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    Help me find a new man purse?

    As some know, my vision isn't the best and odds are I will likely go blind (I'm already legally blind). In fact, I was presented a mobility cane last week to become familiar with its use (a precursor/prerequisite for a guide dog*). I'm not reliant on it yet, but probably will at some point .

    Anyway, since using the thing requires that one of my hands is occupied at all times with the other one being used at times when encountering an obstacle, I need a way to carry stuff. I have a messenger bag from my bike commuting days, but it isn't very comfortable walking around. I have a sling bag, but it has limited capacity, odd shape, and can't hold a water bottle. My current backpack is big enough (maybe a bit too big), but its not the most comfortable either, plus the back panel doesn't breathe too well.

    What I need it to carry: one or two water bottles during the warmer temps, a travel mug for warm beverages during the cooler months, a beanie, a balaclava, ear muffs, lightweight nylon jacket, 7" tablet/e-reader, dog treats (should I get a dog), hard sided glasses case, and the cane (when not in use). Would be nice to have enough room for a few groceries, a wine bottle or two, or a hooded sweatshirt as well. Waterproof isn't a necessity, though quick drying is highly desired. Not planning on using a hydration bladder.

    Not sure whether or not lumbar/waist belt is needed, but I do know I don't want another bag like my current one- Amazon.com: Ogio Politan Corporate Backpack (Indigo): Sports & Outdoors. That grab handle is comfy when the bag is being carried by hand, but it presses onto my neck/shoulders too much when the bag is worn. I think I want either a top-loader or a 3/4 panel loader, but not the kind that unzips fully down the sides.

    *The guide dog is now a TBD thing. The trainer who gave me my cane will help me evaluate things a bit more and also help me figure out which guide dog programs I should be considering- apparently the one I was in the process of applying to doesn't sound too kosher to her for some reason.
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    This story on a blind kid teaching himself to echolocate is amazing:

    Batman | This American Life

    I am using this bag on my no-rack roadbike: Osprey Talon 33 Pack

    side pockets for water bottles (or bottle on one side, dog treats on the other)

    Osprey also has a cycling-'specific' one (talon I think it's called) but it is heavier on subcompartments and lighter on external pockets.

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    I got sick of my pockets and hands all being full, so I recently bought this High Sierra backpack when it was on a lightning deal @$25. It's really the most comfortable backpack I've ever had. The back and straps are padded, along with a padded sleeve in the rear most pocket for a laptop. The top handle doesn't really protrude so I don't think that should be a problem.
    http://www.amazon.com/High-Sierra-Sw...ierra+backpack

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    This story on a blind kid teaching himself to echolocate is amazing:
    Indeed! and there's even a bike in the story!!!

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    I've had several Jansport Big Student model backpacks. I find them comfortable and roomy enough to carry what I need, with 5 pockets to sort things out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    This story on a blind kid teaching himself to echolocate is amazing:

    Batman | This American Life
    That was a cool episode, I missed the beginning where they mentioned he was blind and figured the story was about parents who let their kid do normal kid stuff.

    I live in an area with a large population of Polish and eastern European people, and have noticed more men wearing a man purse. I'm not sure where they get them (I know it's not the grocery store I'm shopping in when I see them), but there seems to be more of a market for them now for the crowd that wears socks with their sandals.

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    Considered a strap pad on that Messenger bag? I put a Timbuk2 strap Pad on my electric Guitar strap.



    Burly Travoy trailer is Kind of like a lower strength light weight Fridge Dolly , you can pull or push it By Hand .. to not have to carry anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Considered a strap pad on that Messenger bag? I put a Timbuk2 strap Pad on my electric Guitar strap.



    Burly Travoy trailer is Kind of like a lower strength light weight Fridge Dolly , you can pull or push it By Hand .. to not have to carry anything.
    The messenger bag I have is an older Banjo Brothers (size L- ~2000). It has a padded primary strap and a non-padded cross strap, but it isn't the easiest strap adjustment system I've used.

    The Travoy would be cool if I was still riding regularly (I'm not). I will have one hand occupied at all time with either a cane or a dog harness and I need to keep the other hand free for other things- taking a drink, eating a snack, using the phone, protecting face from low hanging tree branches, or break my fall should I stumble .
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    FWIW .. Timbuk2 uses a cam lever Lock to adjust its strap Length , It Is pretty easy To adjust.



    + there are 3 & 4 wheel Walking /'Zimmer' frames .. that will offer stability and carrying capacity ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post

    I am using this bag on my no-rack roadbike: Osprey Talon 33 Pack

    side pockets for water bottles (or bottle on one side, dog treats on the other)
    I was thinking like maybe an Osprey Flapjack, but that Talon does look nice. However, I came across this- BBP | Ergonomic Backpacks- when cleaning some of my old bookmarks and despite it not having external bottle storage, the current price is a lot more attractive.
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    Maxpedition has bags with special compartments for water bottles and such

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    I was thinking like maybe an Osprey Flapjack, but that Talon does look nice. However, I came across this- BBP | Ergonomic Backpacks- when cleaning some of my old bookmarks and despite it not having external bottle storage, the current price is a lot more attractive.
    Yeah I think I got mine both with my REI dividend and on one of their 20+% sale weeks.

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    ITS NOT A PURSE. It's a man-bag.


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    Man purse, murse, man bag... doesn't really matter what you call it, I've been scouring a few different sites looking for something that might work at a price point that my wife won't go ballistic over.

    And I'm also now leaning towards going with a small mess bag because the bag can be swung around to rummage in without having to remove it...
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