What's a good backpack that I can take it backpacking with my laptop?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hojoon0724, May 11, 2008.

  1. hojoon0724 macrumors regular

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    So I decided I kinda need to take my laptop on this backpacking trip and I need to find a backpack that I can put my laptop in.

    Any help will be awesome.
     
  2. animationerd macrumors newbie

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    I am a big fan of Timbuk2. I can't personally speak for thier backpacks but I have a couple laptop messenger bags that I love, great for biking. I've also heard great things about their backpacks.
     
  3. techound1 macrumors 68000

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    I've got a northface one that's great (it's also just sitting in my closet because I now spend too much time in the adult world of briefcases :eek:) - I think it's an Elbrus. They tend to be really thoughtful about pockets, gear tie-on spots, and protecting your lappy. Check sierratradingpost dot com for some insane prices on them (I've seen them occasionally go for 60% off there...).
     
  4. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    I can wholeheartedly recommend Crumpler.

    I have a Crumpler Team Player (Base Toucher). Not sure they make it anymore though but I think the new models will be even better.

    It has been the best bag I have ever owned :D
     
  5. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Do you mean you're going on an overnight / multi-day backpacking trip?

    I'd strongly recommend against taking your laptop. It could get wet. Your batteries won't last anyway. You'll be dirty. It will be dirty. It will add a good 6-7 pounds to your pack. If you must bring technology, bring an iPod. Better yet, leave that home and bring a book.

    If you're determined to bring a laptop, just get a regular backpack and a rigid sleeve for your laptop. Brenthaven makes good ones. Get a ziploc bag big enough to fit the laptop (they come in extra extra large sizes). DON'T take your laptop out if it's raining.
     
  6. hojoon0724 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Got one already and I love it.
    It's just not big enough to take it for a backpacking trip through asia
     
  7. hojoon0724 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, it's not exactly backpacking in the traditional sense of going to the wilderness. I'm going to Hong Kong Osaka Kyoto and Seoul.
    I decided on taking it because I'll be taking a lot of pictures and since I'll be flying a lot I thought I could do some postprocessing on the plane.
     
  8. hojoon0724 thread starter macrumors regular

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    uh,, they're not that big to fit a laptop, a pair of pants, a pair of shorts, 3 tshirts, 5 pairs of underwear, a DSLR camera, tripod, etc.

    I'm wondering how good of a bag this one would be?
    http://oakley.com/pd/4578
     
  9. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Ah, I see. Here's a bag that's a little bit bigger than the Oakley:

    http://www.rei.com/product/765742

    You'll have to pack pretty lightly to use either of these -- but that's probably a good thing! I spent seven weeks in Europe with a laptop and a smaller bag than either of these.
     
  10. Goldenbear macrumors regular

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    I've been a big fan of Mountainsmith since 2001.

    How about this one?
     
  11. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

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    Leave the laptop at home. Enjoy being free from it on your vacation.

    If you must, take a cheap laptop like the Eee PC and shove it in whichever bag best fits your other needs; it's pretty dang tiny.
     

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