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Old Aug 29, 2011, 09:55 PM   #1
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The MacBook Air "Bags, Sleeves & Cases" thread

This thread is for people that are looking for bags or sleeves for their MacBook Air.


I always see several threads about bags and sleeves for the MacBook Air. I think it is a great idea to keep one thread for all MacBook Air bags and sleeves.
This will come in handy for current and future MacBook Air owners who need to make a choice between bags and sleeves.

Do you recommend the bag or sleeve you've just bought?
Do you want to know which bag or sleeve is the right one for your MacBook Air?
Or do you have any other questions related to bags and sleeves.

Then you are welcome to post here.


When recommending or showing your bag or sleeve:
* Please try to post some information, pictures and a link to the website.
* Mini reviews are welcome.

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Old Aug 29, 2011, 10:19 PM   #2
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I currently use the Knomo Bristol messenger bag in black



and a Acme Made Skinny Sleeve for my 13" MacBook Air.


Both are available at the Apple Store:

Amce Made Skinny Sleeve.

Knomo Bristol Messenger Bag.

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Old Aug 29, 2011, 10:28 PM   #3
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Here's my set up:

Incase Compact Backpack and a BoxWave Elite leather sleeve. Total value: $90 dollars ($70 for the backpack, $20 for the sleeve).

Love both.
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Old Jul 3, 2013, 04:05 PM   #4
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Here's my set up:

Incase Compact Backpack and a BoxWave Elite leather sleeve. Total value: $90 dollars ($70 for the backpack, $20 for the sleeve).

Love both.
I have one of these and I couldn't live without it! Good choice onthecouchagain.
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Old Aug 29, 2011, 10:43 PM   #5
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I don't have a sleeve as of yet, but I will be buying the bookbook I think... I'm pretty sure I will also be getting the suede sleeve from SFbags for when I want to just put it in my bag, and not have much bulk and when I only need scratch protection.

As for bags, I have 2 the first is for a Hard Graft 2Unfold bag used for every day to and from work/meetings. It is a beautiful bag!

2Unfold bag

Then the second is for short trips, and when I need to carry more then just my laptop and power cords. It is a Qwestion backpack. Again, it is a beautiful bag, and perfect for my needs.

Backpack
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Old Aug 29, 2011, 11:04 PM   #6
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I bought the unusual and trim Acme case for my 11" Ultimate MBA. I love the form factor, but the case itself left unsightly black spots on the Wrapsol film I'd installed front and back.

To their credit, Wrapsol immediately replaced the product kit. So the problem is now gone until this summer.

I hope there are some good Acme products out there ... this one has a few drawbacks. Now I find myself wishing I'd just bought a more versatile Knomo and been content with it.
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Old Aug 30, 2011, 03:16 AM   #7
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I bought the unusual and trim Acme case for my 11" Ultimate MBA. I love the form factor, but the case itself left unsightly black spots on the Wrapsol film I'd installed front and back.

To their credit, Wrapsol immediately replaced the product kit. So the problem is now gone until this summer.

I hope there are some good Acme products out there ... this one has a few drawbacks. Now I find myself wishing I'd just bought a more versatile Knomo and been content with it.
Curious...why do you think your ACME case bled color onto your Wrapsol film. I have the 13" ACME (no film on Air), no stains. I would think if the sleeves were that prone to bleeding I might also see some residual coloration on my case.

Just wondering incase I need to watch out for possible stains.
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Old Aug 30, 2011, 03:58 AM   #8
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There are already a lot of threads about sleeves and cases.

I use a normal crumplier bag (friday nylon) and in that bag I always use a sleeve.
I've got a Joli Originals for my 11", used it a lot and still love it!



There is also a topic about her sleeves here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1186480

It's snug fit so it doesn't fall out, and the leather is really good quality, wouldn't want to drop it though, but it does protect against bumps.

And I've seen a good review two weeks ago that pretty much says what I think
http://theappleblog.com/joli-macbook...y-meet-luxury/
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Old Sep 1, 2011, 05:29 PM   #9
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Curious...why do you think your ACME case bled color onto your Wrapsol film. I have the 13" ACME (no film on Air), no stains. I would think if the sleeves were that prone to bleeding I might also see some residual coloration on my case.

Just wondering incase I need to watch out for possible stains.
I think the problem lies with the films rather than the Acme case ... I don't imagine you'll experience a problem with the "unwrapped" MBA in the Acme sleeve.

I had the same thing happen to an iPad in a Dodo case ... the film on the back turned bright blue. I found this odd since the interior case color was green.

I have no idea why certain films are susceptible to discoloration inside certain cases. I've reapplied the Wrapsol to my MBA Ultimate and intend to just keep the MBA inside my messenger bag without a case or sleeve. That's a choice I might regret, but I probably won't have to worry about discoloration again.
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Old Aug 29, 2011, 11:05 PM   #10
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I got the Brenthaven ProStyle sleeve and have been really happy with it.

http://www.brenthaven.com/mac-catalo...-11-charcoal-0


I saw these bags mentioned in another thread, but I couldn't tell if anyone had ended up buying one - Does anyone have one?

http://www.etsy.com/listing/61158315...book-air-black

I think I'm pretty set on getting one (once I can save up the $$ again), but I'm more undecided between the 11" and 13" (I have the 11" Air). I wanna keep my gear minimal, so I dunno if the 13" would feel too big. Eventually I'll want to carry the MBA with an iPad and other stuff.
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Old Aug 29, 2011, 11:55 PM   #11
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Hi,



I do not use mine at my workplace so all I needed was some kind of slip case to keep it in whilst not in use.

I settled on a Targus slip case purchased from PC World in the Uk for 19.99.

It has a carry handle on top , a netted compartment inside and a zipped outside outer compartment.

I keep my charger brick in a separate smaller zipped case.

Happy days !!
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Old Aug 29, 2011, 11:59 PM   #12
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does anyone know of a vintage leather messenger bag that is at least 5" in depth? i have a 3" one and find it kinda small.
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Old Sep 1, 2011, 01:11 PM   #13
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Hey guys,
Has anyone seen anything else like this one? I'm looking for a messenger bag that matches the slimness and form of the macbook air. Maybe something with 2-3inch Dimensions. Instead of the standard 15Lx11Wx4D on most messengers.

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I got the Brenthaven ProStyle sleeve and have been really happy with it.

http://www.brenthaven.com/mac-catalo...-11-charcoal-0


I saw these bags mentioned in another thread, but I couldn't tell if anyone had ended up buying one - Does anyone have one?

http://www.etsy.com/listing/61158315...book-air-black

I think I'm pretty set on getting one (once I can save up the $$ again), but I'm more undecided between the 11" and 13" (I have the 11" Air). I wanna keep my gear minimal, so I dunno if the 13" would feel too big. Eventually I'll want to carry the MBA with an iPad and other stuff.
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Old Sep 1, 2011, 02:14 PM   #14
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Mine lives in a Crumpler Fruity Lexia and that gets put into a messenger bag.





I also ordered the InCase sleeve. Red and gray are on sale for $29.95 w/free ship here: http://www.goincase.com/products/det...sleeve-cl57405
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Old Apr 29, 2012, 01:00 AM   #15
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Bought my 11" MBA on Friday and picked up;
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Is beautiful, simple and stylish.
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Old Aug 30, 2011, 03:37 PM   #16
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I don't have a sleeve as of yet, but I will be buying the bookbook I think... I'm pretty sure I will also be getting the suede sleeve from SFbags for when I want to just put it in my bag, and not have much bulk and when I only need scratch protection.

As for bags, I have 2 the first is for a Hard Graft 2Unfold bag used for every day to and from work/meetings. It is a beautiful bag!

2Unfold bag

Then the second is for short trips, and when I need to carry more then just my laptop and power cords. It is a Qwestion backpack. Again, it is a beautiful bag, and perfect for my needs.

Backpack

I like your taste even though I can't afford that stuff yet. I like the second one that has a separate compartment for clothes and your electronics. I often travel and end up putting some spare clothes, laptop, and iPad in the same compartment and it gets messy and too tight for comfort and easy access.

It seriously perplexes me how many people buy the BookBook case. It's so tacky and not tasteful imo. It seems to be popular among Macrumors members so sorry for hating but it blows my mind when I see Apple accessories that are that tacky.
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Old Aug 30, 2011, 10:21 PM   #17
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I like your taste even though I can't afford that stuff yet. I like the second one that has a separate compartment for clothes and your electronics. I often travel and end up putting some spare clothes, laptop, and iPad in the same compartment and it gets messy and too tight for comfort and easy access.

It seriously perplexes me how many people buy the BookBook case. It's so tacky and not tasteful imo. It seems to be popular among Macrumors members so sorry for hating but it blows my mind when I see Apple accessories that are that tacky.

I hear you. Although, I'm not sure that I think it is tacky. I don't really like seeing it used as a cover (using the laptop in the sleeve) as I like seeing it as a sleeve. To be honest, I really like the leather sleeve by Hard Graft for the macbook air, but not sure that I want to spend that much on a sleeve. (like $200ish) I have also looked at the Vaja case, but it is about that much too.

So I will update here once I decide on what to get, and for the time being, I will not worry about it.

BTW what sleeve do you use?
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Old Aug 31, 2011, 01:48 AM   #18
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What do you think about these? Shame the 13" version is a month away. 11" will be availible next week.
www.chinao-usa.com
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I like your taste even though I can't afford that stuff yet. I like the second one that has a separate compartment for clothes and your electronics. I often travel and end up putting some spare clothes, laptop, and iPad in the same compartment and it gets messy and too tight for comfort and easy access.

It seriously perplexes me how many people buy the BookBook case. It's so tacky and not tasteful imo. It seems to be popular among Macrumors members so sorry for hating but it blows my mind when I see Apple accessories that are that tacky.

Agreed. Simply Stunning has good taste! That backpack looks amazing. The folding bag is interesting. Not really something I'd buy, but I do appreciate its design anyway!

Its folding top reminds me of Crumpler's Pinnacle of Horrors, but fancier. I realize they're not really the same at all (you can't use the Crumpler when it's unfolded), but it's weird that I've seen 2 bags with that style recently. I really like the Crumpler. It's beautiful in person. Not sure how that backpack would look in person (it certainly doesn't look good in the video), but it sure looks good in photos!



Not sure about the BookBook either.
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Agreed. Simply Stunning has good taste! That backpack looks amazing.
Sorry, but that backpack just looks gay. (maybe because of that male model lol)

The bookbook isn't tacky, it is just getting a bit too popular and common, still i like it.

Well, everybody has his own taste ^^
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I like your taste even though I can't afford that stuff yet. I like the second one that has a separate compartment for clothes and your electronics. I often travel and end up putting some spare clothes, laptop, and iPad in the same compartment and it gets messy and too tight for comfort and easy access.

It seriously perplexes me how many people buy the BookBook case. It's so tacky and not tasteful imo. It seems to be popular among Macrumors members so sorry for hating but it blows my mind when I see Apple accessories that are that tacky.
I'm with you. I never really understood the draw of the BookBook case. I think it looks awful and certainly not in keeping with modern technology, but that's just me.

To each his own...So happy we do have choices.
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Its kind of a neat gimmick at first until you realize how bulky and heavy it is. YMMV.

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I'm with you. I never really understood the draw of the BookBook case. I think it looks awful and certainly not in keeping with modern technology, but that's just me.


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I don't know about similar but its a sleeve for $10. i ordered one and it has decent reviews so we will see if its any good.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1233039

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Can anyone point me to something similar like this but without that price..?

http://www.acmemade.com/product/The-...-MBA,51,24.htm

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I don't have a sleeve as of yet, but I will be buying the bookbook I think... I'm pretty sure I will also be getting the suede sleeve from SFbags for when I want to just put it in my bag, and not have much bulk and when I only need scratch protection.

As for bags, I have 2 the first is for a Hard Graft 2Unfold bag used for every day to and from work/meetings. It is a beautiful bag!

2Unfold bag

Then the second is for short trips, and when I need to carry more then just my laptop and power cords. It is a Qwestion backpack. Again, it is a beautiful bag, and perfect for my needs.

Backpack

I love the 2unfold == 673$
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Old Jun 20, 2013, 05:22 PM   #25
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Has anyone tried these plastic clamshell hard cases by GMYLE?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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