Surely backpack technology has progressed alongside the laptop?
June 16, 2014 4:44 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for a men's backpack or messenger bag that exists at some magic intersection of lightweight and strong/durable. This is for daily commuting, often by foot, in New York City. My flashy new devices are impossibly light, and I'm looking for a bag that won't add unnecessary bulk when I carry some or all of them with me.
posted by scarylarry to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (12 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a writer and heavy reader, and for years I carried an insane burden on everywhere I went: two to four books at a time, notepads, journals, pens, and a clunky 15" laptop with wall charger (since the battery was shot). All this stuff was bulky and heavy, and I bought a heavy-duty backpack suited to the load. But it started to KILL me on my daily walking commute.
Recently, I've been lucky enough to acquire some technological miracles, which have slimmed down my load considerably. Now I carry between one and all of the following items when I leave the house:
Macbook Air 11"
This is great! My wallet is much lighter, too! My back is so happy. However, my old backpack seems like a tank, and weighs almost as much by itself as all these devices combined. It's overkill, and I'd like a new bag that will make my back even happier.
I'm used to backpacks, but I wouldn't mind trying a messenger bag if it suits my purposes. I'm interested in two things: 1) I'd like it to be as lightweight as humanly possible while 2) still adequately supporting the weight of all my future tech. My computer and iPad have neoprene sleeves, so I don't need a ton of padding on the bag itself. I just wouldn't want something that's likely to rip.
Style is definitely not a consideration here; I don't care about looking cool or anything. I just want something practical and dependable.
Thank you so much!