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A nice backpack with a suit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by cufflinked, May 1, 2011.

  1. Ianiceman

    Ianiceman Senior member

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    Changed your mind huh?


    I don't see a tuxedo.
     
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    it's just I wanted to save a bit of my back, since some days involve sitting in front of the computer for 10+ hours [​IMG]

    It's off-topic but like you I have back problems (lower) and I sit at a desk in front of a computer for at least 9 hours a day. If I can suggest anything, look up ergonomic resources on the web and properly set up your chair, desk and computer. It makes a difference.
     
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    As it seems we can't talk you out of getting a backpack (suit and backpack is a little like wearing bowtie and sweatpants - it's more or less impossible to pull off), I'll try and be a bit more constructive.

    I believe it needs to be nice quality leather without too much stuff going on in front (pockets etc.) Visible zippers are also undesirable. To be honest, I haven't really seen one that I think would work (however, I haven't really been looking).

    Anyway, Saddleback makes one, but it might look a little on the rough side.
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    You could also try and pull off the Palmer and Sons backpack [​IMG]
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    The brown one here also looks quite nice, but I have no idea what brand it is: http://hubpages.com/hub/-Leather-Backpack
     
  5. JakeLA

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    This forum is full of insecure salesmen who labor under the fantasy that carrying a briefcase makes them look important. It doesn't. Nobody cares how you transport your stuff to work. If a backpack is the only thing that works with your back, then use a backpack. There are specific brands mde for people with back problems, I'd try one of those.
     
  6. VelvetGreen

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    This forum is full of insecure salesmen who labor under the fantasy that carrying a briefcase makes them look important. It doesn't. Nobody cares how you transport your stuff to work. If a backpack is the only thing that works with your back, then use a backpack. There are specific brands mde for people with back problems, I'd try one of those.

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  7. Quadcammer

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    This forum is full of insecure salesmen who labor under the fantasy that carrying a briefcase makes them look important. It doesn't. Nobody cares how you transport your stuff to work. If a backpack is the only thing that works with your back, then use a backpack. There are specific brands mde for people with back problems, I'd try one of those.

    Don't be ridiculous. Backpacks and suits do not belong together.
     
  8. Huntsman

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    OP, two years ago I had the same problem. I worked full time, often wearing a suit, but then would go to night school four days a week, taking well over twenty pounds of books/laptop/etc for a 5-hr round trip commute that involved a car, a train, and a decent amount of walking. Sometimes I could change, but often just went in my suit. I couldn't really deal with taking a backpack to work -- I would feel that was very inappropriate. In the end, and after quite a lot of research, I bought a Saddleback Briefcase, as some have suggested. The Saddleback is nearly unique in that it (very) quickly converts from a suit-appropriate messenger-style briefcase to a backpack. Thus, it served both roles -- in the morning, I walked into work with a messenger, but anytime away from work when I wanted to spare my arms, I converted it to a backpack. The Saddleback posted above is their non-convertible pure backpack, not the convertible briefcase I use. See this link: http://www.saddlebackleather.com/130-briefcase-category I use a Medium Classic Briefcase in Chestnut color, and want to soon get a Carbon Black Thin Briefcase for professional use after I am done with school. Your choice will depend on how much you need to carry. I find that the non-black colors are the best at showing off the nice leather, but will not steer you away from black: the other colors develop patina from wear, which many (including me) like, but the black will be the easiest to keep looking fresh. Saddlebacks are built like tanks -- mine has put up with constant abuse in the last two years, and I have no doubts it will continue to serve me as long as I need it to. It really has become one of those 'trusted companion' pieces of gear. I posted a review of my Saddleback in this thread: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=140246 Since ImageShack has decided to stop allowing SF to view images, but if you copy and past these links into NEW browser windows you can see them: http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/9194/97342916.jpg http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/8228/p1010537h.jpg http://img44.imageshack.us/img44/4417/79694202.jpg ~ H
     
  9. Grayland

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    This forum is full of insecure salesmen who labor under the fantasy that carrying a briefcase makes them look important. It doesn't. Nobody cares how you transport your stuff to work. If a backpack is the only thing that works with your back, then use a backpack. There are specific brands mde for people with back problems, I'd try one of those.

    I don't think anyone is saying that carrying a briefcase makes you look important; they are saying that wearing a backpack with a suit makes you look very unimportant and rather clueless. They are correct.
     
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    I've been looking for a way to carry my trayzure. It's so heavy, that I end up having to bury it, and then I always manage to lose the map I made so that I could find it again.
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  12. gorgekko

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    This forum is full of insecure salesmen who labor under the fantasy that carrying a briefcase makes them look important. It doesn't. Nobody cares how you transport your stuff to work. If a backpack is the only thing that works with your back, then use a backpack. There are specific brands mde for people with back problems, I'd try one of those.

    Son, least it need to be said yet again, this is styleforum. Repeat it out loud if merely reading doesn't clue you in to the reality that the advice on this web site is advice based on style considerations. If you want to defend wearing a fucking backpack with a suit you should start up a blog or whatever it is that people do today.
     
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    Would a soft/hard case with an optional shoulder strap (to use when carrying heavy stuff) suit the OP? e.g. Soft bags from Crumpler
     
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    Would a soft/hard case with an optional shoulder strap (to use when carrying heavy stuff) suit the OP?

    e.g. Soft bags from Crumpler


    Something I have always wondered is can you do damage to your suits shoulders carrying bags over them - I sometimes carry a satchel over one shoulder and swear it has slightly changed the shape of a couple of suit shoulders...
     
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    I agree which is why I do it only when necessary.
     
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    Something I have always wondered is can you do damage to your suits shoulders carrying bags over them - I sometimes carry a satchel over one shoulder and swear it has slightly changed the shape of a couple of suit shoulders...

    I think it will damage it. Weight applied on pretty much the same area on the shoulder and with strap constantly rubbing at it. Not a suit, but I have ruined merino jumpers with bag straps. That is why whenever I wear a suit, I shorten my bag's strap and carry it in my hand. So if you see some guy in a suit on the street in the CBD carrying a shoulder bag that way... it's probably me [​IMG]


    Back problem guy: like said before, use a wheelie case. Problem solved.
     
  17. pebblegrain

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    wow these look horrible

    As it seems we can't talk you out of getting a backpack (suit and backpack is a little like wearing bowtie and sweatpants - it's more or less impossible to pull off), I'll try and be a bit more constructive.

    I believe it needs to be nice quality leather without too much stuff going on in front (pockets etc.) Visible zippers are also undesirable. To be honest, I haven't really seen one that I think would work (however, I haven't really been looking).

    Anyway, Saddleback makes one, but it might look a little on the rough side.
    [​IMG]

    You could also try and pull off the Palmer and Sons backpack [​IMG]
    [​IMG]


    The brown one here also looks quite nice, but I have no idea what brand it is: http://hubpages.com/hub/-Leather-Backpack
     
  18. Blurv

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    Even if you only had one arm you could still use that to hold a nice briefcase or sling a leather messenger bag. IMO both far better options, even when going for a more casual look.
     
  19. delavegatailors

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    Even if you only had one arm you could still use that to hold a nice briefcase or sling a leather messenger bag. IMO both far better options, even when going for a more casual look.

    Yes, there are many kinds of nice men bags that combine well with a suit (specially a briefcase), but deffinetely not backpacks.
     
  20. bhall41

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    Sorry, a nice backpack with a suit is an oxymoron.
     

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