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Old 11-13-2012, 11:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Options for carrying small laptop or tablet

I have a Macbook Air 11 inch laptop that I would like to carry with me when I ride (mostly commuting). I have a nice motorcycle backpack to reduce air friction but I don't like wearing it, especially when it's warm out. I've considered a rear seat mounted bag but was wondering if anyone else has any good ideas for alternatives. I'd actually prefer some sort of sleeve with shoulder straps so that I could wear the tablet or think laptop under my motorcycle jacket. A small/thin seat bag might work too. Suggestions?

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Old 11-14-2012, 02:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Look at courier bags, preferably the real things instead of the trendy fashion accessories you'll likely find at the mall's luggage store. A good first stop to get you started might be aerostitch.com
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Old 11-15-2012, 06:35 PM   #3 (permalink)
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don't use a mounted bag. there is too much shock and vibration going on for your macbook. I use a backpack, kriega 30, waterproof, but that's for a macbook pro
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Old 11-17-2012, 04:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I use a rucksack which I don't mind using when I go to the jiu jitsu, I think any backpack is fine no? Well as long as its kept tight and not dangling all over the place, and of course secure! Don't want your crapp pouring out after wheelies!
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a Macbook Air 11 inch laptop that I would like to carry with me when I ride (mostly commuting).
Joel,

I wear this everyday. http://www.chromebagsstore.com/bags/...ags/buran.html The bag has a padded compartment for my laptop. The laptop stays safe. The bag rests comfortable on my back. I can carry a lot of stuff in it. It is waterproof and the material is durable and stays clean. The seatbelt buckle makes a great quick release and buckle-up. The bag looks professional so I can take it to meetings. Guaranteed for life. Made in good old USA. Check this bag out if you can.

Edit: Just noticed this bag is now "Built in Guangzhou China". Still a great bag though.


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Old 11-18-2012, 12:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I have an Icon Squad II. It has a big laptop pocket. The whole thing is a pig, but it is VERY secure. Looks like a parachute on.
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Old 01-31-2013, 07:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah a backpack is probably the way to go for a laptop. I use my normal Kensington Contour backpack while riding with my laptop.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Courier bag from Aerostich in Minnesota. I use mine every day with my laptop in it. Seversl size options...
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don't use a mounted bag. there is too much shock and vibration going on for your macbook.
I have successfully carried a laptop all over Europe in a topbox. So long as you lay it horizontally and cushion it you will be fine. I found that if it was vertical the shocks and vibes can shift the stylus in the hard drive so it won't boot up properly.
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Air is sold state drive, so no problem with shocks. A neoprene or similar sleeve will be fine. Ditto tablet.
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