The folks at Tom Bihn have saved my back!
I'm a part-time student that works full time, and am currently taking an organic chemistry class, as well as a lab. That means that I have to schlep not only a ginormous textbook, but the thick study guide with the answers to problems IN the textbook, my notebook for lecture, my lab text, and my lab notebook with me almost every day, since I work on homework on my lunch hours. I also carry my IBM Thinkpad T43 with me every day.
I stand a total of 5 feet 2 inches on a good day, and had been carrying all of this around in an old Kensington Saddlebag backpack that I got when I got my LAST notebook computer, about 4 years ago. The straps were thin and threatening to give out under the weight, and there just wan't room for everything that I needed to carry. I was also afraid for my computer, as the padding in the notebook sleeve was minimal.
I stumbled onto your website about a week ago, and after agonizing about the price, I bit the bullet and ordered a brain bag (steel), brain cell (crimson)and snake charmer(also crimson). They came yesterday and I am ecstatic. The bag is full of my books, computer, purse and padded sunglasses case, and while it's heavy, the load is no longer backbreaking. The craftsmanship is awesome, and it looks good.
I just wanted to thank you for creating a good looking, well constructed bag that will carry my beloved T43 in comfort, accomodate two classes worth of textbooks and notebooks, and still have room for my daily necessities. Three cheers for Tom Bihn Bags!