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I've finally settled on generally packing everything for my travels in Pelican cases & checking them. I'm now searching for a bag to use in-flight and in-car. No laptop to carry (that BMF's in the Pelican). Something to keep my pockets empty through TSA chokepoints, and organized before & beyond.

Just Kindle, car GPS, MP3 gizmo, phone, camera, chargers, rain jacket, tickets, receipts, Platypus. Extra room for whatever. Probably add my netbook (no tablet yet).

I was thinking about the padded compartments of a camera case, but none I've seen have adequate non-camera/bulk space. I've been looking, too, at Shooter's/Tactical stuff, but nothing's jumped out so far.

I've overlooking something - I'm excited to see your suggestions!


asked Apr 13 '12 at 08:07

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Wayne R

edited Apr 19 '12 at 03:58

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I would highly recommend a Maxpedition Kodiak Gearslinger. It's larger gearslinger than Noatak but can be had in a "leftie" version. I've used it for years and what I love about my Kodiak is that you can easily swing it forward in the crowded places where its security could be compromised when worn on the back. All pockets are perfectly accessible from the top or the side as well. The larger of the two front compartments on the Kodiak has a few dividers inside keeping your keys (attached to a built-in hook) separate from your gadgets so they wouldn't scratch.

Maxpedition gear is expensive comparing to some other brands, but the quality is far superior.


answered Jun 06 '12 at 14:19

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I haven't tried anything from ONA but have done quite a bit of research and will be getting the woman's/purse model for myself for Christmas this year. They have a messenger style and a backpack that looks like it would fit your needs. http://www.onabags.com/

I do have a Kelly Moore woman's model and love it. There are a couple of messenger styles that would also seem to fit your needs. http://kellymoorebag.com/mens.html/


answered Jun 06 '12 at 14:15

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I would look at Crumpler's bags, maybe the Kazoo. I bought one of their laptop bags (in hindsight, I should have gotten a smaller model but that's my own fault.) They are not cheap (the Kazoo is $55) but they are very well made.


answered Jun 06 '12 at 14:13

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My wife got me a Maxpedition Noatak for Christmas last year. It's a little pricey (just under $100 on Amazon right now) and has a definitive MilSpec look to it, but it has a good number of pockets and storage compartments, as well as lots of exterior clips and straps (Maxpedition makes a bunch of modular accessories for their bags) and some cool/thoughtful tamper-prevention measures.


answered Jun 06 '12 at 13:38

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I tried camera bags for years, but never could find something i felt comfortable with. I switched to just carrying a toboggan/beanie in my regular bag rolled up to support the lens and wrap around a bit; this has worked well for me on multiple trips but YMMV.

The netbook changes your needed dimensions a lot. I've used this case for a netbook for a while and the strap seems a bit awkward at first glance but is actually really well done. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001F7KXB8/

When traveling, I try to use a smaller bag that can stow in my main bag. I have an old mountainsmith that I can't seem to find now, but it is similar to this one: http://www.mountainsmith.com/products.asp?productId=319&categoryId=49&subCategoryId=0&subCategory2Id=0

I've not used this bag but it gets good reviews at REI and I like the Osprey stuff I have. It is sized large enough you might stow your netbook in this. http://www.rei.com/product/773355/osprey-veer-vertical-shoulder-bag


answered Apr 20 '12 at 07:54

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Craftsman tool bag, Sears. They usually have them on sale for seven bucks during holidays. Memorial Day and Father's Day would be good bets.


answered Apr 18 '12 at 07:40

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