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Fresh Idea: Aer Backpack Keeps Gadgets Separate From Gym Clothes

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You paid a thousand bucks for that laptop — do you really want to put it in your bag with your sweaty gym clothes or muddy shoes? The folks at Aer think it's a bad idea too, so they made a fancy new bag called the Duffel Pack designed with your active digital lifestyle in mind. The Duffel Pack has a nice padded compartment for your laptop and spots for your phone or e-reader on the sides, and a roomy main section for everything else. But there's also a special pocket on the bottom that's ventilated and sealed off from the rest — just the right size for your running shoes, gym socks, wet swim trunks, or anything else you'd rather keep separate.

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Carry handles on the top and side let it act as a duffel as well — hence the name — and the whole thing is water resistant. Sounds great, right? The catch is that it costs $150, a price that may send potential buyers running to Eddie Bauer or REI instead. If you think it's worth the bills, though, you can pre-order the Duffel Pack at Aer's website — it should ship in March.

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