Best Packpack for Macbook Pro

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  1. TySteve3 macrumors newbie

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    I am about to start a masters program and I'm looking for a quality backpack to carry my new MBP. I'm not looking for a cheap bag that will barely last for the next few years, but a quality bag that is a good value. I'm thinking of spending around $100. I've been looking at the following 3 bags. Does anyone have any experience with any of them and could give a recommendation? Thanks!

    Thule Crossover TCBP 217
    http://www.amazon.com/Thule-Crossover-TCBP-217-Backpack-Ultrabooks

    Incase Nylon Backpack
    http://www.amazon.com/Incase-Nylon-Backpack-Black-CL55301

    Hurley Manzana Backpack
    http://www.amazon.com/Hurley-Mens-Laptop-Backpack-Black
     
  2. r6girl Administrator/Editor

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    I have an Incase Slingpack and can at least speak to the durability of Incase bags a little. Still looks good after several years and have had no problems with it whatsoever.

    This isn't on your list (and isn't in the price range you gave) but thought I'd throw it out there since it's fantastic and I've had great experiences with Booq backpacks for the last 10 years or so: http://www.booqbags.com/us/backpacks/CPK-BLK. Professional-looking (IMHO) and very sturdy. I've always gotten compliments whenever I've been out with any of the Booq backpacks I've had.
     
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    http://www.amazon.com/Targus-Backpack-Designed-Widescreen-TSB167US/dp/B0037TRWTI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344897936&sr=8-1&keywords=Targus+A7+Commuter+Backpack

    I haven't used any of those bags, OP I can however recommend the above, from personal use.

    I use this bag for transporting my laptop to uni and back.(Uni starts again in october) It is water resistant and very spacious... Had quite a few books in there, my charger, external hard drive and wired mouse with my usb. Generally targus products are very good.

    Apparently it weights 1.25kg, but I don't really notice the weight. My laptop is not a macbook, my laptop weights almost 3kg. Pretty sturdy bag in my opinion. Got the bag back in late july, started using late september.

    Offers a lot of protection everywhere, it emphasizes protection where the laptop is situated. If you want any pictures of the compartments, I could take a few :)
     
  6. that1guyy macrumors 6502

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    +1 for the Surge. Best backpack I have ever owned.
     
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    Thule has problems with the zippers some of them came off after just few weeks of use. I was going to buy one because the Thule brand is known to be good but after reading several negative reviews concerning the quality of the stitching of the zippers I decided to buy 2 Pelican cases.
     
  10. pikkashoe macrumors regular

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    +2 Second Recommendation for the Surge from North Face.

    You can get the first edition for $100.
    Dedicated laptop sleeve with cushioning on the bottom so the laptop never hits the floor.
    Indestructible bag, and holds the mac perfect. (retina in my case)
    I travel 20 days out of the month, and its held up just perfectly.
    Perfect bag as far as im concerned.
     
  11. zipur macrumors 6502

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    I watched the youtube on this pack and it looked a bit flimsy. But I take your word for it that this is a great case since your a retina man.
     
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    *you're
     
  13. RickAdair macrumors member

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    I know it's a little more then you were looking to spend , but the Tom Bihn bags are amazing. Mine is a little over 4 years old and is just as solid as the day I bought it.

    http://www.tombihn.com
     
  14. jedolley macrumors 68000

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    Agree! I don't own any of their backpacks...yet, but their stuff is top notch and seem to last forever. My only complaint is that their backpacks aren't really laptop bags, so there isn't a special section or holder for the laptop, but it does work well with their brain cell.
     
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  17. zipur macrumors 6502

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    very interesting with the wide variety of back packs people have. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  19. pikkashoe macrumors regular

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    m5, i had the ogio renegade before getting the surge.
    It lasted exactly one week, with the weight of the retina and a few other things causing the left strap to start ripping from its attachment point at the top of the bag. Immediately returned it and got the Surge. Havent had one issue with the Surge.
     

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