Location: Ottawa (where Torontonians go to watch NHL-calibre hockey, but where Montrealers go to get sleep)
First off, lynch, CONGRATULATIONS on the switch and the new iBook!! You will never look back.
I have a backpack for my Powerbook that I would recommend. It's not perfect, the sleeve is not snug, - some of the pockets could have been better thought-out, but it protects my computer very well (the computer is suspended off the bottom of the case, so will never touch the floor, even indirectly), it has lots of storage areas, and I wear it on my bicycle with comfort and security.
It's the Targus laptop backpack. I got it about 3 years ago, so maybe the internal storage design has improved. Very comfortable, reasonably priced (around 119$?) and it's black and grey, so you'd be very fashionable.
If you thought the iPod was well-designed...
"Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar." ~Bradley Millar
This would be the post to post this question. I'm looking for a pack for my iBook.. which has 1 strap which goes across the chest.. but acts as a normal backpack. Anyone know of any good ones? I really like the stress not being on my shoulders.
If a shoulder bag carrying the weight you expect to carry will be too hard on your shoulders, I don't think a sling-style backpack would be any different...
But if you go with a Crumpler Hee-Goer, Part And Parcel, Horseman, or Cashmere Blazer (shoulder bags), at least you get the 3rd Leg Stabalizer to engage when running, skipping, jumping or riding in order to secure the bag up on your back like a backpack.
Still, if you're planning on carrying heavy loads, you can't beat the comfort of a good backpack... especially one with spine slot and contoured shoulder straps... such as the Crumpler Salary Sacrifice, King Single, or Beer Back ;-)