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Gregory Border backpackIn today’s world of constant connectivity, odds are you’re going to be traveling with a laptop or tablet, even while on vacation. One of the worst parts of that experience is going through the rigmarole of unloading your laptop before enduring airport security procedures – while at the same time worrying about taking off your shoes, emptying all your pockets, and making sure your toddler and 90-year-old grandmother can avoid an invasive pat-down.

That’s where bags like the Gregory Border backpack come in: a new breed of travel sack with a special TSA-approved compartment so you don’t need to remove your electronics prior to sending them through the X-ray machine. In the case of the Border bag, your laptop or tablet is stored in a mesh pocket within a section of the backpack, which unzips to lie flat when you set it on the conveyer belt (see photo above). While I haven’t yet had the chance to test this in an actual airport setting, my laptop fit snugly in the pouch and opening the bag to its flat position was simple.


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Aside from that, Border is your pretty standard backpack. Though Gregory is known for heavy-duty adventure gear, this bag has much broader appeal as an airplane carry-on or vacation day pack. Plentiful pockets within the main compartment make it easy to organize your stuff, while padded straps ensure your shoulders won’t feel too stressed after a day of schlepping.


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I travel with a netbook so I opted for the 18L size (also appropriate for iPads and other tablets) but if you’ve got a larger computer the 25L will fit a 15-inch screen and the 35L will fit a 17-inch. You’ll have to wait until August to snag your own Border bag, which is part of Gregory’s Fall 2012 line-up; prices will be $119 for the 18L, $149 for the 25L, and $179 for the 35L. www.gregorypacks.com

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