"Touring with the ACR 3A-1 Einsatztasche".

Y'know, I apply the same philosophy to courier bags as I do dive watches. If you're not in the game that needs them, you're just a poseur.

If you look like the bastard son of Michael Moore and Santie Claus, you don't need a courier bag. Same as if I see you with that fancy, rotating-bezel Rolex clone or more likely (around here) Seiko 200m, you'd better be to tell give me the hand signal for "Having trouble clearing my ears" and not look confused when I ask if you've ever been narced.
I use either an old North Face Wasatch small pack, or (quand la noblesse l'oblige) a tiny, Japanese-market, Zero Halliburton aluminium briefcase.

I wouldn't use a shoulder bag if you offered me a video of Julia Child stuffing Callista Flockhart's austral cavities with poached suet.

digitalprimate would, though. He burned me a copy. Hawt.
I have an old German army first aid bag that I got at a vintage-military shop in Shimokitazawa called "The Real Thing". They have a pretty sweet statue of an American WWII soldier hanging off the side of the building (the shop is on the second floor.) I daresay it's the most Gibsonian thing I own.
Looked at laptop backpacks for 90 bucks or more then bought a tiny school backpack that fits the lappie perfectly for 19. It has room for almost nothing else (unlike my last one which had room for a helmet), but it works as a very minimalist manbag.
If I'm travelling on business, I take one of those carry-on luggage-sized things with wheels at one end and an extendable handle at the other.

No style whatsoever, but it works.

Otherwise, it's a backpack. Much more useful than a manbag, satchel or similar accoutrement.
Too many handbags (If you told me I'd carry one 10 years ago I'd be laughing silly). Not what I would call a messenger bag but almost always they have the wide long strap that goes across the body.

If I have to travel with much then it's my classic JanSport backpack and on the rare occasion that I need to pack too much but not enough for luggage, then I have my Addidas backpack.
I have a tan bag with a shoulder strap that I use to carry my laptop, sketchbook, notebook, various papers and junk, and new copies of Spook Country from time to time. I find backpacks overkill (I don't usually have that much stuff, or have to carry it very far), less convenient to dig around in, and a poor fit for my laptop (although I did have a backpack with a laptop pouch back about 10 years ago).
When I carry one, it's a black canvas messenger-style bag I bought at Goth Pockets and ironed a silly punk-rock Hello Kitty patch onto.

My husband currently uses it to carry is role-playing books, but I used to use it for school. I'm thinking it will be our carry bag Friday, when we go to the signing.
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Originally posted by colin:
I have a tan bag with a shoulder strap that I use to carry my laptop, sketchbook, notebook, various papers and junk, and new copies of Spook Country from time to time. I find backpacks overkill (I don't usually have that much stuff, or have to carry it very far), less convenient to dig around in, and a poor fit for my laptop (although I did have a backpack with a laptop pouch back about 10 years ago).


We just bought a couple of backpacks, and I'm in love with mine.

It's just so damn useful. It's got a laptop compartment, not that I need one right now. And lots of places to stash...you know, stuff. Things. Odds & ends. Whatever.

And to top it all off, it's comfortable when you're wearing it.

Ain't gonna buy no manbag. No way, nohow.
I usually use a jacket or a windbreaker (in winter, trenchcoat or overcoat) as a storage device. Only when I carry something bulky that has to be with me (i.e. a laptop) will I take either a case or a Muji laptop bag (useful thing with handles, shoulder strap and backpack straps, and a detachable laptop cushioning sleeve that I use when I take the laptop in the carry-on trolley).
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Originally posted by Psychophant:
I usually use a jacket or a windbreaker (in winter, trenchcoat or overcoat) as a storage device. Only when I carry something bulky that has to be with me (i.e. a laptop) will I take either a case or a Muji laptop bag (useful thing with handles, shoulder strap and backpack straps, and a detachable laptop cushioning sleeve that I use when I take the laptop in the carry-on trolley).


I used to do this, too in winter. I had a checkbook with card slots along the outside where I put my library card and driver's license, and this was my "purse" all winter. I felt very Cyberpunk, in my leather trench coat with everything I needed to get by in the city in one pocket.
I have a strange affinity for bags, both shoulder and back.

I have mentally restrain myself from the messenger bags at Target.

I currently use a backpack that eschews over-compartmentalizing in favor of a simple big cargo pocket and two smaller front pockets. I was delighted to find the the front pocket had a place for my iPod and a small water proof duct for the headphone cord so I can wear them while the pack, and iPod, is securely strapped to my back. It even has a chest strap so when I am on my bike it doesn't shift back and forth at all.
I was actually asked where I had bought my bag at the reading (by a fellow in the line to get the book signed). It has handles, so you can carry it like a briefcase if your sexuality is threatened by shoulder straps, and doesn't have that annoying messenger bag flap thing going on which makes it so hard to open and get at the delicious, chewy contents. So, better than a messenger bag, for my purposes. (It also has numerous internal pockets for organizing your junk.) I'm not a bag fanatic or anything, though. A backpack would probably do me just as well, except that I'd usually end up slinging it over my shoulder on one strap anyway.
One cheap but very functional nylon black messenger bag that the U office was tossing into the garbage (U medical departments get so much free stuff, it's insane - most of it ends up in the dumpster). Not good enough for my laptops, though; a Brenthaven bag for that. Oh, and a backpack for the other crud ... Well, off to see my chiropractor now.
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doesn't have that annoying messenger bag flap thing going on which makes it so hard to open and get at the delicious, chewy contents.


My m-bag has a zipper on the top spine, so the chewy contents are accessible without lifting the flap (same for the flap, although there's another zippered pocket under the flap). I thought they were all like that.

Love the idea of handles. Then you can go both ways (to keep the sexual connotation going).
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have a slick black and silver messenger bag. it held my laptop, my spy shades, my secrets.

yesterday i pulled a diaper out of it.
a little piece of me died


But a piece of you will outlive you.Smile


true. and a noble, well-worth-it endeavor.

but my street cred/sexiness rating took a dangerous slide.

whatever street cred i had.
Truthfully, it's been full of handtools and measurment gear, pinned to my truck floorboard by sheer weight... pretty much since I bought it.

The shoulder strap is pretty much decoration. Which tells you something about the state of the interior of my truck.
I like Acronym's products; especially their jackets.

This my current fave.



Rubberized for the elements, detachable pouches, fabric inner lining and the words - "Rule #1: Take your camera EVERYWHERE you go" embossed on the bag. I think everyone who contributes to the Bathroom thread can attest to the veracity of this advice.
I currently use a cheap chain store reproduction of an army surplus bag as it was considerably cheaper than an actual army surplus bag, but it's a little to large for what I want. I'm trying to find the right belt to replace the strap on a 1942 MKVII gas mask bag.
Me and my bag:


photo by striv

It's usefull cause it's pretty big. I can use it for my laptop (with adaptor and mouse) and still have extra room for a goodly sized book. It can also hold several different cameras, though they'll be bouncing arround in the bag a bit, which is not that good.

I used to have a backpack, but it wore down after some 10 years of use. I chose a shoulderbag cause it gave me quicker access to my camera while walking arround.

What i actually want is a camera bag, with seperate compartment that'll for instance adequatly secure lenses, but without actually looking like a camera bag, and without being bulky.
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