Patagonia Half Mass Messenger bag for 13 MBA- review

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by rkb, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. rkb macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2010
    This is a quick review of my new shoulder bag by Patagonia. They call it the Half Mass bag and it is made from a weather proof heavy nylon. Inside is a removable laptop sleeve that measures 15.5 x 11.5 and secures inside the bad in a suspended orientation. That way when the bag is set down the laptop does to have a hard landing. On the outside flap is a generous zip pocket with another large pocket on the outside back of the bag. On the inside there are two large pockets that hold cables and on the inside of the main compartment is a small zippered pocket that would hold a small portable drive or wallet and iPhone.

    These bags retail for 99US and are highly rated among owners. I have used Patagonia brand products for many years and they are consistently very high of quality.

  2. mmcxiiad macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2002
    Thanks for the review. I wonder how this bag's younger brother, the pantagonia minimass, would work with the MBA 11.6? Anyone have any info on this?
  3. nicoritschel, Nov 13, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2010

    nicoritschel macrumors regular

    May 22, 2006
    Oooh I really like that color. I also am wondering about the minimass. I'm going to check out a store tomorrow that most likely carries the minimass and I will report details
  4. nicoritschel macrumors regular

    May 22, 2006
    I'm going to check out the mini mass right now & will report my findings
  5. rkb thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2010
    I bet the Mini Mass and the 11 inch is a perfect combo. The bag looks pretty much just like the Half with the same colors. Now that I have had a day or so of use with the Half I can say I am positively thrilled with my choice. I thought the orangish color was a cool, I didn't want to be just another black/brown/dk green bag in the crowd.

    I hope you get one, I really think you will love it-
  6. nicoritschel macrumors regular

    May 22, 2006
    I LOVED the minimass so I had to buy it (
  7. blowfish2314 macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2014
    mini-mass, and half-mass

    I have been using this with the 11inch mba for a while, I can say that its a perfect fit, you will want extra protection though because there is no laptop sleeve in the mini mass, I used this sleeve in conjunction with the mini-mass. The combo is really good, you don't even have to pull the sleeve out to get your computer.

    You have to be careful though, because there is a lack of padding on the bottom of the bag, and the sleeve does not have good protection on the corners, if you drop this bad at the right angle you can ding you macbook pretty good. Might look into another sleeve or maybe something harder, but there isn't much room, that's why the skinny sleeve works well.

    Does anyone know if the half mass works well with the mbp 13 retina, i'm planning on using it to carry the mbp 13 retina and my mba 11?
  8. FuNGi macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2010
    Sorry, not water-proof, no deal. I much prefer Timbuktu for this reason.

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