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Engadget's summer gear guide 2012: bags & cases

Billy Steele

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In the interest of keeping cool this summer, we've put together a list of the hottest products out right now. From smartphones to e-readers and everything in between, there's no time like the present to re-up that post-spring-cleaning stash. So grab a popsicle or a cold one and dive in -- the water's just right.

Sure, you'll want to snag some new tech candy for your summer mountain expedition or ocean excursion. But once you splurge for that new gadgetry, you'll need something to keep it safe for the duration of your travels. Whether it's a go-to rucksack to carry your mobile workstation or added protection for that shiny, new GoPro camera, we've got you covered. In this portion of the Summer Gear Guide, we'll take a look at the bags and cases that will cradle your valuables -- and perhaps even enhance their utility. Read on to view our seasonal recommendations.

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Timbuk2 Especial Tres Backpack

Engadget's summer gear guide 2012 bags & cases

While it may not have all the individual nooks and crannies to store your cable army, the Timbuk2 Especial Tres should still be a consideration. The bag features a laptop pocket inside its main compartment that is guaranteed to be waterproof -- you know, should you get caught in a sudden, torrential downpour or whatnot. Sporting a roll-down closure for the main section in addition to a waterproof zip, the backpack is a bit expandable for larger loads. Not only that, but the $209 Especial Tres is outfitted with smaller enclaves on both its front and backside for the aforementioned necessities.

Price: $210 at Timbuk2

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Engadget's summer gear guide 2012 bags & cases

GoPro Dive Housing

Looking to take that fancy new GoPro HD Hero 2 on your voyage out into open waters? If so, you may want to throw down an extra $50 on the Dive Housing. Waterproof up to 197 feet (60 meters), the protective accessory boasts a sizeable flat-glass lens that will keep those underwater stills and videos as sharp as possible at whatever resolution you should choose. The kit also includes the requisite mounting hardware and protective lens cap to help you make the most of that diving adventure. If you're heading to the coast, why not take a few submerged shots too?

Price: $50 at GoPro

Engadget's summer gear guide 2012 bags & cases

Chrome Buran Laptop Bag

Are you more of the messenger bag / slingpack type? No worries. The outfit known for its over-the-shoulder bags for bikers (and walkers, too) is looking to help keep your computer safe while en route with the Buran. Featuring a built-in padded and zippered laptop sleeve, this pack can cradle up to a 17-inch MacBook Pro or PC of your choosing. Integrated safety measures are here for night riding and an assortment of pockets will house all of your crucial extras. Also, the outer shell is weatherproof, providing some protection against the elements.

Price: $155 at Chrome

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