Can you help me find a daily commute kind of backpack that is stylish in a sort of rucksack-y military boho kind of way, that will also be functional?
I have read all the previous questions on backpacks, but still haven't found one that fits the bill. Hoping the hive mind will send me the link to the perfect one.
I am a woman. After giving myself a case of costochondritis
, I have been instructed to give up the messenger bag I usually carry. On a typical day, it holds my 13" MacBook Pro (in neoprene sleeve), a weighty hardcover book, lunch in some sort of glass container, and a wallet the size of many small purses. Plus lotion, keys, phone, headphones, pad of paper, etc. Basically I lug a lot of stuff. The messenger bag strap was pressing right between my breasts, right on the sternum, and this is where the pain was radiating from. My doctor would prefer that I get a backpack with wheels, but that is SO. DORKY.
My commute is a mile walk to a BART station, then a train ride. I'm considering getting a bike to cut out the walking part, but I'm not there yet. I work in a creative/design-y field, so the bag doesn't need to look traditionally 'professional' at all.
Which brings me to the most important part! Style. My look is sort of seventies/anthropologie boho. Think clogs, floral patterns & stripes, bell bottoms, skirts, boots. The bags I gravitate to are leather & way too expensive. I LOVE the Saddleback Leather
bags, but they are way out of my price range. $500 is more like how much I would spend on the aforementioned bike. I also like the way this one
looks, but again it's a bit pricey.
My budget is about $100--maybe up to $150 if it was AWESOME. And maybe I don't need leather anyway--won't that make it too heavy?
I definitely won't want anything that is: sleek, techy, futuristic, sporty, cutesy. So no timbuk2 or the like. But I do want to be sure it can actually hold my laptop, so I'm leery of going the full-on military surplus route. I want the perfect hybrid of low-tech style but modern carrying function.
Can you help?