Commuting - Timbuk2's Hemlock?
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08-25-10, 10:46 PM
I'm thinking of getting a Hemlock for college.
I'll be using it to hold books and such for classes, but also for holding groceries when I go between my apartment and the store. I've read some good stuff about the bag but was wondering if the roll-top would be annoying to deal with in class. (Having to roll it up all the time in class and such.)
I use discarded backpacks and turn them into panniers. Your rolltop wouldn't be as annoying as a couple of panniers hooks digging into your back.
That's a good bag. I've been using one for about a year now. You can put a TON of stuff in it. Only downside is it's not waterproof (easily remedied with a contractor grade trash bag) and my back sweats a lot while using it (but I sweat like a pig anyway, especially in NC in August).
08-26-10, 10:55 AM
Don't drink the Hemlock , Plato !
08-26-10, 02:29 PM
...wondering if the roll-top would be annoying to deal with in class. (Having to roll it up all the time in class and such.)
I've seen this more than once in this forum (roll-tops are annoying). Where does this particular idea come from?. I have a Chrome Ivan (roll-top, waterproof backpack) that I used for school during the last ~2 years of college, and I that I still use (occasionally, I prefer panniers) to go to work and regularly to get groceries (on foot, since I live .5 miles from the store). I have never once found the roll-top to be annoying or frustrating or any more (or less) of a hassle than the various backpacks I had prior. (I bought the Chrome because my other bags kept falling apart due to cheap shoulder straps)
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