I would like a black backpack, smaller than your average backpack, that's just large enough to fit my iPad, u-lock, and a few essentials while riding my bike. Something
I would really prefer something with a squared off rolltop or flap top to the traditional rounded zipper backpack opening. To be even more picky, I would prefer it to be water-resistant, and ideally from a small messenger bag company that manufactures in the USA. If I could just buy something like
and shoot it with a shrink ray, I'd be happy.
might actually be what I'm looking for, but it almost looks like it's too much bag for what I want. I love Seagull's quality, and it's totally worth that price, but if I can find something a little smaller and simpler I'd like to explore that option before pulling the trigger on what looks like it will be barely smaller than the small Seagull messenger bag I'm trying to find an alternative to.
-If it says it holds a laptop, it's way too big. I don't want to be cramming my iPad into it, but that's the largest thing I need to carry.
-I am really not a fan of the ubiquitous mass-produced messenger bag companies. I am 100% opposed to buying anything Chrome. I would consider a kind of dorkier major brand like Dakine or Timbuk2 if the item was right and it wasn't covered in their branding. On a completely different tack, I would be open to buying something from a "fashion" rather than an "outdoors" brand (maybe something like a smaller version of this
?), but I'm too much of a tomboy to know my options there and I'm loathe to sacrifice practicality.
-I've definitely considered ordering this custom, but since it would require someone to make an entirely new pattern I'm not sure what brands would be willing to do it. I have a moderately-popular bike blog that does product reviews and brand partnerships, and trying to design a new product in tandem with a small company in exchange for our promotion/etc is possibly feasible, but not something that would be worth it for either side if this is already a product that exists.
-Padding to protect my back from pokey objects and pockets would be great.
-Simplicity in aesthetics is pretty important; the nylon-strappy laptop bag look is a huge turn off.