With Christmas around the corner (and the continued rush for belated Hanukkah gifts), here's my take on the very best pick for your friend or family member always lugging around a cumbersome laptop shoulder bag. (If they're like me, they rarely leave home without it). The North Face Surge is the coolest pack I've tried. I no longer have a sore shoulder walking to work or a power cord bulging awkwardly out a side pocket not meant to accommodate it. Instead, frequent walks through airport security are a breeze and the balanced pressure across my back makes me forget I have it on at all. On top of that, there are so many storage compartments, everything you need for a quick trip fits nicely inside, while the pack itself remains sleek. I have the asphalt grey/diamond blue version but it comes in four colors for women and five for men. In short, it may look like just another daypack, but The North Face Surge has changed my life by making travel a bit easier. It's a great gift for anyone who depends on their laptop as much as I do.