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  • The hunt for the Perfect Bag! HELP!

    I decide to post for Help!

    This is what I want.

    A computer Side (15")
    A papers Side
    Extra Space for travel

    My dream will be to have it separate but the ability to make it toghether at any time I need.

    I recently toss my old Roller bag and change for 22 small bags, (one for the laptops, one for papers) but when I travel I will prefer something bigger.

    Yes I can change bags, or have a travel bag, what I want is a modular bag that can grow with the needs for example.

    Add-on for Computer Bag
    Add-on for Papers
    Add-on for Daily things

    Any ideas?

    This is the closest I have come to anything like what I want, but said 14" or less.

    http://www.sjdesign.com/lapdog.html

    Best,

  • #2
    Here is the perfect bag!

    I use a swissgear backpack. The one at the link below has a 2 good sized compartments. The back compartment has a padded slot for a laptop, as well as room for cords etc. The front compartment expands a bit, and is great for folders, books etc. As well the 2 front pockets are surprisingly large.

    I have at times had - my laptop with all cords, portable harddrive, speakers, folders for work, a novel or 2 and a bottle of water.

    It's a very comfortable bag. And it doesn't really look like a laptop bag. Which is nice in the big city when taking the subway to work...you never know who might like to "relieve" you of your property!

    http://www.holidaypromo.com/Linenames.htm?CD=56&ID=378

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    • #3
      I like the Briggs and Riley line. Very functional, very well made. The lapdog seems too gimicky for me.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the responses...

        I found a nice Briggs and Riley one that makes exactly what I want, one bag for papers one for the laptop but a rolling case for when they get too heavy. I carry the Laptop and the Papers all the time and right now only the rolling case if I am traveling.

        It is 3 cases in one, so far the closest to the perfect bag

        http://briggs-riley.com/businesscase...rmulticase.asp

        Best,

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        • #5
          Originally posted by apinaud View Post
          Thanks for the responses...

          I found a nice Briggs and Riley one that makes exactly what I want.

          It is 3 cases in one, so far the closest to the perfect bag

          http://briggs-riley.com/businesscase...rmulticase.asp

          Best,
          I'm glad you found something that works for you.

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          • #6
            Briggs and Riley bags direct

            I don't know if you have purchased yet, but Briefcase Direct have a good range of Briggs and Riley at what seem like good prices.

            Jeremy.

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            • #7
              Thanks Jeremy, so far I continue thinking I found the perfect Bag!

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              • #8
                Briggs Riley - Elegant style rolling carry on luggage

                I found a nice Briggs and Riley Rolling carry on luggage sale with a lot of variety I wanted, one bag having elegant style for the laptop but a rolling case for when they get too heavy. Bergman Luggage has exclusive design with first class functionality that you can carry all the time at 100% satisfaction and Lowest Prices Guaranteed

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                • #9
                  re: The Perfect Bag

                  I've had a bag made by Samsonite for over 10 years now that has really stood the test of time. It had a sturdy bar along the top and four D-ring clasps for the handle and the shoulder strap. These things have never broken! One side had a flap revealing three legal-sized compartments for files and folders; the other side, the perfect compartment for any size laptop, and some mesh pockets in front of that for cables, pens, cards, etc. Two belt clip connections for keeping everything secure. Very nice, but can't find it anymore.

                  That said…

                  Samsonite makes the best laptop-protecting cases I've ever seen - with memory foam in them: The Samsonite LP350 EVA and The Samsonite LP450.

                  I like having separate compartments for things, but I also like a bucket approach to a bag: one opening to capture and access anything. My new solution is the following:

                  David King - Widemouth Leather Weekender Bag (Nice pockets along the peremiter for pens, cards, cables, etc. Still need a slip case to protect the laptop, but this bag is the perfect size for an outfit or two and all of your essentials for a weekend. Just toss everything in, and go.)

                  add to that a letter-sized Leather-Rope from Levenger to house David Allen's GTD System File Folders. (great because I can throw it in the bag, pull it out onto the desk, etc. whenever I want - completely portable).

                  And I *really* like the design on the following bag. Perfect for a minimalist day - when all you need is the laptop and a book for the afternoon: David King - Wide Bottom Messenger Bag with Cross Applique.

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                  • #10
                    Was just searching to see if anyone had posted a thread like this. I know it's a bit old but thought I'd chime in.

                    I am in the process of wrapping up "the great laptop backpack search of 2012". I bought packs from eBags, Briggs & Riley, Brenthaven, Victorinox and Tom Bihn. Requirement #1 was the bag had to have a strong lifetime warranty from a company with a reputation of standing behind their product. Second, it had to do a terrific job of protecting my MacBook Pro. Third, it had to be functional, accommodate my GTD 'on the go' folders (at all times I keep with me files labeled Inbox, Action Support, To Home, To Office, Read). Fourth, conveniently stash all the misc stuff I carry around all the time. Fifth, be rugged and well made and able to handle tough conditions and rough weather, and Sixth, look good to my eye and be a pleasure to use.

                    The hands down winner was the Tom Bihn Brain Bag. This is an amazing, amazing bag. Put a Vertical Brain Cell in it to store your laptop, and a Vertical Freudian Slip to organize papers, cords, power adapters, etc..., and you're set. If you're not carrying much, cinch down the cinch-straps and it leans up. Going on a 2-night business trip and you just want to use this bag by itself as your only travel bag? Open up the cinch-straps and you can pack a LOT of stuff into one of these puppies.

                    The materials and construction are first rate, and they're made in America by people paid a living wage and good benefits. I'd never heard of the Tom Bihn company before this search, now I could not be more impressed. If anyone is looking for a backpack or briefcase or carry on travel luggage, I would STRONGLY recommend you check their stuff out before making a buying decision. Absolutely world-class stuff that will last for many years.

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                    • #11
                      It's Pricey, But Worth It

                      Booqbags makes the best and most functional bags I have found. I use this one and I love it: http://www.booqbags.com/All-Products...s/Cobra-case-L

                      (I carry my Macbook Air, and a portable second monitor!)

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                      • #12
                        Bags? Did you say BAGS? I have just what you're looking for!

                        Originally posted by apinaud View Post
                        I decide to post for Help!

                        This is what I want.

                        A computer Side (15")
                        A papers Side
                        Extra Space for travel

                        My dream will be to have it separate but the ability to make it toghether at any time I need.
                        You may want to read my blog posts about this exact topic, and see what I've chosen as my perfect bag. Hint: It's not what you'd expect, but it's more than you could possibly imagine. Seriously.

                        I was turned onto this bag by Steve Frishling, when I met him on a brief train ride into NYC one morning. Here's his review of how he uses the bag for his photography travels:

                        http://flyingwithfish.blogspot.com/2...k-updated.html

                        Right now I'm using a North Face Surge bag for my day-to-day travel, holds a TON of gear, including 2 laptops, spare batteries, cables, ebook reader, notepad, voice recorder, satchel of cables, both of my BlackBerry devices, external backup drive, and plenty of other kit. The amount of storage and pockets is simply amazing.

                        Here's one of the storage boxes I carry in that bag with me, with all of the adapters and gadgets I need to travel with:

                        http://twitpic.com/8m85cr

                        The other two bags I use are the Osprey Porter 46 and the eBags Mother Lode TLS:

                        http://www.rei.com/product/803307/os...46-travel-pack

                        http://www.ebags.com/product/ebags/m...ertible/143101

                        Both of the latter bags fit the NorthFace Surge inside it, when I need to carry the main pack + overnight clothes.

                        Your list describes carrying even less than I or Steve carry in our Surge's, so this bag will absolutely suit you find.

                        The other side-benefit of the bag, is that it does not look like a computer bag, so is less prone to being stolen or lifted in public spaces.

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                        • #13
                          I did a ridiculous amount of research looking for a bag. I have the gift of being able to turn a $20 purchase into a week-long research project, lol. I ended up buying the Tom Bihn Brain Bag, but the North Face Surge recommended above looks like a VERY solid bag. You'll be hard pressed to find negative comments about it.

                          Several things stood out to me about the Brain Bag. One, the laptop sleeve (a 'Brain Cell', sold separately) is sized to precisely fit your laptop. If you have a small laptop, you get a small Brain Cell. If you have a 17" Macbook Pro, you get one designed specifically for that size. And the things are the best laptop enclosures I've seen.

                          Second, the Brain Cell hooks into the bag in a way where the laptop is suspended off the bottom of the bag. So if you drop the bag, there is minimal to no impact, far less than if the laptop is sitting in a padded enclosure that is resting on the bottom of the bag.

                          Third, it doesn't have the built in organizational features of some other bags, but it's customizable. So when I want organization and to use it as a briefcase on my back, I keep in the Brain Cell and the Vertical Freudian Slip insert and I'm good. When I get to my destination and I want to use it as a backpack on a day hike, I can pull all that stuff out and now I have maximum storage capability. It's a very versatile tool.

                          Finally, it's made in America, sewn by American workers paid a living wage (along with 85% of their health benefits). That's attractive to me. Your mileage may vary.

                          If you get the Surge, you're getting a great bag. But I would also check out the Brain Bag before making a final selection.

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                          • #14
                            I should also mention the bag that came in second in my search. The Brenthaven Expandable Trek. It's a really good bag, lifetime guarantee, very solid. If I hadn't liked the Brain Bag more, I would've had no problem making this my new bag.

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                            • #15
                              just can't let this thread go...

                              without mentioning Saddleback Leather
                              http://www.saddlebackleather.com/

                              Their leather bags are a-ma-zing. The quality is first rate and the styling is right out of Indiana Jones. My husband has a messenger bag and a satchel that he uses daily. We also both have sleeves for our MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, iPads and iPhones. I've gotten so many compliments on my iPad case, I should keep a stash of their business cards with me!

                              The owner, Dave, and his family travel all over the world in crazy terrain to make sure their bags hold up. He blogs about their adventures on the site, too.

                              And if you want a good cry, read his wonderful tribute to his dog, Blue.
                              http://www.saddlebackleather.com/In-Memory-of-Blue.html

                              Dena

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