My own personal Lord of the Rings quest: to find a backpack for adults
March 6, 2013 7:17 AM Subscribe
Professional laptop case with straps, a.k.a. a backpack for adults, please?
posted by rmm to shopping (21 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
Hi Mefis with bags,
I'm going through the 4,302 threads of people looking for their ultimate work bag, but still haven't found what I'm looking for. The one requirement is that it's a 'convertible' - ideally I want a bag that has back straps so I can use it as a backpack - but *also* take off/hide the straps, and just have it as a normal briefcase style when I'm at work. I'm really looking for ergonomics here and style - might be asking too much, but help me find it! The whole large strap that comes with a messenger bag isn't ergonomic from what I understand since it's cutting into your shoulder area. I also have a medium sized purse, so the ability to distribute weight on my shoulders with a backpack would be awesome.
Other factors, in no particular order:
- durable: doesn't have to be leather, but something weatherproof would be good. I dig the Freitag recycled look, but need something a bit more professional unfortunately.
- price: ideally in the $100 dollar range (although if something cheaper comes along, I'd love it; if something in the $200 range is something like a Tumi that lasts forever and is awesome, I'll consider it).
- roomy: I usually have a 15 or 17 inch laptop and a binder or something thicker - I would love to find something large enough to carry that extra work stuff (and laptop cord etc.) but not moving into the thick, rounded gym bag territory.
- style: Other things like handles and external compartments and all that bells and whistles don't matter as much. Looking for clean lines (like the Batchel: https://www.cambridgesatchel.co.uk/buy/the-batchel/ or anything Swiss design-y or Jack Spade). Preference for black, but can deal with other stuff. Definitely no gym bags, bike courier bags, etc. etc. as I'm going for slim and ergonomic.
It's the convertible, hide straps thing I'd really love to find, as my back is killing me :( If you don't know of a specific bag that has straps you can hide, any sites that can help me find it or even any major brands I should look into would be appreciated. Also preference for any that have stores in the NYC area would be a big big help.
Thank you Mefis!