Ultimate MBP Backpack: Booq Mamba Shift L vs. Tom Bihn Smart Alec

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Which backpack?

  1. Tom Bihn's Smart Alec

    6 vote(s)
    40.0%
  2. Booq Mamba Shift L

    9 vote(s)
    60.0%
  1. Tears Apart macrumors 6502a

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    Hello all!

    So I just bought a new 17'' mbp and I am looking for the ultimate MBP backpack. I came down to two options and I am really in two minds.

    1) Booq Mamba Shift L
    2) Tom Bihn Smart Alec

    My criteria:

    1) Functional and durable.
    2) Stylish but unpretentious design-wise.
    3) Allows not only laptop storage but also enough room for holding few basic clothes/books/food when traveling.
    4) Ratio Quality/Price.

    They both seem to have about 27 litres volume.

    Currently I am in Germany and shipping the Smart Alec from Seattle would cost me a bit more than getting a Mamba.

    What would you get? Thank you.
     
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  3. NewToMac11 macrumors member

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    the 1st one, second one looks cheap to me, like a backpack you take out hiking or something, kinda odd.
     
  4. giladavni macrumors member

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    i wiil say the 1one as well. he is way more pretty !
     
  5. mrwonkers macrumors 6502

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    The first one is very ugly, The booq one wins...
     
  6. giladavni macrumors member

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    the first one is the booq one !
     
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    Haha - the bags order in the poll is inverted than the one in the post, that's why : )

    It's weird though, I think that to me the Smart Alec has a more pleasant design. Simpler and stylish.
     
  8. mrwonkers macrumors 6502

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    mybad the smart alec is the ugly one, the booq is slick and stylish....
     
  9. giladavni macrumors member

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    i know :D look what i wrote :

     
  10. OneMike macrumors 603

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    I think they are all ugly, but you obviously don't which is what matters. Out of them I like the first the most though.
     
  11. Tears Apart thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What do you use if you don't mind me asking?
     
  12. Hube01 macrumors newbie

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    While of the three posted, I prefer the first one, I also like the Brenthaven. I have an older version and can't kill it. I've had it for almost 10 years and four laptops later. I've taken it with me on trips, and work (fire department). Overall, the case looks almost as good as it did the day I bought it!



    http://forums.macrumors.com/newreply.php?do=newreply&noquote=1&p=12204825


    Jay
     
  13. Tears Apart thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hi Jay! I read only good things about the Brenthaven. However (call me a design freak) I just don't personally like its look. I find it a bit lacking personality.
     
  14. Minuk21 macrumors newbie

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    I have a North Face Recon and I think it works really well. You should check out some of the North Face Backpacks. i know the North Face Surge has a dedicated laptop compartment.
     
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  16. Tears Apart thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Good to know. What do you use if I may ask?
     
  17. toxictrix macrumors 6502a

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    They all look a bit ugly/over the top. I'd go Booq of those 3 though
     
  18. aimeeinohio macrumors regular

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    I am more of a messenger bag girl- I like Timbuk2

    And as a side note, one of my Timbuk2 bags has a tag inside that says "Making god **** in San Francisco since (19-whatever). Cracks me up!:D
     
  19. Tears Apart thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Messenger is stylish but backpack is just more comfortable (in particular if you fly with it).

    As for the poster who suggests North Face, that's too sophisticated design for me.

     
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  21. Hube01 macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I have had my bag fall off the engine, desks, and so on; never having any issues with my laptops. However, my latest one is a Panasonic toughbook!

    I just ordered Oakley's "Kitchen Sink" backpack. While I am not sure if I'm going to like it; it looked good! Besides, I can always get my money back!

    Jay
     
  22. gilbar macrumors newbie

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    I've been using an older Booq Boa for my 17" for years now. It is rock solid and looks great. Highly recommend it.
     

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