The first purchase of any laptop owner should be protection. Whether it’s a chic messenger bag for around town or rough-and-tumble backpack that goes well beyond general commuting purposes, keeping your computer safe is essential and crucial to your machine’s lifespan. We’ve rounded up some of the most stylish, fashionable, and practical laptop bags for every man and women looking to add a bit of peace of mind to their daily travels. Some of the bags are costly, but quality doesn’t always come cheap, though there are some budget-friendly choices. Here are 25 laptop bags we think look super sharp.
Herschel Supply Co Retreat ($70)
It’s hard to beat the unique style of a Herschel Supply Co bag, and the Retreat is no exception. Available in a variety of colors, this spacious pack is dressed in coated polyester, with a reinforced bottom so you don’t break anything when you set it down quickly. The laptop sleeve is perfect for keeping your computer steady, or holding onto anything you don’t want mixed with everything else in your pack. When you need to close everything up, the flap on the top provides adequate protection, with a pull cord inside, and metal clasps to really batten the hatches when the elements try to get the best of you. The Retreat comes in at an appealing price point, and there are sizes above and below it if your needs differ a little from the norm.
Etsy MacBook Pro Messenger Bag ($140)
Nothing says “artsy” quite like Etsy. Aside from the usual offerings of handmade beard beanies and vintage Danish lights, the up-and-coming craft site also boasts a number of laptop bags for those who truly want something that’s one of a kind, right down to the stitching and color wash. Each of Etsy store Horse and Pine’s small, dark denim messenger bags features an off-white cotton canvas compartment suitable for 13-inch ultra books and other similarly sized laptops. Although two outer rivet-reinforced pockets provide just enough space for your cell phone or charger, the three additional inside pockets allow ample room for bulkier items, making the bag versatile whether you want to cram in a few classic novels or keep it light with no more than your laptop.
Available at: Etsy
Ice Red AVA Urban Laptop Backpack ($45)
The AVA backpack-handbag hybrid for women is a real eye catcher. Crafted with stylish urban aesthetics in mind, it’s also built to last given its ripstop nylon construction and quality guarantee. The vertical bag, available in four colors (black, blue, red, and yellow), is equipped with a 10- to 15-inch laptop compartment and an assortment of different-sized pocket organizers for electronics and stationary alike. It’s as minimalist as you want to it be, yet roomy enough for any bulk you might want to add for your agonizing bike commute or romp around the city. Don’t let the bright, jubilant colors dissuade you – florescent is totally in this year, remember?
Crumpler Pinnacle of Horror ($130)
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit the name alone was intriguing enough for us to throw this unique Crumpler bag on the list. Luckily, it’s fantastic piece of nylon and peached polyester design, strapped with a water-proof roll-top opening and reinforced stitching on all the appropriate stress points. The Velcro-zipper closure makes sure all your belongings are secure, including your 15-inch laptop, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the bag is a hassle to open. Pockets aren’t overly abundant – there’s a front compartment as well as a back in addition to the bag’s thin interior – but they expand nicely to accommodate items that run on the sleeker side of the size spectrum. It may look a tad mundane, but it’s a nice around-town bag or one perfect for your laptop and other office documents. And with two available colors, black and rifle green, it’s worth a shot.
Available at: Amazon
Ogio Renegade RSS ($150)
If you carry everything you own with you on your back, the Ogio Rengade RSS is an awesome choice, not just for its storage space, but for its features. The laptop compartment holds even the most sizable 15″ laptops, with a special suspension system so you can drop it right in, and then drop the bag, and your computer won’t even notice it happened. There’s also a wealth of available pockets in myriad sizes and locations, some with microfiber cloth so you can toss in a tablet or e-reader without having to worry about it, and a sunglasses pouch with tough walls so you won’t end up with scratched lenses. It’s a little on the pricey side, but it holds everything, and keeps it all protected from bumps and bruises.