I've seen a lot of threads about "what's the best bag for me" and people seem to really want to help, so I figured I'd give it my go. I need a bag for law school this fall. I know I'll need to carry a MacBook Pro (15.4") and several law school tomes (they look like dictionaries, I couldn't believe when I saw them at the open house), plus power adapter, mouse, lunch, thermos, etc. Fairly typical except the books are twice as big as normal.
The bags that caught my eye on the site are mainly the Brain Bag or the Empire Builder. I can't decide if I want to go with the messenger style bag or the backpack. I'm not sure what the pros and cons are each way, really.
I'll be walking ~1/2 mi. to school and back every day. I don't know if that's far enough for walking comfort to be an issue. From what I hear both bags are great anyway. Being able to travel with it on aircraft isn't essential, though it certainly wouldn't hurt. I'm mainly concerned with being able to fit everything in it and get to it easily.
The arguably more professional look of the Empire occured to me as a plus, since I'll hopefully be working at a law firm as soon as next summer.
Ok, wow, long post. Anyway, thoughts on which bag I should get? Thanks in advance!