Bike Crash case for MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bumski5325, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. bumski5325 macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
    So I ride my bike 4 mi to school everyday, and have crashed quite a few times, mainly due to black ice. I just ordered a MBP and now I'm looking for a rugged case to protect it with. I'm looking for a sleeve or hardshell that might be able to withstand a solid bike crash and keep my MBP alive. I don't need any pockets or handles since I'll just be tossing it in my backpack.

    from reading previous posts etc. it looks like there are several options, but the zero shock seems to be the most rugged, but its not available right now. If anyone can give me some advise , it would be greatly appreciated!

    Zero shock
    Moshi Codex
    Booq viper
    Max protect
    BookCase Pro
  2. NIPRING macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2008
    Waukesha WI
    I'm looking for a case too, and that zero shock looks very convincing.
  3. Gretzky macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
  4. AuroraProject macrumors 65816


    Feb 19, 2008
    Right there
    I have the Booq Vyper for my 17" MBP, I have it paired with the Booq Folee bag. Together they make a great combo. However I don't think the Vyper by itself would protect the MBP from a drop or a bike crash. It's designed to prevent scratches and dust. I'd have to say that if I dropped the Vyper with the MBP in it, and it landed on a corner, the MBP would end up dented.
  5. m85476585 macrumors 65816

    Feb 26, 2008
  6. hassouni macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2008
  7. noodle654 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2005
    Never Ender
    Buy the ZeroShock on eBay. Thats where I got mine and it was about $20 less.
  8. bumski5325 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
    thanks for the replies, I looked for the zeroshock on ebay, and the MBP specific one isn't available, but there is a 15.4" one that seems to be too big. Right now, I'm heavily leaning towards the axio hardsleeve, but it looks like I might have to wait until april to get one. I've only been able to find one person say bad things about them.

    here's a good macworld article talking about hard cases: article

    other options:
    ABS hardcase
    Tom Bihn brain cell
    Radtech Rebound/ zeroshock like case
  9. Tosser macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    I vote pelican case:

    – all the ones you link to aren't really crush proof, or even look the part, imo. Peli-cases are proven and used world wide for transporting all sorts of fragile stuff in (very) hostile environments.
  10. Tosser macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    I found this in the article about the Radtech-case:

    Thirty pounds? That may sound impressive. But the guy didn't drop thirty pound on it, let alone ran with it, deciding to do a flying jump, landing his bum on the thing, as you will be doing the next time you fall on the black ice.

    You have to be aware, that all the cases you have linked to are fashion accessories more than anything. They will take the odd bumb, and certainly protect against some sharp corner, as long as there are little kinetic energy involved. They are not meant to be crush proof, nor are they marketed as such. Send all of the manufacturers an email, asking them if they would recommend it for your intended purpose. They will ask you to buy something else.
  11. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    if this is from a motorcycle, forget looking at the sleeves. Thats not going to support your body weight should you land on it. Look at something hard.
  12. bumski5325 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
    So I'm debating between the pelican briefcase or the mac truck case. since the mac truck will fit very snuggly, I'm thinking that's the way to go. they don't explicitly say that its crush proof, but it does say you can drive a truck over it.

    radtech mac truck

    I like the mac truck because its smaller and seems more functional for my purposes, but its not waterproof or "crush proof." I think the MBP would bounce around in that pelican briefcase, but I suppose I could line it with foam. does anyone have experiences with either or these?

    also, I use a road bike, not a motorcycle. it I was laying down a motorcycle often, on black ice etc, that would be rediculous...

  13. Tosser macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    The pelican cases comes with foam inserts. That's one of the reasons it's used for fragile items.
  14. matperk macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2004
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    I'm definitely on the side voting for the pelican cases. For our Mac Users Group meeting we had our campus rep request a few iMacs from apple. They shipped them all out in the large pelican cases and they were amazing. Those things could take anything.
  15. Adokimus macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2007
    Boston, MA
  16. Pukey macrumors 6502


    Jan 7, 2008
    Great thread bumski! I've found a lot of helpful info here. I'm wondering the same thing as I was going to put my MBP in my bicycle panier bag. I'm afraid it may bounce around in there too much though so I've also thought of going with this sleeve and throwing it in my backpack:
    Luckily I don't ever run into any black ice.
    Heh heh, funny about that motorcycle comment. I wouldn't think you'd still be around if you'd taken more than a couple falls from black ice on a motorcycle.
    The pelicans seem good and rugged, not sure how well they'd fit in a backpack though.
    Of course there's also the ridiculous:
  17. eldaria macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2008
    Ehm, having any kind backpack on a motorcycle is so dangerous, especially the hard casing type.
    If you land on your back, you have very big chance of breaking your back.
    Get a nice bag for your bike instead.
  18. Pukey macrumors 6502


    Jan 7, 2008
    bumski (and anyone else who is interested), I'm not sure if you already got your case, but I was searching at Ortlieb's site and they make a Pelican type case that attaches to a rack for your bike. Ortlieb is one of the best known bike bag (panier) makers around. Their stuff is real high quality and waterproof. A lot of the bags they make can be attached to almost any rack that you can put on your bike. The nice thing about these types of bags is not having any weight on your shoulders to deal with. This particular case I found is a hard case and looks like it could be almost as good as a Pelican. Check it out:

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