Any experence with Crumpler Laptop bags

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  1. Sven071 macrumors newbie

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    Whats up all............. I have been looking and reading everyones posts about great bags that they have had , and so on. But i found one that really peaks my intrest, its the Crumpler Very Busy Man Laptop bag. Does anyone have any experence with this kind of bag , or have any of you seen one.............how well is it made and so on.............. Thanks for the help
     
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    My sister recently bought a Crumpler bag for her new(ish) 12 inch PowerBook. I think the name of the particular bag was 'McBain's Love Child'.

    She's very impressed with it and from what I've seen of it, it has good quality materials, a decent strap, is moderately padded and looks cool as well. It fits her PowerBook really well, and she mostly uses it for taking the Mac to & from Uni, and around campus.

    Crumpler make a few colours of this bag, and many other types of bag for different purposes. I also kind of like the Crumpler stuff because of their quirky image / product naming.

    I'll probably buy one when I get a new mobile Mac :cool:
     
  4. munkle macrumors 68030

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    I've used the WeeBee bag and must say that Crumpler makes great quality bags. All the previous threads from Crumpler owners seem to come to the same conclusion, so I don't think you can go wrong with a Crumpler if you like the style and are willing to pay the price (you pay for what you get).

    I've seen the Very Busy Man and like it a lot but it is bigger than it appears in photos so I would definitely check out one in real life first. The only other thing that might bother some people is the velcro strip which can be a bit noisy if you're opening and closing the front flap a lot.

    I love the stylings of Crumpler bags and the quality is top notch (comes with a life time guarantee as well I think - not that you'll need it!), some people are a bit offended by the tone of their advertising/web site but it makes me like them even more! So I would say go for it! :D
     
  5. RHutch macrumors 6502

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    I have a Crumpler bag, the Brian's Hot Tub model. I did a lot of looking and comparing before making this purchase. I would definitely recommend the Crumpler bags. The materials and construction are very good. I can't speak of other Crumpler bags, but mine is well-designed. I don't think you will go wrong with a Crumpler.
     
  6. Doraemon macrumors 6502

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    Do a search for Crumpler Bags and you'll find quite a few topics on this subject.

    But to spear you the extra work:
    I have the Crumpler Sheep Scarer S for my 12-inch iBook and it's just perfect. Go for it!
     
  7. Bonnie macrumors member

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    Crumpler bags are great quality. Like everyone else said, you probably won't be disappointed with it. But I do recall that the Very Busy Man is somewhat large, but if that's what you are looking for then it will work out great.
     
  8. Eomando macrumors member

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    I have a Crumpler WeeBee for my powerbook, and I can find now fault with it. It's very well made, nicely padded and designed, and i can fit a *ton* in it..

    Like someone else said, the velcro fastening on the front (of the weebee at least) is noisy to open, but that's just because there's so much of it, and its rather strong velcro - if anyone wants into my bag without me knowing, they're not going to manage, that's how i like to think of it :)

    I'd recommend crumpler, but like someone else said, make sure the bag isn't going to be too big - i can fit lots into my weebee, goodness knows what i'd fit into the very busy man bag...
     
  9. dirtstar macrumors newbie

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    One more pleased customer

    Hmmm.... Sitting at a coffee shop with my McBain's Lovechild and 12" PB right now.

    No complaints about the Crumpler. The McBain is more or less just a laptop sleeve, but has a nice compartment for a power adapter and some other small goodies. I would totally buy another one.

    I would say go for it.
     
  10. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    I had McBains Lovechild for a while but then moved onto a Wee Bee... just wanted more space to carry other things... but very very happy with both of them.
     
  11. Sven071 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys, i just ordered the wack o phone, ill let everyone know what i think of it when i get it , its from this place right in maryland so i should have it by wednesday............ i ordered the smaller bag since everyone said they run big......... but again thanks to everyones posts......
     
  12. tekno_geek911 macrumors 6502

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    I have the orange Wee Bee,it is the best bag I have owned to date....Its so small,light and durable.
     
  13. thekid055 macrumors newbie

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    Are the crumpler bags (especially the wee bee) for women? Do they look girly in person?
     
  14. timsq macrumors regular

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    The Crumpler bags look nice. I have a Timbuk2 Detour that holds my 15" PBG4 nicely. The Timbuk2 Commute has more room. I also have a Willow Design briefcase(ish) bag that offers more protection for the road, though they are almost gone from the marketplace. TheMac Truck looks pretty radical for a hard case.
     
  15. tekno_geek911 macrumors 6502

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    I dont think they are made for women,the Wee Bee does look kinda girly in person though....But I hate regular messenger bags and backpacks.
     
  16. kjgnola macrumors regular

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    Just to toss out my 2 cents..

    I use the Crumpler Very Busy Man to carry my 12" PB and my books (MBA student) and it is great. Lots of room and I like the organization.

    My only complaint would be access to the front pen/stuff pocket (located in front of the main pouch) is a bit tight. Other than that I love it.

    Like others said it probably is a bit big for the 12" but I have a ton of other crap to cart around.
     
  17. gottalaugh macrumors newbie

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    I use the Wack-o-Phone Crumpler - GREAT BAG !

    Hi Sven,
    The Crumplers are great bags for your laptop. I have a 14" iBook & use the Wack-o-Phone Crumpler Bag. The padding etc in it is great protection for your laptop. It has separate pockets for your mouse & charger, plus a spacious zip compartment for your mobile; pens & other stuff.
    Importantly, I have found the shoulder strap (width) very comfortable, doesn't cut into your shoulder - comfortable to lug around.
    I've had mine for almost a year now & there's been no fraying/wear of the canvas.
    Hope this helps with your decision !! :p
     
  18. Sven071 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, i cant wait till i get it in...... i should ether get it later on today, well it being 138 in the morn, or on monday.......... I will tell everyone what i think of it. For the moment im using my timbuk2 bag and im wraping up my pb in a tee shirt, ya i know guys dont laugh, but i want to protect my baby. I was up at starbucks today testing out the hotspot and some of my friends were making fun of me cause i pulled my laptop out with a tee shirt wraped around it.
     
  19. invisible21 macrumors newbie

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    Also looking to get one

    Im also looking into getting one of these bags, but dont know if I should get the Very Busy Man or Wack-O-Phone.
    Id primarily be using it to bring a laptop, binder, a book or 2 to my classes, and work.

    Im not sure if I get the smaller bag or bigger one...

    what do you guys think?
     
  20. kjgnola macrumors regular

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    invisible21,

    For me I can fit comfortably 1 large book (think accounting or finance) 1 medium book a couple of spiral notebooks, my PB, cables, and pens and stuff. I can get two large books if I pack it pretty tightly.

    I haven't used the wack o phone or even seen one for that matter butthe very busy man has served me well. Not only do I use it for school, but I also used it as my day pack while backpacking in europe this summer. Toted my PB two camaras a book or two my ipod and other stuff everywhere. Yeah I know its a lot to backpack with...

    Good luck
     
  21. Squire macrumors 68000

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    Crumpler vs. Timbuk2

    Sven071,

    Now that you (probably) have your new bag, what do you think of it? I'm considering either a Crumpler Crisp Suit or a Timbuk2 Commute bag. It sounds like you have experience with both companies' offerings. How do they compare? Can I assume that he Crisp Suit will be huge?

    (I just found this thread today.)

    Squire
     
  22. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    I love Crumpler bags. I've had a Very Busy Man for quite a while now - nice and big, lots of pockets. I bought one of their Camera bags for my D70; and now I've ordered a XL McBain's Lovechild for those times when I just want to carry the laptop and a couple small items (like my iPod!).
     
  23. arnette macrumors 6502

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    I love my orange WeeBee. Though someone earlier said that they could fit a 'ton' of stuff in it. I'd have to disagree with that. Your computer, a few paperbacks with pens, papers, and your power adapter.. maybe a snack. But as far as gym clothes or other bulkier items, you'll have to find another way to carry those.
    But the bag is not girly. Maybe the silver/navy one would be a bit girly... but I love mine to death and I feel quite manly when I walk around uptown with it slung across my chest.
     
  24. rilina macrumors newbie

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    I've read some feedback that the straps on the Crumpler bags are a bit long. Does anyone here feel that way? (Especiailly those of you with a Wee Bee - that's what I'm considering at the moment.) I'm short, and I have trouble finding laptop bags that aren't too big.

    Also, are 12" iBooks secure in the Wee Bee? I see that it's described as good for up to 14" screens, and I wonder if a 12" will get jostled around in the slot.
     
  25. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    Uh... you can adjust a strap that's too long. :D The only problem would be if it was too short!

    I don't have the Wee Bee, but I do have a Very Busy Man and a McBain's Lovechild - love them both.
     

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