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Old 19.01.2017, 09:22
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Ideal Bag for Travel / Day Trips

Morning all,

Something has really been annoying me of late - I've got a few holidays coming up, which will involve days of walking round cities, sightseeing, that kind of thing.

Day to day, I use this bag as my go to man-bag for carrying around the usual stuff...keys, wallet, laptop, charging brick, a billion cables...

https://www.freitag.ch/en/f302?productID=181631

Which for short bursts is fine, but I've noticed when using it on holidays, that it leads to shoulder / backache, as I presume the weight distribution isn't great when slung over one shoulder, even for relatively light weights of ~5kg or so.

Can anyone recommend a stylish* bag that has room for a laptop, phone, etc, ideally with lots of little pockets to keep them all tidy, but that most importantly isn't going to have me looking like Quasimodo by day 3 of my holiday?

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Re: Ideal Bag for Travel / Day Trips

Anything 1 shouldered will cause that problem - which means going for a rucksack - which loses some style appeal.

2 options:
1) Buy a rucksack - airback style ones are good for hot places BUT don't lend themselves to carrying laptops too well
2) Leave heavy stuff in your hotel room and carry phone and wallet in your pockets.
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Morning all,

Something has really been annoying me of late - I've got a few holidays coming up, which will involve days of walking round cities, sightseeing, that kind of thing.

Day to day, I use this bag as my go to man-bag for carrying around the usual stuff...keys, wallet, laptop, charging brick, a billion cables...

https://www.freitag.ch/en/f302?productID=181631

Which for short bursts is fine, but I've noticed when using it on holidays, that it leads to shoulder / backache, as I presume the weight distribution isn't great when slung over one shoulder, even for relatively light weights of ~5kg or so.

Can anyone recommend a stylish* bag that has room for a laptop, phone, etc, ideally with lots of little pockets to keep them all tidy, but that most importantly isn't going to have me looking like Quasimodo by day 3 of my holiday?

Cheers,
StirB

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I have the exact same Freitag which when full of pc, papers to grade and textbook or two just gets heavy. They do backpacks too, but it is the rubber material which is not exactly light!

I am just switching to this:

Half price at Manor. It is light and very thin, I can walk to work and back everyday, which is a couple of miles. Good manbag.

I also have fjallraven (mega light) but it didn't protect my laptop well and I think it will get confiscated soon, kids wear it all over town. I don't think it would make a good man bag, but it is still light and neat.



Neither of those two have ton of compartments which makes them really light.I believe in no compartments and tiny pockets since that way I am not carrying anything. Pockets invite too many little things to live there. I am not a purse/handbag person at all.
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Anything 1 shouldered will cause that problem - which means going for a rucksack - which loses some style appeal.

2 options:
1) Buy a rucksack - airback style ones are good for hot places BUT don't lend themselves to carrying laptops too well
2) Leave heavy stuff in your hotel room and carry phone and wallet in your pockets.
Yeah, real gap in the market here I think. Stylish rucksack would be ideal.

I will be walking around the place, but will probably stop off for coffee, snacks etc, so would like my laptop (or at least a charge brick for my phone) with me for usage at those times.
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Re: Ideal Bag for Travel / Day Trips

Check out Qwstion, they have some nice backpacks. My husband likes man bags!

http://www.qwstion.com/mobile_usa/bags.html?cat=106
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Check out Qwstion, they have some nice backpacks. My husband likes man bags!

http://www.qwstion.com/mobile_usa/bags.html?cat=106
Jack Spade?

Although you may actually need to travel to buy one
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Re: Ideal Bag for Travel / Day Trips

I am looking at the Tumi range for OH's next bag (as a birthday gift), and they look pretty cool (albeit with a hefty price tag). I like the Tumi Alpha Bravo (perhaps a bit too cool for my OH), but could fit "your image"
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Re: Ideal Bag for Travel / Day Trips

There was a lovely Fossil leather backpack on Zalando Lounge yesterday. Down from 400 or so to 139.

In a slightly higher price range, The Bridge makes very handsome backpacks.

My personal everyday backpack is from Skagen, midrange price, good Danish quality and nothing too fancy.
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Re: Ideal Bag for Travel / Day Trips

How about something like this: https://m.german.alibaba.com/p-detai...205337056.html
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Cheers for the help all, in the end I went for this one:

https://www.knomobags.com/uk/bags/ba...ack-brown.html

Not to everyone's taste, I'm sure, but I like it
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Rucksack, I personally really like Herschel's style and it's great quality
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Cheers for the help all, in the end I went for this one:

https://www.knomobags.com/uk/bags/ba...ack-brown.html

Not to everyone's taste, I'm sure, but I like it
Looks good. The higher the bag is on your back, the less back pain. Is it pick pocket proof?
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Re: Ideal Bag for Travel / Day Trips

When travelling go for Bulky pants or shorts with lots of big pockets. Jackets and shirts too. Then leave the pack and useless cables in the hotel room.

http://global.llbean.com/shop/L.L.Be...6.html#start=1
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Looks good. The higher the bag is on your back, the less back pain. Is it pick pocket proof?
To a greater or lesser extent, they'd have to get under the magnetic flap at the back and unzip two zips without me noticing...I'd have to be more than tipsy for that to happen, so still a high likelihood
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To a greater or lesser extent, they'd have to get under the magnetic flap at the back and unzip two zips without me noticing...I'd have to be more than tipsy for that to happen, so still a high likelihood
We were given a tip that they don't bother with trying to subtly undo any zips or clips and rather just put a Stanley knife through the fabric of a pocket or somewhere on the main section and help themselves while you are being jostled in a crowd or on public transport. Takes less than 5 seconds.

Put valuables in the furthest pocket away from the outside, i.e. any pockets which run down the back of the bag.
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We were given a tip that they don't bother with trying to subtly undo any zips or clips and rather just put a Stanley knife through the fabric of a pocket or somewhere on the main section and help themselves while you are being jostled in a crowd or on public transport. Takes less than 5 seconds.

Put valuables in the furthest pocket away from the outside, i.e. any pockets which run down the back of the bag.
Have heard stories of this too, but luckily not ever had it happen, touch wood. Will just be vigilant I guess. I'm a fairly big bloke, so hopefully they'll go after some unsuspecting small tourist who might be easier prey were they to get rumbled!
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Have heard stories of this too, but luckily not ever had it happen, touch wood. Will just be vigilant I guess. I'm a fairly big bloke, so hopefully they'll go after some unsuspecting small tourist who might be easier prey were they to get rumbled!
Or perhaps it's the manufacturers of these "slash-proof" bags that are perpetuating the rumour...
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