Best Backpacks/Carrying Cases for MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Sbrocket, Jun 4, 2007.

  1. Sbrocket macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2007
    Ok, so with the new MBP very likely coming out in just a few short hours and the forums full of people, I figure this is a good time to ask. I'm heading off to college next year and need a good, sturdy backpack or similar case to carry my soon-to-be-purchased MBP. I'm looking for something that'll keep the computer out of harms way, but still has enough room to carry books and such so I'm not carrying tons of bags around campus. Any type of bag or case will do as long as it has plenty of room for storage.

    Any recommendations?
  2. BlizZ10 macrumors member

    May 18, 2007
    my g/f recently got me this backpack:

    i dont have my laptop for college yet but ive heard many great reviews on this backpack and commentors on the apple site gave it 5 stars rating

    it has a lot of pockets for many things and is pretty well cushioned

    seems very sturdy to me

    im just throwing this one out there.... ur decision depends on what u like best (messenger bags, backpacks, rollers, all in one :) )

    Good luck with ur decision!!!
  3. aspro macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2005
    Hobart, Australia
    I am currently using the STM Medium Evolution backpack, it works great.

  4. samh004 macrumors 68020


    Mar 1, 2004
    I've been looking at that, it looks quite nice.

    What's the storage space actually like though,as I generally end up carting round a lot of wires, cables, and what-not and my laptop bag ends up bulging.
  5. Emrtr4 macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2006
    Waterfield Bags by Sanfrancisco design (google waterfield laptop bags) by far the best quality stuff you can buy for the money, stylish, and it will not get damaged.
  6. Sbrocket thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2007
    Ooh, I really like their Cargo bag. I can't tell from a simple photo on the site, do you have one and does it have enough room for books even with the laptop and some accessories?
  7. O. Frabjous-Dey macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2006
    I've got an Oakley messenger bag now, and it's killing me on longer walks. Good bag, but I need a backpack to balance the load between both my shoulders.

    But all of the backpacks that people seem to be selling are giant monsters. Can anyone recommend a decent backpack with a thin profile? I won't be carrying around much more than my Mac.
  8. Sbrocket thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2007
    Have you tried wrapping the shoulder strap over behind your neck? It might help balance some of the load, I know a few people with messenger-style bags that do this.

  9. showtime macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2007
    I'm using this zeroshock sleeve:

    It protects my macbook really well and has a slim profile. If I need to bring it onto campus anywhere I just stick it in a regular backpack or messenger bag. I feel like a sleeve offers more flexiblity than a laptop backpack/bag.
  10. sk3pt1c macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2005
    a simulacrum
    i think the best you can get as far as a backpack is concerned is an axio swift.
    hard plastic, super comfortable and looks awesome too!

    i have the carbon finish one, have used it for a little over a year now with my 17" powerbook, works like a charm and it feels really safe
  11. Igantius macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2007
    Crumpler bags/backpacks are worth consideration - pricey but built to last and love.
  12. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    The incase sling is nice and slim. I haven't even carried it across my back - just used it on my right shoulder - i ran thru an airport with it lke that and never lost it and or had it slip.

    There are good pictures of it here (be sure to click everything)

    I"ve been really pleased with it - the size is perfect for me.

  13. nownot macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2007
    this is what i ended up doing for my macbook (dont laugh) i bought a cheap over the shoulder laptop bag at target that was on sale for $15 it was made for 15.4 inch. i went to walmart bought some stuffing. cut slits on the inside of the bag put extra stuffing for padding on the sides of the bag, sewed the bag up. then i got these stryafoam inserts and sewed them onto the side and bottom. well i didnt sew my g/f did. but all in all it works like a charm and has more padding than a 70-80 dollar bag. :) :)
  14. itsallinurhead macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2007
    Southern California
    I am using the Brenthaven Fusion bag right now. Has tons of room and is comfortable to carry.
  15. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
  16. scotthayes macrumors 68000


    Jun 6, 2007
    Birmingham, England
  17. Hls811 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2004
    New Jersey
    Its pricey, but I wholeheartedly recommend this:
    Booq Python XM

    Its much bigger than it looks, plenty of storage room!
  18. coledog macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2006
    Roanoke, VA
    I use a Swiss Army backpack from Staples.
    TONS of room...good padding...i love it! For about $50 too...not sure if they still sell this specific model...but who knows.

    Attached Files:

  19. TilJ macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2007
    Me too. I just ordered an Empire Builder and an Archetype (which I'm using instead of a Brain Cell). I think it's he best of both worlds: A really nice super slim case for when I don't need to carry all my stuff, and then a full size bag that I can dump the case into for when I want to carry most of my living room with me.

    I emailed them to ask if that combination would work, and I have to say that their response times and friendliness is amazing.
  20. Masher500 macrumors member


    Sep 12, 2006
    Dana Point
    i have a dakin backpack, that thing it is the best, plus it has life time warranty
  21. Bradman67 macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2007
    Sleeve is the way to go

    I agree with showtime. I recommend a really good sleeve, and then you can drop it into any decent bag you find, and it doesn't have to be a "laptop" bag.
  22. nutts macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2007
    I use a Crumpler Sticky Date messenger bag for my 17" MBP. It has TONS of room, and can be used with or without the padded laptop sleeve.

    Here it is (with a limited-edition design I love!)


    And here's a photo of it swallowing a Wii box whole, with room to spare ;)


    It's briliant, and big enough for weekends away too, not to mention perfect for airplane carry-on :D
  23. wako macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2005
  24. Zadillo macrumors 65832

    Jan 29, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    I use a Tom Bihn Smart Alec:

    with a Vertical Brain Cell:

    And I absolutely love them. Amazing quality, and the protection from the brain cell is extraordinary...just incredibly solid protection from all sides, and gives me a lot of piece of mind with the MBP inside it. The Brain Cell fits right into the Smart Alec and has a really cool clip system to clip it into place, but it can also be removed to use by itself.

  25. ShStylo macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2007
    Ordered This!

    Ordered this backpack with my new SR MBP. Was supposed to be shipped by yesterday but it got delayed until

    Ships by: Jun 19 - Jun 22
    Delivers by: Jun 21 - Jun 29

    anyone else ordered one on release date and had their's delayed as well? :(

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