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I made this 20-pocket laptop bag, and I'm giving it away

This customized carryall has just about everything I want in a laptop bag. And you can win it for yourself.

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What makes a good laptop bag?

For me, it's one with:

  • A padded sleeve to protect your electronics from impact
  • Lots of pockets to organize cables and cords
  • An ergonomic carrying method so you don't warp or strain your shoulders and back when hauling your gear around

And if if I can pick my own colors and materials, that's even better.

To that end, a number of companies let you design your own custom bags, like Chrome, Rickshaw Bags and Timbuk2. I went to Timbuk2's San Francisco factory to

see how a bag I designed online turned into something I can sling over my shoulder.

Make that your shoulder. Because you can win it! Visit CNET Crave on Friday, February 12 for a chance to win the classic messenger bag I designed (US residents only).

Check out the slideshow and video above for the bag-building step-by-step.