I’m Brad, a product manager on the Ting team.
I’m pretty into this whole ‘minimal’ thing. My phone home screen (Nexus 5x) is a study in serenity. The contents of my bag may not seem super minimal but if you take minimal to mean carrying just the things you need and use and that bring value to your life, I’m covered. Still, my bag clearly doesn’t adhere to the standard as set by /r/minimalism on reddit which, as best I can tell, is defined as a picture of a single tree or a flat terrain on a cloudy day.
That intro wasn’t very minimal. Onward!
I researched the heck out of backpacks before deciding on this one from The North Face. I commute everyday which involves a bike ride, a train ride, and walk to work. I wanted something comfortable, waterproof, and of course, minimal. It has a layflat zipper in the backpack which is great for keeping your laptop from moving around, it also has a bigger storage area, a front pocket for smaller items, and a smaller pocket on top which can only be opened when the bag is off your back (good for things like wallets, cash, keys, etc…).