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Advice needed for a new pack

Discussion in 'EDC Bags' started by shane1, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. shane1

    shane1 Empty Pockets

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    Im looking for a daily pack for the rest of my working days and into retirement. I will be working for 3 more years and then retiring on a sailboat the Bahamas. Right now, I need a pack to carry my 15" macbook pro, bose headphones, notebook, iPad, chargers, water bottle and misc daily carry items. I would like it to be made in USA and/or be of high quality with a lot of organization.

    Any suggestions?

    shane
     
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  2. OilfieldCowboy

    OilfieldCowboy Loaded Pockets

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    Kletterwerks Kletter Flip or Rock pack
    Topo Designs
    Mystery Ranch

    I know you said you want a lot of organization, but that is something that is easy to add to any pack with some thought.

    Or you can just go for anything from Tom Bihn. The Synapse wouldn't look as out of place as a Brain Bag in the Bahamas.
     
  3. Flash Owl

    Flash Owl Loaded Pockets

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    I just got a daypack from ECBC, called the javelin. So far I'm loving it, and plan on starting a thread about it with lots o pics. It has a built in laptop, and tablet holder with good organization, good quality materials, and so far good build quality. Made in Vietnam though.
    It only cost a little over $100 after promo code.
    They offer it in a few different sizes too. I think it'll be worth checking out.
     
  4. DEERLORD

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    Tom bihn synapse comes to mind. A nineteen will probably suit you just fine but you might the extra space the 25 offers
     
  5. IMWILSON
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    You might look at the Evade by Alpha One Niner. Here and here.
     
  6. masofnos

    masofnos EDC Junkie!!!

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    Sailboat into the Bahamas sounds great! good choice of retiring in style :cool:

    As for a bag, I suggest Tom Bihn as Deerlord already mentioned
     
  7. shane1

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    Is there a place to hold a water bottle? How is the organization?

    shane
     
  8. Ike582

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    Here's a suggestion from a slightly different direction. Given that your sights are set towards ultimately living on a boat, consider investing in a backpack that will provide excellent protection from water and the elements. Boats get wet, and you will be carrying around a load of expensive electronics.

    Most of the true waterproof backpacks have little to no organizational components. What comes reasonably close are some of the packs from Timbuk2.

    Timbuk2 Spire:
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    Timbuk2 Especial Medio:
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    Timbuk2 Tres Cycling Pack:
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    Timbuk2 makes all of their custom-ordered products in San Francisco, but do outsource other production overseas. Notwithstanding that, they employ plenty of people in the US.
    Mission Workshop also makes some very good weather-resistant bags.

    For what it's worth, carrying a great backpack designed to fight off the elements might make those three years pass just a bit quicker. ;)

    Ike
     
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    masofnos EDC Junkie!!!

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    On the front there is a place to hold a water bottle, i have the synapse 19, it can hold a small water bottle without going into the main compartment. Check out the website tombihn.com Have a look at the synapse 19 and 25 (the only difference between the 2 is the 25 is larger)
     
  10. shane1

    shane1 Empty Pockets

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    Im looking at these:

    Tom Bihn Synapse 25
    Filson backpack of some type
    Saddleback simple backpack