With the fall semester approaching, incoming freshmen have a difficult choice: keep using the same backpack from high school or take that first tenuous step towards responsibility with real backpack. Sorry, JanSport. I've moved on to Hex.

Hex, the the iPod Nano watch strap folks, have expanded their selection to include functional backpacks, laptop sleeves, and messenger bags for the big kids. The Recon line is constructed from 16oz washed canvas, which provides added durability, while the Varsity line is made from rolled wool (like a Letterman jacket but without the hard work and sweating). Both versions hold 11-17" laptops, depending on the model. The messenger bags also feature a "PadPort" which grants you quick access to your iPad's screen without having to actually pull it out of the bag. Prices range from $40 - $100 [HEX]

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