Dear Mefites, I'm looking for a new travel-shoulder-backpack-tote bag. I really like the Patagonia Lightweight Travel Tote but the price is a bit high and I'd like to have a couple more inside pockets. I do like the size, weight, foldability, water bottle pockets, and convertible backpack stylings. I have heard that this bag is also quite durable. Do you know of a similar bag that offers more interior pockets and organization, at a similar (or lower!) price point?
I would like to become an outdoorsy person. The kind that hikes, camps, kayaks, snowshoes, trap shoots, maybe backpacks. How do I do this? [more inside]
My dream is to have a travel bag that wears and is sized like a backpack but opens all the way up so I can pack it like a suitcase. I've seen a lot of Kickstarters lately for bags like this, but outside of this one bag I found on Amazon, I haven't really seen a lot of other bags in this vein. Are they really so uncommon? Are there more bags out there like this?
Hello. I'm trying to find a high-end quality backpack for university for my 15.6" business laptop. Price range could be from $100 - $210. Something that will last a long time. [more inside]
I am looking for a convertible backpack/tote bag that leans more toward the backpack end, i.e. a backpack with tote bag straps rather than a tote bag with backpack straps. Examples: [more inside]
I (male) am a freshly minted university lecturer. My cheapo grad school backpack won't cut it anymore, so I'm looking for a replacement that will not scream "student". It should be fairly small and light (I rarely carry a lot of books, sometimes a laptop) and comfortable for walking. Also looking for a messenger bag for days when I bike or drive to campus. Hoping to keep it under $100 for each. Recs?
I'll be honeymooning in Iceland soon, and we'll be doing lots of light hiking and general wandering around. I'd like to take a backpack, but there seem to be lots of options and I'm not sure what I'd want. [more inside]
I need a basic backpack for my work laptop. I'd like one that's as unobtrusive and non-dorky as possible. [more inside]
I would like to purchase some backpacks (approx 10 of them) at a price point of under a dollar each. [more inside]
I've been traveling a lot and my overstuffed backpack is wreaking havoc on my back. Help me find a better solution? [more inside]
I'm looking for a slim, minimalist backpack for a 17.3" laptop. Degree of difficulty: laptop measures about 1" larger both width and height compared to a 17" Macbook Pro, so I think a lot of 17" bags designed to snugly fit a MBP are going to be a smidge too small. [more inside]
My stuff inside my backpack got soaked this morning as I walked the half mile it takes me to get to school. 😱 I need a sub $100 waterproof backpack to carry my 13" laptop, study materials, coffee mug, and water bottle. [more inside]
I get sweaty, and having tried a backpack with a suspended mesh back panel (aka trampoline suspension aka tensioned-mesh panel), there's no going back. But these all seem to be gormless with one giant chamber and maybe one or two small pockets -- I also want the sort of organizer panel and multiple compartments you get from a commuter daypack. And a hip belt to put the load on my hips. Anyone know a specific backpack with all of the above? [more inside]
What's the thinnest laptop "backpack" I can get? [more inside]
So I'm moving to Prague, which is notorious for pickpockets. I'm wondering if I need to give up my absolute favorite bag i've ever found anywhere in the whole wide world because of a lack of zippers. Bonus: Where the heck do you even sell a used Moop bag? Ebay? [more inside]
I walk about an hour each way to work, and it's been taking a toll on my neck -- pain while walking, and stiffness that lingers for days afterward. Is there a backpack that'll put less strain on my body? [more inside]
What brand backpack should I donate to the local backpack/school supplies drive? [more inside]
Your work commute is a 1 hour train ride each way from the suburbs into the city. You use a backpack as a travel bag. What goes in the backpack? [more inside]
I have been using an LLBean backpack every day for my commute and to take my kids places. But my husband has grown weary of finding my belongings in the backpack every time he wants to use it. In his defense, I bought the backpack for him and it has his initials on it. Help me find a replacement backpack to call my very own. Some details below... [more inside]
I'm hiking out into the wild with a friend this autumn, and it's been decades since I last bought gear. I need a two-man tent, sleeping bag, backpack and other stuff. This won't be extreme camping, around 35-55°F at night, 3-4 days max. I'm looking for lightweight, durable, comfortable. Suggestions?
I'm looking to buy a practical backpack that will last and look good for hiking, walking around town, daytrips abroad, and more. I'm leaning towards a Fjällräven kånken due to their classic design and quality. [more inside]
How should I select a day pack for hiking? What factors should I consider? What features should I think about? [more inside]
The two of us are interested in getting into backpacking, and are each looking to purchase a nice backpack. Help us find a good one! [more inside]
I found a beautiful handmade (a la etsy) rucksack in a thrift store that I know my girlfriend will love. I would like to fix a few things and increase its functionality (adding a handle; put in better thicker straps, etc.). Where in Toronto can I take the rucksack and ask a professional to do it? I am essentially looking for a cobbler for canvas/ a tailor not for clothes? [more inside]
Looking for a bag that can hold my dSLR plus everything I need for a day hike with small children. [more inside]
I recently found out that I have double minor scoliosis (near my shoulder blades and at the bottom of my spine with a degree of curvature around 16). [more inside]
I am looking for a waterproof backpack for my dad who is really getting into sailing. He's taking all the exams necessary to sail on international waters, and practices like crazy! What kind should I buy? [more inside]
Can you identify this backpack model and brand I saw two people both wearing while walking down the street. I'm going crazy trying to search for it. All I have is my memory/description to go by. [more inside]
Would love to run instead of taking the bus to the train station for a thousand reasons, but the logistics of it are making me sweat! Most posts/websites on this topic deal with a simpler commute than what I have. Mine involves several legs (and my own legs would like to run whenever possible!). Could you help me, Mefites? [more inside]
Help me find a new backpack for my new job! Difficulty level: I am one picky bitch. [more inside]
I need a very specific bag and I don't know where to look for it. I need a large bag that can be carried like a backpack, larger than 25L. I would like it to be in some way elegant (that's an open definition...), semi-fashionable for the PNW set, and water resistant enough to walk for 15 minutes in the rain and not be damp for days (so, probably not leather). [more inside]
How can I best protect my dSLR camera during a rugged hiking trip, while still keeping it accessible for shooting? [more inside]
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. [more inside]
After lugging around a very small but not comfortable suitcase on wheels in chicken buses in South/Central America I realized I need a better travel bag as well as a money belt. Would welcome suggestions for these two travel items. [more inside]
A friend is going on a year-long, multi-continent backpacking adventure. She wants a sturdy travel cover that will take the abuse from buses/baggage handlers/planes instead of her pack, like this--except hopefully sturdier. Any recommendations?
I want to upcycle this glittery pink Britney Spears backpack into a more grown up bag. Preferably black. Does anyone have suggestions? Images inside. [more inside]
Are backpacks more vulnerable to theft than messenger bags? [more inside]
I'm looking for a backpack that would carry a 13" MacBook Air. Difficulties: Needs to be rain-proof, stylish (I prefer leather or canvas finishes, with simple patterns), durable, comfortable, small, and light (I'm 5'2" on a good day). [more inside]
I am really getting tired of carrying a purse and am thinking a purse-backpack would vastly improve the quality of my life. [more inside]
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 like this would work, except 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 this and shoot it with a shrink ray, I'd be happy. [more inside]
I've been using this backpack for everything in my life since 2002. The backpack is finally falling apart, and honestly I'm getting too old to travel with a backpack, but I've never found a better way to carry my (large amounts of) stuff. Help a lady out! [more inside]
The duffel bag I use for my massage kit is falling apart and I have trouble finding a sturdier replacement. Can you help me find one? Pics inside. [more inside]
I'm looking to start backpacking/rough camping this year, and I've had a hard time picking a guide. Can you recommend a book (preferred) or a website for this sort of thing? I've done some not-so-rough campground camping before, but it was alway drive-in camping. We'd love to start off with over nighters and work our way up from there. We don't know what type of pack/tent/gear to get at all. Bonus: guides for the tri-state (Philadelphia-New Jersey-Delaware) area camping/packing would be nice, too. Thanks!
I'm looking for a bag that can be all (or most) of the following: laptop/messenger bag, airplane carry on, backpack, and diaper bag. My Google-fu is failing me, but I've come across the terms "travel bag" or "convertible". I like the look and durability of canvas bags or a similar type material. I'm not too big into leather, mainly because the good quality ones are mostly out of my price range (eg, Saddleback). I'd like to stay under $300, but can go higher for the right bag. [more inside]
I've always packed light by taking a backpack on all trips and going carry-on only. But I'm going to be extensive international travel with a 35-liter backpack and want to know how to pack even lighter. Usually I only go on 1-week trips, and thus pack a shirt for every day, etc. How can I pack lighter? I've heard that Merino wool is a good material for shirts that can be worn a couple times before needing a wash. What are your tips and tricks?
Help me find a dress-friendly backpack [more inside]
I want the benefits of a backpacking backpack with the benefits of a laptop backpack. Shoulder and waist straps, tall and able to fit lots of stuff, but with a laptop sleeve or something that would make it easy to take my laptop out and put it back in. Does this exist? [more inside]
I'm shopping for a new backpack. Criteria: I'd like it to have some style and polish so as to go with nice casual clothes; to be at least big enough to hold a 15" laptop; to be brown, olive, or khaki in colour; and to cost $100 or less. I love this one but the site that carries it is apparently untrustworthy. Super shoppers of MeFi, what can you recommend?
Looking for the brand for a convertible leather backpack of German origin. [more inside]
On August 23rd, I am flying to Fairbanks, Alaska for a week long camping/hiking trip in Denali National Park and would like to not have to check any items if possible. [more inside]