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Have we ever talked about backpacks?

Brian SD

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Which do you guys like? I was thinking about going with North Face. I need a real backpack for bike riding and long walking distances. Still all intracity travel though.. not mountain biking or anything.
 

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I've been using the same LL Bean one for my entire four years of college (tradly!). It still looked like new until just the other day when I broke one of the adjusters, which was completely my fault.
 

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Originally Posted by Brian SD
Which do you guys like? I was thinking about going with North Face. I need a real backpack for bike riding and long walking distances. Still all intracity travel though.. not mountain biking or anything.

I just sling around a messenger bag for schepping around the city on my bike, usually a Timbuk2 - not as stylish as my Varvatos leather bag, granted, but more practical, and built to be worn on a bike.
 

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I definitely want a backpack though. I have a couple trusty messenger bags, but I want something now for both shoulders. Its a lot more comfortable for me and I don't want my drawing materials and computer smacking around anything (which tends to happen a lot with my messengers).
 

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I have a north face. One of the black ones that everybody has in NYC, i think it's called the sling shot. I wouldn't trade it for any other in the world, it's the best backpack i ever had.
 

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Originally Posted by Brian SD
I definitely want a backpack though. I have a couple trusty messenger bags, but I want something now for both shoulders. Its a lot more comfortable for me and I don't want my drawing materials and computer smacking around anything (which tends to happen a lot with my messengers).

I had a really comfortable Invicta bag, improbably subdued in a grey color (they typically come in some really bright pastel combos) that I picked up iun Florence a while back.

Still use it sometimes. Padded back, small, but with a zip that could expand the bag, and a zip compartment on top for litle things. Very useful and not too dorky.

I also own a grey flannel wool with cotton canvas and bridle leather strap canoe bag from Engineered Garments. It can be used as a backpack or messenger bag, and can hold pretty much everything you need (the capacity is pretty big). About as stylish as a backpack gets.

Jack Spade also has some pretty interesting backpacks from time to time.
 

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Check out Timbuk2 the void daypack, very very nice and very solid. BTW, ebags.com is having a sale atm so you might want to check that out.
 

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Hey Brian,

If you want a technical backpack designed for comfort over longer distances North Face is a good place to start. The primary thing is comfort. Different packs and brands are designed for different backs. I don't know what's avalible in SoCal but I would hit up a store specializing in hiking or outdoor gear. I really like Arc'teryx packs, they're extremely well made and comfortable for my body type (tall and athletic/skinny) and are very simple and subdued in design. However, I have no idea if they're avalible in your area. You might also want to try Lowe Alpine and Marmont.

A.
 

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I use a NF for school. It's very well designed and durable.

The main difference between a NF type bag and something like Kelty or Dana Design (my favorite, although I haven't tried them since they became subsumed in Marmot) is that the latter will have a frame (whether internal or external) that will transfer weight to the hips, making your load much more comfortable and easier on your back. However, they tend to be rather bulky, so that might not be the best choice for an urban environment.

I haven't been in the market for a technical pack for a while, so there might be some smaller, more streamlined pack that does have a frame, which would be ideal. Like Aaron said, go to a store specializing in backpacking and such, (i.e., not a Sports Authority.)
 

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also on the lookout for a sturdy backpack for my occasional walking travels in other cities.

i'd probably take a look at Arcteryx first since i've got a skiing/boarding pack from them that is just amazing but a little too large for about town.

i've also heard great things about packs from Cold Cold World, http://www.coldcoldworldpacks.com/ozone.htm, but have yet to find a local distributor where i can try their wares. an A-16 in your neighborhood may have them (and would definitely have TNF packs other people are recommending).

also, something to consider when purchasing a pack is whether you want a top loading pack or a traditional zippered pack. the top loader will not be as organized but give you a better center of gravity (ummm...for avoiding all those...tourists). i've always hated the zipper on backpacks which seem to break all the time.

happy shopping and definitely let us know what you eventually decide on.

-Jeff
 

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Supreme. ok backpack sturdy, functional...all that good stuff.
 

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I have a Porter backpack that is really good for my 12" powerbook. The material is nice but it's small and the shoulders are not very comfortable for long distances.
 

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I had an old NF bag, but I felt the padding on the back of the bag and the straps were too hard and stiff. I'm using a Patagonia one now and couldn't be happier. More stylish than the NF ones too, IMO.
 

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North Face, Patagonia, Arcteryx, Mountainsmith, EMS, even the REI house brand packs are nice. Hiking model packs are generally meant to take some abuse, be waterproof and last you a long time. You may give up a little style to achieve those things.
I have a Mountainsmith bag that I bought before my second year of college 12 years ago. It saw 5 more years of college in 3 countries, trips to Europe, Mexic and the caribbean, rock and ice climbing from Alaska to Michigan to California, hunting in Montana and Michigan, used as a diaper bag for a while with my first born. I'm taking it as my carry on tomorrow when I fly to my parents to pick up a truck. I need to send it back to have them replace a couple of buckles, but the pack has endured more than I could have reasonably asked of it. My sister can tell you similar stories about a Lowe Alpine pack she's had for 8 years now through school and boxing gyms and moving back and forth between the midwest and NYC. A good quality pack will last you longer than you care to use it.
 

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