Ogio Newt Slim Case – $80
Comfortable is definitely not the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word “newt,” but that’s precisely what Ogio’s messenger bag is. The three-panel pack is constructed using water-wicking fabric and lined with antistatic fleece, cradling laptops up to 15 inches along with your beloved tablet. The front organizer pocket stores ballpoint pens, a smartphone, and accompanying small accessories, while the ultra sleek back panel pocket houses important documents and the like. More notably, both the top and bottom of the back pocket zip open, meaning the bag can conveniently attach to a pullman by sliding the handle through the back of the bag for a more streamlined approach to traveling. It’s not incredibly flashy (it comes in black and a static gray), but sometimes functionality trumps making a bold fashion statement.
Alright, so it may not be Louis Vuitton, but the Pannier or Far Bag offers practicality and style at an affordable price. The rigid bag was crafted for the stylish commuter, thus it has two leather straps for securely buckling it to your suitcase handle or bike rack. Aside from usual hallmarks of wearability (i.e. a strap and handle), the bag also features a collapsable side pocket, interior elastic pockets, and an easily accessible front pocket with simple magnetic closures. It resembles a polyester purse coupled with reflectors in many ways, but the exterior finish is water and fade resistent, adding an element of durability and lasting design not typically found in fashionable bags. It’s also available in several patterns – our favorite being the one with the cute, clover-esque exterior.
Drop all your preconceived notions about what a snowboard company can and can’t do. Burton offers a host of varied-sized transit and travel bags in addition to the myriad of snowboards and snow apparel that have made the company a household name when it comes to the slopes. The Lida tote is a simple yet stylish bag for everyday use and general romping around. It doesn’t boast much in the way of features other than a silk-lined, 15-inch padded laptop compartment and a zippered exterior pocket, but the bag is incredibly spacious and durable given the polyester construction and equipped seatbelt-like nylon straps. Plus, it’s available in an assortment of colors and patterns (digi floral, misty tidal plaid, trippy garden, and jet), and it’s of the utmost quality for a rock-bottom price.
It’s always great when we can recommend a product made right here in the good ol’ U-S-of-A. Peasants and Travelers’ navy, leather-trimmed laptop bag is crafted by second-generation saddle makers in California, donning the seemingly-subtle canvas commuter bag with a rustic label of sophistication and distinctness not seen every day. Although it’s not the largest bag on our list, it’s spacey enough to stuff in a 15-inch laptop in the main compartment and a few other accessories in the two interior pockets, making it perfect for a minimalistic trip that requires little in the way of gadgets and gizmos. Keep in mind it won’t provide your laptop with much in the way of cushioned protection, but at least you’ll look fantastic strolling down the sidewalk.
If you’re a photographer, having a bag that can carry all your precious camera equipment is just as important as one that can carry your laptop. Incase has made a fleece-lined bag that combines the best of both worlds, featuring a padded compartment for a tablet or 11-inch laptop as well as a slew of storage chambers for your bulky SLR or DSLR, pricey lenses, and necessary flash kits. The simple, heathered sling design allows you to access compartments without removing the pack – whether you’re reaching for the readily-accessible external pocket or the main compartment – and the adjustable tripod carrying strap makes lugging around that monstrosity of a stand that much easier. The mesh backing also provides a bit of breathability, a worthwhile inclusion considering you’re likely to be carrying a hefty amount of gear. It’s available in black or a rugged camo, meaning you can feasibly blend in while snapping photos of all those white-tailed deer in the backwoods (because that’s something you’re totally going to do).
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