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Old 01-01-07, 06:54 PM   #1
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Banjo Brothers bags

I'm currently in the market for a new bag, and had some questions on the Banjo Brothers bags. Right now, I have a messenger, and I like the access it gives me, but it's a nice small size (about 14" long). I'm worried the BB messenger's 18" might be a tad big. I usually don't need to carry a lot, just my laptop and books for school, so I was also looking at the BB commuter backpack. However, since I can't find any dimensions of this on the BB website, I'm worried it may be too small to fit my 14" laptop and (sometimes heavy) books. Anyone have any experience with these? Is there a decent number of compartments to store things? I thought it'd be a nice alternative, but I'd like to be able to keep things somewhat organized. Access is another thing. I love the access I have to my messenger, and I'm not sure if the backpack would allow this. Any thoughts on either?

I'm pretty set on either the BB messenger or backpack, but if anyone has any other ideas, that'd be great too. Thanks
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Old 01-01-07, 07:20 PM   #2
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It's definitely big enough. Check the FGG mess. bag review if you're interested in more details.
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I've had my messenger bag since June or so, and I think it's awesome. I like the size for my 14" laptop, plus notebooks, plus music scores or textbooks, and with that all in there, I still have room leftover for my Pearl Izumi jacket and a hat.

In the main compartment there are 2 water bottle pockets that are open, very flat when they're not in use, and a good size for a Nalgene bottle, or I've also packed 1 shoe in each water bottle pocket so they don't get the rest of your **** dirty.

The outside pockets are good, too. I keep my u-lock and pump in the lock pocket, tire levers, a wrench, pens and blinkies in the small pen pockets, and in the zip pocket I keep my wallet, phone and iPod.

The outside is rugged and really waterproof, but it does seem to make me a little sweaty under the bag and the strap.

The strap though...the strap is AWESOME. Really comfortable, and it's got the carabiner on the front, so you don't have to **** up your hat or take off your helmet to put it on or take it off.

It's also held up really well, although the liner is kind of starting to crack around where the flap curves over the top of the main compartment.

Sorry for the novel. Definitely read the FGG review of it, too, that's pretty good.

Oh, also, the laptop sleeve is pretty burly on its own, and it's big enough for me to put my 14" iBook into a neoprene sleeve, then put in the Banjo Bros. laptop sleeve.

PM me if you want to know anything else.
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Thanks for that, Veggie. I'm kind of leaning toward the messenger for the extra space, but I just want to make sure I'm not missing any huge points for the backpack. I'll definitely check out the FGG review.
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Thanks for that, Veggie. I'm kind of leaning toward the messenger for the extra space, but I just want to make sure I'm not missing any huge points for the backpack. I'll definitely check out the FGG review.
I just checked out the commuter backpack on the Hiawatha website (from whom I ordered my messenger bag, highly recommended) and I think I may get one of those, too. I've been thinking about getting a bag in the 1300-1500 range for when I'm not going to school/work/anywhere I need to take books and my computer.

Seems like it'd be good for a notebook, maybe a music score, clothes and a toothbrush for when I sleep over at your girlfriend's house.
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