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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robinthe4th

I'm using a 10 year old Icon backpack that's very out-dated! I keep my macbook, iPad and iPod collection in there with an assortment of cables, headphones and usb hard drives. I need an update!

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ljhadley

I currently carry a crumpler medium embarassment, but as I am changing jobs that will make a backpack necessary, I've been searching high and low for one to carry my external hard drive, my iphone and my wacom intuos tablet without making me fall over backward!

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dorklepork

I like messengers for my camera and things I need to access while standing/walking, but I'm convinced that a backpack is the way to carry a laptop. Right now I tote my Macbook around in a Bakoda snowboard bag because it's the only one that'll fit all the other crap I like to throw in. Visually, it belies how much can comfortably fit inside.

That said, I MUCH prefer the accessories you're throwing into the Crumpler and am planning to seek them out in preparation for my epic contest loss.

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jghodgson

I like the many different pockets and pouches.

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jessi64

I have the incase nylon sleeve plus. It's great for everyday use and can be used alone or stashed in a shoulder bag. The pockets hold everything I need without the added bulk and the padding and plush interior keep my MacBook Pro cozy and scratch free!

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gregg.mandsager

The Tom Bihn Synapse by far is my favorite! It would be great for work and play. Ideal for carrying an iphone, ipad, and steno notepad. Just the right size for these items and accessories (headset, pens, charger, etc.). The Synapse is just right!

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Frodo51

The messenger bags rocks because you can grab things out of it on the fly... or the walk, as the case may be.

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kd8dlr

The backpack has lots of hiding places for all of the cool gadgets that we use to function in today's work and play world. easy to carry too!

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pao0829

I currently have an 8 million dollar home by crumpler messenger bag for my camera gear. It suits me well especially the way crumpler makes camera bags look less noticeable as camera bags lowering the risk of theft. Material is great, high quality and sturdy.

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Vanessaski

I absolutely love my Caselogic backpack! It is extremely well made, rugged yet looks good and holds everything I need while on the road. It holds my 17" MacBook Pro securely while still allowing for all manner of items, including but not limited to my iPad, 4 textbooks (quite possibly more, but usually only have 4 at a time) pens/pencils, and my lunch bag all fit snugly inside the huge interior. It also has a hidden back pocket and a built in bottle opener (this comes in handy when you just can't wait to make it all the way back home before you just have to have a beer). Although I love this bag, I wouldn't mind having the smaller backpack to tote around when I am able to leave my laptop and books at home. For quick library runs I usually just take my iPad and it would be nice to have a smaller bag that'll carry just that and the essentials.

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gaelicdude77

Hi, my name's Pete and I'm a bag-a-holic. I love laptop and messenger bags. I have about 7 of them and seem to find myself constantly looking for the "perfect" one. I definitely like laptop bags more due to the dispersed weight on both shoulders, but messenger bags seem to work best when bike commuting. Right now, my bag of choice is the unassuming BuiltNY Laptop Bag. It's awesome! Very thin, compact design but the material stretches for whatever you need. I tend to carry my MacBook Pro or iPad, cables, Panasonic DMC-LX3 camera, iPhone, Mac bluetooth keyboard (if I have the iPad with me), and an issue of Mac|Life. It does have its shortcoming though - namely that everyone that comments on it seems to think I'm wearing a bulletproof vest for my goods. The Tom Bihn bag looks like the next great potential bag in my search (hopefully not purple ;) ).

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ladywiththepants

I often not only carry my mac, iphone, and work stuff, but also often have healthy, calorie restricted food with me. I lost 140 pounds and adapted a new lifestyle. My bag is a Coach Bucket.

ladywiththepants

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Mzega

I'd store black pen and ink sketchbooks, my Wacom tablet and anything else that fits my mood and velocity in the purple Tom Binh bag. The lifetime warranty say a lot about how how sturdy, how much mileage it could possibly withstand.

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merzranger

Mine is an Aeropostale bag, tan on the outside, with blue and white plaid inside! Carries my Macbook nice and snug, power adapter, video and audio adapters. Also manages to carry any need paperwork for work and my OmniPod PDM for my wireless / tubeless insulin pump, a must have for my daily life, just can't live without it!!

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Kelly Pick

I currently have an Ogio backpack to tote around my old but still amazingly reliable powerbook . Now that I have the MacBook Pro, I am using an old Fox Sports tote bag which does the trick. I would find myself lucky to win either bag which I'm pretty sure would fit nicely around my Macbook. I would love the extra space for my iphone, itouch, and all of my accessories. The purple bag would allow me to hook up my ukulele for on the road good times.

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Markroc1er

As of now I do most of my lugging with a Lowe alpine day pack. I transport my grade book, MacBook, lacie and cables, passport and cables, iPad and VGA + charger + camera kit adapters, iPhone 4 in otterbox case, and whatever papers need to be graded. The purple pack has my vote!

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fakeXsound

My favorite bags are the ones from the army surplus store. I fill mine with a bandana, ipod, book, pencils, moleskine, camera, game boy micro, and guitar picks.

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loriwood01

I am loving the Moderate Embarrassment messenger bag! I could definitely use the Grid-It organizer as well to manage all my cords for both work and home. This will come in handy as I have my Macbook, iPad and work computer!

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gusval1999@gmail.com

In my bag i would keep my keys, cell phone , Ipad, macbook, school books, and a GPS! I love the green one!

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msmichele157

That purple bag absolutely just sends me. I could put my mac book pro and then buy that neat little scanner I saw in the new issue of Mac life. All the important computing devices could come with me in this beautiful
bag.

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countrycatfish

My current bag is a LL Bean Deluxe Book Pack. It holds my school books, my MacBook Pro, my pencils and pens and my notebooks. That messenger looks sick!

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James_T

I have a Lowepro camera bag. Keeps all my camera gear and a few Apple items nice and safe. But the messenger bag would come in handy for my ever growing collection of Apple items and cables.

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seventhlevel

I think the Green Bag has a lot of room not just for my Mac but other things that I want to carry like books and headphones

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mikeCT

Although I really like Tom Bihn, I prefer the Crumpler. I'm old school (sort of)... so I'd keep my notebooks (the pen and paper kind), my iPad, my LaCie Rugged drive and my Ti PowerBook (yes, I still have and use it).

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HAGREAD

I LIKE THE BACK PACK DO TO MOVING IN CRODS. MY MESANGER BAG HITS EVERY ONE

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Jailbreak Jones

My black Targus bag is what the undercover IT man needs; deep pockets for burying my 13" MacBook Pro, flash drives, backup drive, and charging/syncing cords in obscurity, and dark side pockets for concealing my iPod Classic (which harbors my iMedia as well as my websites and confidential data) and OS X Snow Leopard DVD in secrecy........

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mkelner1

Been using backpacks for years and wouldn't switch. Been in IT for 20 years and just switched my personal life to all apple -ipad, imac, macbook pro, and soon iphone. Need a good backpack for all my new stuf

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n8inupland

Both look fabulous but the messenger bag is out for me: ends up tweaking my back too much.
Love the look and the green one featured in your December 2010 issue. I would absolutely keep iPad and MBP as well as my handy Belkin mini surge protector (http://www.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=400738). Anything to keep things portable, light and on-the-go.

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Monica0972

I would love to have this Crumpler messenger bag! Now I carry everything but my laptop in one bag and my laptop in a sleeve. It would be great to have it all in one place for work so I could just grab and go!

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Mannymammoth

Really need one of these bags, i will keep organized all my cooking books, macbook, cables (lots of them), and working wear... please please please... can i have one?

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johnmetcalf

I use Tom Bihn's Empire Builder briefcase with their Horizontal Brain Cell MacBook case snapped securely inside. The Empire Builder offers great pockets and other organizers, and the Horizontal Brain Cell works perfectly on its own as a compact laptop bag when I only need my MacBook. The Crumpler looks like a great in-between solution for when I need more than my laptop, but less than a carry-on.

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sunchicka

I use a Timbuk2 bag to haul my stuff

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GaryB

I currently have a Skooba messenger bag and a Kata backpack. They're great but who couldn't use another bag a and gear. I always carry my 15" Macbook Pro and an airport express along with assorted cables.

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amfogg31

I have recently gotten out of the marines and attending a university down town Chicago and working trying to make it. The green bag would be perfect for getting around because it its slim fitting size (maybe i could make the bus i am running after with out my back pack ripping). The solar charger is perfect with me always on the go.

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Fanboy615

I have a Hurley I don't know the exact name it holds my music, my MacBook Pro, my iPad, textbooks, and my iPod Classic

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Gingerwoof

The Crumpler bag has enough room to carry my MacBook Pro, power cords, tool kit, a few file folders, and some pieces of cheese. I want one.

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talktothetoe

Im a student, and I use a hurley backpack to carry my computer stuff. I carry my 13 inch Macbook (the aluminum one that was not unibody, and not the pro. it came out right before the new 13 inch macbook pros), A mighty mouse with an USB extension cord (as the original cord is not nearly long enough), an Apple bluetooth keyboard, and a Maxtore external mini hard drive.

I would really really like a real case with some organization, as I have the worst case of ADD and I lose everything I put into that backpack besides my computer, and a sexy case. Style does mean alot, because I did not buy a sexy aluminum computer to be stored in an ugly computer case.

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sha.towers

these are really awesome organizers for all you tech gear! My MacBook, iPhone, and peripherals would all be cozy, safe, and stylish in these beautiful, functional, and stylin bags!

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lightenupfrancis

I currently have a great backpack, the Swiss Gear Lancer. I keep my 15" MB Pro, portable HD, books, mags, notebooks, iPhone, water bottle.

I'd like the messenger bag if I was to win.

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rutumahardik

there is no better way to express your style and thought when you walk into a room or a subway than by your appearance. This bag would just scream COOL and I'd love to win this messenger bag and store my MacBook pro inside with my power cord, air card, extra iPhone battery and sync cable amongst other things.

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bopfan

Am currently dependent upon either a Sumdex backpack or Kensington Cargo Sleeve (with shoulder straps). Both were great for grad school - hiking across campus. But now they don't look quite as professional as I would like. In addition shrugging a backpack off is sometimes difficult to do gracefully while wearing a (yikes) suit and tie. The Sumdex is too big...the Kensington too small. The Crumpler would be purrfect! The Crumpler shoulder bag would be stylish, hip, not too geeky, not to staid, accommodate my Macbook, my iTouch, my stuck-with-verizon phone, client charts, a small copy of the DSM IV plus an assortment of pens and markers, thumb drives, a power supply. Sweet! Make it so. It would be ideal for making rounds. I can definitely handle Moderate Embarrassment.

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Nyhylyst76

I am digging the messenger bag. Right now I have a backpack that can carry my MacBook Pro or my iPad but not both. Plus the cords and my iPhone, no way! Also, it's heavy on my back. Plus, the grid-it is Rad! I've had my eye on one forever but never eventually get it!

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bill-1957

I have a BBP hamtons bag very comfortable
i cary my macbook and power supply
a 1 terabite drive
and two 2 gb flash drives
asorted magazines
ipods
pens, pencles
blank disk's
asorted cords
and still have room for an umbrella and lunch to

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loganmacacc

The Synapse bag (Purple) would be awesome to carry my MacBook and textbooks for school!

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calckate

I currently have a sleeve for my Macbook but I put other items (i.e. power cord, flash drive, etc...) in my suitcase. I think the green bag would be great for traveling and keep everything in one place. Plus I like the green/orange combo better than purple. :)

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warjon

Green bag is the dream bag for my iPad.........ok it's corny.....but I want that bag!!

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darieb

Purple would be my color. It had better be able to hold all the stuff needed for work-related travel:
15" MBP
Powercord for MBP (& surge arrestor)
Airplane powercord
Firewire external drive (& cables)
ethernet cables
USB-to-Serial & several serial cables
thumbdrive
DVDs for installing OS X, Ubuntu & windoze
Blank DVD-R, CD-R, DVD-RW, CD-RW
Pens (ballpoint & felt tip, multiple colors)
EarBuds
Noise-cancelling earphones, battery & airplane adapter
inflatable dogbone pillow
dongle & ID for work
Passport
Public transportation cards
Car keys
daily medicine doses (my whole travel pharmacy!)
kleenex pack
Book for reading

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dbqfan

I have a new Incase bag for my 15" Mac Book Pro. It has a lined compartment and a flap that opens with 2 compartments to store things. It works great and is good looking. I can carry by charger and a few supplies.

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Michael Jarboe

I like the green one from the article better than purple (but I would take a Purple one too). I carry a MacBook Pro, bike lock, bike tire patch kit, iPhone and some personal stuff (keys, money, sunglasses....)

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Jim Deweese

I'm a huge fan of Tom Bihn bags. I carry a Ristretto that holds all my Apple gear: iPad, iPod, iPhone, etc.