Win: The Best Bags

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Win: The Best Bags

Welcome to the Win contest for our best bags of 2010. Entering is easy: simply leave a comment with your favorite bag and all the things you keep in them!

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The fine print:

Mac|Life "The Best Bags!” Contest rules: One entry per person. The winner will be chosen at random from qualified entries. All entries must be received no later than December 31, 2010. By entering this contest, you agree that Future US, Inc. may use your name, likeness, and website for promotional purposes without further payment. Employees of Sponsor, its respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliated companies, and agents, and foregoing employees¹ household or immediate family members (defined as parent, spouse, child, sibling, or grandparent) are NOT eligible to enter Contest. All prizes will be awarded, and no minimum number of entries is required. If two or more people enter identical designs and that entry is selected as the winner, the entry received first will be awarded the contest prize. Prizes won by minors will be awarded to their parents or legal guardians. Future US, Inc. is not responsible for damages or expenses the winners might incur as a result of this contest or the receipt of a prize, and winners are responsible for income taxes based on the value of the prize received. A list of winners may also be obtained by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Future US, Inc. c/o Mac|Life Contest, 4000 Shoreline Court, Suite 400, South San Francisco, CA 94080. This contest is limited to residents of the United States. No purchase necessary; void in Arizona, Maryland, Vermont, Puerto Rico, and where prohibited by law.


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goodmant

My plans are to give either bag to my Daughter Ashlee and let her fill it up w/ what ever school stuff she has, and she has "allot" of school and persoal stuff tofill either bag. Boy will she be sooo happy if she wins this she is still using her bad from last year, a little stained and torne but it's hangin in, this will be perfect ffor my 13 year-old.

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dpeggram

Really enjoyed your article on the messenger bag and backpack. I could see using either one to meet my daily needs as a commuter and salesrep. Thanks for keepinus up to date!

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bornabadfish

I am a retired Army veteran of two tours in Iraq and still travel a bunch for work. I could not be in more need of some great gear to endure the miles, overhead compartments, and seats in front of me + keeping it all organized for easy access when time is tight. I love love love Apple and have totally dissed PC, BlackBerry, and everything else non Apple; have a Mac Book Pro, iPhone 4, and a couple of iPods i absolutely cannot live without...unless I am kicking it on a beach in the Caribbean (which has been too long ago BTW, so if you can throw that in too I'd be deeply indebted!!!)

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Maclifer1010

I love this bag and it's functionality. I have a job that requires me to carry lots of techie stuff. I love this bag and the best is that it can fit my Maclife magazine!!!!!!!

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Laxw09

I use an Ogio messenger bag for my laptop, keys, iPod, gym clothes, etc. It holds everything!

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Telters

No laptop bag yet!

Just a lululemon bag, filled to the brim with a tablet, business cards, paper, macbook 13", and sunglasses, of course!

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stevenshizzle

A Swiss Gear messenger bag. I keep my Elementary Statistics, the student solutions manual, a TI-83, 3 pens, 5 pencils, 1 eraser, 1 notebook, 1 highlighter, 1 iPad, 1 Mead dark blue folder with associated notes and mindless drawings, Mac|Life (most current copy), Peanut Butter crackers, and either blueberry or cherry flavored fiber one pastries.

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cwsnc

I would love the green bag, I would be able to store my laptop and all my stuff in it, along with my ipod and all my cables and usb hub that I usually carry to work everyday in my national guard acu backpack.

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tomp

I'll take the Crumpler, thanks. But when I ride, I'd rather stick all my new stuff in a PCYCH Commuter bag. It's a brand-new "mid-frame" bike bag that gets everything off your back and onto your bike. Ratchet on, no tools, no fuss. When you get there, it converts into a shoulder "messenger"-style bag. Or you can lock it and its contents to your bike. Fits any bike. Check it out at www.PCYCH.com

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katlc2

OMG, I would love either of these, since I don't have a bag for my macbook. Most of the time I use one of those re usable grocery bags to carry all of my stuff in. Having people to finally stop giving me odd looks would be so nice!!

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falcon13

This one is made for moi!! It'll hold all my stuff an d look great.

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mastermarx

I'm a fan of the orange bag... I'm sort of a fiend for orange. And my car was broken into this weekend and my Marmot backpack was stolen with my passport, credit cards, and some headphones. Usually, my digital life is stored in that bag, but thankfully my 15" Macbook Pro and iPad were safe in my apartment. So... I'm in the market for a new bag anyway. Good luck everyone!

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Dragonfly

Very Old Kensington Bag with a 17" mac, extra battery and a small Wacom Tablet. Would love some new gear and a cool bag to carry it all in!!!

I would dig either bag.

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Trommler

I use a Tom Bihn netbook bag for my iPad. I carry my iPad, wireless bluetooth keyboard, iPhone, iPod, headphones and various cables and accessories. It looks great and is the perfect size.

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JanineMahan

I love the Tom Bihn Synapse backpack! I currently have an Oggio laptop bag and it doesn't cut it! I usually keep my MacBook, wireless mouse and memory sticks in it. I also carry charging cords for other equipment I carry as well. I keep my sunglasses & earphones in smaller pockets. I usually keep a key, some cash and business cards also. I would love to win this new backpack!

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mrdobbs

I would like to have something that organizes things for me. it suck carrying a computer plus all my architecture stuff as riding my bike to school. The messenger bag looks like the perfect choice to keep everything organized and in its place. My backpack should be the last thing to worry about after those long long long all nighters!

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slewisma

I have gone between backpack and courier style many times but keep coming back to backpack style. When I really load it up for a trip I like the balanced weight of two straps and I like that when I use both straps, it is not going to fall off if I'm using my hand / arm to carry or pull a suitcase.

My bag always carries computer, power supplies for laptop and phone, USB cables, ipod cable, reading glasses, a few flash drives, pens, earphones for ipod and phone, band-aids, aspirin and misc other stuff. When I travel I add Bose QC headphones, a few magazines, ebook reader and whatever else the trip calls for such as digital camera or camcorder, sunglasses, etc.

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kforgash

I really need a new bag that will go easy on my bum shoulders. Presently I have several bags. An Eastern Mountain Sports backpack, an old Brenthaven 13" (but I now have a 15" macbook pro) and a larger Benthaven shoulder bag. I use the backpack mostly for commuting and it's filled with the macbook, iphone, CDs DVDs, multiple flash drives, paperbacks, work papers, WD My Passport, commuter mug, and of course the December issue of Mac Life. The Synapse Backpack looks perfect for my needs.

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renmoe

There is nothing more important than having everything you need on hand at that moment. I have gone through so many bags I recently settled for a Wal-Mart $7.00. Yeah what was I thinking. I love the messenger bag. I work in public safety and it is impossible to find that perfect bag to carry my mac in. I take my mac everywhere. If I had a perfect bag I would carry my mac and charger, GPS, tissues, hand sanitizer, pens, sunglasses, earbuds, my favorite movies and of course a peanut butter Luna bar. I am sure I could fit a few other items in there. Oh not to mention college math homework, special project info for work and... Oh I could go on and on, I am a girl I can fit everything I need in that perfect bag. I think the messenger bag is beautiful and would love to be selected as a winner. Thanks for reading, everyone be safe out there.

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Billee D.

My messenger bag is tearing apart into shreds. Either one of these would be an awesome replacement, but I'll hope for the Crumpler. :)

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mbened

I like the green bag and the moderate embarrassment bag.

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macs4evr

The bag that I find works the best for me is a Swiss Gear backpack. I can fit a ton in there- like 2 text books, 2 binders, plus my pre-unibody MacBook Pro 15" and its charger. I also can keep the DVI to VGA and DVI to Video adapters with related cords in the side pockets. The best part is that it has a weight shift thing on the shoulder straps that helps it not feel so heavy when it is fully loaded. It has held up over the years too- I got it at the same time as my MacBook Pro, which was somewhere in 2007 I think.

P.S. The Moderate Embarrassment Messenger Bag is pretty cool too!

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Thea Russell

I love the backpack. I have been using a wheeled bag to lug my work computer along with a projector and assorted cables, my iPhone, ear buds and assorted paperwork but I always make sure to have room for the current copy of Mac|Life. It is a hassle in the airport and would love to pare down to with something simple and hassle free.

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drd3

I have the traditional "normal" things in my bag, like MacBook Pro, all adapters, and a mini-breakdown of all apps loaded on my Iphone. I also have the Austin Powers soundtrack loaded and playing through the little Bose speakers inside the bad plus Swiss Army Knife for emergencies. My many different chargers, solar powered charging source, ear buds. Since I am a teacher, I have my mini projector to hook up to my Iphone for my PP presentations, my 3 TB external hard drive for emergency backup, IPad and the Pink Panther collection for emergencies to watch if I lose WIFI. Finally my Mac Life mag for the best articles to read and enjoy!

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drd3

Forgot to mention I live in MN, only purple bags are allowed, state law!

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drd3

Forgot to mention I live in MN, only purple bags are allowed, state law!

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jschlick

... is my current bag of choice! I use it to cart around my Macbook, iPhone, various flash drives, books, and gym gear. it's been around the block a few times, though, and a fresh new bag would be a welcome change.

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71whit

i would say i would probably have to go with the top green/orange bag. and i would keep my macbook, books, ipad, and some other random electronics in it.

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gusdfunk

Let's face it, both bags are great though, I'm partial to the messenger.
I keep my bag simple: macbook, iphone, pens, keys, (paper)notebooks, all 6 accessories (nice!), snacks and my latest copy of MacLife of course!

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Bfahlgren

I use an old Nike messenger bag, and it's starting to fray. I carry my Kindle, MacBook, iPhone, and various accessories all over. I'd love a new bag.

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Marieantini

My custom ipad bag has nothing more than my cord, screen cleaner, n iPhone. Simple!

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jmfaylona

Would love to have the green bag to keep all my things Mac related - MacBook, Ipad, Ipod and accessories.

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jantolak61

Used to have a messenger bag, but tried a backpack and never going back. Just make sure you get a good one like the Tom Bihn featured in the article.

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Joshuaryanbrown

I use a Tumi laptop bag. It is a great bag for my laptop and a few items. It has a great pocket for my external HD and side pockets for my cables. The problem is there is a weird snap buckle that clangs everytime I take a step and if it is closed I have to take the bag off to open it. Other then that a great bag.

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jgreds07

i'm currently use my girlfriends bag its a swiss army, since i my bag was stolen. Thank god i had my macbook with me as i went to go show a friend my computer who was paying for coffee at the counter in borders... So right now working on getting all my accessories as well as save up for a new bag! Right now in my girlfriends bag i carry my macbook as well as my iphone and some travel books as i save up for my Dr. Dre Beats headphones. The synapse bacpack is sick! doesn't look bulky, tons of cool pockets in different places!

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Aj350z

Is the best for an on-the-go production crew. We use this style of bags to carry the Macbook Pro to and from football games to show slide shots of the players and coaches. Easy compartment to place the power cord and the external hard drive. Could use a new one to replace our beat up one. Thanks

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Kelleyb323

My favorite bag is the orange one! I would keep my MacBook, iPad, and MacLife magazine in it!

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ja5on

I recently returned to my classic waxed canvas messenger by timbuk2. I freakin' love this bag! It's my carry-on carry-all. It has tons of room for whatever I'm reading plus my phones and all my work junk.

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whaake

a place for everything is what I'm after.

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Amarillolisa

This could become my new "only thing to grab in case of a nuclear blast or tornado" bag! Of course, my Macbook would be the first thing in w/ all its accoutrements: plug, earphones, Cruzer, and backup address book w/ all my favorite websites and passwords. Pencils, pens, and notepad would go next in the event, God forbid, of power failure! Beef jerky, peanut butter crackers, mini mag flashlight, bandana, and water bottle would round out the survival package. iPhone and charger would help me maintain contact w/ whatever parts of civilization still had electricity. Oh, and I also want to get one of those Grid-it organizer things before I have to go into the wilderness. Looks like it would be totally worth the extra weight!

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jhhatfield

I need the green one.

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lingerjb

I would buy a 15” MacBook Pro just to use the Crumpler messenger bag and associated goodies.

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lokeh

I have owned my swiss backpack for the past 3 years and it is very sturdy and holds everything from 2 laptops, ipod, and notebooks.

I like the messenger bag from the article as one of my future bags because it offers great diversity for different circumstances that I would want to use it for. Also looks sturdy enough to get the job done that I need and can hold a good amount of various things.

thanks for the great articles.

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baz15@me.com

Perfect size for my MacBook Air, SuperDrive, and SimpleTech external drive for TimeMachine!

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e vazquez

I would love to have the Tom Bihn Synapse backpack!
P.S. It would get lots of use
-ipod, cables, occasional textbook cellphone, sunglasses, etc.

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eriktonnesen1@me.com

I have been using the Cargo bag from Waterfield (out of San Francisco) for four years and it is still looking like it did when it arrived. I get comments on the bag wherever I travel (schools and out-of-town conferences). It is spacious enough to hold all the items I need to have on hand for teaching (MacBook, iPad, cables and connectors, writing instruments, school papers, flash drives, iClear, backup drives, iPods, speakers, and iPhone). Not one stitch has come undone and I do weigh it down! Hands-down has been my bag of choice over the years. I have tried many others but always come back to this bag. However, I am always open to a new bag to put it through the daily trials that accompany teaching.

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nooch85

Stylish bag with lots os storage for iPad, VGA adapter, ShowWX projector,notes and camera kit for iPad. Just throw over your shoulder and go!

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Baggal

I really like the colors, but the purple backpack is saying choose me! I can just picture myself better organized for my next meeting. I would be truly lucky to win one.

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Nikonshooter

I have a Crumpler camera bag and love it. Great quality and clean, simple, and useful design. I wold love to win the Crumpler messenger bag to haul my MacBook Air, iPhone, power cords, point-and-shoot camera, work files, books, and of course several recent issues of Mac|Life! I'm currently using a leather Samsonite messenger bag/briefcase-it's well designed but big, HEAVY, old-fashioned, and the snap attachments frequently cause lacerations on my fingers. (I hate bleeding on my cool Apple gear.) Thanks!

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milestogo

My current favorite bag is a Rickshaw Bag Laptop 2.0. Inside I have a MacBook Air (first edition), power adapter, aluminum clipboard, watercolor paper, drawing pens, journal articles about cheery subjects like traumatic brain injury, infanticide, Medea, and economics (absolutely gruesome!), occasionally an iPad, earphones, and miscellaneous fountain pens with ink cartridges. I always have a pack of Kleenex and coffee candies in the mix.