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shuffles
Feb 3, 2008, 08:56 AM
Im looking for a backpack for a macbook air. Does anyone know of any cool ones??

Im looking for something like this Oakley one. Oakley dont seem to deliver to Ireland though.

http://oakley.com/images/catalog/generated/380x340/dd/4669e7c447947.jpg

Does anyone know of any cool bags?

Cheers,

Shuffles.



marykay9507
Feb 3, 2008, 09:16 AM
Are you sure a backpack is the way to go? Don't you want something with a little more cushioning?

shuffles
Feb 3, 2008, 09:22 AM
My mate has a backpack like that n it comes with a laptop sleeve as well n a compartment specially for the laptop itself....only problem is he got in New York!!! Do u know of any bags at all that look kinda like that for laptops???

Shuffles

nuclearwinter
Feb 3, 2008, 09:39 AM
I bought this (http://www.thenorthface.com/opencms/opencms/tnf/gear.jsp?site=NA&model=AE5T) (in black) pack from the North Face for my 17". The main compartment works well for larger notebooks, but there is a special notebook only compartment that will fit the Air perfectly. It has lots of padding too for great protection. Build quality is fantastic (as always with North Face). Lots of pockets for accessories too.

neiltc13
Feb 3, 2008, 10:30 AM
Be careful. MacBook Air's thinness will act against it when choosing a carrying case such as a backpack because often they will be designed for much thicker notebooks.

I found this when I went from an iBook G4 to a MacBook. The compartment which fitted my 14" iBook isn't so snug with my MacBook. I think you'd need a specifically made one for MacBook Air otherwise you're completely defeating the purpose of having a notebook backpack.

shuffles
Feb 3, 2008, 12:10 PM
Be careful. MacBook Air's thinness will act against it when choosing a carrying case such as a backpack because often they will be designed for much thicker notebooks.

I found this when I went from an iBook G4 to a MacBook. The compartment which fitted my 14" iBook isn't so snug with my MacBook. I think you'd need a specifically made one for MacBook Air otherwise you're completely defeating the purpose of having a notebook backpack.

Do u know if any specially made bags are out yet for the Air??

southcounty949
Feb 3, 2008, 12:12 PM
I bought this (http://www.thenorthface.com/opencms/opencms/tnf/gear.jsp?site=NA&model=AE5T) (in black) pack from the North Face for my 17". The main compartment works well for larger notebooks, but there is a special notebook only compartment that will fit the Air perfectly. It has lots of padding too for great protection. Build quality is fantastic (as always with North Face). Lots of pockets for accessories too.

I love North Face. A lot of my gear is North Face so I know the quality. Do you think though, that the MBA will be "snug" in the laptop compartment? Regardless, I'm going to get a sleeve for my MBA, once I get one.

shuffles
Feb 3, 2008, 12:21 PM
I love North Face. A lot of my gear is North Face so I know the quality. Do you think though, that the MBA will be "snug" in the laptop compartment? Regardless, I'm going to get a sleeve for my MBA, once I get one.

SouthCounty,

Know of any good sleeves for the Air as well?

Hansii
Feb 3, 2008, 04:22 PM
Know of any good sleeves for the Air as well?
I am also on the lookout for a good sleeve, the one I use right now for my 12" Acer would look really bad next to the MBA, I am thinking about getting the Manilla envelope sleeve, http://www.manilamac.com/

nuclearwinter
Feb 3, 2008, 04:26 PM
I plan on using my North Face Surge bag for my MBA (that is, if it ever arrives). It should fit quite nicely in the notebook compartment.

I usually end up getting a neoprene sleeve too, for those times where I have to travel with a different bag.

MacTheSpoon
Feb 3, 2008, 04:46 PM
Seems that a lot of people are getting Waterfield sleeves for their MBAs. They look nice, but are pricy.

http://www.sfbags.com/products/sleevecases/sleevecases.htm

With a sleeve, you can throw your laptop into any backpack and it will be protected.

smagdy
Feb 3, 2008, 04:55 PM
One of the best looking sleeves i've seen so far (I checked all MBA sleeves)

http://www.booqbags.com/s.nl/it.A/id.65/.f?sc=13&category=-113

I wanna get one myself, but here is the small problem..

they say it fits the MBA and the MB, both got same length & width but not same height.. so i think there will be some empty space above it, wont be tight fit!

Or what do u think?

MacTheSpoon
Feb 3, 2008, 04:58 PM
Also, if you like expensive leather, Vaja is working on an MBA sleeve/bags.

http://www.vajacases.com/images/notebook/apple/macbookair/form_en.html

CaptainCaveMann
Feb 3, 2008, 05:30 PM
I use the Dakine Campus. It has a pocket for your laptop and it works great. Really sturdy backpack, though I do with it had water proof zippers.

shuffles
Feb 3, 2008, 07:49 PM
I plan on using my North Face Surge bag for my MBA (that is, if it ever arrives). It should fit quite nicely in the notebook compartment.

I usually end up getting a neoprene sleeve too, for those times where I have to travel with a different bag.

Im thinkin gof getting the Surge too. Was looking at it earlier but ive one question about it....how big is the bag? im trying to picture it in my head. I hope its more like a normal backpack n not a rucksack or somethin that big

Eric Lewis
Feb 3, 2008, 07:51 PM
100/11bucks

http://www.shoplet.com/office/db/WEVCOR90.html

MiamiCANE11
Mar 20, 2008, 01:10 PM
Anyone get the North Face Surge who has the macbook air? How is it working out for you and can you post pictures, :)

Also, how about the oakley flak?

Mikebuzzsaw
Mar 20, 2008, 01:32 PM
http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/products/backpacks/hemp-hacker


THe best.

fredrickyoon
Mar 21, 2008, 08:44 PM
Have the full invisible shield on my Air, in its ManilaMac case, and floating around daily in my Brenthaven shoulder bag. Perfect protection at its highest, and living in the New York City area, and commuting to Manhattan on a daily basis.

BWhaler
Mar 22, 2008, 01:49 AM
http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/products/backpacks/hemp-hacker


THe best.

I have the regular Hacker. I agree these are outstanding backpacks.

http://www.timbuk2.com/tb2/products/backpacks/hacker

SFStateStudent
Mar 22, 2008, 02:06 AM
with my MBA going in a backpack. From experience, I've noticed that placing my MBA in a backpack with 3-4 textbooks puts undue pressure on my MBA. I had the same problem with my MB, and noticed minute scratches on the screen that lined up with the spacebar, and also "the impression of two rows of keys and the spacebar" on my now smudged screen. To prevent this I decided to go with a Higher Ground "LapTrap" 13" backpack (also comes with a shoulder strap) that is specifically designed to house my MBA or BlackBook, by itself and maybe the magsafe charger, my iPhone cable, the cord for MBA/BlackBook, and that's about it. I'm taking every possible precaution to ensure that I'm not going to scratch my screen! IMHO! :cool:

heyadol
Mar 22, 2008, 08:37 AM
I really like the STM Evolution (http://www.radtech.us/Products/Backpacks/Evolution.aspx), when i went to grab the link I saw a new item advertised for the MBA called Rogue:
http://www.radtech.us/Products/Backpacks/Rogue.aspx
Looks interesting...

NC MacGuy
Mar 22, 2008, 10:45 AM
with my MBA going in a backpack. From experience, I've noticed that placing my MBA in a backpack with 3-4 textbooks puts undue pressure on my MBA. I had the same problem with my MB, and noticed minute scratches on the screen that lined up with the spacebar, and also "the impression of two rows of keys and the spacebar" on my now smudged screen. To prevent this I decided to go with a Higher Ground "LapTrap" 13" backpack (also comes with a shoulder strap) that is specifically designed to house my MBA or BlackBook, by itself and maybe the magsafe charger, my iPhone cable, the cord for MBA/BlackBook, and that's about it. I'm taking every possible precaution to ensure that I'm not going to scratch my screen! IMHO! :cool:

I've gone to using that fancy black Apple cloth they so generously provided laid across trackpad, spacebar and middle keys to prevent just that.

SFStateStudent
Mar 22, 2008, 11:25 AM
I've gone to using that fancy black Apple cloth they so generously provided laid across trackpad, spacebar and middle keys to prevent just that.

as well. Thanks. :cool:

MiamiCANE11
Mar 29, 2008, 06:40 PM
any new ideas? something padded!

naftalim
Apr 27, 2008, 02:02 AM
Got my Macbook Air today and bought this backpack for it

http://us.kensington.com/html/4727.html

It has a nice internal sleeve for the Air

dibara2003
Apr 27, 2008, 02:30 AM
i have the timbuk2 underground. i use it to carry my air and books at school. the computer compartment fits it perfectly.

(((k)))
Apr 27, 2008, 03:12 PM
http://www.nixonnow.com/softgoods/mens/bags/

I use the Nixon Precinct and can't say enough good things about it. Not specifically for the Air but has space for a sleeve in the laptop compartment.

netdog
Apr 27, 2008, 04:44 PM
I've got a Recon II from The North Face. Use it to bike to school. Works out very well for me. Not very big, but it holds a great deal, is sturdy, comfortable. Highly recommended.

teejaysplace
Mar 6, 2009, 01:14 AM
I got a Brain Cell by Tom Bihn (www.tombihn.com) to carry my MBP. Even though my backpack has a laptop pocket, I cram all sorts of books and things in there and I wanted to give it an extra layer of protection. The greatest things about the braincells are that they are sort of a "soft hard case". They're pretty sturdy, but it's not quite like toting around a pelican case. They also have specific sizes for a variety of notebooks and my Early 2008 MBP fit in it's case perfectly snugly. I don't know offhand if they make one for the MBA, but they have a sizing guide and I'm sure their customer reps would be happy to help you out - likely they've gotten that question before anyway. If so, I'd recommend going that route and just getting whatever backpack you want to stick it into.

Grimwall
Mar 6, 2009, 04:51 AM
I have the previous version of Crumpler's "The Belly" (http://www.crumpler.eu/?product=The_Bellys&page=details&product_line=959), which has a removable internal compartment for the laptop. It fits my alu mbp pretty tightly so it would not be very loose for the mba, and it is an extremely comfy backpack.

May I also suggest the whole Crumpler pouch range (http://www.crumpler.eu/?category=Laptop_Pouches&page=products&category=12), I have a Gimp and I'm extremely satisfied with it. Durable and stylish...