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Laptop/book bags?

Laptop/book bags?
« on: July 28, 2008, 08:36:19 AM »
Anyone have any recommendations for laptop bags? I'd like to get something that's big enough to fit books as well, although I don't know how many books I'll need at any one moment (since I'll also be storing some in a locker, or so I hope).

My other consideration in picking a bag is that I'd like to bike to school on some/most days (a 3 mile ride).

Would it make more sense to get a 2-strap backpack (e.g., a 1 strap messenger bag (e.g., or some kind of dual-use pannier/messenger bag (e.g.

Any thoughts, suggestions?

Re: Laptop/book bags?
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2008, 08:49:09 AM »
FYI: Here are a few more links for laptop-friendly messenger bags and backpacks:



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Re: Laptop/book bags?
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2008, 11:12:40 AM »
I've used the Northface Surge for the past few years.  It's a tough bag with a laptop pouch, and I couldn't be happier with it.


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Re: Laptop/book bags?
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2008, 11:56:10 AM »
I have the Targus 17" messenger bag and I do NOT recommend it. It's almost 10lbs empty.  :(

I happen to have a 10lb laptop as well so before I already have 20lbs on my shoulder without books.

Re: Laptop/book bags?
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2008, 10:32:23 AM »
I have the High Sierra Swerve, which I really like. I bike to school and it's actually comfortable, even with a couple of books and my laptop. It's light weight and it has two compartments. It was really cheap from ebags (and they did a price match so I got an extra $10 off).

I looked at the new North Face Surge backpack, which is really really nice. The new model has a lot of padding for your backpack. I chose not to get that one though because 1. I'm a female and it was a really big bag 2. The price was triple the high sierra and both come with a lifetime warranty 3. I go to school in Baltimore and I don't want my bag getting stolen just because it's a Northface.  I probably will ask for a northface backpack for Christmas, but I figured it wasn't worth it right now.

And, if you are biking to school, you will definitely want a two strap backpack!

Hope that helps  ;D

Re: Laptop/book bags?
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2008, 08:12:37 PM »
Here's what I do.... I have a regular backpack that I use to carry my books too and from my car (on the days I need to take stuff home). Then I have a bag that is over the shoulder that's big enough for my laptop and 1 or 2 books. I just dump everything in my locker when I get there in the morning and then just carry about the laptop bag the rest of the day.

Re: Laptop/book bags?
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2008, 05:57:59 PM »
I use the Northface Recon.  It has a padded pouch for laptops which fits my IBM T60 perfectly. Have been able to fit up to three case books along with supplements, and the usual crap (charger, keys, power bar, ipod, phone, gloves, hat, etc).  I only carry it to my car, so i don't car how heavy it gets.