Originally Posted by mikespe
Damn that's an expensive bag. It better have an alarm system and electrocute any potential the if at that price!
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Value's subjective, what matters is what works for you anyhow. $110 isn't that expensive to me for what I got IMO, all depends on perspective and financial situation I guess. Heck the Tumi backpack that I'm looking at now is $500 LOL. I want it but have the same thoughts you're expressing about the $110 one . . I think I'll try out a samsonite backpack instead for the time being for times when I want to switch things up a little.
As far as the Timbuk2 Commute I'm sure there's cheaper stuff out there but this one ticked the right boxes for me at the time of purchase. It needed to be able to have a laptop compartment and tablet compartment. The laptop compartment had to be TSA rated as I'm not fond of pulling laptops out at TSA checkpoints to show the world what I have in my bag. The back of the bag had to have a means by which the bag could be attached to the handle of rolling luggage to assist me in getting from baggage claim to shuttles.
Hitting up ebags.com, picking messenger bags and then checkpoint friendly will get a list of alternatives. There's some $50 ones out there but in terms of features you start to lose some. All depends on what you want.
Looking forward to seeing other suggestions. I'm looking at traveling more in the next year so I'm in the market for other good bags.