When I got my 11-inch MacBook Air, I loved the form factor, but I had a heck of a time finding a decent sleeve for it — everything seemed sized for the 13-inch models or the smaller iPad. So for a while my Air just lounged in a zippered case for the 13-inch Air, like a kid playing dress-up with grown-ups’ clothing.
A MacBook Pro, backup batteries, a water bottle, a tangled nest of cords--these are just a few of the things we carry with us every day, and in order to comfortably do so, we need a bag that can hold all this stuff and keep it protected. The BBP Industries Backpack does this perfectly, so much so that we’ve officially deemed it as the “Bag of all Trade Shows.” Whether you’re schlepping through a show floor or running for the bus, the last thing you need is to feel like there’s a bunch of stuff weighing you down.
This week, we take a look back at the very best of 2011. Whether you're looking for a gift for someone with an iOS device, or even a MacBook, we've got you covered. Read on for 2011's best case scenarios.
Forget the dog -- bag is man's best friend. Every day, we carry a bag on our backs or hanging off our shoulders to and from work, school, the gym, the yoga studio, or even a friend's house. Bags have to be big enough to carry the essentials and compact enough that you can squeeze by a crowd of standing passengers on the train or bus ride home; they need to be comfortable to wear for prolonged periods of time, and easy to clean if they get into a scuffle with dirt on the ground or a fresh wad of gum on the seat next to you; and they need to be able to lug around your precious computers and gadgets without the worry that something will break on the way home.
Like that one scene from The Empire Strikes Back, hauling all my gear around sometimes makes me feel like I’ve got Yoda on my back, nagging at me to become a faster, stronger Jedi (oh, how I wish I were a Jedi!). All my stuff can be a burden when I’m traversing the city on foot or cycling up hills. Timbuk2’s Hemlock backpack helps lighten the load while reminding me that backpacks don’t have to be big and ugly to be practical.