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“Dear Carryology / wondrous source of zen luggage solutions
I have simple needs (or so I thought). All I want is to carry a 17″ MBP and a SLR in the same messenger, without resorting to a bag so gigantic that my grandmother could fit inside. I’m sure I’m not alone, there must be others out there who thought that adding that extra 2″ to their mac wouldn’t hamper things. Oh how wrong we were.
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(and the silent masses)”
The above was an email that came into our inboxes last week. Something we’re really enjoying here at Carryology is the amount of feedback and contributions that you, the readers, keep putting forward. Whether it’s via the comments or actual emails, it’s been great getting an actual conversation going with fellow carry nuts! As Will was looking for a bag that could cater to his 17-inch laptop and a DSLR, some of our contributors got involved and threw round some ideas. So if you’re in the market for a new bag that has to cater to those devices read on…
One solution Johnson had was to “disregard a messenger and instead aim for a backpack, as your options will be broader and you will feel more comfortable with the weight” Some of the backpacks that would work well in a situation are the Quiksilver Grenade (a well priced and feature loaded pack), the Timbuk2 Maverick or if coin is not as constrained, the radical Kata Source-261 PL.
That said, if you are a sold on the idea of a messenger bag for a 17″ laptop and SLR, you could look at the North Face Backpedal (first image below) or Basecamp (second image below). Another option, as pointed out by David, is the Crumpler Brazillion Dollar Home (third photo below). One point Johnson brought up was “if you are not to concerned about the SLR being visible, look for a bag that has daisy chains on the exterior and use a small SLR pouch attached to the bag.”
This is by no means an exhaustive list so if you have a bag that works well with a large laptop and SLR please share it with us in the comments below or email us…
PS Top image from Flickr member Manganite