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Old 08-26-09, 09:55 PM   #1
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Laptop backpack recommendations

Hey Foosters I need some recommendations for a laptop backpack. There are more options for backpacks than I know what to do with. I am 6' about 235 and need something that will hold a 15.4in laptop a 5 subject notebook and 2 text books or so. Something that is good to ride in is a plus and I would like to keep it under 100 bucks or so.
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http://www.rei.com/product/788567

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Old 08-27-09, 07:38 AM   #3
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get a sewing machine and some cordura 1000d. use some synthetic thread. go to town.
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heh...I'd love to, but I fail at sewing buttons on my shirts

I just picked up a Timbuk 2 mssnger bag with a padded laptop sleeve, but it is too shallow for anything 15" or bigger (the top edge of the machine sticks up over the padding)
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check out Targus bags. http://www.targus.com/us/cases_laptop_backpacks.asp

I have the Groove a basic model that comes in black only, but has been very durable with good capacity. I've used it on the bike and even for day hiking.
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check out Targus bags. http://www.targus.com/us/cases_laptop_backpacks.asp

I have the Groove a basic model that comes in black only, but has been very durable with good capacity. I've used it on the bike and even for day hiking.
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My work provides us with a Targus backpack with our laptops. They cater to the laptop market. REI carries good stuff too, but it's designed to be hiking and also has a laptop sleeve. If you want one specifically catered to laptops, then Targus is likely the best choice.
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Yep, another vote for a targus backpack here. I have the ladies' Getta and the Radius convertible backpack/messenger and I'm very pleased with both. My tip would be look at the targus website for the model you like, then buy it from ebay/amazon/wherever else for waaaaay cheaper.
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Another note....my Targus backpack is great not only for laptops, but its the perfect commuting backpack. I can get laptop and a few days worth of clothes in there as well.
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I'm surprised at all the positive targus reviews. I've seen quite a few that were fraying in places so I stayed away from them when I bought a bag. Thats just what I see of other commuters (on the train, walking downtown), maybe those were just the really old/abused bags, but my Eddie Bauer bag lasted 10+ years without looking like that. I just got a High Sierra Fat Boy ($35ish) and it seems well made. Unlike some bags I tried, the zippers are easy to open and don't get stuck in the fabric. Thats a double-edged sword though, its best to close the zippers to one side, not on the top or they can open when running...
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+1 on Targus backpack. I bought one, used it for my college days, and even through that, it is still holding up quite nicely.
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Thanks for the recommendations I hadn't even thought about Targus. Checking that out as I type this
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I just use my daughter's last year backpack..currently a Samsonite which hold my laptop nicely...

Kids..have to have a new one every year for some reason..
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Osprey Torque bags if you decide to go with a messenger style bag.

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check out Targus bags. http://www.targus.com/us/cases_laptop_backpacks.asp

I have the Groove a basic model that comes in black only, but has been very durable with good capacity. I've used it on the bike and even for day hiking.
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Also have a Targus that I've been using for the past 8 or so months. It's the TXL617 for 17" screens and it has a lot of room in it.Doing well when I was ride with it on my back and no damage to it that I see yet.
To give you an Idea of the space so far I've been able to stuff my 17" laptop with power adapter in there 5 text books a few spiral notebooks and my lunch box in there. All in all about 40-50lbs. Targus definitely has my recommendation.
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Not to derail is completely, but what's up with that? My wife bought my son a new one, when the one from last year is perfectly fine.

I had the same backpack from 7th grade until college (and before that I only got a new one because the previous one ripped apart). The next backpack I bought after that was for the sole (vain) purpose of matching the motorcycle I bought.

And to stay somewhat on topic and transition from my off-topicness, if you're going to get a regular backpack, Jansports last forever. You can always buy a cushioned laptop sleeve.
+1 Jansports are really good backpacks. The one last one I had lasted me through High school my first college degree and halfway through my current degree. But I don't think there are too many(if any) that have enough room to carry your laptop plus textbooks and binders and still be under $100. might be wrong though.
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