View Full Version : Backpack Suggestions?

08-21-2016, 12:15 PM
Hi, all.

I have found myself needing to replace a failing SwissGear backpack and am struggling to find something that will fit my needs - hoping someone here has a suggestion.

I need to be able to carry a MacBook Air 13" -and- an iPad Pro 12.9" at the same time. Two separate storage compartments to hold each safely is required. In addition to the tech itself, I need space for the requisite power cords and charging blocks PLUS:

- Area to carry my business cards (and a handful of those that are given to me by customers)
- Place to store my passport
- Compartment to store some medicines that I always have with me on business trips (aspirin, an inhaler, etc.)
- Small stand that I use for charging my watch and phone at night
- Small (two plug) surge suppressor that plugs directly into the wall
- Possible some smaller items I might buy while on a trip (a common item to bring home is a 20oz Hard Rock Cafe glass if I'm in a new city I haven't been to before with a Hard Rock Cafe).

A small pouch that I can toss my money clip, keys, change, and phones into when I go through security at the airport would be great, but not necessary as I can use one of the small zipper pouches on my roller bag.

It would also ideally either be size-constrained in some way or be able to "squish down" to fit under an airline seat as I don't check luggage. So, the backpack becomes my "personal item" and has to go under the seat in front of me.

I'm adverse to the North Face brand. A lifetime warranty would be ideal (Osprey, LL Bean, etc.) to know that the manufacturer / seller stands behind it. I've been looking at Osprey Nebula, but haven't yet determined if it's going to provide the kind of protection I would want for both devices.

Any input on either the Osprey Nebula or brands other than those mentioned above would be appreciated.

08-21-2016, 04:23 PM
I would recommend another Swiss Gear. As my travel bag, I carry my MBP and my Work HP laptop everywhere and their backpacks hold up quite well to the abuse of air travel.

08-21-2016, 05:54 PM
How long have you had your current pack and how is it holding up? The one I have is about three years old and the shoulder straps are coming apart at the tops.

08-22-2016, 03:41 AM
About the same amount of time. Average weight when I travel is about 50 pounds or so. Yeah, I carry a lot of stuff...

08-22-2016, 11:13 AM
Yours is holding up well still? If so, maybe this was a fluke and I'll get another.

I ordered one from LL Bean that I'll get tomorrow and I'll see how that one might work out.