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October 16, 2007

How Much Does Your Bag Weigh?

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How much does your bag weigh?

Photo Credit: Jeff Harris

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With the new hardware trend, and bags bigger than ever, you may be lugging more than is healthy. Experts say the ideal bag weighs two pounds total (they're dreaming!), and the upper limit is no more than 10 percent of your body weight — for instance, a maximum of 13 pounds if you weigh 130 pounds. We did a weigh-in with three of the season's hot bags.

How close to the cutoff are you?
(from top)
$1198, Coach; (888) 262-6224
BAG ALONE: 4.45 lbs
WHAT CAN YOU CARRY?
1. Wallet, 0.65
2. iPhone, 0.30
3. MacBook, 5.10
4. Makeup bag, 0.90
5. Planner, 1.10
6. Keys, 0.25
TOTAL WEIGHT: 12.75

$450, Cole Haan; (800) 201-8001.
BAG ALONE: 3.03 lbs
WHAT CAN YOU CARRY? 1. Wallet, 0.65
2. iPhone, 0.30
3. MacBook, 5.10
4. Makeup bag, 0.90
5. Planner, 1.10
6. Keys, 0.25
7. Bottled water, 1.15
TOTAL WEIGHT: 12.48

$89, United Colors of Benetton; (800) 535-4491 for stores.
BAG ALONE: 1.20 lbs
WHAT CAN YOU CARRY? 1. Wallet, 0.65
2. iPhone, 0.30
3. MacBook, 5.10
4. Makeup bag, 0.90
5. Planner, 1.10
6. Keys, 0.25
7. Bottled water, 1.15
8. Sunglasses, 0.35
9. The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold
10. Latest MC issue
TOTAL WEIGHT: 13.70


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