What backpack to buy?

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  1. NickPerk, Jun 28, 2012
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    NickPerk macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I'm going to be buying the the rMBP before I go back to school, but I'd like to have the laptop safe and secure in my bag. With my current one I know it won't be, so I'm looking into some laptop backpacks. Below you will find my needs of the bag and some of the bags I've looked at and liked so far.

    • Carry 30 Pound Textbook
    • Carry 3 1" binders
    • Another 2" for all the other crap you forget about :p

    Backpacks I've looked at and would like feedback on

    Boa Flow - M
    http://www.booqbags.com/us/backpacks/boa-flow/BFM-BLR

    Heathered Backpack
    http://goincase.com/products/detail/heathered-backpack-cl55412

    Convoy medium laptop backpack
    http://www.stmbags.com/catalog/laptop-backpacks/convoy-medium-laptop-backpack/


    Can you guy please point me in the right direction thanks!
     
  2. riptideMBP macrumors 6502

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    When I got a new backpack last year, I was really concerned about padding around the laptop (i could feel my MBP through my old "laptop" backpack). I would think the incase probably wouldn't offer as much protection as youd like...

    Of course I can only speak from experience and say that the 'STM revolution' that I got has been pretty awesome over the past year
     
  3. NickPerk thread starter macrumors member

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    Hmm interesting. Looking on their site I found one that I like just as much as the Boa Flow. (http://www.stmbags.com/catalog/laptop-backpacks/convoy-medium-laptop-backpack/)
     
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  5. fizzwinkus macrumors 6502a

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    I've fit a major thing for the cote et ciel rucksack right now. It's a beautiful piece of kit.
     
  6. junebug1 macrumors regular

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    I've been using the Incase Heathered Backpack for a few months now and I think it's a huge improvement and upgrade from the standard campus pack you originally linked. The fact that it has two full seperate compartments is key. I can't imagine that this wouldn't be clutch on campus. Mine has held up really well so far. Good luck.

    http://goincase.com/products/detail/heathered-backpack-cl55412
     
  7. nikster0029 Contributor

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    I am loving the BOA backpack, I am definentley getting that for school. Thanks for the great find!
     
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  9. NickPerk thread starter macrumors member

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    Exactly what I've sort of wanted. I don't want my laptop in with my books :p. So having the separate compartment puts this on my list now :).
     
  10. iLikeTurtles! macrumors 6502

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    i like icnase, great product

    but horrendous customr service
     
  11. NickPerk thread starter macrumors member

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    Can't always be a winner at everything!
     
  12. jamezr macrumors G4

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    interesting thread....i am looking for a laptop backback that is sturdy enough to hold my new MBP but also will stand up on its own. I want to be able to sit it on an counter without it flopping over....
    Any suggestions?
     
  13. leenak, Jun 29, 2012
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    leenak macrumors 68020

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    I bought a Crumpler bag the other day (tote) but I was really impressed by the quality. The shipping from the store in NY was super fast (I didn't order express shipping), I got the bag the next day.

    They are pricey but often that comes with good quality.
    This one looks like it'd be perfect for a rMBP
    http://www.crumpler.com/us/Laptop-B...Single.html?LanguageCode=EN&SKU=KSE001-R01150

    Here is their entire listing of backpacks.
    http://www.crumpler.com/us/Laptop-Bags/Laptop-Backpacks.html?LanguageCode=EN
     
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  15. chrisgayle885 macrumors newbie

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    As you say, to keep your laptop secure is your main priority. You should opt for a laptop backpack which is specially designed to keep laptop safe and secure. I use laptop backpack by Tumi luggage which can hold 17” laptop easily. It has extra padding at interiors to protect the laptop from any kind of damage or scratches. Also, it has three main compartments which can hold laptop as well as other stuff like textbook and many more.
     
  16. jcr440 macrumors newbie

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    Check out the Ogio Squadron RSS. It has a padded suspension bay for a laptop. I love mine!

    http://ogio.com/backpacks/squadron-rss-ii
     
  17. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    After reading after the worries of pressure marks being left on the screen, I would be worried about carrying a rMBP as I did my 2007 MBP in a backpack with lots of books.
     
  18. Fed macrumors 6502

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    I have two bags for my laptop and various accessories. One is by Wenger and has wheels (for work, travelling), the other by North Face for everything else.

    I plan on renewing my backpack in the next few weeks to this.

    Having used North Face bags right through University, I can certainly vouch for their sturdiness and protection from rain.
     
  19. gokart mozart macrumors 6502

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    How's it do with the elements? Is it water resistant like their laptop sleeves?

    I'm considering the heathered along with these:

    http://goincase.com/products/detail/terra-campus-pack-cl55399

    http://goincase.com/products/detail/range-backpack-cl55396

    I'm also looking at North Face bags. I need to worry about the elements where I'm moving this fall.
     
  20. StevenB14 macrumors regular

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    I bought the Targus A7 backpack couple weeks ago when I got my new 15" MBP.

    Targus A7 backpack

    It has 3 compartments and a few pockets all of which are great in size.
    - Soft lined compartment at the back for the MBP
    - A large main compartment that could easily take an ipad, few books, hard drive, power adapter etc.
    - Smaller compartment for pens, mobile phone, notepad etc.
    - 3 front pockets, one of which is soft lined.

    Even fully packed it's really comfortable due to the padding in the straps.
     
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    Whether its for travel, carrying my dslr, or carrying around my computer, I only use Mountainsmith backpacks.
     
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  24. varsis macrumors regular

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    Boa Flow looks nice but 200 bucks is pricey for a back pack. I bought a targus 8 years ago, now it's a little small (The laptop pocket) but it has lifetime warranty, I have carried over 80lbs in it. (Full to the max with books) I have never had any issues, or had any anything break or seams splits ect...

    I wonder if I can find the Boa locally. One thing though I prefer to see a backpack in person before purchase, I'm not keen on buying something without seeing it. Just prefrence. Il let you know if I find something going shopping in a bit here for some stuff.
     

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