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    What's a good bag for a computer?

    Hey, this is my first post in the commuter section, though I've been commuting for a long time on a bike.

    I am soon going to college and will be getting a bag for my 13" MacBook. Does anyone have any recommendations on a good waterproof bag that's under $150?

    Right now I'm looking at a few including the Alchemy Goods Messenger (http://www.alchemygoods.com/messenger.html), Timbuk2 messenger, and a Duluth Pack bag (http://www.duluthpack.com/product_de...20Bag-Standard).

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    I just ordered an Arkel Commuter bag today. I don't think it's completely waterproof, but there is a rain cover available for it.

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    i have an ogio metro, it's a backpack style bag. water resistant but not -proof. it's very well designed with lots of pockets for organization and it definitely makes carrying my laptop easier. tried the shoulder/messenger style bags and found them to cause aches in my shoulder and neck.
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    www.crumplerbags.com (US site)

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    Get a good laptop sleeve and put it in any messenger bag. I have a Chrome that I like, but there's a big thread about them here where people recommend others.

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    I have one of these: http://www.arkel-od.com/panniers/bri...asp?fl=1&site=
    It's great. It's water-resistant - the zippers are all coated to prevent leaks, and you can easily fit a rain cover on it. I like it a lot.
    Edit: It doesn't show it in the picture, but it comes with a shoulder strap.

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    if you would rather have protection over a lightweight bag, get a pelican case. its 100 percent waterproof and virtually indestructable.
    here's a link http://pelican.com/case_group_search...seGroup=Laptop

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimlamb View Post
    I just ordered an Arkel Commuter bag today. I don't think it's completely waterproof, but there is a rain cover available for it.
    I've been using that for about a year now, and I like it a lot. Not completely waterproof, but I think the laptop's protected enough for all but an extended ride in a severe downpour. Or just wrap it in a plastic bag first, and do the same for your other stuff. Or, they have waterproof shell you can purchase to go with it.
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    I like the Ortlieb Office Bag, in the pannier family.

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    When I bought my 15" macbok pro a few weeks ago I got a really nice commuter type backpack with a supersoft built in laptop sleeve at the apple store for $100. They had some messanger bags there too but I needed more space for books and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nruntsch View Post
    Hey, this is my first post in the commuter section, though I've been commuting for a long time on a bike.

    I am soon going to college and will be getting a bag for my 13" MacBook. Does anyone have any recommendations on a good waterproof bag that's under $150?
    My girlfriend just got the Performance TransIt Metro pannier, which she likes a lot. It's the perfect size to hold a 13-15" laptop and a couple of books and smaller things. It converts between a messenger bag and pannier by covering up the hooks with a flap so you can carry it comfortably, and includes a waterproof cover. Seems to be well-designed and well-made, and it doesn't look half bad to me! It costs $50: http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=2312
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    I'm not trying to be funny here, but if you only had a "waterresistant" bag and were really worried, you could always get one of the thicker, larger ziplock (with the actual zipper) type bags to keep
    it 100% dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatsmyname View Post
    I'm not trying to be funny here, but if you only had a "waterresistant" bag and were really worried, you could always get one of the thicker, larger ziplock (with the actual zipper) type bags to keep
    it 100% dry.
    That's not a bad idea.
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    any one of these would do...


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    If you truly want waterproof Ortleib is the only way to go. I live in a city where it rains a lot, and am completely satisfied with my Ortleib products, as is my wife. They make a full range of products from panniers to messenger bags.

    http://www.ortliebusa.com/

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    nruntsch-
    my son uses the duluth bag you posted a link to,
    spray the bag with silicone water repellent.
    he places his macbook in a waterproof camping
    pouch- he's had no problems in the rain.

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