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I threw away my JanSport backpack because the zipper got stuck.  I'm looking into fancy designer backpacks (for day trips) now but there are so many of them...did anyone go through this exercise already?  Is there such a thing as a light leather backpack?

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I have several small leather bags from https://hideanddrink.com/, but their leather backpack is small.  I’ve been happy with bags from  Fjallraven, Tom Binh, Sherpani, Camelbak, Dakine & many others. I’m a bag junkie.

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I'm a devoted Eagle Creek fan - including everything from day-packs, to large luggage. 

Eagle Creek is to Tumi what Kinship is to Shaw Bijou.

(Nobody travels more, or harder, than Jon Karl - he was the one who turned me on to Eagle Creek.)

The only problem with buying a backpack, is that you'll end up dropping over $1,000 on the rest of their set, including sub-compartments which are a must.

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I have a Eagle Creek backpack with a waist cinch that I’ve had since 1994.  I still use it when I travel.  I’m looking for something that can carry my iPad and guidebook when I walk around a city all day.  Something that wouldn’t look out of place at a Michelin starred restaurant.

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Looking at leather bags on Zappos (since it’s more fun to shop for someone else), I like Frye, Scully, & Fossil.

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I have a history w/ Fossil-have a 20+ yr old Fossil wallet, & have half a dozen Fossil bags (some of which I scored from thrift shops), I still have my first (adorable) Capezio leather backpack bag, & probably 15 assorted bags from https://english.aranziaronzo.com/index_h.html  I get a New Years gift bag (fukubukoro) from them every year.

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I saw a gentleman with a leather Tumi backpack in Turkey that was really nice looking, but I think it was bigger than what you want.  Matt has a fossil laptop bag that has lasted forever.

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If style is important look at m0851. Frankly idkh anyone can carry a daypack without a hip belt, but whatever.

I did just go through this exercise, but with different goals. I bought a Deuter 28L bag, and just got back from a week of day hiking in the desert with it. Makes 20 pounds feel like 5. I love it.

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41 minutes ago, porcupine said:

Frankly idkh anyone can carry a daypack without a hip belt, but whatever.

That depends on the day! I still have (and sometimes use) a well-worn 1989 L. L. Bean day pack that I sling over one shoulder, but usually the only thing in there is water, phone, maybe a power bar, and perhaps a book. Of course, at this point, it's all theoretical.

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5 hours ago, porcupine said:

Frankly idkh anyone can carry a daypack without a hip belt, but whatever.

For any type of longer hiking or if carrying more significant weight or certainly both it is a profound night and day difference. 

(hiking for several decades)

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After looking around quite a bit, I think there are generally 2 styles of backpacks.  There’s the traditional zippered backpack and the other style has a drawstring and a buckled flap on top.  Strangely, the designer backpacks all seem to be smaller than a kid’s book bag.

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4 hours ago, Ericandblueboy said:

After looking around quite a bit, I think there are generally 2 styles of backpacks.  There’s the traditional zippered backpack and the other style has a drawstring and a buckled flap on top.  Strangely, the designer backpacks all seem to be smaller than a kid’s book bag.

Yes, I have been looking for one that looks professional that I can use for my work laptop, that will maybe fit a file or two (not legal size), so I could walk from the metro with it to my Tysons office, but my laptop is quite big, it's been hard to find one.

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I have messenger bags from Timbuk2,  Chrome, and a custom bag I received as a gift.  Though I love the bags, the Chrome and Custom bag are too heavy for daily use unless you are truly a messenger.

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On 3/18/2018 at 8:53 PM, ktmoomau said:

Yes, I have been looking for one that looks professional that I can use for my work laptop, that will maybe fit a file or two (not legal size), so I could walk from the metro with it to my Tysons office, but my laptop is quite big, it's been hard to find one.

Look at the Swissgear line.  I have a Thinkpad that measures  14.8 x 9.8x 1.1 inches.  It's a beast of a machine but the way I work requires the biggest screen I can get so I can have multiple documents displaying side by side but still readable.  It fits in my Swissgear and I once managed to shove 2 of them in there.  In addition, the Swissgear line offers TSA-friendly bags that can be zipped open to go through security without removing the laptop.  There are zipped side pouches that can stow an umbrella and water bottle. The downside?  A huge number of road warriors have them, so you will almost certainly want to customize the outside of yours with a distinctive tag so you can grab it quickly from the lineup of them at the back of the room when you attend a meeting.  Mine sports a Yoda lego mini-fig.  Locally, Microcenter has a huge selection of computer bags if you want to inspect them in person.  

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