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Hi. It might be the drugs talking but been thinking I'd like a manbag type thing. A bit more substantial than a cloth musette but smaller and more compact than a messenger/laptop bag. Also something stylish too. Needed to carry a bottle of water, a book, note pad (paper), pen, glasses case, snack etc. Currently use a small, old backpack type thing but it's not ideal and looks a bit naff.
Any ideas? Or should I wait to come off the narcotics and come to my senses?

Ta.
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  • Hi. It might be the drugs talking but been thinking I'd like a manbag type thing. A bit more substantial than a cloth musette but smaller and more compact than a messenger/laptop bag. Also something stylish too. Needed to carry a bottle of water, a book, note pad (paper), pen, glasses case, snack etc. Currently use a small, old backpack type thing but it's not ideal and looks a bit naff.
    Any ideas? Or should I wait to come off the narcotics and come to my senses?

    Ta.

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  • Hi. It might be the drugs talking but been thinking I'd like a manbag type thing. A bit more substantial than a cloth musette but smaller and more compact than a messenger/laptop bag. Also something stylish too. Needed to carry a bottle of water, a book, note pad (paper), pen, glasses case, snack etc. Currently use a small, old backpack type thing but it's not ideal and looks a bit naff.
    Any ideas? Or should I wait to come off the narcotics and come to my senses?

    Ta.

    This is the correct response.

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  • ProssPross Posts: 34,868
    I suspect there is a City headhunter who will have exactly the sort of thing you're looking for that he can recommend. I've got one from when I used to go into the office but it is more satchel / laptop bag style so sounds bigger than what you are looking for.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 65,441 Lives Here
    Depends what you want but what do you think of the following?







  • singletonsingleton Posts: 2,320
    A laptop bag, or a camera bag are the only options unless you are happy to admit to yourself that you are using a mens handbag.
  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 52,978

    Hi. It might be the drugs talking but been thinking I'd like a manbag type thing. A bit more substantial than a cloth musette but smaller and more compact than a messenger/laptop bag. Also something stylish too. Needed to carry a bottle of water, a book, note pad (paper), pen, glasses case, snack etc. Currently use a small, old backpack type thing but it's not ideal and looks a bit naff.
    Any ideas? Or should I wait to come off the narcotics and come to my senses?

    Ta.

    This is the correct response.

    Yep, get a better rucksack - practical, and avoids the metropolitan w***er look.
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  • Buy a large MTB hip pack and wear it across your body. It's what I do. Many of them allow you to stash a jacket on the outside too.

    This is a good size, but there are many others like it out there:

    https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/shop/trail-hip-pack/product/HPX01XXOGB
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 65,441 Lives Here
    Oversized bum bag
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 21,937
    Possibly left field but you may consider a small camera sling bag.
    Like a small backpack but only one shoulder strap, and less like the examples above.
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  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 1,837

    Depends what you want but what do you think of the following?







    Yeah, quite like the top version in the pics. Just need one a little bit smaller. The others remind me of my dad's work briefcase.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 65,441 Lives Here
    Yeah small messenger or record bags - that's what they're called.
  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 1,837
    singleton said:
    Love that! Really like the genital warmer fluff pad that appears to be made of real Womble fur.
  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 1,837

    Buy a large MTB hip pack and wear it across your body. It's what I do. Many of them allow you to stash a jacket on the outside too.

    This is a good size, but there are many others like it out there:

    https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/shop/trail-hip-pack/product/HPX01XXOGB

    Yeah, thanks for that. It reminds me I do have something similar buried deep in the cupboard under the stairs. Got one when I broke my collarbone and couldn't use a backpack. I'll give it a go. I seem to recall it was a pretty hideous colour :/
  • sungodsungod Posts: 15,262
    edited November 2022

    singleton said:
    Love that! Really like the genital warmer fluff pad that appears to be made of real Womble fur.
    you can travel by catbus if you have one

    i've got a couple of porter-yoshida bags (plain olive cordura ones, no fluff) feel soft but tough as old boots - had one over 15 years that's done many flights, looks almost new - with lots of practical features for travel

    this is the smallest one i have, probably too big for you though...
    https://monocle.com/shop/product/17754/shorthauler-bag/olive/
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  • you need to think outside the box - I assume it is an x-ray rather than the pattern


  • DefbladeDefblade Posts: 114
    Try Heinnie Haynes. They've got every size and type of bag-type-stuff from wallets upto big duffle bag/suitcase type things. And all very, very, manly ;)
  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 1,837

    you need to think outside the box - I assume it is an x-ray rather than the pattern


    My mate from Hong Kong had a coat like that. Almost an Inspector Gadget impersonation. He pulled out a large tablet, an iPhone, a Hugo DAC Headphone amp, a Fujifilm X-T2 camera, a bottle of JD and some other stuff. I was VERY impressed!
  • carbonclemcarbonclem Posts: 1,306
    I’m surprised there is any question over the use of a bag by a man. Get with the program lads.

    I use a Rapha bag they did a few years ago - a substantial musette style one. Smaller/thinner than a laptop bag but same vibe. They don’t seem to do it anymore- shame.
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  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 1,837
    Think I've found what I'm looking for. Army surplus style wax oiled canvas bag. Not pretentious. Not feminine. Cheap and rugged and practical.


  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 5,715

    Think I've found what I'm looking for. Army surplus style wax oiled canvas bag. Not pretentious. Not feminine. Cheap and rugged and practical.


    It's called a satchel.
    Sort of thing primary school kids used to have.
  • rjsterryrjsterry Posts: 24,274
    Jeez. Call it what you want. Why worry what others will think about this or that bag. Way too much insecurity over a bag.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 65,441 Lives Here
    I wouldn't go for a bag with buckles like that as it's too much of a faff to put stuff in and out of it.
  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 1,837

    Think I've found what I'm looking for. Army surplus style wax oiled canvas bag. Not pretentious. Not feminine. Cheap and rugged and practical.


    It's called a satchel.
    Sort of thing primary school kids used to have.
    In the ‘80a at secondary school we all had canvas satchels decorated with the artwork from you favourite album cover from your favourite band. There were some super creative kids back then. The ideal bags had so much paint on the flap that it became solid and glossy. Cool times. I think mine had magic mushrooms all over it.
  • pangolinpangolin Posts: 5,268

    I wouldn't go for a bag with buckles like that as it's too much of a faff to put stuff in and out of it.

    On lots of purses the buckle is actually just decorative and there's a popper underneath.
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  • seanoconnseanoconn Posts: 10,162

    Think I've found what I'm looking for. Army surplus style wax oiled canvas bag. Not pretentious. Not feminine. Cheap and rugged and practical.


    It's called a satchel.
    Sort of thing primary school kids used to have.
    If it’s good enough for Indiana Jones…
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  • I wouldn't go for a bag with buckles like that as it's too much of a faff to put stuff in and out of it.

    Oi! As a classic Carradice saddlebag owner I'll defend to the death my right to fiddle with idiosyncratic buckles and leather straps which become slippery when wet and my numb fingers are scrabbling to get at my waterproof jacket in a hurry...
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