It’s one thing to get a bag to carry your Mac; it’s another thing entirely to do it in style.
Finding the right bag to carry your Mac laptop can be tricky: It has to be the right size, offer a decent amount of security and protection, have enough space for other stuff you might need, and should look good in the process. As with most accessories, Mac messenger bags are definitely not one size fits all. But if you’re in the market, these are currently our top picks when it comes to premium messenger bags for Mac!
The Messenger Bag
Pad & Quill uses hand-crafted leather, cherry wood paneling, twill waxed canvas, and gives you a 25-year warranty to back up the craftsmanship. The Messenger Bag fits up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro, and sports interior pockets to help keep your power supply, cables, and lots of other stuff secure. It comes in three exterior finishes: Whiskey Brown and Charcoal Gray, Chocolate Brown and Charcoal Gray, and Chocolate Brown and Olive Green.
- $369 – Buy now
Heritage Commuter Bag
Soft tumbled leather with an internal compartment big enough for a 15-inch MacBook Pro, plus a pocket big enough for a full-sized iPad, plus more besides for other gadgets and hardware you need, along with generous interior space for anything else you want to carry. A front pocket sports a zipper closure and places for pens, paper and more; a rear pocket sports a magnetic enclosure. Gorgeous heavy-duty gunmetal-finish hardware. Available in two finishes: Denim and tan. Elegant and sophisticated.
- $369.95 – Buy now
Waterfield Designs was started by a former bike messenger who was tired of crappy messenger bags. I’ve used their Staad Stout backpack for a while and love it, but if I were to switch to a messenger-style bag, I’d be strongly tempted by the Rough Rider. It’s a leather-clad messenger bag with four pockets, two of which make an iPad mini and an iPhone easily accessible. You can adjust the strap to accommodate what’s inside. Available in 13-inch and 15-inch variations with different trim color options including black, copper, pine, green, flame and pearl.
- $335 – Buy now
Custom Prospect Laptop Messenger Bag
Timbuk2 makes a lot of great bags and backpacks. The Custom Prospect can be configured with unique colors and patterns for a seemingly endless array of customization options. You can specify materials for the top, flap, body, boot and more, from mild to wild. It’s available in sizes to fit up to 15-inch MacBook Pros, with a front pocket for key, sunglasses and other small items, a rear zipper that lets you get access to the main pocket without having to open the case, and a dedicated iPad pocket, too.
- $144 – Buy now
Dowel Flapover Business Case
Leave it to Samsonite, one of the best-known names in luggage, to come up with an excellent messenger-style bag for business users. A padded laptop compartment protects up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro; separate compartments for papers, pens, power cord and accessories, along with a dedicated iPad pocket too. Premium leather exterior, handle and shoulder strap; 1200 denier Duraweave fabric on the inside with water-resistant coating. Available in black or tan.
- $91.48 – Buy now
It may not look quite as luxe as some of the other cases we’ve detailed here today, but Tom Bihn’s Empire Builder is so well-engineered it’s be nuts not to include it. It incorporates a side-release buckle and has three pockets. If you’re a frequent flyer you’ll appreciate the diagonal, open-top pocket sized perfectly for a boarding pass. You can order Tom Bihn’s optional Brain Cell and clip it inside; that’ll give you extra protection for your Mac laptop. It’s made of 1050 denier ballistic nylon, so it’s extremely durable. Downside: The Empire Builder only comes in one finish: Black with steel hardware.
- $190 – Buy now
Barney Rustle Blanket
Aussie bag maker Crumpler designs their gear to be used outdoors. It’s tough, well put-together and versatile. Nowhere is that more apparent than with the Barney Rustle Blanket — one of the company’s signature messenger bags. The bag includes five storage compartments, including a large zippered front pocket, Velcro tab-closing internal pocket and two slip pockets. A third leg stabilizer stops the bag from sliding around if you’re on a bike. Accessory loops and reflective material complete the bag.
- $125 – Buy now
Your messenger bag?
Obviously there are a ton of messenger bags available, but we’ve just skimmed the surface to find the best. What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments.