We popped into Tumi's Soho store on Prince the other day as part of our ongoing quest to find a new computer backpack and a very nice salesman named Andre showed us this, the new T-Tech Pulse Forsyth. Made of a high-performance hybrid nylon, the Forsyth is less bulky in person than this photo lets on, was very well-padded (we need a padded back and shoulder straps) and was surprisingly light to boot.
Besides the padded laptop divider, it had lots of pockets for accessories, media and files, a key leash and even vented water bottle pockets, as well as a special carry handle set in from the top that actually did make the bag easy to carry. We put a heavy sack of dog food and some books into the backpack before putting it on and were pleased to discover it distributed the weight evenly.
Just about the only thing we didn't like about the Forsyth was the price—at $250, it was more than twice what we're looking to pay for a new computer backpack. It's worth it if you can afford it; if you can't, or you have a more wallet-friendly well-padded backpack that also manages to not be unattractive, we'd sure appreciate a tip via email or comment.
T-Tech Pulse Forsyth Computer Backpack [Tumi.com]