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.
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.
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.
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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iPad bags are fine for taking your tablet around during travel. If you absolutely can't use it without a Bluetooth keyboard in tow, though, your choices in iPad-specific bags suddenly dwindle down to a small number. The Waterfield iPad Wallet should count among your remaining options.
Designed as a two-in-one travel case, the container has separate internal pockets for an iPad and an Apple wireless keyboard, respectively. Both compartments are lightly-padded with non-scratch surfaces, ensuring your devices remain free from any nicks and scrapes.
The Waterfield iPad Wallet measures 12 x 9 x 1.5 inches and features impact-resistant inserts along the body for protection from bumps. A self-locking YKK zipper ensures your gear stays shut in, while a stretchable pocket around the back lets you carry other gear, such as chargers, styluses and miniature flame throwers (hey, some of you may be into that).
It comes in a choice of six colors (black, copper, flame, green, pearl and pine), with distressed brown leather sides. You can also choose to have the bag installed with D-rings (in case you have a spare strap at home) or request it be shipped with an accompanying strap. Both options cost extra, of course.
Currently on pre-order with an October 31 shipping date for the initial run, the Waterfield iPad Wallet is available for $79.
Need an iPad bag with just a little more space for daily essentials and a boatload of style? Try Booq's downright sexy tablet carrier, the Cobra Courier XS.
Measuring 11.4 x9 x 2.7 inches, the bag can fit both iPads and smaller notebooks with a max size of 9.56 x 7.47 x 0.5 inches on the securely-padded special compartment. Other hiding areas include a main compartment with multiple slip pockets (sized for your charger, iPhone, wallets and pens) and a quick-access zippered front pocket.
The Cobra Courier XS is made from tough 1680 denier ballistic nylon, with a water-resistant coating for use through any weather. Trims and flap are made from genuine Nappa leather, with a nylon twill lining for the interior. Bottom of the bag is rubberized for even better protection from water, abrasion and other hazards of daily use.
Other features include a fully-adjustable seatbelt nylon shoulder strap and a detachable key ring. Like all Booq bags, this messenger piece comes with a gunmetal-framed Terralinq serial number, which you can use to help find your bag in case you leave it in a bar after a drunken stupor.
One of Booq's newest models, the Cobra Courier XS is available now.
Do you prefer utility over style? You may want to try the Nimbus Tote, an iPad carrier that looks almost like a laptop bag.
Made from 100% polyester and designed like a carrying bag that comes free when you buy a new notebook, it's far from the kind of jackets we normally see iPads slipping into. Functionally, though, it seems really sound, although it does add more bulk than what you'll normally need for a tablet with a 9.7-inch screen.
The Nimbus Tote comes with two zippered compartments and a clear iPad pocket on the front side. Made with clear vinyl film, the iPad area allows for functional use of the tablet, complete with UV protection. Hook and loop closures on both sides allow you access to ports. If you want the iPad better protected (such as during travel), you can store it on one of the zippered slots instead.
Bag measures 9.5 x 13 x 4 inches and comes with a detachable strap. The website offers some suggestions on how to use it. Like we said, it seems really functional, but rather clunky. There's no way you're looking sleek with this thing in tow, so it's best reserved for those occasions when you'll be carrying an iPad along with a host of other items (such as books, a change of clothes or other gadgets).
Two variations of the Nimbus Tote are available -- with flap and without flap. The former retails for $54.95, while the latter goes for $49.95.
If conventional iPad bags aren't much to your liking, you might enjoy this stylish take from Molla Space. Called the Envelope Bag, it wears a look that resembles old-school, traditional kraft paper envelopes.
Equipped with a button and tie gummed flap, it seems better suited to hold a stack of documents than a mass of modern gadgets. While it appears to be made of paper, it's actually cut from synthetic leather, so it should hold an iPad and the rest of your gear without busting at the bottom.
Designed by Megawing, the Envelope Bag measures 9.8 x 13.4 inches, with a flat design that makes it ultra-convenient to take around. It can be used like a real envelope too, clutched in your hand or tucked under your arm. Heck, you can stack it on your desk if you have more than one.
The bag comes with an adjustable and detachable strap, so you can hang it across your body like a satchel. Since you'll obviously need to carry more than the iPad when you go out, it includes an inset pocket with multiple pouches for your phones, pens, keys and other small accessories.
Molla Space's Envelope Bag is available from their website for $60.