I'm looking for the perfect bike commuting backpack. (Yes, I know, panniers rule and I have them, but trust me that a backpack is what I want right now.) It's astonishingly hard to find something that meets my two hard requirements: looks stylish (not like a school bookbag or a hiking pack) and has at least 1 external water bottle pocket. Any suggestions? Here's what I've already looked at: [more inside]
I am looking to buy a backpack for my 58-year-old Mom for Mother's Day, so that she can comfortably and --more importantly-- stylishly carry her 13-inch macbook pro. My Mom is 5'1". [more inside]
I'm looking for the right backpack situation for my child who has to carry a huge binder, books, lunch, a jacket and a trumpet to school. What is the best backpack solution for her? [more inside]
Are backpacks more vulnerable to theft than messenger bags? [more inside]
Living in Minnesota for the past few years, I've finally taken an interest in camping. It's been real fun and I'd like to progress from car camping to backpacking. There are a lot of recommendations online for men's backpacks but not so much for women. [more inside]
I'm looking for a small canvas bag ideal for packing beach supplies + camera, but not a trendy messenger bag, nor a backpack. [more inside]
What is the recommended portable mouse and laptop backpack/bag for a Lenovo x230? [more inside]
After almost a decade of hard work and loyalty, I have decided to retire my old hiking daypack. Today I went out and bought a new one, but can't decide whether or not to move the patches from the old one to the new one. [more inside]
Help me find a backpack for commuting use that can carry a ton of stuff and maybe isn't a rolltop. [more inside]
I'm looking to get back into backpacking in a serious way, and right now I'm working on getting my gear together. I have reached the point where I want/need advice on a good backpack and have whittled the field down to three choices. So I need to choose wisely. [more inside]
Help me find a new backpack! [more inside]
Recommendations for a small backpack with wheels? [more inside]
I am looking for distinctive, cool, fun, yet functional backpacks for my kids. [more inside]
I'm looking for a new backpack for day hiking and travel. Since I've had stuff stolen from my backpack (while I was wearing it) before, I'm interested in the Crumpler Karachi Outpost / Whickey and Cox backpacks that open against the back. Are there other similar backpacks out there that are hard to steal from, using this or some other feature? Thanks.
What's a good place to check out a wide variety of bags and backpacks in the Chicago area? I have three different bags from Timbuk2 that I ordered online over the past couple of years, but none are perfect; I need to try out my next bag-candidate in person.
Travelers: help me choose a sturdy, small backpack for long-term traveling. [more inside]
Bags. I need a backpack with a firm-ish back. Ideas? [more inside]
I often have dreams where i'm floating above the ground... [more inside]
Do affordable and effective waterproof backpacks really exist? [more inside]
I need a new backpack. (My current one hurts my back and is covered in cat hair.) My new backpack goals are: (1) it should hold my computer comfortably (Powerbook G4), but (2) I don't want the boxy rectangular ones they sell at the Apple store; (3) I want something smart and sexy (perhaps in yellow?). Is this too much to ask? I'd also (4) like to be able to buy it online.
I need some advice on a good bag for a bad back. I'm trying to find a high-volume weatherproof bag that I can use on my bike and on foot. What's the ergonomic word on backpacks vs. messenger bags? [more inside] [more inside]
Any recommendations for a comfortable, large-capcity backpack I can use to haul 30 lbs. of books and some clothes around the West Coast this summer? [more inside]