30 year old Eastpak I bought when I was traveling extensively. Has a lifetime warranty. Eastpak seem to have made this one to last, avoiding warranty replacement costs. Unlike current products with a lifetime warranty which are made cheaply enough they can afford to replace the items several times under warranty and still turn up a profit (Autozone’s Duralast auto parts for example?) This old pack has probably over a hundred thousand miles on it and is still going strong.
In fact i just got back from a trip to Colorado where everything I needed for 6 days fit in it as free carry on on Frontier.
My daily bag to carry stuff back and forth to the ER (work) is a bright yellow Eastport bag that’s so old it doesn’t even have a laptop sleeve in it!
@TrophyHusband Does neither pull work? (I think there are 2 on mine… I’d look but I’m at work and it isn’t with me…) You can try squeezing the zipper pull together with some pliers. Sometimes that will help (squeeze each side of the pull from “outside” to “inside” of the bag… i.e… both sides of the pull tab while it is all the way to one end or the other. )
@TrophyHusband I would definitely agree. I love this bag and use it for travel a lot.
My daily bag (the Eastpack from the local WM) is my back-and-forth to work bag for the past 10-15 years at least. It has all my stuff I keep for the ER like my stethoscope, battery packs, extra cables for EVERY conceivable phone (for patients that inevitably have their phone crap out while in the ER), extra pens, name badges, drink packets, Tums, Motrin etc. Safety glasses, hemostats, Band-aids, and so forth.
i used to empty it out to travel with it, but now the Dopp is my go-to bag for that.
For day-to-day stuff, a brown canvas messenger bag with the Ankh-Morpork City Watch emblem. My wife gave it to me a few Christmases back. For travel, a matching backpack (minus the emblem) I bought after my old one disintegrated at Sea-Tac.
I also have a small military surplus bag I bought in college that traveled with me for years. It’s almost solid souvenir patches now, but it’s just not big enough anymore. So it stays at home these days, but still gets a new patch after every trip.
I would especially be interested in a sling bag. I had one that I used until it started separating at the seams. It was great for my DSLR and accessories. You just slipped it around to the front to access the camera and lenses… I drug it all over, including climbing Huayna Picchu to get pics of Machu Picchu when I was shooting 35mm 20+ yrs ago
My daily bag is 6 years old Swissgear Scansmart 1900 (thank you ebags) and I just took it this summer to a seamstress that is a legit miracle worker. I also own several other bags for different purposes. If I had unlimited funds I would own hundreds of backpacks and watches. Ironically, I would probably become dissatisfied and opine for the days when I only had one of each and the familiarity with an accessory that I longed for…
@duodec I still have my old one that doesn’t work because my late grandfather bought it for me. I bought a metal solar powered G-Shock years later that I still have, but my daily driver is a Garmin 735xt. Long live the G-Shock.
I still have and do occasionally use the black jansport i got for freshmen year of HS (94-95), but my go to is one i got in an IRK sometime last year.(it almost went in a care pkg to my buddy’s brother stationed in korea, but it fit my laptop too well…)
A 10 or more year old patagonia one. Been repaired by me a number of times using sail mending ‘thread’, sail needle and palm (fixed a favorite pair of sandals that way too). Also burn raveling edges with a match to keep them from unraveling more. Inside water proofing layer is peeling at this point and not sure if I will recoat it or replace it. At the moment I am ignoring the problem.