The Vine: January 6, 2012
I wonder if the Nation can help me with a retail request. I'm a graduate student, and I've just split the seams on my trusty old backpack. I'm looking for a replacement that can hold my 13" Macbook, as well as notebooks/books/snacks etc. I cycle to classes, so I definitely need a backpack rather than a messenger bag or similar (I know many people like messengers for cycling but I find them tricky), but I'd like something sort of nice and not totally unstylish. I sometimes have to go from the library to meetings/events/what have you, and while I definitely need something functional rather than decorative, it'd be great to find something that doesn't look distinctly awful.
Also, I live in England, so waterproof or semi-waterproof is a must! I'd love recommendations for particular bags, or even brands in general. Crumpler's "Belly" bag is a bit bulkier than I'd probably like, but is the closest I've found so far; conversely, Belkin & Incase (from the Apple website) seem a little too small/not able to take that much stuff. I may be looking for a sweet middle spot that isn't there, but I'd love any thoughts — particularly if people have used the bags themselves, and found them to be particularly good. Seeing as I use it pretty much every day, I'm willing to pay a bit more if a bag is of particularly high quality or right on the money.
If Only I Could Have Felicity Porter's Backpack Selection (And Season 1 Hair)
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