Which Backpack for 13in MBP? Boa 3M + Viper XS2 vs Tom Bihn Brain Bag + Braincell

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  1. jjwhite macrumors newbie

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    I recently downsized from a 15in MBP to a 13in which forces me to acquire a new backpack

    Since I'm always on the go, I need a backpack that holds a laptop and books/binders white protecting it from the usual student wear and tear and weight of unabridged dictionary sized books.

    I looked into a pelican 1090cc but the 13in MBP would move around too much.

    I narrowed the field down to:
    Tom Bihn Brain Bag with Vertical Brain Cell
    http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/100/TB0104

    OR

    The Booq Boa 3M + Viper XS2 Sleeve
    http://www.booqbags.com/laptop-backpacks-laptop-bags/13mb/Boa-3Msystem-with-Vyper-XS2


    Booq
    Pros:
    -Separate laptop compartment on the bag
    -The viper sleeve can be used separately
    -Hotter looking
    -Better water resistance without spraying
    -Better layout for pencils and pens

    Cons:
    -Zippered sleeve might be a pain to open, close, and store several times a day


    Tom Bihn
    Pros:
    -It's HUGE!
    -From the videos and comments, its the safest way to travel with a MBP
    -Laptop slides right into the top of the brain cell in the bag

    Cons:
    -MBP shares the main compartment with the books.
    -Over time the direct pressure on the brain cell (sleeve), might not be good.
    -Slightly awkward layout compared to a traditional backpack
    -Velcro on the brain cell cell may not last as long as zippers



    Any recommendations? Comfort reviews?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. PDE macrumors 68020

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    I've had terrible experience with Booq backpacks in terms of quality. Tom Bihn, on the other hand, has always been top notch.
     
  3. jjwhite thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Looks like I'm ordering a Tom Bihn. Wish I could have it tomorrow but the bags are so good that they're on back-order.
     
  4. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

    thegoldenmackid

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    Great choice. Worth the wait. And to be honest, Booq is way worse in terms of restocking.
     

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