Ordered new MBP, looking for a Vertical bag

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  1. FCDP macrumors regular

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    So I've just ordered my first Mac (15" MBP, very excited :D) from the Apple online store, and now I'm hunting for the perfect bag. I've been looking at several different bags that hold the MBP Vertically. I don't really need a lot of space, just enough to fit the laptop, power adapter, a few other cables, and a small notebook or two, nothing too big. I've narrowed it down to a 3, and am looking for any feedback or opinions on these bags.

    STM Medium Alley - http://www.stmbags.com/medium-alley-gallery.php
    Listed on the Apple store, a few have commented that this bag doesn't protect the MBP very well from rain. Other then that drawback, most seem to like it, but is the bag really as susceptible to rain as some say?

    Oakley Vertical Bag 2.0 - http://oakley.ca/pd/3110
    This would be the top contender, though it's listed as discontinued. Anyone know a good source for this bag online, or preferably a store in the Toronto Area?

    MacCase Jacket - http://www.mac-case.com/Products/MacCase Jackets.html
    Small, slim, but it seems designed to hold just the MBP and not much else.

    I've got a few days before my MBP arrives, and I'm hoping to have a bag to go along with it, Any help would be awesome.

    Quick edit, if anyone knows of any other top notch vertical bags, by all means post, thanks ;)
     
  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    I use and recommend mac case. I've only used their sleeves, but they are great. That's what gets my vote.
     
  3. yarinb macrumors newbie

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    I have the STM Alley bag and it will protect your MBP from everything!
    I take it that you don't stand in the rain for hours just for fun, and as long as you don't, the Alley will do its job extremely well.
     
  4. FCDP thread starter macrumors regular

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    No I can't say I do :D. Thanks for clearing that up, the STM Alley looks great, and may be my choice. Still interested in some info on the other two.
     
  5. FCDP thread starter macrumors regular

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    So, it's pretty much down to the STM Alley bag, or the Oakley Bag, though the final decision will be based on which one I can actually find in Toronto. Anyone spot any of these in the Toronto Area?
     
  6. CWallace macrumors 601

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    I have the MacCase jacket for my MacBook and love it. Hold my MacBook, power supply, USB hub and power supply. I plan to get one for my MacBook Pro.
     
  7. Swagfndr macrumors newbie

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    I think that the reason that the Oakley is showing discontinued is the fact that they reworked the bag. It now has a bit more room in the front pouches making it even more user friendly for the MBP. Not sure where to get it in Toronto but both Apple and Oakley stores in southern California carry the new version.
     
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    I have the Incase Nylon Sling Pack and I love it, very nice detail and great quality and comfort.

    Edit: Oh and I had the STM Alley, it was OK but I didn't find it very comfortable to wear and the velcro that holds the front flaps down wears out quite quickly.
     
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  11. alisoul macrumors newbie

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    i second huussi.. i love my incase vertical sling.
     
  12. FCDP thread starter macrumors regular

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    The Incase looks quite nice. I'll be swinging by the Apple Store to see if they have them, as well as the Oakley and STM and hopefully be able to compare.
     
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    Congrats on the MBP. I am sure you will like it! :D

    Of the three that you mentioned, I think that these two are the best:

    STM Medium Alley - http://www.stmbags.com/medium-alley-gallery.php

    MacCase Jacket - http://www.mac-case.com/Products/MacCase Jackets.html

    Personally, I have more of a backpack type. Love it for what I need. But there two are tempting. They look very convenient.
     
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    http://www.tombihn.com/

    I have the horizontal bag and it's great for carrying the notebook and a few accessories.
     
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    I have the STM Alley...

    It seemed like a great bag when I ordered it, and it is. Although it has a lot of pockets and storage, putting anything other than flat papers/books makes it have a huge lump in it. I don't like carrying my power adapter in it especially, because it looks silly and I feel like it could push against the screen if it was dropped or something, breaking it.

    After having the bag for a while (a year and a half), I've barely used it unless carrying only the laptop and some papers. I'm looking forward to getting a Crumpler bag soon. For now, I just carry my MacBook in an Incase neoprene sleeve in a normal backpack.

    I'm not saying not to get the Alley, but if you're planning on filling up those pockets at all, especially with a power adapter, I wouldn't get it.
     
  18. Milfin macrumors regular

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    http://www.tumi.com/backpacks_messe...kpack/product_detail/index.cfm?modelid=66865#


    This is the bag that I'm using. I'll be honest its a tight fit for the mbp 15" but the bag looks really nice. I like the fact that I can use the backstraps if i don't feel like carrying the bag on the shoulder. I'm able to put my mighty mouse/Ipod Touch/Airport Express/External WD Harddrive with no problems. I would not recommend this bag if want to carry large paperwork.



    Good Hunting. Great thread wish I saw some of these bags before I purchased the Tumi Messenger.
     
  19. FCDP thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, it looks like I may be going with either the Incase or the Oakley at this point. Though the Tumi looks pretty good, but it's a bit larger then what I'm looking for.
     
  20. ansella macrumors member

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    crumpler bags are the best in the business.

    Go crumpler! They have awesome vertical bags. Very well made.
     
  21. FCDP thread starter macrumors regular

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    You refeering to these bags?

    http://www.crumpler.ca/Cart/index.php?catId=5

    If so, they actually look quite nice, though I think I'm going to kill myself navigating the site... :p. Any additional info on these would be great. The "Breakfast Buffet" and the "Luncheon" look quite similar. Anyone use these bags for a 15" MBP?
     
  22. secretpact macrumors 6502

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    I'm also wondering what the difference between Breakfast Buffet and Luncheon is. I did find this online review of the Luncheon, however:
    http://www.thinkmac.net/blog/archives/review-the-luncheon-crumpler-notebook-bag.html
     
  23. FCDP thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just took a look a the tech specs, the Breakfast Buffet "Works with 12" iBooks & PowerBooks." The Luncheon "Works with the new 13" MacBook, 14" iBook, 15" PowerBook, and 15" MacBook Pro."
     
  24. ansella macrumors member

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    Click on check tech specs and it tells u the laptops it fits.

    I have a crumpler sleeve and I love it! Vary well made. They also send lots of extras when they ship it like 20 stickers and playing cars etc. They are a very unique company. They ahve a beer for bags swap coming up soon as well. Those 2 bags are the same except for the size. One is for the 13 inch macbook and the other is for the macbook pro. I believe the luncheon is the bigger one.
    Angel
     
  25. kevzy macrumors member

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    Hey, I'm new to mac aswell. I ordered this http://www.be-ez.com/prod_levertigo.html from the Apple online store and I have to say it's great. Loads of protection for my MBP, can fit a wireless mouse/keyboard, powerbrick and cables, iPod, notepad and folder and there's still room for more.

    I am always geting compliments on how good it looks aswell which is always nice :D
     

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