Originally Posted by VicAjax
... seriously, though. my much beloved messenger bag, from a German company called Jost, is finally falling apart, so i need a new one. i'd get a new Jost bag, but the only place in NYC that carries them only has one model, and i don't like it....
I've had and still have several types of boarding bags, satchels, various sizes and materials (e.g. nylon, leather, cloth), military surplus or aftermarket, and the one that I use the most, is the most versatile and sturdy, is my Patagonia Vertical Mass
bag. Built tough with uses for schtuff, small computer (well, I can get my T43 in there, they're not "small"). Not a lot of little compartments, but super comfortable, adjustable (over shoulder, or across chest). The only thing better designed is a surplus Swedish infantry canteen bag I have, which some smart duck put a removable waist strap on so it would stick to your side while, I dunno, skiing or rock climbing or marching.
Check out the Vertical Mass, it's superb. (What you don't see in the pic is the velcroed rear pocket, the padded inner compartment for laptop (with cinch belt), the inner zippered pouch for small items, and the keyring lanyard. The front outer pocket is nice for keys and things that you don't want to open the main bag for.)