@olperfesser I use a backpack for everything. I have one for my daily work bag, one for a laptop gaming setup, one for tools around the house, one for cycling, one for running to work/hiking, and I’m sure I’ve got another one laying around…
@olperfesser They’re really useful on a bike, where trying to lug a small load is otherwise a lot of hassle and hazard. Bike baskets are essentially load-launchers, tossing your stuff more often than not, and shred-mashing it if you tie it down adequately to prevent ejection.
@olperfesser Can’t think of a reason not to. It’s the easiest and most convenient way of lugging medium-sized amounts of crap around. Every other option is relatively terrible, being unbalanced, in your way, and/or occupying a hand.
it’s been a very, very long time since i’ve worn a backpack. (in jr. high it was jansport, then everyone had the LL bean one in highschool…until messenger bags came into style. i had a billion of those.) but, if i can recall, we mostly put it over one shoulder but with both straps over the one shoulder, instead of one dangling. maybe you put both straps on properly if you were walking home or something, but then you’d need both hands to hold the straps because otherwise you’d risk ending up like a flipped turtle.
Optimal? To let today’s minion carry your stuff for you, of course. Optimal self-usage? As a stash bag that can accommodate odd sizes and shapes of thing that wouldn’t fit in a hard-side case(1), while potentially leaving both hands free for deployment of a cell phone or other melee weapon.
(1) But severed heads are best carried in a borrowed(2) bowling bag or a plastic shopping bag. They make a mess in one’s backpack.
(2) Borrowed, because you wouldn’t want that in your own bowling bag, now would you? It might make your shoes smell funny.
I use it nearly everyday almost as a purse. I walk to work so it has an assortment of stuff to haul back and forth. Usually lightweight but not always. Over both shoulders when walking and one shoulder or grabbed by hand for shorter moves.
What do you use when you’ve got too much stuff for pockets, but not enough for a backpack, that you’ve got to carry around?
Like 2 cell phones, a pen, a sharpie, some gloves, some flash drives, earbuds, and assorted other stuff. Female coworkers either carry a small purse or one has a tiny backpack, one has a leg strapped bag of some sort. There don’t seem to be many options made for guys
@Kidsandliz store employees are supplied with vests with 2 big pockets, so they don’t have issues. I’m a vendor, so don’t have that. Carry a work phone that’s a cat device, so kind of bulky, plus my personal phone, it’s possible to carry both in a normal pants pocket, but more comfortable with just one, but add pens, a tape measure, some gloves in case I need to work in a freezer or something that’s going to tear up my hands, etc., and best to have it all together in something small I can keep it in to grab and go, and have it with me and have my hands free.
@Kyeh At one point I was using the biggest cell phone case I could find, since it could hold my personal phone, plus a pen and some paper, but I decided it wasn’t enough long ago. I really don’t need something too much bigger than that. Maybe twice or three times the size. So far most ammo bags I’m seeing seem to be too big for my purpose and need to be carried in a hand.
I’ll have to look more at messenger bags, searching for them so far seems to give a flood of expensive ones.
@kevinrs@Kyeh I’d suggest a “hip pack” also called “fanny pack”. They make some pretty big ones. Look at ones made by Patagonia, North Face, etc. if you want higher end ones made pretty bomb proof although there are a ton of different manufacturers… Read the dimensions carefully as some are pretty small and many are sized in “liters” held. Both sexes use them pretty equally (for jogging, biking, walking, when you don’t need something as big as a backpack, just carrying around junk…) so the color range is wide. You can wear them either in the small of your back or in the front. Some have multiple compartments some don’t. The attached strap goes around your waist/rests on your hip depending on how tight you cinch it. Or you can wear it like a cross body in the front or back. Just google large hip pack and google large fanny pack (Or search on that on amazon, etc.). Many choices. Some even have a place to hold water bottles or cans of pop.