Messenger bag or backpack for MacBook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by entatlrg, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. entatlrg, Nov 3, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2010

    entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Carry too much for a thin sleeve and not enough for a big messenger bag or backpack.

    Looking for a small messenger bag or smaller backpack/daypack to hold the following:

    iPad in Apple case
    5 x 8" notebook, (thick)
    1 or 2 thin file folders

    That's about it. It's hard to find something that size. Must be man'ly looking too.
  2. mac&cheesey macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2008
    Since you're in Canada...

    How about Roots? They have some great leather bag options...

    The Small School Bag in tribe leather

    The Raiders Satchel in tribe leather

    or the Raiders Bag in tribe leather (I have this one and love it)

    Great bags. Very stylish yet still masculine. I get compliments on mine all the time. Pricey but worth it.

    Usual disclaimer; I'm not affiliated with Roots in any way, other than loving lots of their stuff. :)

  3. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Thanks very much for taking the time to post the links. I like Roots stuff too.

    How much can you fit into your Raiders bag?
  4. MrMacNasty macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2010
    I carry mine around in a black Camelback Mule NV hydration backpack. It has a separate compartment apart from the hydration compartment which will hold the MBA or if you don't need a hydration pack, you can take it out and the compartment for the hydration pack will also hold the MBA which gives you a second free compartment to hold some other stuff.

    I find that it makes a great small backpack and I leave the hydration pack out most of the time unless I need it for something. It is available in the more deluxe NV model or the regular Cameback Mule is even cheaper and would work just as well for this purpose. This pack is currently on sale at many places online to clear the way for 2011 models.
  5. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    Yes masculine. But it's a women's bust modeling it :D
  6. mac&cheesey macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2008
    I can actually fit a fair bit of stuff in there. I often carry my 13" unibody aluminum MB (no case on it, just an InvisibleShield), iPhone4, Blackberry, wallet, keys, iPod Touch and headphones (earbuds). At times I change out the MacBook for my iPad and a Kindle. The 13" MB does feel a bit heavy in there but the bag swallows my wife's 13" MBA effortlessly. (My new 13" MBA is on it's way from China so it will lighten the load a bit. I can't wait until it gets here.) While I don't often carry the MB and the iPad together I can and I have. An Air (either size) and an iPad, along with the other stuff I mentioned wouldn't be a problem.

    The buckles on the Raiders Satchel are pretty cool... They look like normal buckles but they actually have strong magnets under the buckle which attach to the bag. So the buckles are actually just for show; the magnets keep the straps locked down on the body of the bag.

    Another Roots bag that may interest you, that I'm currently looking at picking up, is the Milano Bag in tribe leather.
    It has a few external pockets to handle the charger cables, etc. It's a few more bucks but looks very nice and also versatile. I haven't been able to actually see one in person yet though as the Roots stores I've checked haven't had it in store.

    Honestly, as long as any of these fit your needs size-wise, I don't think you can go wrong. They're good looking, well-made bags. Like I said before, I have no complaints with mine.

    Oh, I will mention one other company...
    Expensive bags too but they have a 100 year warranty and look like they're built so that he never has to honour that warranty. Also, in reading the site, the guy who makes them seems pretty cool. If you like dogs at all check out the area on his site where he talks about his dog Blue. I don't have any of his stuff so I can't speak to it personally, other than going through his site quite a bit.

    Good luck. Keep us posted with what you go with!
  7. Spacekatgal macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2009
    Except that somehow it's not.

    I'd never heard of this company, but those are gorgeous bags. Thanks for the share! I'm really thinking of splurging on this now, except that the dedicated Vaya case for the MBA is also $300. It seems like it's more fitted and lighter.

  8. mac&cheesey macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2008
    Not that it's a big deal but I checked the photos and didn't see breasts on the mannequins modelling any of the bags I mentioned; they looked to me like male figures. Plus, I got to the bags under the Men's Laptops & Messengers area of the Roots site.

    If I'm wrong, oh well... :rolleyes:

  9. TheAllStar macrumors member


    Oct 21, 2010
    For the times I'm not in the mood to use my trusty JanSport backpack, I use a Dakine Station messenger bag; by far the best messenger bag I've ever owned. Not too big, not too small, and for what you've described, it should do what you need it to. It's pretty heavy duty, too.
  10. mac jones, Nov 4, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2010

    mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    Oh yes i'm wrong ooops :eek:.

    Didn't notice the boobs (or lack of them)

    I must be slipping seriously.
  11. coelacanth macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2004
  12. Loonytik macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2008
    If you're looking at the Roots bags then your price range is fairly wide open for messenger style bags for what you are needing. You have 100's of options if you're willing to spend that much. Very elegant/manly options I might add.
  13. rkb, Nov 4, 2010
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 4, 2010

    rkb macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2010
    I'm loving my Israeli paratrooper's bag, it has three dividers in the main part with a smaller snap pocket piggy backed that holds the power cables. There is no exposed hardware that will scratch the MBA while it's in the pack.

  14. kory108 macrumors member


    Nov 17, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI

    I like the look of the Muzetto bag from It's $219 for the 11" version.

  15. durangotang macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2010
    Toffee Case!

    I thought I would chime in here quickly. I have a nice leather tote bag - almost the exact size of the raiders case shown above - but why carry around another 2.5 lbs of case?

    I think the whole point of the air is the slimness, weight, battery and ultimately the portability. So what did I order to carry my 13" ultimate MBA? Well, I ordered this:

    It weighs .55 lbs, it appears to be a luxurious leather, and it seems rigid enough to protect the air in case of a mild drop. I haven't seen it yet, but I'll post my thoughts when it arrives.

    I simply don't want to carry anything else around with me except my wallet, keys, ipod/iphone and this baby. I plan to have a power adapter at work, and an additional one at home and for the times in between - well that's what a 7 hour battery is for.

    Total weight: 3.45 lbs.

    Cheers :)
  16. ingramLee macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2010
    New York, NY
    Just a ?... why are you carrying around your iPad AND your MBA? That is a very valuable pack youd be carrying around...
  17. mac jones, Nov 4, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2010

    mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    Doesn't fit.

    I have the exact same one. Bought it from them. It fit the last Air but for some inexplicable reason it doesn't fit this 13"

    I have it stuffed with magazines to see If I can stretch it a bit, but so for no-go.

    I don't get it as the dimensions appear to be the same. But i think it's the curvature that's different.

    So the lesson is : custom, tight fitting cases, need to be redone for this rev.

    Note: Toffee cases are excellent, so maybe another one of theirs will work.

    (actually, I should be more specific. It will fit inside, except it's so tight that you can't get it out. I had to spend some effort to get mine out, and for a while I thought I might damage the Air by gripping it too hard . The last rev B was a tight fit but nothing like this.)
  18. durangotang macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2010
    If it doesn't fit, you must acquit.

    Seriously though, you just bummed me out. Before I ordered it, I googled the exact specs of the previous generation macbook air (.16 -.76 x 12.8 x 8.94) and compared them to the new generation macbook air (.11 -.68 x 12.8 x 8.94) and figured that it would be a pretty good fit. :mad: Hopefully I can return it ... to Australia.
  19. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Agreed, I prefer leather but don't want a heavy leather bag, that would defeat the purpose/benefit of the Air.

    I do like Roots messenger bags but I wish they had a little grab handle sewn in so when it's not on your shoulder you have a way to carry it. I wish the Muzetto bags had a handle too.

    Timbuk2 messenger bags come with a handle, or it's a $10 option to add it. Only problem I find with Timbuk2 bags is they're true messenger bags and their shoulder straps are a little shorter.

    Price isn't a concern, but getting a (smaller) really functional bag is.
  20. mac jones, Nov 4, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2010

    mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    Sorry about that. I really like the case, it's about as good as you can get.

    I was surprised. It's possible yours will fit. Wouldn't be the first time I was wrong.
    But i wouldn't count on it. Then again, i've seen this sort of thing play out where the cases had variations , so that some people got different fits. Let's hope so for yours.

    I would imagine Toffee would be accommodating considering they sell this for the Air.....
  21. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000


    Dec 20, 2009
    Being addicted to both Laptops & good protective bags of all types, I use all different combinations depending on where I'm headed. What's particularly satisfying about my 13" MBA is it's so light I can't even tell it's there ... :)

    So far, this replacement for my first defective Air is working well. Yet then again it's only been four hours. It's at times like this I enjoy living just three blocks from the Apple Store. Especially during these times of collapsing quality control. I'm on my fourth iPhone 4, all exchanges for the original. This one seems ok.

    Apples beginning to feel like buying from Dell. Perhaps Apple will come to their senses and restore their good name with those of us that know how good they used to be.
  22. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium


    Jan 28, 2009
    Quebec, Canada

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