Western Flyer as a backpack?
I am looking for a new backpack and I am curious about the Western Flyer. Is it suitable for use primarily as a backpack or would I be better off with a proper backpack? I walk 20+ blocks a day with my current backpack, a free Ogio Metro. I used to carry a Filson padded computer bag but it was too heavy and I found using a backpack was much more comfortable.
I regularly carry a 14" Thinkpad, an ipad air, a liter of water and a pair of leather soled shoes with shoe trees.
I like the idea of a cross between my Filson and my Ogio but if a proper backpack would be more comfortable for me then I will skip the WF.
Thank you in advance!
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I LOVE my Western Flyer and Synapse 19. I especially love their minimal designs, which of course comes with a price- they can't do *everything* well and have settled for doing *specific* things well. You can guess where this is going I bet;) If your primary need is a backpack do not hesitate but go immediately buy a backpack. The folks at TB have really spent time figuring out how to get the bag to fit to your back, be lightweight, comfortable, carry the load well, and a million things I don't even know they did. Same for the WF- it's design as a suitcase is phenomenal, and I have used the backpack straps a few times and appreciated they were there, but never for a second forgot I was carrying a suitcase on my back. It just doesn't (and doesn't make sense to) have the same accommodations for back-carry that a purpose-built backpack does.
So you should, in my opinion, go buy a backpack and then start saving for the WF/Aero because once you own one TB you'll want another, and another, one for each travel situation;)