I'm looking for something that will duel both as a excellent outdoor backpack as well as something that can lug around my obnoxious 17" laptop (Dell XPS). I've checked out most major brands: Dakine, Deuter, Patagonia, Black Diamond, Arcteryx, Osprey
The Black Diamond Outlaw Avalung seems pretty appealing with the added perk of the avalung (which I do not own).
I've also checked out the Dakine Vault (more street savvy than tech) and the Osprey Flap Jack. I really like the Osprey Metron and its features but it may be a tad on the smaller side.
If anyone has a functional backpack as I've breifly described above, point it my way!