As a public speaker, frequent traveler and overall geek, the bag I carry is important. My current bag is a Briggs & Riley Bag – it’s getting a bit worn and the straps lack enough padding.
I’ve had it for many years.
My back hurts when I wear it for more than an hour or so. It’s probably time to get another one. I’m not sure if the pain is from the straps not being padded enough or from the weight I carry. Either way – I suspect more padding would help.
I’ve been eyeing Tumi, but wonder is it worth the $400 – $500 – which is a comparable cost of a Briggs and Riley bag.
But then I wonder, should I pay $50 – $200 for a much cheaper bag from Target or somewhere else. Sigh….yet, Tumi, Briggs & Riley and other “high end bags” have style, form and function – which I like.
I reached out to my Facebook friends to get their insight on which bag to purchase. Join our discussion here.
Carland Wright suggested North Face – definitely durable, low cost but not a line of bags that look good with a suit and tie. Serenity Baldwin is a North Face voter too.
John Lawson (ColderICE) – e-commerce expert and speaker – suggested a Swiss Gear bag from Target. He bought one on sale for $30. Their line of bags look pretty good.
Jenny Baio suggested a customizable bag from Vans.
Bryan Eisenberg said that Ebags is a good option. They take good bag designs and make their own bags – but cheaper. I’ll check them out.
Sylvia De Gusto, is an executive image consultant and her expert opinion is that a well dressed man should not be wearing a backpack.
On the other hand, Virginia Steinberg said that with her back pain, it was suggested a backpack might be best to more evenly balance what she needs to carry.
Richard Marker said that book bags work well – but uses a wheeled bag if it’s heavier than a laptop computer.