Inconspicuous Laptop Backpack

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Belm, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. Belm macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    I'm looking for a backpack for a 13" MBP. I'd like something that'll keep the MBP safe from dents and scratches but not bring a lot of attention to me. I really don't feel like being robbed :). I take the train to class everyday and I live in Chicago so a discreet bag is a must. Any suggestions?
  2. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    get a neoprene sleeve for your mac and just toss it in a regular book bag. there are also book bags that have a special compartment for a laptop as well.
  3. martychang macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2007
    I went with the Timbuk2 Underground Pack. It's a normal(but attractive & durable) backpack but has a sleeve-like thing in the main compartment which secures up to a 17" laptop. I use it with a 13" Macbook fine.
  4. Belm thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    Well, I just have a cheap Jansport bag right now and I don't think that it'll keep the laptop safe even with a case on it. Any more suggestions?
  5. kngelv macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2004
    Tom Bihn bags are the best. Made here in the states. I have a Brain Bag and Ego messenger bag with Brain Cell's. Super protective and low key.

  6. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    I have a Darwin 2 backpack, and it does a pretty good job of keeping things safe. It's good for a school bag, but too small if you carry a ton of books and too big if you only carry your laptop. The real selling point is the side zipper. It makes it ridiculously easy to get at stuff.

    They're pretty common around here, but not so much outside of Canada I'd wager. MEC isn't a particularly well-known brand elsewhere.
  7. FieryFurnace macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2008
    Berlin, Germany
    That is exactly what I do too when I bring my MB and it works great. :)
  8. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Agreed. Although I lookout for Tom Bihn bags now, but only because I own one.
  9. yukio macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2008
    have you looked at the incase sling bag?

    the current model's not quite as slim as previous ones - but still flatter than a full pack.

    they are sold at the apple stores if you want to check them out before sale.

    belkin makes a sling pack that is also pretty low-key (depending on color choices) - amazon's got em off and on.
  10. cdcastillo macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2007
    The cesspit of civilization
    Wenger Maxxum

    For sturdiness and inconspicuousness, I suggest a Wenger Maxxum backpack, they are pretty resistant, can pack a lot of stuff and do not yell "LAptop inside" to everyone around.
  11. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004
    I have a north face recon day pack that can be used for hiking. Love this back pack and it has a compartment for a laptop (that doubles as a water pack for hiking). carries everything including water bottle (1 liter) and a coffee container.
  12. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    What the man said. I keep my macbook in a neoprone sleeve that was originally for a Powerbook 15'', and put it in any bag or backpack I want.
  13. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    This is going to be the most inconspicuous solution and it doesn't involve that much trade-off in terms of safety. Most of the padded laptop slots in backpacks have the same type of padding that the sleeves have, they're just a little thicker.
  14. monokakata macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2008
    Hilo, Hawai'i
    Take a look at the North Face Surge. It has a laptop compartment, and it looks like any other NF backpack that anybody would use. Nothing about it screams "laptop inside," but it's very well set up (including the other compartments) for transporting a laptop and accessories. There's room for my 17" MBP, even in a Booq sleeve. It's a very effective bag and, as I said, very stealthy.
  15. Shawny D macrumors member

    Shawny D

    May 13, 2009
  16. flakes8 macrumors regular


    Sep 17, 2009
    New England
  17. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    I highly recommend the Tom Bihn Brain Cell over other sleeves if you just want to keep your current bag, it is more then effective.
  18. cosmokanga2 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2008
    Canada, where we live in igloos.
    Check out Crumpler bags. I have the Karachi Outpost and besides not shouting what I'm carrying, in my case photography equipment and a laptop, they are built really well.
  19. macboy4 macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2009
    You can still get the original here: and it's only $43.00!!!

    I ordered one and I LOVE IT. It's very slim, but still has enough room for chargers both iPhone and MBP, plus the laptop (in a fur lined pouch), plus a couple of small books, and various other small cables and accessories. It also has a pouch at the bottom of the strap that's perfect for an iPhone or iPod.

    The picture on this website is actually a backpack, but the product is a sling. While I didn't have an problems, the reviews on this site are so-so; buyer beware.
  20. Shawny D macrumors member

    Shawny D

    May 13, 2009
  21. JoeG4 macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.
    sleeve inside one of those canvas shopping bags. :D
  22. Maccin475 macrumors member

    Sep 27, 2009
    Tom Binh's are pretty flippin ugly. Jack Spade it.
  23. Belm thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    I really like the North Face Surge bag. I think I may get it. The Jack Spade bag is really expensive and I don't really like the way that the others look. Thanks guys!
  24. Anuba macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2005
    I have one for my MBP 17" and I love it. It's quite inconspicuous, plain black, light, very easy on the shoulder(s) and back, has a nifty velvet pocket inside the strap (for iPhone/iPod or similar) and velvet inside the laptop compartment which means you won't scratch up the aluminum.

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