Best laptop bag for MacBook Pro

blasto2236

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I'm in the same boat as you, OP. Looking for a nice messenger style bag that is both not too bulky, but can comfortably hold the charger and maybe a couple of other items without it bulging through the side of the bag. Thus far, I have come up empty handed after hours of searching on Amazon and in various shops around Los Angeles. Let me know if you find one you like!
 

dwfaust

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I'm not sure about 'the best' but I use - among others - Acronym 3A-5TS's, which is probably the most useful messenger I've come across. Quick release buckles, modular interior, slick strap release, and a MOLLE exterior.

http://www.endclothing.com/us/acronym-3a-5ts-tecsys-messenger-einsatztasche-bag-3a-5ts-bk.html

The bag comes 'bare'. You'll need to add a laptop sleeve (3A-L1-13/15/17, about $300), and whatever pockets you need.
$700 for a "bare" messenger bag? Seriously? I could afford that, but there is no way I could ever justify spending that on a bag.
 
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seggy

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$700 for a "bare" messenger bag? Seriously? I could afford that, but there is no way I could ever justify spending that on a bag.
Meh. Different strokes for different folks. Acronym is a good balance of quasi-dystopian style and function for me. I'd have to say it's probably the cheaper of the bags I own tho, so if that's making you balk then I'd hate to think of the heart attack the rest would give you lol
 

blasto2236

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Definitely trying to keep my budget between $30-$60. I don't want anything fancy, just having a hard time finding something that keeps a reasonably slim profile but has enough extra room for the charger without it bulging out of the bag.
 

glenthompson

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I use a Brenthaven backpack. Great protection and easy to carry if I need to have a lot of accessories with me. Lots of little pockets for items.
 

adn rcd dly

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I've been looking for a backpack option for my 15" rMBP as the messenger bags all cut my clavicle to the core. I figure a nice distribution of weight with back support would be great along with some wider set padded straps.

I love timbuk2, but I am getting lost on all the different options.

I'd be carrying the rMBP, power, mouse, keys, wallet, hydro flask, and various cables. Nothing too bulky (except the hydro flask), but I am a train commuter.
 

DisraeliGears

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I use a Brenthaven backpack. Great protection and easy to carry if I need to have a lot of accessories with me. Lots of little pockets for items.
Seconded here, I use a Brenthaven Briefcase with a strap for my day-to-day. Has a great padded area for my Macbook, a nice little pocket for my iPad, and plenty of pockets for chargers, notebooks, etc. Got mine on sale during Cyber Monday, so I paid like $70 I think.
 

steve23094

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Meh. Different strokes for different folks. Acronym is a good balance of quasi-dystopian style and function for me. I'd have to say it's probably the cheaper of the bags I own tho, so if that's making you balk then I'd hate to think of the heart attack the rest would give you lol
You use the words 'quasi-dystopian' and pay more than $700 for a laptop bag. Are you an imaginary person? Did you fall out of the game GTA5? I'm sure I saw a hipster like that.
 

dwfaust

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You use the words 'quasi-dystopian' and pay more than $700 for a laptop bag. Are you an imaginary person? Did you fall out of the game GTA5? I'm sure I saw a hipster like that.
I just chalked his comments up to another delta bravo spreading joy where ever he roamed.
 

seggy

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Feb 13, 2016
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You use the words 'quasi-dystopian' and pay more than $700 for a laptop bag. Are you an imaginary person? Did you fall out of the game GTA5? I'm sure I saw a hipster like that.
Hmmm. Apparently I have to be imaginary to some, because they can't deal with it? I dunno.
 
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