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Backpacks with seats available for urban adventurer

Sometimes you just want to sit down, right where you are. But in the middle of the woods or in a crowd at a subway station, finding a place to sit can be a problem. Two New York-area companies have an answer _ backpacks with seats. And for those who already have a seat waiting in an office, another company offers a carryall made of a backpack-like fabric that offers a casual yet polished look.

Three of four backpacks made by L.A. Sack of Manhattan offer fold-out seats that are padded and made of lightweight tubular steel. The seats are detachable.

The company's basic backpack with seat, called Carry/Tarry, is $44.95 and comes in black, navy, red, camouflage, purple and yellow.

The company also offers two backpack-seat combinations for use by photographers and tennis players and another that includes a raincoat.

The Photo/Pack Seat has a padded module to protect cameras and an adjustable compartment inside to store heavy but fragile equipment like camcorders and laptop computers.

The backpack sells for $49.95 and is available in navy, brown, purple, red and black.

For tennis lovers, L.A. Sack designed the Tennis Pack/Seat. In addition to space for a tennis racket, there are compartments for tennis ball containers, a water bottle and a change of clothes or towels.

It is $44.95 and comes is in a multicolor version and in a black and tan combination.

The company's Rain Pack has no seat but includes a concealed, non-detachable, full-length hooded raincoat. When not in use, the coat zips into a pocket.

The bag is $39.95, comes in bright red and orange and in sizes small, medium and large.

All of the backpacks are made of waterproof tear-proof nylon. The detachable seats can hold up to 200 pounds.

L.A. Sack's backpacks are available in local sporting goods and department stores. For more information call the company at (212) 477-4300. Overview Ltd. of Wood-Ridge, N.J., also offers an outdoor multipurpose carryall with a nondetachable, collapsible seat. The bag is made of waterproof nylon.

The seat, which is on top of the bag, folds flat when not in use and holds up to 300 pounds. The bag comes in olive green, is $24.95 and is sold through Overview Ltd.: (201) 438-9069. Manhattan Portage's casual carryall comes in several models that range from $55 to $95. The shoulder bags are made of nylon and are lightweight, waterproof and tear proof.

Each style is available in teal, gray, navy, red and black. The bags are sold in luggage and specialty stores in Manhattan. Manhattan Portage: (212) 594-7068.

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