On the sling bag...ideas/suggestions
Would this be worn on one shoulder or across the chest?
I don't see why it would need a laptop sleeve if it's meant as a replacement for those hideous, ugly "healthy back" crescent bags.
I vote for lots of optional stuff on the strap itself--and a snap-down tab for the main zipper/compartment, to prevent curious or felonious fingers from exploring the bag's interior without your consent (as I supposed said opening would be out of your line of sight when the bag is worn).
A slip-on sleeve for a digital camera would be great, as I have now started carrying my cheap Kodak EasyShareWhatever with me.
Also, don't forget a secure, zip-shut interior pocket for Really Important Personal Stuff.
Another thing I wish that my favorite bag had was a key lanyard on the STRAP--maybe something like a keystrap INSIDE a little pouchy thing on the strap? So that you could get your keys out WITHOUT going into the bag, BUT not have them flapping in the breeze like Morris bells either? I for one always forget to get my keys out before getting to the door.
I'm starting to have visions of lots of Tiny Slip-On Pouches for Important Stuff--almost like the pouches on amno belts.
A small interior loop/pocket for a MagLite may be a good idea also...I never leave home without one, after 9/11 and the NYC Blackout (I was especially glad for my habit after the latter event, when it actually came in handy).
Just free-forming here, but that's what comes to mind. Hope it's helpful.
Large Msng Bag and new strap
Mmmmm a nice, new, larger messenger type bag and strap that will hold my iPod... when might this holy grail of bags and straps be available? I've got cash burning a hole in my now dead Timbuk2 bag and a Tidbits coupon that really does burn up on the 16th! I carry my 12" powerbook, an iPod, my textbooks (heavy management and finance stuff), lunch, and my work stuff with me everyday. It would be fantastic to have my iPod handy on the strap instead of on my hip. I've looked at the Brain Bag and the Empire Builder and they look cool, I'm just partial to messenger bags. They're the slick in-between bag and being a bank drone I have to sorta look like a professional. Since I ride a bike to work I can get away with having a cool messenger bag... ;)