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Bag question once again

Hello, everybody.
I'm new to this forum but not entirely new to the world of 43folders. I have a bag question (which certainly has been discussed here before but I've got some special issues here).

Simply put - I need a bag - and would be grateful for your suggestions. Here's a short list of requirements and issues to be considered):

I'm a very short and slender woman (5ft 1in), so the bag must not be too big. However, it should hold my MacBook (13.3 in) plus mouse and cables, bottle of water, some paper files, Moleskine, wallet, Treo and my beloved iPod (the last 3 easily accessible). I have some back/shoulder issues as well, so a backpack might actually be better than a shoulder bag. I'm a doctor and don't need my Mac every day, so it would be great if the bag was not entirely "notebook-styled" and could be used for papers&books as well (i.e. maybe with a removable laptop sleeve?). Finally, I'm from Europe, so unfortunately, a couple of options are not available for me (sadly, this also holds for levenger stuff...). Finally, the bag should be durable and look not too old-fashioned. I'm not a business type but rather pursue an active lifestyle (yoga, anyone :) ?)

I'd be grateful for all your suggestions. I am in fact a bag junkie and have lots of bags but I want to cut down to the essentials and simplify as much as possible.

Greetings from Germany & TIA for your ideas,

TOPICS: Life Hacks
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I have a bag problem,...

I have a bag problem, I must say, and I've tried all manner of things, but I keep coming back to my timbuk2 messenger bag. I had a custom one made, before they started adding laptop padding in the custom process so I use a Marware Sportfolio for my powerbook (which given your list of things, could probably hold everything you need. and i can just grab it out when I need it.

You could probably get one of the smaller ones, and be in pretty good shape. They make nice little pouches for ipods and treos' and other things that go on the strap for easy access. They also make a grippy strap pad, which has been increddible for my back. It is a messenger bag, but the cross strap that the standard messger has, which connects the "free" corner of the bag to the strap in the middle of your chest, actually helps my back considerably.

What hurts my back, no matter the format of the bag, is carrying three books a powerbook, and a 2 pounds of yarn in the form of a half finished sweater. Putting as much weight closer to my back, rather than in the "front" of the bag (so books, computer and files in the back of the bag,) with clothing, accessories and what not near the front of the bag, helps my center of gravity and makes the bag easier to carry. It also fit's my useage pattern. I'm more likley to need to pull a tea bag or a pen out of my bag while I'm walking around (literally, whislt standing), than I am my comptuer or a copy of Deleuze and Guatteri's "A Thousand Plateaus."





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