Remember the Grab-It Pack? If you're not familiar, it's a gadget holster that looks designed to hold ultra-advanced military weapons for super soldiers. Or something like that. Well, they have a new version called the Tablet Pack, which comes with container space to hold your favorite slate.
Just like the Grab-It, the bag will strap to your waist and leg, keeping the contents from swinging wildly while you haul your ass around town, making it perfect for carrying an iPad whether you're kicking it on a bicycle or racing to work on the subway. And, yes, it's styled like a bad-ass weapons holster that will look even better wrapped around The Punisher's body rather than your nerdy, frail physique.
The Tablet Pack is made using 1680D polyester, with nylon backing and sponge inserts that give your precious gadgets the protection they deserve. It comes with three pockets: a large one (11x 8.5 inches) for the iPad, a small one (5.5 x 3.5 inches) for phones and a wide top pocket (3 x 7 inches) for any other stuff you're bringing along. The body strap can fit waists up to 43 inches, with extenders available if you spent the last couple of years eating too many triple-patty bacon hamburgers with extra cheese.
You can get the Tablet Pack directly from the official website, priced at $45.95.
Mercenaries for hire use iPads, too. All that waiting inside abandoned warehouses, park benches and tinted industrial vans can get boring after a while. And we're guessing this is how they transport their tablets: the Kato Tactical Mini-Messenger Bag.
As the name implies, it's a mini-messenger sized to fit an iPad, along with the minimum of tools any mercenary could need while stalking targets and hunting bounties on the road. You know, stuff like pistols, bullets, tranquilizer darts, tasers and cyanide poison (for when you get caught and can't give up your contacts).
The Kato Tactical Mini-Messenger Bag is made from DuPont Cordura, complete with quiltings and paddings to ensure your tablet never gets damaged in the course of your day-to-day affairs. It comes with a main compartment measuring 12.1 x 9 x 3.1 inches and a back compartment measuring 12 x 9 x 0.75 inches, so you can carry an 11-inch ultraportable (yep, the small MacBook will fit) and an iPad if you need both. Or maybe just more guns. Yeah, that sounds about right.
The interior can also be used to hold DSLR cameras and lenses (for spying and stakeouts) -- just rearrange the padding inserts and your expensive photography gear will be duly protected. Sporting MOLLE modular components, the bag can also be expanded to hold multiple exterior pouches on the front and sides. It comes with one extra pouch that you can attach to the side for extra space.
Thinkgeek has the Kato Tactical Mini-Messenger Bag available now. Price is $99.99.
With most iPad cases, the whole spiel about "keeping your iPad protected" tends to point more towards nicks and scratches, rather than serious bumps and drops. That's why truly protective accessories, like the Gumdrop, feel somewhat special. It's also one of the reasons why the Normincies Radical iPad Bag is so awesome.
While I won't call the design "radical and innovative" like the product page does, it is quite the handsome-looking yet super-functional piece. Suffice to say, carrying your tablet in this, as opposed to a small messenger bag or a backpack, should see you less worried about having it meet an untimely demise.
The Normincies Radical iPad Bag's most pronounced feature is the large slab of 5052 aluminum sitting right on its backside. Yep, it's a solid piece of metal protecting your slate from bumps and drops, ensuring higher chances of survival regardless of what perils it encounters throughout your travels. Want to ditch the aluminum while carrying your iPad around the hotel? No problem -- just pull out the snap fasteners and it turns into a lovely fabric bag.
Measuring 10.6 x 8.8 x 1.37 inches, the actual bag is made from cordura nylon, with a low-profile black color outside and an eye-popping orange shade in the interior. The bag is padded, as well, to double up on the protection part. Interior features a main tablet compartment and two smaller pockets for holding other stuff.
You can get the Radical iPad Bag directly from the Normincies online shop. Price is $198.
Trying to figure out more stylish and convenient ways to bring your iPad on the road? You'd probably want to look at the Bombata Micro iPad Briefcase, which brings both style and utility in spades.
Sporting a modern European-inspired design, the vertical briefcase offers plenty of options for carrying your tablet. You can use the dual rounded handles to hold it by hand briefcase-style, sling it over your shoulder like a messenger or even put the whole thing inside a larger bag.
The Bombata Micro iPad Briefcase measures 13 x 10 x 2 inches, with two large compartments on either side of the case when opened. One side is sized to hold an iPad inside a padded frame, held in place by velcro straps. The other features three pockets of different sizes to hold your other stash.
Designed for lightweight handling, the bag weighs just a little over a pound. Construction is vinyl and silicone, with a zip around closure. From the looks of it, this should fit all three generations of iPad handily, as well as smaller computers.
You can get the Bombata Micro iPad Briefcase in 8 colors -- blue, red, orange, brown, green, purple, black and pink. Price is $37.
For many people, an iPad is only one of the myriad of things they're toting to work, so a briefcase with a whole lot more space for other things is the way to go. And this Norino Attache looks fit to do that job.
Made by Versetta, the stylish sack is designed for office professionals who increasingly depend on their iPads for getting things done in the workplace. It looks like a regular office briefcase, too, so you don't have to stick out like a sore thumb among your suit-wearing, "give me the net-net" peers.
A part of Versetta's iPad-loving Affari Collection, the Norino Attache features an iPad compartment on the outside front panel. When fully unzipped, the pocket reveals a padded iPad slot where you can slip in your tablet for safekeeping. Even better, you can use the iPad without lifting it off the bag, as the screen is fully usable, along with all the ports and buttons via cutout windows.
Since the iPad goes in its own place, you can use the two interior compartments for the rest of your workplace stash, like a laptop, books, document stacks and extra gear. Construction is a faux leather, with fabric lining for the interior and brushed brass hardware for the metal components. Other features include a wall zipper pocket, slide pocket, cell phone pocket, a top handle and an adjustable strap.
The Versetta Norino Attache is available in three colors: black, brown tan and cordova brown. Price is a bit steep, though, coming in at $229.
Sure, you like carrying your iPad 2. Somehow, though, you miss lugging around something heavy and bulky like you used to do with your laptop. Well, here's how to get that discomfort while taking your tablet around: the iPad Travel Express Case.
We're kidding about your desire for discomfort, although the actual case is real. Armed with pockets and even more pockets, it can literally fit your iPad along with every accessory you need for it during extended sojourns on the road.
Billed as an "all-in-one mobile office solution," the carrying case can fit in your iPad 2 with its Smart Cover, a wireless keyboard, cables, headphones, power brick and whatever other stuff you normally use the tablet with. Sure, there's probably a point where you can't fit any more, but the amount of stuff this thing can hold sure is impressive.
On its own, the iPad Travel Express Case measures 12 x 9 x 1.5 inches, so it can be a slim container too if all you're bringing along is your tablet. It features ballistic nylon material for the actual case, soft pockets that guarantee scratch-free protection, a good deal of padding on the iPad compartment and an AYKK self-locking zipper. You can also request optional D-rings and a strap, so you can hang it over your shoulder like a laptop bag.
The whole point of carrying a tablet is its portability. But you never know when you need to haul all that crap you keep buying for the iPad, so might as well get a case that can handle them all. You can get the iPad Travel Express Case from Waterfield, priced at $69.
If you're in the market for a messenger bag to hold your iPad or iPad 2, along with the rest of your regular man-about-town ensemble, the Rickshaw Bagworks Messenger Bag for iPad 2 should make for an interesting pick. A remake of the company's Zero Messenger bag, it takes on the same general design and make -- save, of course, for the iPad-friendly part.
To accommodate your Apple iPad 2 tablet, they added a padded sleeve in front of the main compartment, where you can throw in either a naked or a case-wearing iPad. Behind the pocket sits what's essentially a large sack with a generous room for your stash (the product page claims paper files, a sweater, a book and a notebook can be bundled in).
The Rickshaw Bagworks Messenger Bag for iPad 2 is a square profile messenger bag that measures 10 x 11.25 x 3.75 inches and weighs a mere pound. Bag bottom is padded to protect your sensitive gear, with two small front pockets, a D-ring for attaching a cross strap and horizontal velcro strips inside the primary compartment for attaching accessories.
Material is X-Pac waterproof sailcloth, a high-performance fabric that's ideal for those at risk of getting their bags wet (such as when you live under rainy climes or when you're a klutz who regularly spill your drinks on your stuff). The exterior flap is rounded with a velcro closure, while the strap comes with a quick adjust cam for even more convenient handling.
Made by hand upon order in the company's home base of San Francisco, the Messenger Bag for iPad 2 is now available for orders online. Price is $75.
Don't let the "case" in the name confuse you. The Killspencer Original Wax iPad Case is actually a bag, instead of a "case" as we normally categorize our iPad accessories. With that potential source of confusion sorted out, I have to say: this is one sweet-looking bag.
The name comes from the material used to make the bag, original wax black filter twill. If you're not familiar with that, it's a utilitarian fabric originally designed and manufactured in 1837. According to the product page, this 3-ply x 2-ply fabric is military-spec and water-repellent, making it perfect for specialty applications like hunting, fishing and sailing.
The Original Wax iPad Case measures 8.25 x 10.5 x 1.75 inches, with a spacious inner compartment (you can fit your iPad with another case in tow) and three outside pockets (one big, two small). Coated neoprene padding line the interior for helping keep scratches out of your slate, while a shiny black bullhide handle sewn on top lets you carry the whole bag comfortably. Since a water-repelling fabric won't be much use when liquids can get in through the closure, they use water-resistant "aquazip" zippers, too.
Designed for the iPad-toting, work-pretending hipster, Killspencer recommends throwing the iPad in the interior compartment, a moleskine notebook on the large pocket, an iPhone on one of the smaller outer pockets and a bunch of business cards on the other. Now, if they only added a way to get a strap onto the thing, it will be perfect.
You can get the Killspencer Original Wax iPad Case now, priced at $150.
One of the things I love about the iPad is the fact that it has inspired so many sleek and elegant accessories designed specifically for it. The new InCase Canvas Field Bag ranks right up there with the best of them.
Clad in a simple clutch bag shape, it's sized just right for the iPad's dimensions. Instead of just clasping it with your hand, though, it comes with an adjustable and removable strap that's meant to go sling-style across your torso.
The InCase iPad Field Bag is made from a tough canvas material, with weather-resistant coating for further durability. Unlike other bags, it has a play-through design that lets you use the tablet without having to pull it out of the compartment (the bag actually opens like a folio case, while the tablet sits inside a frame).
Interior has a quilted cotton-lined sleeve to absorb bumps, with the holding frame getting a protective screen cover. Other features include dual zippers for closure, a removable pouch and an exterior zippered pocket.
If you think a simple, stylish iPad bag that has a clever case-like design is a good idea, you'll probably want to get your hands on the InCase Canvas Field Bag. It's available for $69.95.
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