Win: The Best Bags

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Win: The Best Bags

Welcome to the Win contest for our best bags of 2010. Entering is easy: simply leave a comment with your favorite bag and all the things you keep in them!


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Have fun!

The fine print:

Mac|Life "The Best Bags!” Contest rules: One entry per person. The winner will be chosen at random from qualified entries. All entries must be received no later than December 31, 2010. By entering this contest, you agree that Future US, Inc. may use your name, likeness, and website for promotional purposes without further payment. Employees of Sponsor, its respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliated companies, and agents, and foregoing employees¹ household or immediate family members (defined as parent, spouse, child, sibling, or grandparent) are NOT eligible to enter Contest. All prizes will be awarded, and no minimum number of entries is required. If two or more people enter identical designs and that entry is selected as the winner, the entry received first will be awarded the contest prize. Prizes won by minors will be awarded to their parents or legal guardians. Future US, Inc. is not responsible for damages or expenses the winners might incur as a result of this contest or the receipt of a prize, and winners are responsible for income taxes based on the value of the prize received. A list of winners may also be obtained by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Future US, Inc. c/o Mac|Life Contest, 4000 Shoreline Court, Suite 400, South San Francisco, CA 94080. This contest is limited to residents of the United States. No purchase necessary; void in Arizona, Maryland, Vermont, Puerto Rico, and where prohibited by law.



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I have an STM bag which is great. I carry around my 13" MacBook Pro, my iPad, my Textbook (I wish they had it as an ebook for my iPad), a half-dozen flash drives (one for each class), extra insulin pump extras, pens, a stylus for my iPad, and keys..oh and my iPhone.

I need a new bag!...grin.



I have been carrying a messenger for over 5 years and it's time to switch back to a backpack. The messenger is becomming a "mess"enger. I can't find anything without a total dump. I need organization and ease. I carry my laptop, nook, earbuds, Ipod, camera, corkscrew and medicine for all occations (diabetic with food issues). The multi- pocket backpack would serve the purpose of organization and capacity perfectly.


Rusty Stephens

Right now I sport it the old fashioned way with a simple black leather messenger bag I have had for years. We are like old friends. I use it for everything from carrying books I'm reading, a notebook for writing poetry, to a sketch pad and pencils for artwork. Honestly with the type of work I do, I really don't travel a lot with my 15" MacBook Pro computer but who knows, with a roomier update things could change.



Using a Bag of Holding right now, kinda nerdy!



I use a generic bag issued by our school for Faculty. I could go for the messenger bag, a definite upgrade for my computer and job supplies that I currently tote.



Love my Timbuk 2 messenger bag but also have a Crumpler camera bag that's awesome-- 3 lens, two bodies and charging cord all fit easily. Interested in trying their laptop bags, just can't find then in person to check out before ordering...



I carry an Incase slim profile backpack. I actually won a Swiss Gear travel bag and sold it to a client for the price of the Incase backpack as I'd been drooling over it in the Apple store for months.

The part I like best about it is the slim profile that is incredibly unobtrusive (no accidental "pack-whips" to innocent near-bystanders) and requires me to get a grip on my pack rat bent.

In the large "back" pocket I carry a MacBookPro 15" (with all applicable peripherals, charger, DVI to VGA, USB iPhone Cable), iKlear wipes and microfiber cloth and any current DVDs, USB drives, etc. that I'm actively working with. In the middle pocket I carry pens, pencils & sharpener, index cards, Post-it® notes, Sharpies and my most recent traffic ticket.

In the front pocket I carry receipts from the day/week for later expense entry.

At the top is a small zipper pocket that I carry business cards (mine and others), keys, iPhone and Spearmint Altoids (don't tell my kids).

There are also 2 hip pockets that I carry snacks as well as my keys and iPhone when I'm on the go.

Finally, there is a "hidden" pocket in the padding that goes against my back where I put my wallet and/or passport when traveling.

I used to be a messenger bag guy way back in the day, but the straps trashed my shirts from swinging the bag from side to front. When will they invent something that grips your shoulder and chest and let the strap slide within that so you don't fray your threads? I guess I'll have to come up with something.



While I love my inCase messenger bag, I'd love the opportunity to try out something new. Of course I'd keep my Macbook Pro inside, along with headphones, usb cable (for iPhone/iPod), alongside whatever books I'm reading at the time and my student's (awful) assignments. Maybe they'll get smarter after being in such a stellar bag.



The messenger bag will protect my MacBook perfectly on trips



I like the Crumpler bag. Looks like a great place to stash my pocket protector.



I have a Timbuk2 that I use for teaching all the time...fits a great amount of books, notebooks, my G4, and students papers like it a lot....



I have a FUL bag from Costco. Cheap but has more than my old targus bag. I carry cords for almost anything I want to plug my macbookpro 15 into. It feels more secure than my ancient message bag. I keep tools for fixing most anything computerish, tech books, computer how-to book, earphones, microphone, headset mic, and CD and DVD blanks, a little flash drive, and has room for an iPhone (if I had one. No cell phone in my life!). I bet I could even get my little camera in it!


Mongo Gordo

I carry my iPod, copy of MacLife, and my lunch in a paper bag. Seldom is anyone going to think it contains anything of value and I can always get a replacement at Central Market.



I have a Targus (something or another) bag, black and od green. It is designed for the macbook 13, which I have. It also has all the cool 'apple sized' pouches inside for the powerpack, mouse, remote, ipod, etc... very cool. Best part is the hide-away shoulder straps. I pull those bad boys out when strolling thru the airport and such, to free up my hands... I use it everyday and it does a great job keeping my macbook and ipad 16G safe.

If I could win on the the bags above, I'd prefer the messenger bag. I don't have on of those. Both bags look cool and functional though.. I'm digging the usb keys too. Great idea!




I've got both a messenger and a backpack to carry my laptop around in. However after a while I like using the backpack better. I have my laptop, charger, pens, books, headphones, external hard drive, some textbooks, computer tools, a multimeter, and at times some food for when I can't go out to eat.


Scott Hourican

The green bag looks nicer than the purple one. I carry my macbook pro cables ipod touch head phone chargers home & car . keys phone case and reading material



I am a teacher who carries her laptop, ipod, cell phone, flash drives, sunglasses, name it...back and forth each day. Each summer I also go on a missions trip with our teens from church and carry lots of gear. I could really use that messenger bag! :-)



How else would I make my subway commute in style to ensure that my MacBook Pro, books and LaCie rugged external drive make it in one piece? Easy...the Crumpler messenger bag!



Like the messenger bag, but love the gear in the backpack!



I'm a messenger bag lover! My Keen Alameda 15 is a winner for my MBP 15 and all my necessary junk on my daily, two-bus commute. I'd choose the Crumpler Messenger would be my choice.



Right now I currently have my:
15" MacBook Pro, iPad, charger, sync cable, iphone head phones, passport portable hard drive, magic mouse, vga cable, charger extension cable, usb extension, presentation remote, mini-DisplayPort to VGA, mini DisplayPort to DVI, lens cleaner, jump drive, bound notebook, pen, business cards. I love this bag, but that's not to say that I don't need another one with some incredible accessories.



I need a new messenger bag to carry my new mac book pro. My old bag doesn't stay on my shoulder when my computer, mouse, iphone, sketch pad and all my connecting cables are in it.



have a jansport bag, no laptop compartment ): Im a senior in high school with a macbook pro but no sweet bag that deserves to hold it. please help!



I would keep everything in it for sure my macbook, my ipod touch, phone, charges,school work ect.
its a convenient fit for all of my education and entertainment needs.


Deni Bonet

I'm a professional musician and I always carry a cheap, no-name backpack that I bought down on Canal Street in NYC. I live in Manhattan, and I'm recording a new CD, so I've always got tons of gear with me. I picked this backpack because it fits my new Macbook Pro 13 inch inside a very spiffy BUILT sleeve, a tiny Glyph hard drive, my Apogee One audio interface, and my little Akai LPK 25 laptop keyboard. There's some cables, and a thumb drive or two, along with my headphones. Don't forget the charts! And I manage to squeeze in some girly stuff, too! The BEST part of my travel backpack is that the front pocket holds my tiny Kala travel ukulele! (I'm an electric violinist, but that doesn't fit in the backpack!) BUT... JUST SO YOU KNOW, I'd trade my cheap-o backpack for EITHER of these nifty bags! Along with the gear inside them, of course!



I am looking for a new bag with style AND support.



These bags look great. I will keep my MacBook and its stuff (charger, video cable, etc.) I teach a bit, so I have my wireless slide advancer, as well as network cables (old school, I know). There should be room for my newspaper, journal, magazines (MacLife, of course), spare changes, a bottle of water.... need I go on....



My favorite bag is my lil' orange InCase bag. It's the perfect size to hold my macbook, all it's cords, and even a few folders of papers or a magazine when needed. It's also great because the strap comes off letting it be used almost like a sleeve for a larger bag. It's great!



I like the one on the top. I would carry my 4th Gen. iPod nano, my laptop, and maybe an iPad.



My favorite backpack is my Oakley Kitchen sink backpack it's huge! I keep my 17 inch MacBook Pro, my school books, Iphone 3gs, Ipod classic, all my charging cables, along with each new edition of of Mac-Life to read between my classes. Justin Lay



I can see how your staff could be divided between messenger bag and back pack. As for me, it depends on my mode of transportation. If I'm forced to drive my car (which will be from now until spring), I would choose the messenger bag. But, if I am able to ride my motorcycle (a 2008 Yamaha Raider with no saddlebags), I would go with the backpack. So, I'm divided 50/50 on the issue.

Having said that, I really like the looks of the messenger bag between the two in your article.

Send it my way. OK?



I want that purple bag! Perfect for travel, wont get confused with anyone else's bag.
macbook pro
power cables
usb cables
bluetooth keyboard and mouse
maclife magazine
flash drives
car keys
parking meter ticket
sun glasses
water bottle



I carry everything but the kitchen sink! Seriously- MacBook, iPhone, school books, parking stubs, cash,extra toothbrush, toothpaste, ziploc bags, lunch, anti-bacterial wipes and hand sanitizer, sun glasses,car keys,etc. Like I said the kitchen sink! Purple is also my most fav color. Please, please chose me, my old Eddie Bauer is in desperate need of a face lift!



Currently, I'm just using a sleeve and a regular backpack. The Bihn bags look great. I've been looking at them for a while and can't really choose. Winning the contest would definitely help me choose and put my MacBook in a more protected environment.



I currently use a Targus backpack that is way overstuffed... always has a laptop of some sort (work Lenovo or my personal Macbook Pro) multiple power cables, network cables, tools, folders, files, phone chargers, office keys, spare batteries, MacLife Mag or two (sometimes three)
snacks for overnight work shifts... and more... it's fraying everywhere.... please hook me up! i need a holiday replacement!



Currently looking for bag to carry my new Mac Pro as I will be attending college this coming Spring 2011. It would need to be bag that can handle the everyday troubles, (stretching, weight, scraping, etc) to last. It would have to be comfortable to wear or carry around on the back and shoulders. There would have to be several compartments to store all of your everyday essentials (computer, cords, hard drive, keys, MP3 player, etc.). It should be a bag like one of these to be named the best bags for your gear, and if these are the best bags, I would want to win one to help me get through the day.

I would prefer the backpack over the messenger. For one, the backpack is more versatile to wear on your back, out of your way and far more comfortable than having a single strap weighing you down. A backpack is more functional as it has several compartments to store everyday things to whereas a messenger bag is one big area with compartments which in some cases can cause clutter.

Overall, I would want a backpack to store my Mac Pro, Power adapter with extension, portable hard drive, lock cable, itouch w/ earphones, cellphone, water bottle, and some books.


Billy Rodgers

My bag has all of my tools, my thoughts, and dreams inside. Sometimes even a stale potato chip or two!!!



I only use messenger bags for my laptop. Right now I'm using a Swiss Army messenger.



The purple (as pictured here) backpack would leave my hands free for carrying my coffee mug. Right now I'm using an off-brand backpack with a padded sleeve to tote my 15" MacBook, power supply, mouse, books, meeting notes, iPhone, iPod, wallet, keys, mints, gum, medicine, snacks, hairbrush...well, you get the picture, it's all a great big jumble and I rarely find what I need quickly. Yes, I do need to carry both an iPhone and an iPod, since I usually have my iPod in its iMainGo case for birding use in the field. Please have mercy on my disorderly brand of geekiness!



I'm reaching middle age, and my daily work bag reflects it. It's a plain black case logic bag. It's not a bad bag at all. In fact, it's very practical to carry my firm-issued Lenovo workhorse laptop to and from work. But I'm looking for a new job, and I think I need a new bag to carry my new 17" Apple Macbook Pro . . . a bag that is bright and inventive . . . one that matches my new outlook on life. This midlife crisis is going to regret the day it picked me to harass!



My bag is a Victorinox Travellers backpack. Very clean lines, plenty of storage spaces and a sleek look in black. In it are my MacBook Pro 15", an extra charger, iPod cable, iPod nano, a 4 gb USB drive, extra earbuds, a good sketchbook for ideas that won't wait for startup, a couple of good pens and a mechanical pencil. I always have a bright LED Streamlight flashlight, contact lens case and drops, an Oakley hardshell case for the shades, a couple caribiners, full finger Fox bike gloves and three or four Clif Bars. Oh yeah, I also usually have the latest issue of MacLife and DirtRag magazines.
I am always on the go, so being prepared is a must.



I'd go for the messenger bag and carry my MacBook Pro along with my trackpad, folders for work, and a serial port cord. Love your magazine and love them macs!



I only need to carry just this ashtray... and this paddle game. The ashtray and this paddle game and that's all I need to carry... and this remote control. The ashtray, the paddle game, and the remote control, and that's all I need to carry... and these matches. The ashtray, and these matches, and the remote control, and the paddle ball... And this lamp. The ashtray, this paddle game, and the remote control, and the lamp, and that's all I need in my bag. I don't need to carry one other thing, not one...



sweet bag..i'd keep my macbook and iphone in it...maybe some chips too...



I'd love a Tom Bihn bag! The Synapse pack is amazing.



My poor iBook had its battery fly off when in my still currently used padded backpack. The gadgets are nice, but transporting the iBook would be the main job for the Synapse backpack. How come the sunglasses were never listed for either bag?



I definitely love the purple backpack, it's stunning, and it would be perfect to hold all of my stuff in! Good backpacks are a must, especially as a college student! I've got to constantly carry around my macbook pro, ipod, books, notebooks, phone, mug, EVERYTHING! It's my life source!



I really like the moderate embarrassment messenger bag by crumpler. It looks like I could store all of my fun geeky stuff in it.



I've had a hec of a year both personally and work wise. I am excited to start my new school year as a Technology Coach for 2 middle schools and would love the purple bag to compliment all of my gadgets. I have been called the gadget girl a lot. I would use the bag for my ipod, ipad, macbook pro, hard drive, and all of my other gadgets. I have a targus bag which is about 8 years old with a broken zipper! It would make my year to win the bag!



I have a GIANT backpack that I got at a PX. It has millions of pockets for just about everything which is perfect if your deployed overseas but I'm still in school. I carry my MBP 15, my slowly dying ipod, a few textbooks, and a landfill of old notes, receipts, half finished study guides, and gum wrappers that accumulate due to the abundance of empty space. I just need a small bag that gets the job done and that doesn't have the extra space that will subconsciously turn into my trash can.