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    Travel Backpack

    In search of a general use backpack to keep my hands free while travelling. Not looking for anything too fashion-y looking or too tactical. Something that's the typical Dappered wheelhouse of useful and classic and will age well without destroying my bank account. I've had a hard time finding anything that was crazy expensive like Tumi or didn't look like it would just fall apart after a couple trips through airport security. Any suggestions? A couple I've been eyeing below.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K6QNIVQ...d=TCRHN74JTS16

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CKEZLCK...d=TCRHN74JTS16

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    What do you need the backpack for? Is this just for use in airports? What do you intend to put in the bag? Do you need a laptop sleeve?

    I have this one:
    https://www.amazon.com/OGIO-Newt-Pac...dp/B00HR289TS/
    http://www.ogio.com/backpacks/newt-1...pr4704918.html (Or direct from Ogio, looks like they changed the design slightly)

    Not a huge capacity, but it is pretty slim, has been durable, has all the pockets I need, and doesn't look terrible.

    I rarely carry a backpack anymore, though. I switched to a shoulder bag and haven't missed it.

    edit: I got mine for ~75.
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    For that kind of money, go to Nordstrom rack and find yourself a tumi. Decent bags with a good warranty.

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    I have the EBags Professional Slim laptop bag and it's very comfortable, and still fits under the seat according to even budget airline's requirements. I've been able to pack an entire long beach weekend's worth in there. http://bit.ly/2tA7kIQ

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpark View Post
    What do you need the backpack for? Is this just for use in airports? What do you intend to put in the bag? Do you need a laptop sleeve?

    I have this one:
    https://www.amazon.com/OGIO-Newt-Pac...dp/B00HR289TS/
    http://www.ogio.com/backpacks/newt-1...pr4704918.html (Or direct from Ogio, looks like they changed the design slightly)

    Not a huge capacity, but it is pretty slim, has been durable, has all the pockets I need, and doesn't look terrible.

    I rarely carry a backpack anymore, though. I switched to a shoulder bag and haven't missed it.

    edit: I got mine for ~75.
    Would like to use it as my carry on but exclusively in airports. Don't need a laptop sleeve. I typically bring an ipad and just use my phone when traveling for pleasure. More looking for something to throw some books/magazines, light jacket, phone charger, camera, etc in. Travelled to Europe last year and found an over the shoulder bag to just be a pain and bulkier than I wanted but likely just cause I was using a crappy camera bag. What shoulder bag do you carry?

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    I got a north face backpack on clearance in brown. The muted color made it work. It only has the elastic paracord on the outside (which you can remove) and the water bottle holder on the sides that can collapse down. Simple held up to multiple years of commuting to work and is now my travel backpack. Just choose a simple solid color and it will tone down a "tactical" bag. I think I paid $40 bucks and have had it for roughly 6 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DGHayes View Post
    Would like to use it as my carry on but exclusively in airports. Don't need a laptop sleeve. I typically bring an ipad and just use my phone when traveling for pleasure. More looking for something to throw some books/magazines, light jacket, phone charger, camera, etc in. Travelled to Europe last year and found an over the shoulder bag to just be a pain and bulkier than I wanted but likely just cause I was using a crappy camera bag. What shoulder bag do you carry?
    The bags you linked look pretty big. If this is really all you plan on carrying, I'd be looking for a smaller bag, without a laptop pocket (because that adds bulk). You could pick up a really cheap small bag like this. It's not fancy but for $10....: https://www.amazon.com/Mangrove-Outd...dp/B01HBACMKM/


    I carry this, but in Olive (not listed on their site; wonder if they're phasing this bag out): https://www.willleathergoods.com/pro...lake-messenger

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    I often use a Tom Bihn daylight backpack. v light, fits most things you need for the flight.

    https://www.tombihn.com/collections/...nt=16396824199

    It packs up small if you want to put it in your checked bag/use as a packing cube.

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    I carry the Tom Bihn Synapse 25 for pretty much all travel: https://www.tombihn.com/products/syn...nt=19611983431

    It is freakishly well designed, and can hold much more than it seems like it should. They have a smaller size (Synapse 19), and it looks like they have an updated "Synik" backpack that is a slightly redesigned Synapse.

    It's not cheap, but it's the best backpack I've ever carried. I would buy it again, but probably won't have to because it's really well made.

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    I travel quite a bit and was always frustrated going through backpacks. I bought the Briggs & Riley Kinzie Street a few years ago because I loved the wide-mouth opening and the sleek profile of it. Some years later, it's still my travel backpack and it's only now occurring to me while reading this thread that I haven't been frustrated with my backpack since owning it.

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