Backpacks vs. Briefcase

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by CrazedJava, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. CrazedJava

    CrazedJava New Member

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    I know there is a poll option but I want to actually hear reasoning and I'm less interested in the statistics this time.

    So very recently I heard a pretty good rant about adults who still carry backpack and the assertion we need to grow up and buy a damn briefcase already. As a long time technologist I could happily thumb my nose at them and continue carrying all my crap in a backpack. It's one of the perks of the job, people just assume you have little quirks and eccentricities and the thought of a 30+ year old still using a backpack is not really an issue. Sidenote, the last two companies I worked for would just issue whatever laptop bag their vendor provided, so a lot of people were carrying backpacks because that is what their computer came with.

    Recently though, my company issued backpack began to fall apart. It was actually for a previous employer so there will be no replacement. I'm pushing 40 hard (as in, I will turn 40 before 2013 is over) and while I still work in technology I am as high in management as you can get without actually being an executive. Which means I don't get the pass I used to for idiosyncrasies.

    So I decided to join the adult world and did actually purchase a briefcase. Not the traditional old-time leather ones like my Dad used to have but something that is a reasonable laptop bag that will also probably last forever and will travel well.

    Still, I'm wondering. Is this just hipster whining? Is it really a big deal that adult professionals will carry their stuff in a backpack these days?
     
  2. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    My take on it, as a working bag...

    If your job requires a jacket/blazer/sportcoat type of thing, and a tie, get a briefcase.

    If you can wear a button down shirt, with the sleeves rolled up, the top two buttons undone, and khaki pants/ casual slacks, with casual/ dress casual shoes, a back pack is acceptable as long as it's not just over the top eccentric.

    If you can go to work in jeans, cowboy boots, and a tee shirt, no one, and I mean absolutely NO ONE should give a damn.
     

  3. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I pay for results not fashion.
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Another chapter in the continuing saga of "Who has time to worry about THAT!" :D

    Seriously- I use a backpack when I am traveling instead of a suitcase. (Well, once in a while I DO have to wear a suit, and DO use a suitcase then)

    My computer bag has a shoulder strap, but also has wheels and a pull up handle. doubles as my briefcase. Besides computer, holds the stuff I need when conducting training.

    Now, if I am in court with my lawyer, the LAWYER better have a briefcase!
     
  5. rockratt

    rockratt Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    By the time you reach 50 you'll have the answer. At that point function out ways fashion and you really don't give a rats A$$ what anyone thinks!!!:D
     
  6. stratrider

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    Asus computer bag that came with a 17" gaming laptop. It swallows my little Macbook Air and leaves plenty of room for travel sized toiletries and mariner's documents. I quit smoking so carrying cartons of death is not an issue anymore. A briefcase is just awkward. A backpack frees up your hands. People actually still use briefcases?:eek:
     
  7. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    I have about as much concern for what others think of how I dress what I carry or what accessories I have as I do whether kim jong ill farted this morning when he woke up...

    Do what you like in such things and if someone takes exception its their problem not yours.
     
  8. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I'm with Trip on this.

    Suit and tie? Go with the briefcase.

    Casual work environment? Who gives a damn what you carry your stuff in?
     
  9. nitestalker

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    Humm? All the horrible things a man in management has to deal with? I expect making high level decisions like this go back to grade school and the book bags. ;):D
     
  10. CrazedJava

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    If it were the most difficult decision I had to deal with I'd be so lucky.

    At this point it is about career management. There really is something to the saying "Dress for the job you want". That doesn't mean suits everyday though. Dressing too nice all the time can put you out of touch with your team. Dressing too casual or always meeting the bare minimum of your dress code (assuming there is one) can make you appear unprofessional.

    I do miss the days when I thought nothing of wearing a T-shirt and jeans to the office. However, I never know if I am going to walk in and have to deal with non-technology management, and we've got some old school thinkers who probably still think everyone should be wearing a tie.

    I know a customer I dealt with last year was suits only in their office. Man, I hated site visits to that place.

    Although the feedback here is interesting. I don't regret buying the laptop bag as opposed to a backpack, but the rather flippant attitude towards briefcase/bag as being "adult" is actually encouraging.
     
  11. boatme98

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    A Kroger plastic bag.
    I work in sampling in an ore mill at a large mine, so anything that goes even as far as the parking lot is going to be coated in ultrafine dust within minutes.
    The only things I take to work are my lunch and my kindle pad on weekends for music in my lab.

    I've got lunch down to almost 100% disposable stuff. I don't even take a cooler anymore. I have a refrigerator. Just grocery bags, baggies, and to go containers I buy at a restaurant supply store. Nothing goes back up the hill to my vehicle.

    My pad goes into a Ziploc baggie and a shopping bag.
     
  12. orangello

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    What about the hybrid, the "messenger bag". It's kinda like a soft-sided briefcase with a shoulder strap, and kinda like a one strap backpack with a big flap closure. Some look very spiffy; some look a leeeetle too much like a murse.

    http://www.amazon.com/Otium-30311AM...79966092&sr=1-21&keywords=mens+messenger+bags

    http://www.amazon.com/Kenneth-Cole-...379966092&sr=1-2&keywords=mens+messenger+bags

    http://www.amazon.com/David-King-Di...79966092&sr=1-38&keywords=mens+messenger+bags

    I avoided the situation. When I need to carry work files and such, I use a ancient, soft-sided "audit case" that a relative liberated from a former employer. If you lug enough crap, an old audit case might serve your purposes.



    I picked up a nice, no-name, water-proof, zip-lockish bag for my ipad, ~$20. Might be an improvement, as it has some padding.
     
  13. purehavoc

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    I attend lots of meetings and I don't give a rats arse if I take a brief case or a back pack , I have both . If I'm packing light I take the brief case , If I have a bunch of sh!t with me I take the back pack . They are a tool not a fashion statement.
     
  14. orangello

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  15. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Dress for the job you have; not the one you want. I would look really silly showing up Monday morning dressed as an astronaut. :p
    And if you want me to wear fourteen pieces of flair, then why don't you make the minimum fourteen? :p
     
  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i have a briefcase and never use it much anymore. i use my backpack as it's much easier to carry.
     
  17. DFlynt

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    I carry a Maxpedition bag:

    http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/JUMBO-E-D-C-VERSIPACK-4p1319.htm