A perfect laptop messenger only needs a few features. It needs to fit your laptop and accessories, it needs to be comfortable, and it needs to not be so brain-numbingly ugly that you don’t want to wear it for fear of humiliation. So it’s with great delight, and a small dose of irony, that we present to you the “Moderate Embarrassment” messenger, a bag that fills all three criterions.
Well-designed internals keeps your accessories organized and in place, even after a bit of shaking. There’s a spot for pens, two zipped-off pouches, and plenty of Velcro to keep your stuff in place. By supplying its own built-in padded protection sleeve, the Crumpler alleviates the need for a case for your Macbook at all (13 & 15 inch only), and can easily fit an iPad as well.
The strap is sturdy and has an adjustable spongy pad to keep your shoulder comfortable during long treks. It opens and closes in a snap thanks to well-placed Velcro. Even the plastic buckles seem to be made superiorly to a majority of bags we’ve tested.
Our only beef is the bag’s bright-green interior, which is fine on its own, but when coupled with the “rotten orange” (their words, not ours) and grey exterior, looks a bit out of place. There are other color options out there for those not wishing to be moderately embarrassed - each slightly less garish than our beloved “rotten orange” version – ranging from all black with green interior, to brown and red with blue interior.
If you can get past the interior, you won’t be even a little embarrassed about carrying around your MacBook in Crumpler’s well-designed, fully functional, and fashionable messenger bag.
Moderate Embarrassment Messenger Bag
Plenty of pockets. Padded protection for your laptop means you don't need a case. Ultra-comfy strap.
Secret-of-the-Ooze green interior is a tad too garish.