I’m all about that bag, ’bout that bag, no briefcase

What makes a good bag? Whether it’s a backpack, messenger, tote, satchel, purse, or whatever, there are some universal features we look for:

What the heck is this thing anyway?
What the heck is this thing anyway?
  • Look or Style
  • Size
  • Color
  • Comfort
  • Functionality
  • Durability

But each of these is really “in the eyes of the beholder” isn’t it? Choosing a bag that’s right for you really depends on your lifestyle, situation, needs, etc… For example, I’m a software professional, so I don’t go anywhere without my two notebooks (one computer, one paper), power brick, mouse, phone, at least one pair of headphones, wallet, keys, chap stick, dry erase markers, pens, flashlight, and pocket knife (more on these last two later). I’m a “light” traveler (once every couple of months), and I occasionally ride my bike to work when the weather permits. So I’m looking for a bag to organize my stuff, keep it protected, that’s comfortable to carry, and of course, makes me look good!

Here are the front runners and some of my thoughts. Click the image to go to the product page.

TLS Professional Weekender

eBags TLS Professional Weekender
         eBags TLS Professional Weekender

This bag is the ultimate in organization and functionality, however, I think it lacks a little in the style department. It’s called the “Professional” so obviously they’re trying to keep a low profile, but it could use some color, or at least some depth by using a more textured fabric. All in all, it tough to complain about its few faults, when it is superior in most categories.

OGIO Commuter

OGIO Commuter
                          OGIO Commuter

Modern… urban… cool! This bag looks great! Professional, just a tad “hipster”, but not too “crunchy”. It definitely wins in the style department for me. Looking inside there’s plenty of organization, good amount of  storage room and a separate laptop sleeve. Possible downside, everything except for the front bottom pocket is hidden under that big flap, hmmm… This bag may be at the top of my list currently, but the real question is could I pull off this look?

Osprey Spin 22                            

Osprey Spin 22
                       Osprey Spin 22

The Spin 22 is a “biking” bag. it has the contour, padding and straps to firmly hug you while on your commute. it has a pull out liner that protects the bag from the elements and has all kinds of cool features like a helmet clip, “blinky” light hook, and adjustable flap for those large load days. but I think it lacks a bit in organization with only a few pockets and limited organizing compartments. The style is not bad, modern, slim, and definitely says “cyclist”. The question I’m asking myself with this one is “do i ride enough to need comfort and safety over function and organization?”.

I need your help!

Which bag do you like best and why? Have you had experience with any of these bags or brands? If so, please share. Do you know of other bags or brands I should consider?

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