Originally Posted by SassKwatch
I'm curious what advantages others find in the 'messenger bag' concept in general vs the backpack style bag.
For me, it's mostly a matter of convenience - I like being able to load/unload the weight quickly and easily. Backpacks to me seem more inconvenient, and if I'm being blunt, I feel like a bit of a kid wearing a backup - I personally find messenger bags a bit more "grown up" feeling, but that's of course entirely subjective. That said, backpacks are better for your neck/shoulder/back long term - heavy messenger bags slung over one shoulder put all the burden on one spot. I use a Lowepro Sling and like it quite a bit, but it's strictly for camera stuff - when I'm travelling with a laptop, I prefer a messenger-style bag that I can slide under the plane seat, etc.
I *did* have my eye on a custom Timbuk2 backback that I wanted to review, but they're pretty bad at getting back to reviewers, so it doesn't look like it's going to happen.
I say use whatever works best for you.