I have an attachment to my backpack that borders on emotional. I cannot say that about most of the material things I have owned in my lifetime.
My Spire Explore backpack (shown above) has been my constant travel companion for over 12 years: I’ve taken it to Australia, Mexico, Canada, India, Germany, and all over the United States. It has safely and comfortably housed 4 laptops since I’ve owned it: a Wallstreet edition Powerbook (1998), a Pismo Powerbook (2001), the 2006 Macbook Pro and (currently), an early 2008 Macbook Pro.
Why do I love my Spire backpack?
SpireUSA, founded in Boulder Colorado, makes awesome laptop bags. They’re a little more expensive than your typical laptop bags (I paid $125 for mine in 1998) – but the cost is totally worth it. Oh, and each of their products comes with a lifetime warranty. The model I own, the Spire Explore, has long since been discontinued, but I’ll keep mine for the rest of my life.
Update: The Torg, Spire’s latest backpack offering, is also winning accolades.