The question of Team Backpack vs. Team Messenger Bag has plagued humanity since the first laptop was invented. Even the Mac|Life staff is divided on the issue. But I know the truth: messenger bags are superior to backpacks. In order to expedite the enlightenment of backpackers, I offer you a shoulder bag done right—Booq’s Cobra Courier M. It’s destined to make believers out of the staunchest dual-strap-wearing backpackers everywhere.
Skooba Design’s Netbook and iPad Messenger Bag might be designed specifically for those devices, but it’s actually big enough to swallow a 13-inch MacBook--as well as an iPad and accessories. The flexibility and extra room is nice, but if what you’re looking for is something to schlep your iPad around in, the Skooba might be bigger and more complicated than what you need.