

    May 1, 2010
    I think I'm set on the Swiss Army IBEX. It's big, cheap, and nice.

    Although, I've looked into messenger bags, I'm not sure about them. Does anyone else have more information on them?

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