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entatlrg
Nov 4, 2010, 01:32 AM
Carry too much for a thin sleeve and not enough for a big messenger bag or backpack.

Looking for a small messenger bag or smaller backpack/daypack to hold the following:

MBA
Adapter
iPad in Apple case
5 x 8" notebook, (thick)
1 or 2 thin file folders
wallet
phone
keys

That's about it. It's hard to find something that size. Must be man'ly looking too.



rubberwheels
Nov 4, 2010, 01:44 AM
I just got one of these:
http://us.topman.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33059&storeId=13051&productId=2020923&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=207589&parent_categoryId=207587&sort_field=Relevance&pageSize=20

mac&cheesey
Nov 4, 2010, 02:00 AM
How about Roots? They have some great leather bag options...

The Small School Bag in tribe leather
http://canada.roots.com/SmallSchoolBagTribeLeather/Mensbags/Schoolbags//18030122,default,pd.html?cgid=leatherLaptopBags&selectedColor=2402

The Raiders Satchel in tribe leather
http://canada.roots.com/RaidersSatchelTribeLeather/MensMediumLeatherBags//18050255,default,pd.html?cgid=leatherLaptopBags&selectedColor=2402

or the Raiders Bag in tribe leather (I have this one and love it)
http://canada.roots.com/RaidersBagInVintageTribeLeather/leatherBags//18050164,default,pd.html?cgid=leatherLaptopBags&selectedColor=2402

Great bags. Very stylish yet still masculine. I get compliments on mine all the time. Pricey but worth it.

Usual disclaimer; I'm not affiliated with Roots in any way, other than loving lots of their stuff. :)

m&c

entatlrg
Nov 4, 2010, 09:48 AM
Thanks very much for taking the time to post the links. I like Roots stuff too.

How much can you fit into your Raiders bag?

MrMacNasty
Nov 4, 2010, 09:48 AM
I carry mine around in a black Camelback Mule NV hydration backpack. It has a separate compartment apart from the hydration compartment which will hold the MBA or if you don't need a hydration pack, you can take it out and the compartment for the hydration pack will also hold the MBA which gives you a second free compartment to hold some other stuff.

I find that it makes a great small backpack and I leave the hydration pack out most of the time unless I need it for something. It is available in the more deluxe NV model or the regular Cameback Mule is even cheaper and would work just as well for this purpose. This pack is currently on sale at many places online to clear the way for 2011 models.

http://www.rei.com/search?query=camelback+mule+hydration&button.x=0&button.y=0

mac jones
Nov 4, 2010, 10:18 AM
How about Roots? They have some great leather bag options...

The Small School Bag in tribe leather
http://canada.roots.com/SmallSchoolBagTribeLeather/Mensbags/Schoolbags//18030122,default,pd.html?cgid=leatherLaptopBags&selectedColor=2402

The Raiders Satchel in tribe leather
http://canada.roots.com/RaidersSatchelTribeLeather/MensMediumLeatherBags//18050255,default,pd.html?cgid=leatherLaptopBags&selectedColor=2402

or the Raiders Bag in tribe leather (I have this one and love it)
http://canada.roots.com/RaidersBagInVintageTribeLeather/leatherBags//18050164,default,pd.html?cgid=leatherLaptopBags&selectedColor=2402

Great bags. Very stylish yet still masculine. I get compliments on mine all the time. Pricey but worth it.

Usual disclaimer; I'm not affiliated with Roots in any way, other than loving lots of their stuff. :)

m&c

Yes masculine. But it's a women's bust modeling it :D

mac&cheesey
Nov 4, 2010, 10:23 AM
Thanks very much for taking the time to post the links. I like Roots stuff too.

How much can you fit into your Raiders bag?

I can actually fit a fair bit of stuff in there. I often carry my 13" unibody aluminum MB (no case on it, just an InvisibleShield), iPhone4, Blackberry, wallet, keys, iPod Touch and headphones (earbuds). At times I change out the MacBook for my iPad and a Kindle. The 13" MB does feel a bit heavy in there but the bag swallows my wife's 13" MBA effortlessly. (My new 13" MBA is on it's way from China so it will lighten the load a bit. I can't wait until it gets here.) While I don't often carry the MB and the iPad together I can and I have. An Air (either size) and an iPad, along with the other stuff I mentioned wouldn't be a problem.

The buckles on the Raiders Satchel are pretty cool... They look like normal buckles but they actually have strong magnets under the buckle which attach to the bag. So the buckles are actually just for show; the magnets keep the straps locked down on the body of the bag.

Another Roots bag that may interest you, that I'm currently looking at picking up, is the Milano Bag in tribe leather.
http://canada.roots.com/NewMilanoBaginTribeLeather/leatherBags//18050118,default,pd.html?cgid=leatherLaptopBags&selectedColor=2402
It has a few external pockets to handle the charger cables, etc. It's a few more bucks but looks very nice and also versatile. I haven't been able to actually see one in person yet though as the Roots stores I've checked haven't had it in store.

Honestly, as long as any of these fit your needs size-wise, I don't think you can go wrong. They're good looking, well-made bags. Like I said before, I have no complaints with mine.

Oh, I will mention one other company... www.saddlebackleather.com
Expensive bags too but they have a 100 year warranty and look like they're built so that he never has to honour that warranty. Also, in reading the site, the guy who makes them seems pretty cool. If you like dogs at all check out the area on his site where he talks about his dog Blue. I don't have any of his stuff so I can't speak to it personally, other than going through his site quite a bit.

Good luck. Keep us posted with what you go with!
m&c

Spacekatgal
Nov 4, 2010, 10:24 AM
Yes masculine. But it's a women's bust modeling it :D

Except that somehow it's not.

I'd never heard of this company, but those are gorgeous bags. Thanks for the share! I'm really thinking of splurging on this now, except that the dedicated Vaya case for the MBA is also $300. It seems like it's more fitted and lighter.

Bri

mac&cheesey
Nov 4, 2010, 10:32 AM
Yes masculine. But it's a women's bust modeling it :D

Not that it's a big deal but I checked the photos and didn't see breasts on the mannequins modelling any of the bags I mentioned; they looked to me like male figures. Plus, I got to the bags under the Men's Laptops & Messengers area of the Roots site.

If I'm wrong, oh well... :rolleyes:

Later,
m&c

rkahl
Nov 4, 2010, 10:45 AM
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=kenneth+cole+reaction+messenger+bag&hl=en&client=safari&prmd=s&resnum=1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=11699378687778832005&ei=iNTSTOeKB4G0lQfv3MSNDg&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CFIQ8wIwAA#ps-sellers

TheAllStar
Nov 4, 2010, 11:23 AM
For the times I'm not in the mood to use my trusty JanSport backpack, I use a Dakine Station messenger bag; by far the best messenger bag I've ever owned. Not too big, not too small, and for what you've described, it should do what you need it to. It's pretty heavy duty, too.

mac jones
Nov 4, 2010, 11:57 AM
Not that it's a big deal but I checked the photos and didn't see breasts on the mannequins modelling any of the bags I mentioned; they looked to me like male figures. Plus, I got to the bags under the Men's Laptops & Messengers area of the Roots site.

If I'm wrong, oh well... :rolleyes:

Later,
m&c

Oh yes i'm wrong ooops :o.

Didn't notice the boobs (or lack of them)

I must be slipping seriously.

coelacanth
Nov 4, 2010, 12:05 PM
I just got Timbuk2 Eula for the 11" Air. It's perfect size for the Air plus a sleeve.

Here is my quick review with a couple of photos.

http://blog.suguru.net/2010/11/yet-another-timbuk2-eula-tote-custom.html

Loonytik
Nov 4, 2010, 01:19 PM
If you're looking at the Roots bags then your price range is fairly wide open for messenger style bags for what you are needing. You have 100's of options if you're willing to spend that much. Very elegant/manly options I might add.

RQPS
Nov 4, 2010, 01:30 PM
Check out Fossil's messenger or city bags.

http://www.fossil.com/en_US/shop/men/bags.html?parent_category_rn=30001&departmentCategoryId=30001&Ns=p_msc2%7C0%7C%7Cp_weight%7C0&N=0

rkb
Nov 4, 2010, 01:46 PM
I'm loving my Israeli paratrooper's bag, it has three dividers in the main part with a smaller snap pocket piggy backed that holds the power cables. There is no exposed hardware that will scratch the MBA while it's in the pack.

-shalom
http://i657.photobucket.com/albums/uu299/rkb-exp/photo-177.jpg
http://i657.photobucket.com/albums/uu299/rkb-exp/photo-178.jpg

kory108
Nov 4, 2010, 04:13 PM
I like the look of the Muzetto bag from SFbags.com (http://www.sfbags.com/products/muzetto/muzetto.htm). It's $219 for the 11" version.

http://www.sfbags.com/products/muzetto/images/muzetto_large_inside_md.jpg

durangotang
Nov 4, 2010, 04:40 PM
I thought I would chime in here quickly. I have a nice leather tote bag - almost the exact size of the raiders case shown above - but why carry around another 2.5 lbs of case?

I think the whole point of the air is the slimness, weight, battery and ultimately the portability. So what did I order to carry my 13" ultimate MBA? Well, I ordered this:

http://www.toffee.com.au/products/toffee-case

It weighs .55 lbs, it appears to be a luxurious leather, and it seems rigid enough to protect the air in case of a mild drop. I haven't seen it yet, but I'll post my thoughts when it arrives.

I simply don't want to carry anything else around with me except my wallet, keys, ipod/iphone and this baby. I plan to have a power adapter at work, and an additional one at home and for the times in between - well that's what a 7 hour battery is for.

Total weight: 3.45 lbs.

Cheers :)

ingramLee
Nov 4, 2010, 05:44 PM
Just a ?... why are you carrying around your iPad AND your MBA? That is a very valuable pack youd be carrying around...

mac jones
Nov 4, 2010, 05:55 PM
I thought I would chime in here quickly. I have a nice leather tote bag - almost the exact size of the raiders case shown above - but why carry around another 2.5 lbs of case?

I think the whole point of the air is the slimness, weight, battery and ultimately the portability. So what did I order to carry my 13" ultimate MBA? Well, I ordered this:

http://www.toffee.com.au/products/toffee-case

It weighs .55 lbs, it appears to be a luxurious leather, and it seems rigid enough to protect the air in case of a mild drop. I haven't seen it yet, but I'll post my thoughts when it arrives.

I simply don't want to carry anything else around with me except my wallet, keys, ipod/iphone and this baby. I plan to have a power adapter at work, and an additional one at home and for the times in between - well that's what a 7 hour battery is for.

Total weight: 3.45 lbs.

Cheers :)

Doesn't fit.

I have the exact same one. Bought it from them. It fit the last Air but for some inexplicable reason it doesn't fit this 13"

I have it stuffed with magazines to see If I can stretch it a bit, but so for no-go.

I don't get it as the dimensions appear to be the same. But i think it's the curvature that's different.

So the lesson is : custom, tight fitting cases, need to be redone for this rev.

Note: Toffee cases are excellent, so maybe another one of theirs will work.

(actually, I should be more specific. It will fit inside, except it's so tight that you can't get it out. I had to spend some effort to get mine out, and for a while I thought I might damage the Air by gripping it too hard . The last rev B was a tight fit but nothing like this.)

durangotang
Nov 4, 2010, 06:36 PM
Doesn't fit.


If it doesn't fit, you must acquit.

Seriously though, you just bummed me out. Before I ordered it, I googled the exact specs of the previous generation macbook air (.16 -.76 x 12.8 x 8.94) and compared them to the new generation macbook air (.11 -.68 x 12.8 x 8.94) and figured that it would be a pretty good fit. :mad: Hopefully I can return it ... to Australia.

entatlrg
Nov 4, 2010, 06:37 PM
Agreed, I prefer leather but don't want a heavy leather bag, that would defeat the purpose/benefit of the Air.

I do like Roots messenger bags but I wish they had a little grab handle sewn in so when it's not on your shoulder you have a way to carry it. I wish the Muzetto bags had a handle too.

Timbuk2 messenger bags come with a handle, or it's a $10 option to add it. Only problem I find with Timbuk2 bags is they're true messenger bags and their shoulder straps are a little shorter.

Price isn't a concern, but getting a (smaller) really functional bag is.

mac jones
Nov 4, 2010, 07:03 PM
If it doesn't fit, you must acquit.

Seriously though, you just bummed me out. Before I ordered it, I googled the exact specs of the previous generation macbook air (.16 -.76 x 12.8 x 8.94) and compared them to the new generation macbook air (.11 -.68 x 12.8 x 8.94) and figured that it would be a pretty good fit. :mad: Hopefully I can return it ... to Australia.

Sorry about that. I really like the case, it's about as good as you can get.

I was surprised. It's possible yours will fit. Wouldn't be the first time I was wrong.
But i wouldn't count on it. Then again, i've seen this sort of thing play out where the cases had variations , so that some people got different fits. Let's hope so for yours.

I would imagine Toffee would be accommodating considering they sell this for the Air.....

wirelessmacuser
Nov 4, 2010, 07:18 PM
Being addicted to both Laptops & good protective bags of all types, I use all different combinations depending on where I'm headed. What's particularly satisfying about my 13" MBA is it's so light I can't even tell it's there ... :)

So far, this replacement for my first defective Air is working well. Yet then again it's only been four hours. It's at times like this I enjoy living just three blocks from the Apple Store. Especially during these times of collapsing quality control. I'm on my fourth iPhone 4, all exchanges for the original. This one seems ok.

Apples beginning to feel like buying from Dell. Perhaps Apple will come to their senses and restore their good name with those of us that know how good they used to be.

KnightWRX
Nov 4, 2010, 07:37 PM
How about the Frida from Cocotte ? Best messenger bag brand there is, period:

http://www.cocotte-equip.com/english/items/frida.html

Intenost
Nov 4, 2010, 10:43 PM
Agreed, I prefer leather but don't want a heavy leather bag, that would defeat the purpose/benefit of the Air.

I do like Roots messenger bags but I wish they had a little grab handle sewn in so when it's not on your shoulder you have a way to carry it. I wish the Muzetto bags had a handle too.

Timbuk2 messenger bags come with a handle, or it's a $10 option to add it. Only problem I find with Timbuk2 bags is they're true messenger bags and their shoulder straps are a little shorter.

Price isn't a concern, but getting a (smaller) really functional bag is.

I just picked up this leather Tumi bag at the Tumi store in Rockefeller Center, NYC. I was using just a sleeve and needed a bag. So far I really like it, it fits the Air (I have 11.6" but should be fine with 13 also), notebook, iPad, chargers, earbuds, etc and even fits into the center compartment of my RedOxx Air Boss for one bag travel.

http://www.tumi.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4210134&prodFindSrc=paramNav

Good luck with your search.

-Ost

timeslip
Nov 4, 2010, 11:17 PM
It looks like Booq has finally updated their website with sleeves for the 11" MBA. The hardcase is pretty slick!!

http://www.booqbags.com/laptop-backpacks-laptop-bags/13-inch-macbook-air-bags/Viper-11-macbook-air-case

http://www.booqbags.com/laptop-backpacks-laptop-bags/13-inch-macbook-air-bags/Taipan-skin-11-black-red-macbook-air-sleeve

Kenrik
Nov 4, 2010, 11:31 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rt=nc&nma=true&item=250715369833&si=il0RES1Uc2h19VidCKWuKnDLpjY%253D&viewitem=&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWNX%3AIT#ht_4390wt_1141

I got this one... Good deal for a super nice bag. They have more just check their store.

http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/7/1/9/3/8/3/webimg/181383418_o.jpg

mac&cheesey
Nov 4, 2010, 11:32 PM
Agreed, I prefer leather but don't want a heavy leather bag, that would defeat the purpose/benefit of the Air.

I do like Roots messenger bags but I wish they had a little grab handle sewn in so when it's not on your shoulder you have a way to carry it. I wish the Muzetto bags had a handle too.

Timbuk2 messenger bags come with a handle, or it's a $10 option to add it. Only problem I find with Timbuk2 bags is they're true messenger bags and their shoulder straps are a little shorter.

Price isn't a concern, but getting a (smaller) really functional bag is.

The small school messenger bag I noted above has just such a handle and is, I think, the smallest of the bags I pointed out.

m&c

nicoritschel
Nov 5, 2010, 12:08 AM
I just got Timbuk2 Eula for the 11" Air. It's perfect size for the Air plus a sleeve.

Here is my quick review with a couple of photos.

http://blog.suguru.net/2010/11/yet-another-timbuk2-eula-tote-custom.html

That looks awesome, dude. Will they build a bag with some of the in-store options if you call? I want the matching side panels and non-black trim. Ahhh looks so nice

teski
Nov 5, 2010, 12:22 AM
I like the look of the Muzetto bag from SFbags.com (http://www.sfbags.com/products/muzetto/muzetto.htm). It's $219 for the 11" version.

http://www.sfbags.com/products/muzetto/images/muzetto_large_inside_md.jpg

The Muzetto's do rock...I have the one for the iPad and it's nothing short of first class in materials and manufacturing.

chelidon
Nov 8, 2010, 02:01 PM
I bought this one:

http://www.marware.com/products/MacBookAir/Sportfolio-Deluxe-Black-for-Macbook-Air

...which was fine for a low-cost minimalist bag that is still useful (handle and shoulder strap, room for a few things in addition to the laptop), but when I need to carry a bit more, I have become totally sold on the Lapdog laptop case -- an unusual design, but it's small, fits my MBA well, has pockets for everything I need, and does a nice job as a portable desk any place I can find a chair to sit in when I'm on the road:

http://www.geek.com/hwswrev/hardware/laptop/lapdog/index.htm

(old review, but has good pics, etc) I got an incredible deal on Yugster.com a while back, so I would imagine you could find a good deal somewhere.

It's not a typical bag, and after trying a lot of bags, this is the one I ended up with and keep using.


[EDIT: not 100% sure this is the same model, but if it is, this is a TOTAL steal: http://www.amazon.com/Shaun-Jackson-Design-Lapdog-Laptop/dp/B002XJ8NZU ]

PBG4 Dude
Nov 8, 2010, 02:12 PM
I got the Mac-Case Flight Jacket to bring my iPad & MBA 13" around (I write my own iSoftware so I needed to carry both with me).

The site seems to be down at the moment, here is the URL of the case I bought: www.mac-case.com/Leather%20Site/MacCasePLJackets.html

rkb
Nov 8, 2010, 03:00 PM
I went from my Israeli paratrooper's bag to the Patagonia Half Mass bag in a funky orange- very cool
http://i657.photobucket.com/albums/uu299/rkb-exp/photo-179.jpg

Korbin
Nov 8, 2010, 03:02 PM
I really like the look of these bags, not bad for a company that makes bicycle saddles.

I don't like the price though!

http://www.brooksengland.com/en/Shop_ProductPage.aspx?cat=bags+-+cycle+bags+%26+accoutrements&prod=BARBICAN+Shoulder+Bag

Bleh5
Nov 8, 2010, 03:25 PM
Just picked up one of these:

Ben Sherman Canvas Commuter
http://www.ebags.com/product/ben-sherman/canvas-commuter/146698?productid=10008350
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2786/4490985543_aed518658f.jpg

Just able to close the flap with a 13" MBA.

Truffy
Nov 8, 2010, 03:46 PM
The buckles on the Raiders Satchel are pretty cool... They look like normal buckles but they actually have strong magnets under the buckle which attach to the bag. So the buckles are actually just for show; the magnets keep the straps locked down on the body of the bag.
Rats! They almost had a sale, but I really hate fake stuff. Buckles should be for function, not show. Anything else is just wrong.

kamui
Nov 8, 2010, 04:29 PM
I really like the STM messenger bags. I used to have the large 15" one for my 15" MacBook Pro for work and it worked great. It even has foam padding around the sleeve for the laptop so you don't even need to buy a sleeve.

They also make a 13" Alley Small bag (http://www.stmbags.com/catalog/macbook-bag-13-inch/alley-small-laptop-shoulder-bag/) which I bought in brown/orange for my 2007 13" MacBook and I'm now using it for my MacBook Air. It's small and compact, but fits the Air perfectly along with the charger, a mouse, etc.

http://a1472.g.akamaitech.net/f/1472/124/36h/img.ebags.com/is/image/im6/99766_1_1?&op_sharpen=1&op_usm=1,1,1&qlt=80&hei=280&wid=280

http://static.stmbags.com/media/productExtra/alley-small01_full.jpg

Walmart (http://www.walmart.com/ip/STM-Bags-Small-Alley-Messenger-Bag-up-to-14-quot/12361157) has it for ~39.99 and it can be found at other places online for about the same.

Romulus
Nov 8, 2010, 05:34 PM
I've ordered the Manhattan Portage Europa in medium size... The 13.5x9.5x3-7 expandable size should provide for versatile use, and it is only 16oz... No padded compartment, but it has a separate compartment that would be ideal for the MBA with a sleeve... will review once I get it (couple days)...

http://ak.buy.com/PI/0/500/201359744.jpghttp://ak.buy.com/PI/2/500/201359744.jpg

tigres
Nov 8, 2010, 05:58 PM
Look at this bad boy...

http://www.orbino.com/store/index.php?cPath=30_123_140osCsid=undefined

I kind of like it.

Or this

http://www.orbino.com/store/index.php?cPath=30_128

w00tini
Nov 8, 2010, 06:14 PM
Look at this bad boy...

http://www.orbino.com/store/index.php?cPath=30_123_140osCsid=undefined

I kind of like it.

Or this

http://www.orbino.com/store/index.php?cPath=30_128
they're using flash. I can't see it on my iPhone.

tigres
Nov 8, 2010, 06:17 PM
they're using flash. I can't see it on my iPhone.

Here you are"

entatlrg
Nov 13, 2010, 01:14 PM
The ideal bag for me is horizontal rather than vertical - easier to get in and out of and to find items.

Room for the MBA and iPad plus peripherals is ideal.

A lot of bags are too small/sleeve like in size or too big, very hard to find something in between, lightweight with just enough room for carrying daily essentials.

dsriley
Nov 22, 2010, 03:31 AM
I have just seen this and not used it but it is interesting in that it can be converted into a backpack.

http://www.tumi.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4210004&prodFindSrc=paramNav

David

barrettj
Nov 23, 2010, 07:47 PM
Anyone have any good backpack style recommendations?

My ideal bag would have the following features:
Fits 13 inch Macbook Air and iPad (preferably in separate, padded sections as generally don't use an iPad case). I develop for the iPad using the MBA so fitting both is a requirement.
Is reasonably comfortable, light, yet still has some padding as I would like to be wearing this backpack while biking to work.
A third storage compartment to contain a lunch.
If the bag could actually fulfill all these requirements well I'd be willing to spend a decent chunk of change (it'd still be cheaper than gas :P).

hcho3
Nov 23, 2010, 08:08 PM
I cannot believe how many god damn bags I have already looked at for my iPad and MBA. But, I decided to get muzetto bag. This is one of the best bag available in the market.


It's little pricey, but So is my MBA.

Getting red color!

teski
Nov 23, 2010, 08:17 PM
I cannot believe how many god damn bags I have already looked at for my iPad and MBA. But, I decided to get muzetto bag. This is one of the best bag available in the market.


It's little pricey, but So is my MBA.

Getting red color!

You won't regret it!

Ironworker808
Nov 23, 2010, 08:20 PM
http://www.saddlebackleather.com/130-briefcase-category

The best in the world. IMHO.

hcho3
Nov 23, 2010, 08:21 PM
You won't regret it!

Sounds like you already have one.
Let me ask few questions please...

1. Do you have Sleeves on your laptops as well? In other words, do I have to invest Macbook air Sleeve and Muzetto bag? Will it protect it fine without sleeves?

2. What color do you have? I am really open to any colors except white and that one looks awful to me with brown color.

hcho3
Nov 23, 2010, 08:22 PM
http://www.saddlebackleather.com/130-briefcase-category

The best in the world. IMHO.

For that price, it better protect from water.

hcho3
Nov 23, 2010, 08:23 PM
The ideal bag for me is horizontal rather than vertical - easier to get in and out of and to find items.

Room for the MBA and iPad plus peripherals is ideal.

A lot of bags are too small/sleeve like in size or too big, very hard to find something in between, lightweight with just enough room for carrying daily essentials.

Same problem here. Looked at many bags.

I prefer both vertical and horizontal.

andyd409
Nov 24, 2010, 01:40 PM
I looked around for a bag for quite awhile. I decided on a bag from sfbags. At first I was thinking about the medium Cargo Mambo Combo, but the more I looked and read the more I thought that *for me* the Cozmo would be better because of the opening in the top and no flap. I really liked the leather on the flap on the Cargo, but the Cozmo just seemed more practical.

In the end I ordered the Cozmo Mambo Combo (the bag, a sleeve and a utility bag). I carry a little more than the OP, but the medium size looked just about right for me.

Andy

nrweaver
Nov 24, 2010, 02:10 PM
I have been using one of these packs from osprey

http://www.ospreypacks.com/Packs/ReSourceSeriesRecycledMaterials

here are a whole list several different sizes to choose from, very comfortable and good prices.

T4R06
Nov 24, 2010, 02:56 PM
Look at this bad boy...

http://www.orbino.com/store/index.php?cPath=30_123_140osCsid=undefined

I kind of like it.

Or this

http://www.orbino.com/store/index.php?cPath=30_128

starting at $529 and $375 :eek:

tldizard
Nov 24, 2010, 03:51 PM
I have been using my Tom Bihn bag for over a year.
http://www.tombihn.com/Merchant2/images/rmain.jpg
http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/300/TB0223

Wang Foolio
Nov 24, 2010, 04:02 PM
The SF Muzetto bags look absolutely gorgeous. The pine trim really caught me eye, and the worn leather done right is always a nice effect. The slightest scratch/scuff on your bag won't make you break down in tears. I read a couple reviews today and they are just about pushing me over the edge for getting an MBA. So I'm a sucker for accessories, leave me alone :D

Seriously though, the Muzetto seems to be a great case. The photos/reviews/videos all show things like putting an MBA/iPad, bluetooth keyboard, AC adaptors, wallets, iPhone, etc. all in there where it's all easily accessible. Back pouch as well with room for magazines or whatever you want quick access to.

<edit> I think the Muzetto has 2.5" of internal capacity, of which you'd be using probably 1.5" between an MBA and iPad in thin cases. Should still easily fit a scribbler unless it's a real monster. </edit>

The difficult question remains ... 11.6 or 13 :D I seem to change my mind every day.

entatlrg
Feb 19, 2011, 09:49 PM
Giving this thread a bump.

Post some photo's of the bag or backpack you use for your MacBook Air!

Psilocybin
Feb 19, 2011, 10:13 PM
heres what i use

fits the ipad, macbook air 13" and all cables

also fits my macbook if i need to bring that instead

CatKingK
Feb 19, 2011, 10:13 PM
Just order the SF Muzetto 13" bag a week ago but no stock until March. The good of this bag is also good as a day bag even not carrying the MBA.

Looking forward for it shipped for my MBA 13". I am now using a incase sleeve.

topmounter
Feb 19, 2011, 11:32 PM
I have been using my Tom Bihn bag for over a year.
http://www.tombihn.com/Merchant2/images/rmain.jpg
http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/300/TB0223


I just got one of those... it's an amazing bag. I'm surprised how much stuff I can fit in it.

Psilocybin
Feb 19, 2011, 11:47 PM
I just got one of those... it's an amazing bag. I'm surprised how much stuff I can fit in it.

120 bucks? Damn I spent 50 on messenger bag and 20 on the macvelope. I can fit everything I need in it including mouse and keyboard, cables, iPad, my passport hard drive, DVD drive

How much can you fit in that?

firewood
Feb 20, 2011, 12:02 AM
How much can you fit in that?

I didn't want to fit in a lot. I wanted the smallest bag with padding to protect my MBA 11, plus a room for a notepad, cables, charger, sunglasses case, and maybe one book. One of the main reasons I got an MBA 11 was so I could travel light.

Psilocybin
Feb 20, 2011, 12:46 AM
I didn't want to fit in a lot. I wanted the smallest bag with padding to protect my MBA 11, plus a room for a notepad, cables, charger, sunglasses case, and maybe one book. One of the main reasons I got an MBA 11 was so I could travel light.

Same. I just dont put everything in my bag. MBA cables pen and paper is all I need usually. O ya and iPad can't forget

entatlrg
Feb 20, 2011, 01:39 AM
Can't get used to shoulder bags ... backpacks seem more manly and easier to organize and carry if you find the right one.

Here's what I'm using right now, it's fairly small in size, my 11" Air and iPad don't get lost in it.

topmounter
Feb 20, 2011, 01:46 AM
120 bucks? Damn I spent 50 on messenger bag and 20 on the macvelope. I can fit everything I need in it including mouse and keyboard, cables, iPad, my passport hard drive, DVD drive

How much can you fit in that?

Everything I fit in my Tumi bag, except of course the 15" MBP, but at a fourth the cost. I'd say the Ristretto is more cleverly designed than the Tumi and just as well built.

entatlrg
Aug 30, 2011, 08:24 AM
Ristretto is nice but it's hard to find stuff in the pockets, that's the problem with vertical bags - too deep and narrow.

Horizontal bags always seem so much more functional, a messenger bag with a backpack strap would be perfect, best of both worlds. Only one I know of is the eagle creek world traveler, but it's a little big maybe?

ElCidRo
Feb 26, 2012, 02:43 AM
Can't get used to shoulder bags ... backpacks seem more manly and easier to organize and carry if you find the right one.

Here's what I'm using right now, it's fairly small in size, my 11" Air and iPad don't get lost in it.

lol :) 'cuz that backpack looks really masculine :rolleyes: are you sure it's a men backpack?

entatlrg
Feb 26, 2012, 12:36 PM
lol :) 'cuz that backpack looks really masculine :rolleyes: are you sure it's a men backpack?

If you've got nothing nice to say .... ****

Using a Tom Bihn backpack now, bought the black, it's a keeper, functional, look's great, made in North America.

http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0110

ElCidRo
Feb 27, 2012, 02:27 AM
I just found it really funny and ironic :) :D
Tom Bihn's stuff is really awesome!

I'm having trouble deciding between Tom Bihn and Timbuk2 right now.

prvt.donut
Feb 27, 2012, 04:15 AM
My wife uses a Louis Vuitton Handbag.

I must admit, it is perfect for an 11" MBA!

But at over $2000, not really the most affordable solution.:rolleyes:

The Smyrk
Feb 27, 2012, 09:07 PM
this is what I use for uni:
http://www.nixonnow.com/softgoods/mens/bags/field-backpack-C1577.html
Doesn't hold much but that's the point. Forces me to keep only what I need, and my back thanks me.

glen e
Feb 27, 2012, 10:13 PM
I love timbuk2 and sfbags.com..I just ordered this bag today as it's a new design that is really well thought out - watch the video...

http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/products/command-laptop-messenger-2012

lmg74
Feb 28, 2012, 09:22 AM
I love my Tom Bihn bags. I previously had a Timbuk2 and although I liked the style I didn't like the Velcro.

falterego
Feb 28, 2012, 01:15 PM
I'm using the Booq Taipan Shadow bag. I got the one sized for the 15" MBP (http://www.booqbags.com/All-Products/Taipan/Taipan-shadow-M-black-red-laptop-messenger-bag) because it leaves a little more room for my 13" MBP, iPad and cables. Once I started using it for the 13" MBA I realized I have a bit more space than I need, even with the Speck sleeve on the MBA.