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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Could a custom laptop bag be worth the splurge?

I've always thought it's better to spend more on something once than
to buy cheap and replace time and again. Because of this, I've owned
exactly two bags in the last nine years: a Wenger Soho backpack and now a custom, $184 Timbuk2 Laptop Messenger. Last spring I decided it was time to retire the trusty Wenger that got me through college and my first three E3s for something a little more modern.

What pushed me toward Timbuk2 was the number of pockets and compartments
inside -- its bags aren't just buckets with a strap. Moreover, in
addition to getting a bag that looked exactly how I wanted, by going
custom I was also giving a job to one of Timbuk2's San Francisco bag-makers, and I'm all about supporting domestic manufacturing whenever possible.

I wasn't sure a medium would be big enough after scoping its
dimensions online, but when my bag arrived just over a week later, I was
happily proven wrong. My current haul is a five-subject notebook, a
2-inch three-ring binder, hardcover versions of Jurassic Park and Blood Meridian, a Moleskine, my 13-inch MacBook Air and PS Vita.
That's not the half of it, though, because I'm also schlepping all
kinds of wall adapters and charging cables, a smattering of writing
instruments, business cards, two voice recorders, a few paperback
novels, two notepads and a travel mug. Heavy? A bit. Disorganized? No

I'm horribly scatterbrained, but I have absolutely zero problems
finding anything at a moment's notice in this bag. The pouch inside a
pocket that resides inside yet another compartment isn't just a feature
that'd make Xzibit smile; it's something I use constantly. The pack has a
safe and secure place for everything I'd want to carry with me and more
compartments than I'll probably ever take advantage of. For me, that's

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