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Backpack for a laptop

Postby Matt_Matt » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:08 pm

Okay with a 40km each way commute, I'm looking for a small backpack / bag to carry a laptop (12.1") couple of swipe cards and house keys.

Not interested in racks ... any suggestions ?


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Re: Backpack for a laptop

Postby DaveOZ » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:17 pm

I have Deuter one (Race Lite X) and my MacBook Air 11" fits perfectly in the padded bit where the drink bag is supposed to go. It's a very lite pack and as comfortable as they come. Similar to this one.

http://www.deuter.com/en_AU/backpack-de ... %2018%20SL


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This is the one I have.

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/deuter-race-x-1 ... ompatible/
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Re: Backpack for a laptop

Postby Whorl » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:09 pm

I have an STM backpack, been going several years now with no problems at all.
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Re: Backpack for a laptop

Postby Mulger bill » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:40 pm

Check out High Sierra, the Hulk I run takes a 15" extended battery Dell no problems with plenty of room for other work and commute related stuff. Prolly overkill for your situation but they have a good range. Mine fits like the proverbial while riding, methinks the designer rides to work. 8)
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Re: Backpack for a laptop

Postby open roader » Tue Dec 04, 2012 8:57 pm

Crumpler http://www.crumpler.com/AU/Laptop-Bags/Laptop-Backpacks.html?LanguageCode=EN

Costly compared to other brands but made in Australia, genuine lifetime warranty. You pay for what you get.

I have a 3 Crumpler packs, 1 x camera pack with laptop sleeve, 1 x camera pack and a 40l travel pack which is 11 years old, and shows only modest wear for long hard service.

The shoulder straps on Crumpler packs are ergonomic / contoured and fit the human body. I ride my MTB 10-15km on occasions with 12kg of camera gear and never regret it.
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Re: Backpack for a laptop

Postby isabella24 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:06 pm

The deuter backpacks are great, well designed, comfortable and they keep me cool, they include extras such as rain covers. I have the 14L women's one:
http://www.evanscycles.com/products/deuter/superbike-14-exp-sl-women-specific-backpack-ec022032
But I'm sure you could get a men's equivalent. It carries a small laptop & change of clothes (no shoes, they live at work)
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Re: Backpack for a laptop

Postby Fresh » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:10 pm

I bought this for commuting

http://www.over-board.com.au/waterproof ... combo.html

Waterproof 20ltr backpack with a zip-up laptop case.
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Re: Backpack for a laptop

Postby AUbicycles » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:03 pm

I reviewed and rate the Ortlieb Vario Cycle backpack

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A very comfortable backpack which I likes using as my personal prefence is not to put the computer on the panniers. It becomes quite compact and for peace of mind was completely waterproof. I left it out in torrential rain and it was bone dry inside. The laptop insert is another cost. The bad part, in Australia they are quite dear and the laptop is not fixed inside - so can move if the pack is otherwise empty.
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Re: Backpack for a laptop

Postby jacks1071 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:37 pm

I've sold these ones for many years in our computer store:

http://www.targus.com/au/product_detail ... u=TSB045CA

Its got a chest strap which allows you to back off the shoulder straps to help from getting a sore neck.
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Re: Backpack for a laptop

Postby Byke » Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:56 am

open roader wrote:Crumpler http://www.crumpler.com/AU/Laptop-Bags/Laptop-Backpacks.html?LanguageCode=EN

Costly compared to other brands but made in Australia, genuine lifetime warranty. You pay for what you get.


I love my Crumplers - including a camera bag I paid for with two slabs of beer back in the Beer For Bags days - but I'm pretty sure all but the customised stuff is made in Vietnam these days.
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Re: Backpack for a laptop

Postby rifraf » Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:18 pm

I use a Macpac Rapaki 28 - it has a pocket/flap on the back for your helmet.
http://www.macpac.com.au/packs/packs-da ... aki28.html
Design & Technical Features

420d Nylon outer - lightweight, strong and highly weather resistant
Overload panel - offers external storage options, fits a bike helmet
T-Bone™ harness - advanced comfort, balances breathability with stability
Heaps of internal organisation - takes a 17" laptop and A4 folders
Unique 'portable office' fold-out feature holds a 17" laptop
Hydration compatible with exit port for hose/electronics cable
External electronics pocket-padded to protect phone and MP3; zipped internal valuables pocket
Padded hip belt with zipped pockets
Two water bottle pockets - fit 1lt bottle with bungy retainers
Urethane zippers for weather protection
Cycle light holder and reflective strip for night-time visibility
Backtack reinforced shoulders-threadbreak tested to over 200kg
Convenient vertical grab handle-threadbreak tested to over 100kg


It holds my laptop and day to day stuff with room for two water bottles on the outside.
Macpac has a range of different day pack that will hold a laptop. They are also currently holding xmas sales.
There are shops in the main cities or you can order online - currently free shipping if you spend over a certain amount.
http://www.macpac.com.au/packs/packs-day-packs
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