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Re: Luggage Bags and Packs
« Reply #510 on: March 24, 2015, 10:03:25 am »
regularly grocery shopping on my way home from work. taking packages home that were delivered to work.

Thank you very much @tmg, the hunt goes on I think :/. A dedicated laptop area, waterproof (or close to it) in a backpack is what I'm after. Shouldn't be too hard I'd of thought, but man, oh man 1st world it is!

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Re: Luggage Bags and Packs
« Reply #511 on: March 25, 2015, 01:24:16 am »
I think that there's been a move to unpadded laptop pockets in rucksacks, and then using a protective sleeve. So you might struggle to find what you're looking for @Snowy.

I'm having the same problem. My basic requirements are:
  • Approximate size: 48 x 34 x 20 cm, or 19" x 13" x 8". This fits into the smaller carry-on box on the Australian airlines.
  • Lighter is better. Some airlines limit carry-ons to 7 kg, and if you're burning through 2 kg with a bag...
  • Motorcycle friendly, so straps that join at the top of the bag, so it's kept at shoulder level, otherwise it'll bump on your lid. And a sternum strap.
  • Simple layout. I don't want hundreds of pockets and compartments.
  • An attractive design.
  • Not made in a sweatshop.
I think that the closest thing is the Tom Bihn Smart Alec, but Snowy's experience with the Brain Bag has put me off. The Defy Verbockel, Mission Workshop Rambler, and a few of the Topo Designs bags get close.

Perhaps the trick is going to be to get a couple of bags. Say something smaller like a Modern Industry Drive or Bedouin Delireis for day-to-day, and a larger travel pack for when I head off somewhere. Given my OCD nature it's easy for me to over-optimise, and a compromise might be in order.

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Re: Luggage Bags and Packs
« Reply #512 on: March 27, 2015, 11:26:23 am »
I was inches, inches away I tell you from pulling the trigger on the Vandal. Then I realized I'd be cycling 2x a week like this, likely in the rain, exposing the main section to the rain, which isn't really up for it without it's protective sheath :|.


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Re: Luggage Bags and Packs
« Reply #513 on: March 27, 2015, 12:30:53 pm »
I'm starting to think that your life would get a lot easier if you would GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE RAIN
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Re: Luggage Bags and Packs
« Reply #514 on: March 27, 2015, 12:48:23 pm »
Hahahah, I think I'm going to shut up for a while (months) about it again. Pretty much so given up for now, so no more whinging about something not quite perfect.

If I could avoid the rain, I would. However, I don't have the ability to accurately predict the weather with enough certainty, and a 4k laptop is a lot to blow due to being mistakenly caught in the rain. I cycle to work when it's likely I won't get wet. I probably still get rained on around 7% of the year.

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Re: Luggage Bags and Packs
« Reply #515 on: March 27, 2015, 12:49:01 pm »
Ps if you have a rock-solid 12hr weather predictor I'm yours :)

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Re: Luggage Bags and Packs
« Reply #516 on: March 27, 2015, 01:27:59 pm »
Not stylish, but Arc'Teryx makes bags and bag sleeves. The latter will work with other bags and compress down small. On the order of $30.

Arc'Teryx Veilance otoh makes bags that look cool and are cool.
http://shop.havenshop.ca/collections/bags/products/nomin-pack-2

Also this http://shop.havenshop.ca/collections/bags/products/mont-blanc-pack
« Last Edit: March 27, 2015, 01:33:49 pm by mclaincausey »
Think it, be it.

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Re: Luggage Bags and Packs
« Reply #517 on: March 27, 2015, 01:45:24 pm »
For what it's worth, I would go with this, and then put it underneath whatever I'm using to keep the rest of me dry if I get caught in a sudden downpour

http://www.cocooninnovations.com/product_info.php?cat_id=68&product_id=244

That being said, I'm not sure if it's the aesthetic you're looking for

Oh, I forgot to mention: I used to carry this every day for three years. Very waterproof

http://www.bluelounge.com/us/bags/backpack/
« Last Edit: March 27, 2015, 01:49:33 pm by DougNg »
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Re: Luggage Bags and Packs
« Reply #518 on: March 27, 2015, 01:53:54 pm »
For what it's worth, I would go with this, and then put it underneath whatever I'm using to keep the rest of me dry if I get caught in a sudden downpour
http://www.cocooninnovations.com/product_info.php?cat_id=68&product_id=244

That being said, I'm not sure if it's the aesthetic you're looking for

Oh, I forgot to mention: I used to carry this every day for three years. Very waterproof

http://www.bluelounge.com/us/bags/backpack/

Thanks Doug, going to keep quiet, per above. (When it rains and I'm cycling, I don't keep dry, I get soaked).

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Re: Luggage Bags and Packs
« Reply #519 on: March 27, 2015, 01:55:25 pm »
Errr, in that case, I would go with this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car

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Re: Luggage Bags and Packs
« Reply #520 on: March 27, 2015, 11:39:03 pm »
Maybe @Snowy should get one of these to protect his laptop? ;D



The review of the Rambler that I saw said it had three compartments, all of which are waterproof. The laptop could always go in the front pocket, which would be covered by a flap and possibly a zip.

Alternatively go for one of the bigger bags like the Fitzroy, which always has a flap over the main compartment.

The R6 or R8 are both available in 40 litre capacities. If you put the laptop in the external, padded sleeve that plugs onto the pack then it should be pretty well protected.

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Re: Luggage Bags and Packs
« Reply #521 on: March 27, 2015, 11:40:08 pm »
Or @Snowy could move to Melbourne, where there's less rain! :P

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Re: Luggage Bags and Packs
« Reply #522 on: March 28, 2015, 12:14:01 am »
I don't understand. You could get any backpack, strap one of those waterproof covers on it and keep your laptop in a waterproof sleeve. Get the Mission Workshop bag!

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Re: Luggage Bags and Packs
« Reply #523 on: March 28, 2015, 12:52:28 am »
Sorry guys I'm not going to be in here, Doug's right I'm just being a bitch about it.

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Re: Luggage Bags and Packs
« Reply #524 on: March 28, 2015, 01:40:07 am »
Naah, you're good. :)
Think it, be it.