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drumma022
Apr 29, 2010, 06:53 PM
After trying to find an XS version of the "Jack Bauer Bag" or Classic Messenger Bag, I took a trip to the nearest Army Navy Surplus store. I browsed through their bag section I considered the following:

I first looked at 'Fox' messenger bag but it was a HAIR too small without any protection/structure to the canvas bag. Not bad for under $30.
https://www.foxoutdoor.com/ItemDetails.aspx?cid=4&ccid=31&cscid=273
https://www.foxoutdoor.com/item_images/4207.jpg

I was then almost sold on the Rothco M-51 Engineer Bag. The bag had 2 spots where the iPad could fit, document sleeve, side pocket for the cell phone, and a TON of interior pockets. In fact, the sheer amount of interior pockets actually turned me off since I would likely forget which pocket i put stuff in. I would have gotten this bag for all of my toys/tools but I was looking for something a bit smaller. $30
http://www.armynavyusa.com/gc/customer/product.php?productid=1389
http://www.armynavyusa.com/gc/files/Rothco_Images/8112_M-51_ENGINEERS_BAG_450_xl.jpg

THEN I came across this guy. The OD color wasn't my first choice, but it was the only color they had in stock and I am an impulse buyer. My iPad fits great with plenty of room and is actually protected on the backside of the pocket which actually gives the bag some structure. This allows for me to pop open the bag and slide the iPad right on in. The best part - it was only $15!! (and can be bought online for $8.39 + shipping)
http://www.armynavyusa.com/gc/customer/product.php?productid=1615&search=global_search
http://www.armynavyusa.com/gc/files/Rothco_Images/5796_Olive_Drab_Canvas_Map_Case_Shoulder_Bag_450_xl.jpg

I took a few pics of my naked iPad in the bag. I plan to use the Case when the Apple store restocks them.



mlomeli
Apr 29, 2010, 07:07 PM
Quick question...

I'm a youth pastor and need a bag for iPad + Bible. Do you think that front pocket would be big enough? Can't tell from the pic. It looks like it would, but better safe to at least ask.

Thanks

drumma022
Apr 29, 2010, 07:23 PM
Plenty of room! I checked with a copy of The World Is Flat and although it didn't even open the bag up to its full capacity, I personally wouldn't put much more in there.

mlomeli
Apr 29, 2010, 07:27 PM
Awesome, thanks! Army/Navy real close by to my house. May need to stop there later tonight or on lunch break tomorrow.

8CoreWhore
Apr 29, 2010, 09:39 PM
Quick question...

I'm a youth pastor and need a bag for iPad + Bible. Do you think that front pocket would be big enough? Can't tell from the pic. It looks like it would, but better safe to at least ask.

Thanks

Just put a bible app on the ipad. :)

Fanatik7
Apr 29, 2010, 09:43 PM
Nice bag. I too was looking for a cheap messenger vertical bag and found this bag on ebay. Wasn't as cheap as yours but was $50 including shipping. It's a Kenneth Cole Reaction On The Go Small Day Bag. I wanted the bag to be as small as possible yet fit at least my charger and homemade stand. It only measures 8x11x4 so it will be a tight fit but fingers crossed when it arrives.


http://kcp.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pKCP-6904781v275.jpg

Daremo
Apr 30, 2010, 01:39 AM
Keep this in mind if you plan on buying any military style bag to travel with... Make sure it's BRAND NEW and not a used bag. If you're using a used military bag going through the airport, there is always that chance of explosive residue on the bag when they swipe check. TRUST me. My cousin works for TSA and I hear the stories. haha You're world will be made miserable trying to travel if you swipe positive.

Advil
Apr 30, 2010, 02:41 AM
Just put a bible app on the ipad. :)

what he said!

nightfly13
Apr 30, 2010, 05:34 AM
The ESV (Bible) app was free when I got it, but the search function is pretty weak. I do get to verses/passages faster than most people flipping through. Best Bible app is the Olive Tree software, but spendy.

vvrinne
Apr 30, 2010, 06:00 AM
Memorable quotes from The Hangover :)

Phil Wenneck: You're not really wearing that are you?
Alan Garner: Wearing what?
Phil Wenneck: The man purse. You actually gonna wear that or are you just ****in' with me?
Alan Garner: It's where I keep all my things. Get a lot of compliments on this. Plus it's not a purse, it's called a satchel. Indiana Jones wears one.
Phil Wenneck: So does Joy Behar.

drumma022
Apr 30, 2010, 01:49 PM
Keep this in mind if you plan on buying any military style bag to travel with... Make sure it's BRAND NEW and not a used bag. If you're using a used military bag going through the airport, there is always that chance of explosive residue on the bag when they swipe check. TRUST me. My cousin works for TSA and I hear the stories. haha You're world will be made miserable trying to travel if you swipe positive.

Thanks for the heads up!

If you go to the Army/Navy branded store, most all of their stuff is new in the bag, with the exception of the stuff they sell out of the cheap bins.

JayMysterio
May 2, 2010, 07:54 PM
Excellent call!! I stopped by mine today and picked up a black map case. It goes for $12.98, and I found one on a half price table! :eek: An IPad bag for less than $10, I can roll with that until I see something else I like.

I really like the board backing, which makes the case sturdy against your body. Feels like a little protection while it's in there. With the two pocket inside, I can put my IPad & keyboard in seperate compartments, and a magazine or two.

It was so cheap I did also get the Fox Messenger bag which they had for $17. It has only one main pocket, but plenty of other pockets for anything else, including two sides and a back pocket. So for a combined total of less than $30 with tax, have a little selection of IPad bags to use.

I highly recommend on following up on this thread!

Chip NoVaMac
May 2, 2010, 07:58 PM
Just put a bible app on the ipad. :)

I was thinking the same thing LOL

kernkraft
May 2, 2010, 08:00 PM
iPad and the Bible in a US military bag - sounds...

interesting.

skullnbones
Jul 11, 2010, 07:10 AM
Just ordered the US Amy map bag in black canvas from ebay, for less than AUD$30 posted to Australia.

Sweet.

klio
Jul 11, 2010, 10:32 AM
Great suggestion. I have a stack of WW2 map case bags (leftover from a convention for... don't even ask) and now I have motivation to dig them out of storage.

Tobster3
Jul 14, 2010, 01:46 AM
http://static.stmbags.com/media/product/dp-0966-1_full.jpg

http://www.stmbags.com/catalog/ipad-bags/scout-extra-small-laptop-shoulder-bag/

Just ordered this bag - Looks great and not bad at $50 especially with Lifetime Warranty. :)

wrkactjob
Jul 14, 2010, 09:44 AM
If I decided to join the army would I get this bag for free?

This could be a deal maker.

Icewind
Jul 14, 2010, 10:49 AM
If I decided to join the army would I get this bag for free?

This could be a deal maker.

Too expensive.... UK Army = Free IKEA bag

devilzboy
Aug 11, 2010, 11:10 AM
great post of the ipad bags - drumma022

I own the Rothco M-51 Engineer Bag and it is way too big for the ipad. You would want a smaller type bag that isnt as bulky. Whats great about these bags, is you would never thing they would be holding an ipad in them.

I found a black version of one of them below for $10 without shipping.

http://www.armyuniverse.com/black-canvas-map-case-military-shoulder-bag-p-1088.html

I saw you liked the bag, but they only offered it in olive drab.

norrismantooth
Nov 29, 2010, 12:50 PM
I've ordered the Rothco MapCase hoping it will fit my iPad (in the Otterbox Defender) and the bluetooth keyboard, in addition to some other items.

To those that own this bag, do you feel it supports your items and iPad well? There is no interior padding. How do you like it?
:apple:

xraytech
Nov 29, 2010, 01:59 PM
Quick question...

I'm a youth pastor and need a bag for iPad + Bible. Do you think that front pocket would be big enough? Can't tell from the pic. It looks like it would, but better safe to at least ask.

Thanks

My hardcover copy of Richard Dawkins, "The GOD Delusion" fit perfectly in mine. Your Bible should fit also. ;-)

norrismantooth
Dec 4, 2010, 10:06 PM
My map case arrived. It's decent, and the iPad w/Otterbox Defender case fits great. Also carrying a spiral notebook and a textbook (when going to class), and there's extra room. Great purchase. 5 stars.

dts2000
Dec 7, 2010, 02:52 AM
I own the M-51 Engineer Bag.
It's alot better to carry around town, but i did notice it was getting alittle heavy
with my tech tools (screw drivers and pliers) and my paddie. The material makes the bag feel heavy imo.
I also have the Ben Sherman Accessories Canvas Commuter Bag and love it!
the weight and compartments are perfect, but my girlfriend has commented it's a little on the man purse side.:)

zmagen
Dec 21, 2010, 05:44 AM
I'm not sure if these are called messenger bags, satchel bags, or what, but here's my latest ipad bag (http://www.bunnyfashion.com/cheekychiangmai.php)

RadicalxEdward
Mar 8, 2011, 10:43 AM
I loved the idea of going the army bag route. Way better looking than those fat coat looking bags everyone seems to be getting. More durable too.

Unfortunately even though there's tons of great bags out there that are cheap, I end up liking the expensive one (though it's still cheaper than lots of ipad bags from the US)

http://www.sovietarmystuff.com/Product_234_Russian_Army_Officer_Uniform_Leather_Documents_Map_Bag_||_Case.html

It's the "Russian Army Officer Uniform Leather Documents Map Bag / Case"
dimensions are: (22 x 30 cm) so the ipad 2 *should* fit without a ton of wasted space (fingers crossed) shipping was expensive but it comes straight from the Ukraine. And come on, how many awesome soviet russia jokes will it inspire?

I think it looks fantastic too! Total cost (bag plus shipping) was a bit under $one-apple-smart-cover


http://www.sovietarmystuff.com/images/products/200612201339180.mapbag1.jpg
http://www.sovietarmystuff.com/images/products/200612201339180.mapbag4.jpg
http://www.sovietarmystuff.com/images/products/200612201339180.mapbag2.jpg
http://www.sovietarmystuff.com/images/products/200612201339180.mapbag3.jpg
http://www.sovietarmystuff.com/images/products/200612201339180.mapbag5.jpg

agentmikeyd
Jul 6, 2011, 06:44 AM
Does the ipad2 fit into the bag? How do u line it??

Thanks





I loved the idea of going the army bag route. Way better looking than those fat coat looking bags everyone seems to be getting. More durable too.

Unfortunately even though there's tons of great bags out there that are cheap, I end up liking the expensive one (though it's still cheaper than lots of ipad bags from the US)

http://www.sovietarmystuff.com/Product_234_Russian_Army_Officer_Uniform_Leather_Documents_Map_Bag_||_Case.html

It's the "Russian Army Officer Uniform Leather Documents Map Bag / Case"
dimensions are: (22 x 30 cm) so the ipad 2 *should* fit without a ton of wasted space (fingers crossed) shipping was expensive but it comes straight from the Ukraine. And come on, how many awesome soviet russia jokes will it inspire?

I think it looks fantastic too! Total cost (bag plus shipping) was a bit under $one-apple-smart-cover


Image (http://www.sovietarmystuff.com/images/products/200612201339180.mapbag1.jpg)
Image (http://www.sovietarmystuff.com/images/products/200612201339180.mapbag4.jpg)
Image (http://www.sovietarmystuff.com/images/products/200612201339180.mapbag2.jpg)
Image (http://www.sovietarmystuff.com/images/products/200612201339180.mapbag3.jpg)
Image (http://www.sovietarmystuff.com/images/products/200612201339180.mapbag5.jpg)

h00ligan
Jul 6, 2011, 03:46 PM
I really like the military bag.. looks like others did too, the price has already gone up.

It would be $23 shipped.. which well.. for a canvas military bag.. pretty sure I can go to the local armynavy and get it for $10-12.. So I may go have a look. I've never been one to pay as much in shipping as the item I buy.

anyway, looks a bit more now than what you posted.. but a good find. I would love to find a bag just like this that can hold a fuji x100 and ipad.. wonder if this will hold the fuji (problem is any pocket won't be padded so I probably need to put the fuji in a case).

Looking around.. it's available on amazon from a reseller for $15 shipped.. fwiw.

agentmikeyd
Jul 6, 2011, 03:55 PM
Please share the amazon link, as I do not find it. Thanks

Digidesign
Jul 6, 2011, 04:02 PM
I own this bag and used it back in '02 while travelling in China. It's a great value, but there are a few things to keep in mind:

1) minimal padding/protection. That's the deal with most bags actually, outside of the camera gear bags with foam inserts.

2) The strap has no padding, is thin and does not have a swivel. For short trips it's no problem, but for extended periods of time with a bit of weight in the bag it will dig into your shoulder.

For the price, these are just nitpicks. If I were craftier I would replace the strap with something more modern, and add padding and some water repellant. I ended up just getting the Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack (http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/JUMBO-S-TYPE-VERSIPACK-4p54.htm) so I could carry a whole lot more with me if needed.

h00ligan
Jul 6, 2011, 04:03 PM
http://amzn.to/nID5Tc - there are various options to buy, some ship free with super saver.

The military bag would fit my camera it seems, but the engineer bag would probably work better.. but is over twice the price.

That STM bag looks great once again.. they make what looks like a great product, and once again, overbrand it.

I wonder when people will understand not everyone wants to pay for the right to advertise.. I mean, I get having a logo.. but two and that big.. no thanks. I understand a lot of people don't care about branding.. or think it is irrelevant.. I'll send you all a patch to sew on to your bags advertising my company :p

That's two times I have wanted a stm case and two times I won't buy it due to overbranding.

Givmeabrek
Jul 6, 2011, 08:52 PM
My hardcover copy of Richard Dawkins, "The GOD Delusion" fit perfectly in mine. Your Bible should fit also. ;-)


Excellent! I'll have to check it out. The book that is!! :D

bruinsrme
Jul 6, 2011, 08:55 PM
Memorable quotes from The Hangover :)

Phil Wenneck: You're not really wearing that are you?
Alan Garner: Wearing what?
Phil Wenneck: The man purse. You actually gonna wear that or are you just ****in' with me?
Alan Garner: It's where I keep all my things. Get a lot of compliments on this. Plus it's not a purse, it's called a satchel. Indiana Jones wears one.
Phil Wenneck: So does Joy Behar.

Hey there's skittles in there

h00ligan
Jul 7, 2011, 12:27 AM
Excellent! I'll have to check it out. The book that is!! :D

Pfft. I got it on digital. :)

sexytabitha
Jul 7, 2011, 12:45 AM
did you take the logo off the backs of your iPhone and iPad? Or take all the branding off of you car? Does your company have one? Or maybe if you look hard enough you'll find one in your undies? It's part of life would you pay a $1 for a plain can that didnt have the word coca cola on it if the just left it blank. Would you trust a bank that just had a sign bank on it? Would have bought an iPad if you didn't know it was an Apple iPad? Christ when you go to the grocery store do you just grab the first thing that says beer? Dont think so. Branding is part of life it's everywhere I bet you have Nikes and not Snikes

Go to the fabric store buy you some fabric, and make your own


http://amzn.to/nID5Tc - there are various options to buy, some ship free with super saver.

The military bag would fit my camera it seems, but the engineer bag would probably work better.. but is over twice the price.

That STM bag looks great once again.. they make what looks like a great product, and once again, overbrand it.

I wonder when people will understand not everyone wants to pay for the right to advertise.. I mean, I get having a logo.. but two and that big.. no thanks. I understand a lot of people don't care about branding.. or think it is irrelevant.. I'll send you all a patch to sew on to your bags advertising my company :p

That's two times I have wanted a stm case and two times I won't buy it due to overbranding.

Digidesign
Jul 7, 2011, 01:33 PM
did you take the logo off the backs of your iPhone and iPad? Or take all the branding off of you car? Does your company have one? Or maybe if you look hard enough you'll find one in your undies? It's part of life would you pay a $1 for a plain can that didnt have the word coca cola on it if the just left it blank. Would you trust a bank that just had a sign bank on it? Would have bought an iPad if you didn't know it was an Apple iPad? Christ when you go to the grocery store do you just grab the first thing that says beer? Dont think so. Branding is part of life it's everywhere I bet you have Nikes and not Snikes

Go to the fabric store buy you some fabric, and make your own


http://amzn.to/nID5Tc - there are various options to buy, some ship free with super saver.

The military bag would fit my camera it seems, but the engineer bag would probably work better.. but is over twice the price.

That STM bag looks great once again.. they make what looks like a great product, and once again, overbrand it.

I wonder when people will understand not everyone wants to pay for the right to advertise.. I mean, I get having a logo.. but two and that big.. no thanks. I understand a lot of people don't care about branding.. or think it is irrelevant.. I'll send you all a patch to sew on to your bags advertising my company :p

That's two times I have wanted a stm case and two times I won't buy it due to overbranding.

There's a difference between branding and overbranding, which is what he was talking about. But by all means, go ahead and overreact. Just know that it makes you look silly.

bobright
Jul 7, 2011, 04:37 PM
My map case arrived. It's decent, and the iPad w/Otterbox Defender case fits great. Also carrying a spiral notebook and a textbook (when going to class), and there's extra room. Great purchase. 5 stars.

Is it one of these you got, are they the same aside from color? I'm curious it does have a pocket for the iPad right, but does it snap shut or does it just slide in and stay put there? If you can post a couple more flicks that'd be great especially if it's the black one :)

http://www.armyuniverse.com/olive-drab-canvas-map-case-military-shoulder-bag-p-1041.html

http://www.armyuniverse.com/black-canvas-map-case-military-shoulder-bag-p-1088.html

h00ligan
Jul 8, 2011, 02:37 AM
There's a difference between branding and overbranding, which is what he was talking about. But by all means, go ahead and overreact. Just know that it makes you look silly.

Thanks for saving me that exact reply!

agentmikeyd
Jul 8, 2011, 05:49 AM
RadicalXEdward- Does the ipad2 fit into your bag? How do u line it??





QUOTE=RadicalxEdward;12087903]I loved the idea of going the army bag route. Way better looking than those fat coat looking bags everyone seems to be getting. More durable too.

Unfortunately even though there's tons of great bags out there that are cheap, I end up liking the expensive one (though it's still cheaper than lots of ipad bags from the US)

http://www.sovietarmystuff.com/Product_234_Russian_Army_Officer_Uniform_Leather_Documents_Map_Bag_||_Case.html

It's the "Russian Army Officer Uniform Leather Documents Map Bag / Case"
dimensions are: (22 x 30 cm) so the ipad 2 *should* fit without a ton of wasted space (fingers crossed) shipping was expensive but it comes straight from the Ukraine. And come on, how many awesome soviet russia jokes will it inspire?

I think it looks fantastic too! Total cost (bag plus shipping) was a bit under $one-apple-smart-cover


Image (http://www.sovietarmystuff.com/images/products/200612201339180.mapbag1.jpg)
Image (http://www.sovietarmystuff.com/images/products/200612201339180.mapbag4.jpg)
Image (http://www.sovietarmystuff.com/images/products/200612201339180.mapbag2.jpg)
Image (http://www.sovietarmystuff.com/images/products/200612201339180.mapbag3.jpg)
Image (http://www.sovietarmystuff.com/images/products/200612201339180.mapbag5.jpg)[/QUOTE]

h00ligan
Jul 8, 2011, 05:38 PM
I'm starting to think that the small ipad + camera case I am looking for is going to be a military bag re-purposed... this thread is helpful :)

pruppert
Mar 18, 2012, 09:51 PM
I ordered the black version today on Amazon. I'll try to post some pictures when it is delivered. It looks like a really cool bag.

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Canvas-Map-Case-Shoulder/dp/B000BFJE38/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309985693&sr=8-1

pruppert
Mar 25, 2012, 04:50 PM
Gotta say I got the bag and don't really care for it. The strap is too thin, which wouldn't be too bad if that were the only flaw. The major flaw is that the strap attaches to the top of the bag as opposed to the sides. This causes the bag to hang at an odd angle when anything is in it. Good thing it was cheap. I'll be going with a different bag.

iToNe24
Mar 25, 2012, 09:05 PM
Just ordered this bag - Looks great and not bad at $50 especially with Lifetime Warranty. :)

I bought bag from J&R for $39 n it's perfect size. The one issue I have with the black color bag I bought is that it attracts major lint. Right after I clean it, seconds later loaded with lint again. Hate the material it is made from.
STM (http://www.jr.com/stm-bags-llc/pe/BGS_DP09663/)

rsdq
Apr 9, 2012, 01:55 PM
I purchased this last year for a super small iPad bags and it works great.

My iPad just has the smart cover, might not work if you have a bulky cover, works great with smart cover. No really padding, so if you drop it there could be a problem

It won't carry much more than iPad, wallet, phone, keys, sunglasses, paperback, bottle of water. If you want to go small this is a great bag and now on sale, which for REI probably means it is coming out in a new color later in the year

http://www.rei.com/product/830287/rei-boarding-bag-special-buy