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post #1 of 186
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Last year I had a Swiss backpack and I liked it but the bottom is virtually gone so I'm searching for a replacement that is comfortable, looks good and sturdy. I was originally looking at a Herschel Supply Co. bag but after the negative opinions I've read here about the construction I've changed my mind. My attention has now turned to this bag: It's made by Topo Design (it is a trekking bag which should means it should be sturdy). Does anyone have any ideas on other bags? What I'm looking for in a backpack is: Durability/Quality material (made preferably of Canvas or Leather with good stitching, straps, buttons, etc.) Looks (Not a standard looking bag i.e. Jansport) That's about it Thanks
post #2 of 186
Fjallraven makes some nice vintage styled backpacks (technically rucksacks, but they'd work fine on campus). Filson makes some good ones too (Need Supply, forum affiliate, had some, not sure if they sold out yet or not). I know you mentioned you didn't want a Jansport bag, but I assume you mean they're standard school bag. They've got a heritage line that makes some decent looking bags modeled on their designs from the 60s and 70s. You could also go 'military styled' and go for a goruck bag (which I'm probably going to order soon). Honestly though, for going back and forth to class I'd recommend a sturdy messenger bag (Filson makes good ones). I think backpacks look juvenile for anything other then hiking/traveling.
post #3 of 186
Filson rucksack!
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Blk pine workshop makes a chill backpack. If you've got the $$, check out north face purple label backpacks
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Forgot to mention, I might pick up one of those Topo bags if goruck doesn't come through with a discount for me. They look decent for the price.

Anyone have hands on experience with them?
post #6 of 186
Those Filson rucksacks are nice...contemplating picking one of those up.
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Unless you're going to college in a super trendy place get a standard North Face. You will be lugging around your laptop plus books and who knows what else if you are pledging and/or if it's snowing or pouring rain, it's better to have a functional backpack over style. Your dorm may be a 15-20 minute walk to your classes. As for messenger bags I've never been a fan as I think it makes you look like a tool in most cases on campus.

As for Topo design I've never heard of them and just because it's makes "trekking" gear does not mean it's good quality. Dana Design would probably be one of the best bag makers but alas they were bought out a few years ago.
post #8 of 186
I carry a Porter briefcase on campus. Backpacks are for high school.
post #9 of 186
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I carry a Porter briefcase on campus. Backpacks are for high school.
Hey dmash, can I ask where you kopped your Porter from? I've been looking for a retailer in the states, but haven't had any luck. I'd love to pick up one of their briefcases. This one really looks fantastic.
post #10 of 186
Had this backpack through highschool and still use it now. I removed the Emerica logo though. If I'm wearing a peacoat or something that would look ridiculous with a skater backpack I'll switch over to my messenger.
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Hey dmash, can I ask where you kopped your Porter from? I've been looking for a retailer in the states, but haven't had any luck. I'd love to pick up one of their briefcases. This one really looks fantastic.
Gotta proxy my man. Use SharpService....their service is top notch and it's pretty cheap. Mine's about the same size as the one you linked but it's not that shiny shit. They're SO well made, once you get one and feel all the materials/details you'll see why they are more expensive that other brands. I absolutely love mine, super nice, lightweight and not another person has one. Definitely one of the best purchases I've made and one of the few things I paid full retail for.
post #12 of 186
+1 Filson Rucksack or... Duluth Pack!!
post #13 of 186
i like t level bags for super casual activity
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Not juvenile looking (Chapman bags):



Pricey but should last (Saddleback):
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