Need book bag for school that can carry iPad pro, MacBook and more..

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  1. npolly0212 macrumors 65816

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    I was wondering if anybody had any recommendations of some book bags that are good for school?

    At any given time I normally have my iPad pro and MacBook Pro on me along with a textbook and a notebook to have paper for spontaneous quizzes. I also carry around headphones, drinks, snacks and whatnot in it.

    My book bag I have now is too small for me and doesn't fit everything I may need on any given day.

    Any recommendations are great, and if you have a link to it, that'd be even better.
     
  2. artfossil macrumors 6502

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    I can't say enough good things about my Rick Shaw messenger bag. I have the medium, which will transport a MacBook Pro and an iPad Pro. But if you're carrying a lot of other gear you probably want the large.

    http://www.rickshawbags.com/medium-zero-messenger-bag.html#272=201

    You can customize your colors and interior accessory bags. These bags are beautifully made.

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  3. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    You might want to check out Tom Bihn as well. They have top quality bags of all kinds and may have something that fits your needs. They are expensive but they are worth every penny. I have used their bags before and can vouch for their quality.

    http://www.tombihn.com
     
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    +1 I got the medium, which fits my iPad and MBA, along with tons of other stuff. Got a custom color and I love it.
     
  5. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, looking into it. Just don't look like they'd bee big enough for me.
    Would like to see one in person.

    Thanks, checking them out.

    I like the looks of some of these also, so gonna look into them some more
     
  6. MartyCan macrumors 65816

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    I got a large backpack computer bag from Eddie Bauer after looking around quite a lot at different designs. I bought the "Boulder River 30" and it suits my needs pretty well. I could stand another divider but for price/features I wanted it was easily the best choice for me.
     
  7. artfossil macrumors 6502

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    The medium Zero messenger from Rick Shaw holds a crap ton. The large would be ginormous. Any bigger and no one would be able to carry it!

    The interior of the Rick Shaw bags is unstructured and it expands to hold a LOT.
     
  8. MacCubed macrumors 68000

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    Are you in High School or College? Also, out of curiosity, why do you carry both your MBP and iPad Pro? I don't see one device doing more than the other besides flash. On the topic of bags, I am in High School and use a Jansport SuperBreak. I have probably about 4 folders and 4 notebooks, and occasionally bring my MBP. I put the laptop in a sleeve and then it goes in my bag. Another thing, what bag do you have currently?
     
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  10. npolly0212 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, will have to look into it!

    I am a college student. I use my iPad pro and apple pencil to actually write all of my notes, and being in computer Science I have to have my macbook to do all of my coding.

    I will have to look into it more and see what I can figure out. would love to see a picture of it with your stuff if you could?

    Thank you, gonna look into it a little later.
     
  11. jlc1978 macrumors 68000

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    +1 on Tom Bihn. I have several off their bags and they are top notch. Be sure to get their cushioned strap as it makes carrying the load a lot easier. They are pricy, but worth every penny.

    WaterField Designs (sfbags.com) makes some great bags as well, I have several as well as some of their padded pouches. I use one of their SleeveCases to pad my Mac in my Aeronaut and as a separate bag when traveling. The sleeve goes inside the Aeronaut and then I take it out and clip on the TB strap and am good to go.

    Both are well made bags that will last. Not cheap but worth it. eBay usually has some and sometimes you can get a good deal.
     
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  13. zhenya macrumors 603

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    I bought a Tom Bihn Synapse 19 a couple of years ago. I was skeptical at first because it doesn't look like much, but even as a bit of a bag snob, I am still completely in love with this bag after all this time. It fixes almost every problem I've had with backpacks (or any other style of bag for that matter). It is just so well designed that it holds a ton of stuff even in its tiny volume, and never feels awkward or unwieldy whether nearly empty or packed to the gills. Every square inch is smartly utilized and it makes you realize how most other backpacks waste the majority of their interior volume unless you happen to be stuffing a huge coat in there or something. Can't recommend this bag enough.
     
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    any cheap sport backpack will fit your heavy stuff and make sure you have very strong back and shoulders.
     
  15. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    I wouldn't use a cheap sport backpack to carry expensive items like a MacBook and iPad Pro. The chances are the straps or the bag will break especially with the weight.
     
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    Cheap backpack like JanSport backpack straps is very strong. JanSport knows students carry heavy textbooks so they fixed straps.
     
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    No they're not. They're made in China typically of basic material of very little strength and nowhere near as strong as bags from the likes of Tom Bihn and SF Bags. Even Crumpler, North Face and Rickshaw bags are of better quality. I would never trust bags from the likes of Jansport with expensive items like tablets and laptops. I currently have bags from Tom Bihn and North Face. The North Face one I use every day to carry my MacBook Pro and iPad. The Tom Bihn one is bigger and the one I use when I travel.
     
  21. AnthonyJ macrumors newbie

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    I use a Herschel Supply Co. Little America backpack - http://shop.herschelsupply.com/products/little-america-backpack-navy-1

    It fits a 13inch rMBP and my iPad Pro in the padded laptop compartment with a little extra room still. Been using it for a few years now, they are made solid. I have a matching satchel and duffle to the one above. I am a huge fan of them. There is plenty of room in the main compartment as well. I use this every day to and from work on the 1 hour + each way commute.
     
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  23. friedmud macrumors 65816

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    Someone would need to verify that. My iPad Pro does NOT fit in the iPad pocket of my North Face bag (not a big deal, I just put it outside that pocket). The iPP is quite a but larger than a normal iPad.
     
  24. oakie macrumors 6502

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    i'm surprised no one's suggested Booq so far. i've been using their bags for nearly a decade now since trying one of their camera bags based on a positive review i likely read here on MacRumors.

    currently i'm using the Boa Nerve since it's able to carry a 15" MBP. i just started using it with my iPad Pro combined with a 13" Viper Hardcase. the quick release magnetic buckle is what really sold it for me, allowing me to carry it high on my back like a sling and quickly unbuckle the strap to extend it for normal messenger carry and removal.

    i bought the Boa Nerve about 3 years ago when it first came out and from overseas trips, occasionally forced to be checked luggage, nearly daily use on mass transit commutes, and on bike and bicycle use in Seattle, it's held up without a single failure.
     

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