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Sic
Nov 14, 2005, 04:38 AM
new PB should be arriving this week (15" 1.67 2GB 100GB 7200rpm etc) and im looking for some inspiration for a bag to carry it in. i've already ordered a foofbag (www.foofbag.com) for it, but i want a messenger bag or something to put it in. i've currently got a Crumpler Wonder Weenie, and am looking for something of a similar shape, just with a laptop compartment so there's no risk of my USB HD attacking my PB.

anyway, if you'd be so kind as to post your bag, that'd be very kind. and if you want to be extra kind, some pictures of it in action would be lovely as well...i'd ideally like to be able to fit a DSLR in there as well :D

anyways, thanks very much for your time :)



DSign
Nov 14, 2005, 04:59 AM
D*mn I just love Crumpler and their anti thief system! (they placed the zipper behind the carrying straps so nobody can open your bag when it is on your back):)

dragula53
Nov 14, 2005, 05:01 AM
Brenthaven bags are awesome.

Jay42
Nov 14, 2005, 05:21 AM
I actually got a Timbuktu Commute messenger bag for free, but I have not replaced it because I like it so much. Its very comfortable on a bike or just walking around and it has tons of pockets and storage for everything you might need. It probably couldn't hold a bunch of textbooks at once, but certainly at least as big as any regular laptop bag. The top flap is vinyl (I think) lined so this bag is very water resistant. I wouldn't dunk it in a pool with your PowerBook inside, but if it was raining, I don't see how any water would get inside. I thought it was going to provide only decent protection because it is a "generic" laptop bag, but the sleeve seems to be custom sized for the 15" pb! (size lg). The sleeve is fleece lined to prevent scratches, and it is well padded. It has a velcro strap that goes over the top of the sleeve to prevent any movement of the machine while you're moving around. My only (and small) gripe is that the velcro patches on the flap are very strong, and were kind of annoying to pull open all the time. This was easily fixed by a couple of velcro patches from the hardware store, and now I just use the buckles to close the bag. Its an extremely well made bag with a lot of good features, plus it comes in any color you like.

Bern
Nov 14, 2005, 06:18 AM
IMO you can't go past a Crumpler Wack-O-Phone (http://www.crumpler.com.au/cartIndex.php?prodId=137&prodType=Bag&optId=5&catId=5) They're Original 1000d fabric; waterproof ripstop lining, thick protective padding; removable and adjustable padded shoulder strap with 3rd leg stabiliser; internal zip pockets; external loop for pouch attachment; Quick Flick (tm) buckle & adjustable laptop sleeve.

I love my Crumpler :)

inlimbo
Nov 14, 2005, 07:09 AM
I use a STM Medium Loft
Link to review c my signature.

Dagless
Nov 14, 2005, 07:25 AM
always with the crumpler :) I have a wee bee (named my iPod mini after it too) and love it to smithereens. its just nice and orange. cant recommend Crumpler enough.

Sic
Nov 14, 2005, 07:29 AM
yeah, i love my crumpler too...it just doesnt have a laptop compartment so i'd like to find one with a laptop section. it's a tough decision because there's nowhere around here that does crumpler, so i have to just buy it and hopefully it'll be what i'm after. where do you all buy crumpler from in the UK?

tobefirst
Nov 14, 2005, 07:36 AM
I use my hands to carry my Powerbook. That's it. No bag. No sleeve. Then again, the 'book is 5 years old and wasn't in the greatest condition when I got it a couple months ago. I really like the idea, though, of not surrounding this beautiful thing in a bag.

However, if I had a new one, I'm sure I would feel differently. Check the forum for the bag/sleeve sticky thread. Plenty of great suggestions in there. Personally, I would go for the Booq Vyper (http://www.booqbags.com/Detail.bok?no=96). I wouldn't want the bag to hold anything more than my 'book, and it has to look Bad Ass...the Vyper satisfies these requirements.

crdean1
Nov 14, 2005, 07:37 AM
I posted some reviews of my bag in this thread. Love the Crumpler Considerable embarrassment. It is a little tight on the pb at first, but after a week or so it fits perfect.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=144104&highlight=Reviews

Applespider
Nov 14, 2005, 07:51 AM
where do you all buy crumpler from in the UK?

Apple Store has some. Selfridges do them too. I'm sure I've seen them on Cancom's site too.

I've bought camera cases from these guys before too. Bristol Cameras (http://www.bristolcameras.co.uk/page343.htm)

jaduffy108
Nov 14, 2005, 08:40 AM
new PB should be arriving this week (15" 1.67 2GB 100GB 7200rpm etc) and im looking for some inspiration for a bag to carry it in. i've already ordered a foofbag (www.foofbag.com) for it, but i want a messenger bag or something to put it in. i've currently got a Crumpler Wonder Weenie, and am looking for something of a similar shape, just with a laptop compartment so there's no risk of my USB HD attacking my PB.

anyway, if you'd be so kind as to post your bag, that'd be very kind. and if you want to be extra kind, some pictures of it in action would be lovely as well...i'd ideally like to be able to fit a DSLR in there as well :D

anyways, thanks very much for your time :)

>>>Brenthaven for best quality, etc. STM is a great choice too...plus they have more "style". I use a Brenthaven 17....Good luck

Koodauw
Nov 14, 2005, 10:00 AM
I have the Crumpler Moderate Embarassement, basically the 12'' version of crdean1's bag. I think it is great. You can check out pictures in the same thread.

Peterkro
Nov 14, 2005, 10:06 AM
I have a Brenthaven 17 and have used it everyday for 18 months,thats everything not just to tote the PB around,shopping,tools and equipment,camping et al and it still looks brand new.

bodeh6
Nov 14, 2005, 10:27 AM
I am using the Samsonite L35 case. It is really nice and have enough space for my laptop, iPod, cables, papers, disks, etc.

adk
Nov 14, 2005, 10:38 AM
Not the exact one I have, but similar: http://www.booqbags.com/Detail.bok?no=363


very nice backpack.

wPod
Nov 14, 2005, 10:55 AM
I am a HUGE fan of Timbuk2 (www.timbuk2.com) They make tremendously TOUGH messenger bags. I have had one since my freshman year in college (im now in my 5ht year!!!) And it is still practically new (except the velcro shows small signs of being used for the past 4 years) The coolest thing is you can go on their website and design your own bag, what colors you want etc. A great bag and and great company I would highly recommend. They also make good computer bags, but if you already have a foofbag sleeve then you should be set with that.

raddsigns
Nov 14, 2005, 11:16 AM
Another vote for Brenthaven here - i have one for my 12" Powerbook, and my wife has one for her iBook, and I have a buddy who has one for his iBook. They hold up incredibly well - and if anything ever does go wrong, they have a lifetime warranty. I am able to haul everything I need for a portable workstation in mine including mouse, external drive, all chargers, iPod, etc.

http://www.brenthaven.com/store/flash/flash.html

wako
Nov 14, 2005, 11:16 AM
I'm not a fan of messenger bags so I got a backback instead...


Oakley Icon 2.0 (http://oakley.com/o/o1258d)


I LOVE it. ALOT of pockets you can stick stuff into and VERY spacious


I can fit 2 textbooks 2 1.5 inch binders and 3 spirals :) Oh and of course my laptop :D

trudd
Nov 14, 2005, 11:34 AM
I'm a fan of the Incase Sling Pack. It's very streamline and great for urban settings.

http://www.goincase.com/2004/prod_laptop/prod_lt_slingpk.php

I do believe they're available in both the online and physical Apple Stores.

YunusEmre
Nov 14, 2005, 01:14 PM
Samsonite XT780 Leather Notebook Case

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00009YUPQ/103-7435226-9463863?v=glance&n=172282&s=electronics&v=glance

kensuf
Nov 14, 2005, 01:27 PM
I use a MacCase proctective sleeve and messenger bag.

You can find them here (http://www.mac-case.com/index.htm).

discoforce
Nov 14, 2005, 03:05 PM
Love my Timbuk2 for my 15" PB.

Here's a review with several good interior pictures of the Commute (laptop bag).

http://techory.com/blog/review-of-my-new-timbuk2-commute-bag/

spencecb
Nov 14, 2005, 03:22 PM
My boyfriend bought my a TUMI bag, and it is awesome.

http://www.tumi.com/tumi_collections/t_tech_urban_gear/category_search/vesey_computer_messenger_bag/product_detail/index.cfm?modelid=11929

Mine is in black, however. It has plenty of storage, and I use it for school everyday, even when not transporting my PowerBook.

ic1
Nov 14, 2005, 04:02 PM
Although the OP said he was interested in a messenger bag, I will put my 2 cents in for a Brenthaven backpack. Like another poster, I use it not only for my 15" PB but also, with the computer sleeve removed, it is a very handy general purpose backpack and I have used it that way many times. It's now almost 18 months old, has been in about a dozen countries and still looks like new. One of the best things about it is that it doesn't shout, "Laptop inside, please steal!", which is a drawback with some of the gimmick bags earlier posters have touted.

Having said that, my recommendation is qualified. Back in my ThinkPad days I had a Tumi which would carry everything, including my BJC-80 and all associated cables and power supplies and still have room for books and papers. Once, I had to shift stuff to my check-in luggage before BA would let me on a flight - I think the bag weighed around 15 kilos or something equally ridiculous. Still have the BJC-80 and it will go in the Brenthaven but it doesn't have the nice compartments that the Tumi had. Don't think Tumi makes that model any more.

Lacero
Nov 14, 2005, 04:04 PM
I use an Incase slim carrybag, with just enough room for the power adaptor and some supplies. I was looking for the most portable, lightweight protective case for my PowerBook. I'm happy with it as I don't require anything bulkier.

dblissmn
Nov 14, 2005, 05:14 PM
Waterfield Cargo Bag by SFBags.com

I got the large, which has a semi hard shell around it and healthy side pockets big enough for a few books on the outside of the shell underneath the flap on one side with a magazine/notepad slot on the outside on the other side of the bag (the laptop side, which on this bag goes in toward your body), and a neoprene sleeve for the computer itself which sits inside the appropriate slot in the bag. Advantage is versatility -- computer, some books, a notepad, PDA, cell phone, cables, power adapter, business cards; in short everything a grad student could need for work. Also it is very well made; no fussy stuff, just heavy duty Cordura. And it does not look remotely like any kind of computer bag. Eccentric is one way of describing it.

Disadvantage is weight; the bag alone weighs over four pounds. Also, it is not the most forgiving bag in the world because of the shell.

spencecb
Nov 14, 2005, 05:26 PM
Although the OP said he was interested in a messenger bag, I will put my 2 cents in for a Brenthaven backpack. Like another poster, I use it not only for my 15" PB but also, with the computer sleeve removed, it is a very handy general purpose backpack and I have used it that way many times. It's now almost 18 months old, has been in about a dozen countries and still looks like new. One of the best things about it is that it doesn't shout, "Laptop inside, please steal!", which is a drawback with some of the gimmick bags earlier posters have touted.

Having said that, my recommendation is qualified. Back in my ThinkPad days I had a Tumi which would carry everything, including my BJC-80 and all associated cables and power supplies and still have room for books and papers. Once, I had to shift stuff to my check-in luggage before BA would let me on a flight - I think the bag weighed around 15 kilos or something equally ridiculous. Still have the BJC-80 and it will go in the Brenthaven but it doesn't have the nice compartments that the Tumi had. Don't think Tumi makes that model any more.

Just my two cents on the Brenthaven backpack...I don't like it because it is just too bulky, and doesn't really seem to carry a whole lot. I used this one for a couple of years before I got my Tumi. The Tumi fits the 15" PowerBook perfectly.

oldskool
Nov 14, 2005, 05:26 PM
www.tombihn.com

ID bag. Optional Brain Case (I didn't get it, but I think I will) provides excellent protection for a 15" PB. Bag is not too big, and very well made. Only problem is stuff can fall out if bag is inverted. Otherwise it's a great model for one-handed use.

Clix Pix
Nov 14, 2005, 06:46 PM
I posted some reviews of my bag in this thread. Love the Crumpler Considerable embarrassment. It is a little tight on the pb at first, but after a week or so it fits perfect.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=144104&highlight=Reviews

I sure wish I'd seen that thread before I ordered my Crumpler! I wound up being very frustrated with the very tight fit of the CE bag, and I still haven't gotten it loosened up enough yet to take out in public, as I don't want to be seen fighting with the bag when getting my PB in or out of it. Aside from that, though, I really do like the Crumpler bags, which are well-made and don't scream "expensive laptop inside!"

OTB

crdean1
Nov 14, 2005, 06:51 PM
yeah, it still takes a little work, but I do like the snug fit, at least I know it isn't going any where. I only wish they included a sleeve or pocket on outside of the bag (front or back).
CRD

radiantm3
Nov 14, 2005, 06:54 PM
My boyfriend bought my a TUMI bag, and it is awesome.

http://www.tumi.com/tumi_collections/t_tech_urban_gear/category_search/vesey_computer_messenger_bag/product_detail/index.cfm?modelid=11929

Mine is in black, however. It has plenty of storage, and I use it for school everyday, even when not transporting my PowerBook.

I second Tumi. They are like the Apple of bags. :cool:

I have this tumi bag (http://www.tumi.com/backpacks_messengers/flow/category_search/large_capacity_expandable_messenger_bag/product_detail/index.cfm?modelid=41681) in black and it's rugged, has a lifetime warranty, and looks amazing. I use one of the booq sleeves and my 15" powerbook fits snugly into the laptop compartment. Has plenty of room for other things as well.

neocell
Nov 14, 2005, 07:19 PM
I use a 12" Brenthaven and like others love it. There isn't tonnes of extra space with it, but the super tight fit is awesome as I routinely jog to work with it and I don't want my PB bouncing around. Pricey, but when you get it for free you don't have to worry about that. Great bag

DavidFDM
Nov 14, 2005, 07:21 PM
My PowerBook is in a RadTech sleeve inside a Targus "Chicago" backpack. I would really like a roomy aluminum briefcase for going to see clients where the backpack is seen as too casual.

Here's a link for the backpack:

http://www.targus.com/us/product_details.asp?sku=TCG650

mizzi
Nov 14, 2005, 08:23 PM
http://www.mac-case.com/4400/Messleeve2.jpg

and i love it!

Clix Pix
Nov 14, 2005, 09:19 PM
yeah, it still takes a little work, but I do like the snug fit, at least I know it isn't going any where. I only wish they included a sleeve or pocket on outside of the bag (front or back).
CRD


Me, too! It would have been so handy to have a pocket on the outside in which to tuck things....

OTB

native00
Nov 14, 2005, 09:33 PM
I just cant justify paying $200 - $400 for a backpack or bag. I bought a Targus backpack from Best Buy for Like $70 or $80 and Ive had no complaints for the 1.5 years since owning my 15" PB.

Its sturdy, its waterproof, and it doesn't scream, "Hey! There's an expensive computer in here!"

Word.

mjstew33
Nov 14, 2005, 09:47 PM
I use a Targus case. Nothing special, does the job. I recommend the brand. :)

Kirbdog
Nov 14, 2005, 10:03 PM
I keep it low tech. I put my Powerbook in a neoprene laptop sleeve (offers nice amount of padding) and then fire in in my 5 year old Burton AK backpack with my books. This pack was designed for carrying a snowboard and a days worth of survival gear in the backcountry, it has no trouble rollin' around campus with some books and a little laptop.

Shai-Nadir
Nov 15, 2005, 12:36 AM
If you are looking for a sleeve that has a handle, then here is the perfect case. I purchased the same one off of ebay and it fits my powerbook to a t. Its made in Japan and the quality is excellent.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Apple-Powerbook-G4-15-inches-inner-case-Black-G415BK_W0QQitemZ6820256839QQcategoryZ31521QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

generik
Nov 15, 2005, 12:37 AM
foofbag http://foofbag.com/

bthom70
Nov 15, 2005, 04:57 PM
I just ordered a Booq Vyper M sleeve from Amazon.com
I did much deliberation and had considered several others.
I intend to jsut throw the Vyper in my regular Jansport backpack with books.
Only think I wish the Vyper had was a simple handle. only complaint so far

achie25
Nov 15, 2005, 05:59 PM
Waterfield Cargo Bag by SFBags.com

I got the large, which has a semi hard shell around it and healthy side pockets big enough for a few books on the outside of the shell underneath the flap on one side with a magazine/notepad slot on the outside on the other side of the bag (the laptop side, which on this bag goes in toward your body), and a neoprene sleeve for the computer itself which sits inside the appropriate slot in the bag. Advantage is versatility -- computer, some books, a notepad, PDA, cell phone, cables, power adapter, business cards; in short everything a grad student could need for work. Also it is very well made; no fussy stuff, just heavy duty Cordura. And it does not look remotely like any kind of computer bag. Eccentric is one way of describing it.

Disadvantage is weight; the bag alone weighs over four pounds. Also, it is not the most forgiving bag in the world because of the shell.

good review. I've been thinking about these bags and I am still on the fence.
thanks