I really do want a Timbuk2 bag, but the only place in Toronto that sells them is Mountain Equipment Co-Op and their selection is slim. The site is having a sale right now and I can get an extra large ballistic nylon messenger for only $45. Shipping to Canada is $30. An extra-large messenger for $75 US, sans tax! A large laptop commute bag at MEC would run me $100 plus tax and I'd only have one colour option really (plain black). Plus MEC is a bit hard to get to for me. But is extra-large too large? I've looked at the dimensions and it seems enormous but I was wondering if anyone's had one or handled one and can tell me truly how big it is. I want to be able to carry my Macbook, two textbooks (say an inch thick or so), a binder/notebooks and a water bottle + pens/pencils, wallet, keys, phone, etc. This seems like a lot of stuff that my current bag, which I guess is like a medium Timbuk2 size, cannot really handle. So should I go for the large or the extra large? The extra large is over 2 feet long at the top... I feel like it'll look ridiculous on me if I'm just carrying a bit of stuff, or it'll just look plain ridiculous. I'm on the average to slim size and only have a 33 inch waist. A two foot bag would eclipse me and then some... but is it all that bad? Thanks!