Happy Owl MBA briefcase or Hard Graft Flatpack — any owners or comments

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by kll, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. kll, Jul 25, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2012

    kll macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2012
    I'm looking for a nice thin, cool leather bag to carry a 13" MBA and an iPad.

    Have been plowing the web and reading this thread http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1220990

    and have taken a liking towards either the Happy owl briefcase (http://www.happyowlstudio.com/collections/all/products/briefcase-for-macbook-air-13)


    Hard graft's Flatpack heritage (http://www.hardgraft.com/products/flatpack-heritage)

    Are there any owners of these bags who can comment on plus/minus sides?

    I realize they are quite different beasts but both look to be of good quality and built towards fitting a MBA and iPad and not much else (which is what I am looking for).

    Any other similar fitting leather bags I should look at?

    Thanks for your time.
  2. LYFK macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    I know you asked for leather but I really like this particular solution:

    Hex Academy Convertible

    If I were to choose between the two you posted, I would go for the Hard Graft hands down.
  3. 3bs macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    I don't have any experience with either but the Hard graft looks way better! I'm tempted to get one myself but I can't afford it right now :p
  4. tdfreeman macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2010
    I pre-ordered the Happy Owl case with a discount. The part for the MBA fits perfect, but not too snug. I'd say the accessory part is about the width of the charger. I can fit my MBA, iPad , charger if needed, and a couple dongles (monitor, Ethernet, iPad -> monitor), but that's about it. There's not much room, but the size is the point. Quality is great, but never had any complaints with the Happy Owl stuff. Not happy with the front "buckles" going in and out of meetings, but I assume it's more about looks than how quick you can open and close your briefcase.

    The other one you listed looks to be for an 11" MBA and I didn't see one on the site for the 13".
  5. kll thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2012
    Thanks all.

    Looks neat, but as you say not quite what I'm looking for.

    Thanks for the details on the Happy Owl case. Yes, the front straps looked like they could take a few secs to close, but I guess not much of an overall issue.

    You're right that it looks like the Flatpack only comes for the 11" right now, though a few days ago it was also listed as being available for the 13". Perhaps an issue of availability — will have to check up on that.
  6. PacMookBro macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2007
    My coworker has Hard Graft flat pack and it looks really nice in person. The leather is soft to touch, very thin and very lightweight. My only gripe is the price but it is also the pro. You get what you pay for... :)
  7. jbzcar macrumors regular

    May 11, 2012
    WOW! The Hard Graft is sexxxy! I have added that to the top of my Christmas list, lol.

    I'm not usually a big fan of leather accessories, but that looks killer.
  8. 3bs, Sep 6, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2012

    3bs macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    I am seriously considering getting the Hard Graft. Do you think it would be ok in the rain? I live in Dublin where sometimes it's not easy to know when it's going to rain and it's often like that. I ride a lot (bicycle/motorcycle) and so I won't be able to use an umbrella so I don't want to spend a lot of money on a bag that will get damaged in the rain. None of the bags I currently use are waterproof but they haven't gotten any water damage or started to stink.

    What did you end up getting OP?
  9. imac2007, Sep 6, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2012
  10. 3bs macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    Thanks for the tip. I just had a quick look but nothing caught my eye. For some reason I just really like the design of the Flat Pack. I emailed Hard Graft so I'll see what they say.

    I currently use an Armani leather messenger bag and it's not water proof but it's been handling the rain just fine.
  11. Team Timm macrumors regular

    May 17, 2012
    Happ Owl!

    I have the Happy Owl briefcase and I LOVE it! I like anything small and compact but enough space for all my stuff. This bag is perfect!

    Fiancé loves it, coworkers are envious, it's a bit pricey at $200+ but it is totally worth it!

    Fits my Air, iPad, wallet, cables, headphones, thumb drives, and my work files nice and neatly with room to spare. You will not be disappointed by this bag!
  12. kll thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2012
    I was planning on going for the Hard Graft but got a good offer for something completely different from the excellent m0851 brand:


    Quite a bit bigger, but still flat. And an amazing quality.

    Would still like the Hard Graft though ;-)
  13. wolfpuppies3 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2012
    Virginia, USA
    twelve south Book Book. Have them for both my 11" and 13" MB Airs as well as my iPad. The only way to go. Leather, durable, disguises what you are carrying. Carry it by itself or throw into a backpack or briefcase. http://twelvesouth.com/products/bookbook/

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