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    Default advice buying bags

    hello everyone I would like a tip for buying a medium bag that is good and well made with many pockets with a good value for money
    as brands I would have considered:
    Maxpedition
    5:11
    Helikon-tex
    VertX
    blackhawk
    in your opinion which product would you buy?
    are there any other good brands?
    thanks for all the answers

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    Are you looking to put just stuff or laptop or tablet or what? My Samsung tab fits in my versipak, and Malaga. My domke and tamrac bags are just starting to show wear after 30 years of camera carrying.
    My favorite over the past few years has been a waxed canvas Tumi tech
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    hello the bag I will use it to carry things but not laptops or tablets (which I do not have)

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    The camera bags have removable inserts and Iíve used them as overnight bags when I go to shows (knife, gun, pen, etc) and they have just enough room for purchases so I can stuff all my goodies in there. The vertex and Maxpedition has concealed carry pockets I put my wallet & phone in when riding nyc subways.

    My only gripe is the vertex is tight. It doesnít expand or allow stuff to be dropped in like an open top (flap top) bag
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    You mention good value for money, and that makes me throw Osprey into the ring.

    It might not be the ultimate in durable quality, but most of ours have serves us well for years. Good selection, often smart design choices, and more lightweight than some other alternatives. Worth a look I think.

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    Not familiar with some of the brands listed, but I too have been pleased with Osprey. They seem to be well made and comfortable, although my packs do not see rough use.

    I have some older Maxpedition gear, as I do not care for most of their newer designs, but the bags I have seem very stout. If the added weight of their construction is not a concern, these appear to be very robust, including particularly the "hardware" (zippers, pulls, buckles and such)

    Also, on a couple of occasions, I had a customer service issue for Maxpedition, and these were handled very promptly and professionally. I was impressed, as good customer service is getting vanishingly rare.
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    Gotta check out Tom Bihn. The Synapse is my favorite bag of all time. Both sizes.

    FWIW: Their bags are a bit pricey, but come with a lifetime warranty and great customer service.
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