iPad Messenger bags for iPad

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  1. sleepydinosaur macrumors regular

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    I'm looking for a masculine sized messenger that would work well for an iPad, iPhone and the usual stuff for a non student.

    What's everyone using these days?

    PLEASE INCLUDE PICS!

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    Fossil Atlas Courier

    Check out the Fossil Atlas Courier. It's a messenger bag designed specifically for the ipad. It fits an ipad with a thin sleeve or Smart Cover and I think it's very good looking.
     
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    Well, I haven't seen a small bag that sized for an iPad which doesn't look like a murse. If you want a masculine looking one, you have to go bigger.

    This is what I use:

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    Made by Timbuk2, it can accommodate a 13" laptop, a thin jacket, and a few other things. It's well made and is really light. It's larger that it needs to be for an iPad, but it doesn't look like a murse, still small enough to not get in the way. It's not any more effort to carry than a smaller one that just accommodates an iPad. Currently on sale for $59. Timbuk2 is a very reputable company.
     
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    I wholeheartedly agree
     
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    I forgot to mention that it has a dedicated soft iPad pocket as in addition to a padded laptop compartment. With all the compartments and pockets, it's still very slim and light due to the high-tech material used: a type of corduroy that is finer than what you typically see on backpacks.

     
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    I'm using a converted camera bag, the Tenba Mini Messenger.

    http://www.tenba.com/Products/Messenger-Photo-Laptop-Bag-Mini-Black.aspx

    Simply remove the Velcro dividers and it will carry letter-sized files inside. It also has a separate padded compartment inside that will fit an iPad or an 11 inch MBA. It comes in 7 colors, and is very durable with lots of pockets for phone, chargers, etc. It also comes in two larger sizes, but if you want to stay small, choose the Mini. I have the black, gray (platinum) and burnt orange, and they are all masculine colors appropriate for an office.
     
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    X3 Timbuk2 bags These bags are so rugged. I bought one back in 2004 for my Powerbook that I still user. I have several other Timbuk2 bags that are in rotation. My first Timbuk2 bag goes with me to music festivals because its has a lot of smaller compartments, loads of space, and when you are stuck in severe weather my Timbuk2 bag keeps everything dry. They are perfect for weekend trips.


    Take a look at these Timbuk2 bags

    Finder MacBook Messenger Bag

    Golden Gate Messenger Bag

    http://www.timbuk2.com

    The Freestyle Plus Messenger Bag for Macbook Air 11 or Freestyle Messenger Bag for iPad
    has a nice compartment for the iPad. That will fit your needs if you can find one.

    Or a small Timbuk2 Laptop Messenger bag which has a dedicated pocket for iPad or Classic Messenger which would be great if you have a sleeve around your iPad.
     
  14. meistervu macrumors 65816

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    I own a lot of bags. Heck, if I could make a living designing bags I would.

    One thing I come to realize is that where I live, the weather changes throughout the day. I can head out in 75F and later the wind pick up and temp drops to 50F with wind chill.

    So, I often need to carry a jacket. A bag that's too small to accommodate an extra layer of clothes is not practical for me.

    But that's not a bad thing as smaller bags look like murses and larger bags if done right is not heavy and bulky, and is a lot more useful in many situation.
     
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    define the 'usual stuff'. Are you talking just power cords for your devices or also a water bottle, your wallet, keys etc.

    and is there a reason why it has to be a messenger bag. Do you bike commute etc. Or is that just your preference on style

    You might check out tombihn.com they have a number of styles, some of which are in subtle color schemes like black on grey that you might like. I use a cafe bag as a day bag myself but the Risetto looks nice also and is more of a messenger style
     
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    LOL me too.

    STM, Timbuk 2, Booq, chrome all great bags.

    Something a little more "military or tactical" would be Maxpedition, 5.11, Hazard 4, might be something to look at.
     
  18. sleepydinosaur thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sorry, by usual stuff I mean, spiral notebook, pens, iphone, ipad air, lightening cable, wall
    Cube, stuff like that.

    As for style, I prefer the messenger style but I'm always looking. Aesthetically, I prefer vinarge look canvas or leather but leather isn't in the budget right now.
     
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    I carry my ipad in a Tom Bihn Medium Cafe Bag.

    It's not very padded (you can find other Tom Bihns that are) but I've used it for almost a year and it looks perfect. LOVE IT. It can fit an iPad 3 plus external keyboard easily, so the iPad Air in a sleeve shouldnt be a problem.
     
  20. JonMPLS macrumors 65816

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    another bag fanatic here . . .

    I have tried quite a few over the years. Right now, I have several I turn to depending on the length of the trip, and if it is business or pleasure.

    Messenger style: I have had 4 Timbuk2s over the years. Great materials and just a super warranty! But there is one thing that bugs me. They have lots of nice individual compartments, but they sew them all flat. So if you put something in one of the zipper sections, you can't use the others. There is no depth to most of the pockets. In this regard, I would go with Waterfield messenger for pockets that are more useful.

    Shoulder:
    For longer trips this is a great carry on. Best strap ever! This is a stock photo,
    go to redoxx.com for more. this is the color combo I have (safari)
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    Around town, here is a great option. Chrome Vega
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    For an in between, I have this one, that has a dedicated padded pocket for an iPad .. Hazard 4 Kato. Just a note--the padded iPad pocket is very snug if you have a case much thicker than a smart case.
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    For business, Tumi has some nice options. I have an old one of these I used to use for international travel, but works super for iPads. Tumi also realizes that the things you want to put in pockets (sunglasses, chargers, etc) have depth, so they make the bag really useful.
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    Next up? thinking of a sling to take weight off the shoulder a little. I figure I am OK as long as I have fewer bags than my wife has purses. . .
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    Fossil estate ew city bag

    Here's my ipad messenger bag designed for the iPad or other tablet
     

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    I like the fossil bages a lot; especially their leather stuff....not sure I can afford that right now however

    :)
     
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    Fossil city bag

    I bought this one at the fossil factory outlet for $65. It's not cheap but it's not as expensive as many.
     
  24. mofunk macrumors 68000

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    That's why I love the Timbuk2 bags. Whether its a daily commute or weekend trip, I've gotten caught in the rain. The strap on the Timbuk2 bag I can adjust to cover where my coat/jacket misses.
     

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