Flight Jacket by MacCase: Perfect MacBook/ultrabook bag

Summary:I recently bought a new MacBook Pro, and as expected it doesn't fit in my favorite small gear bag. That's OK, as this new bag is even better than that one.

Having just the right mobile gear requires the perfect bag to carry it in. Just as important as the gear that goes in it, finding the right gear bag is a cause for celebration. That's what I am doing right now as the Flight Jacket bag I bought from MacCase is everything I want in a bag.

Flight Jacket by MacCase
Image: James Kendrick/ZDNet

The Flight Jacket comes in several sizes, each perfectly tailored for a specific MacBook. They will work with any thin laptop but each bag is so thin you want to make certain it will fit before you plop down your cash. The Chromebook Pixel, which is slightly bigger than the MacBook Pro, fits snugly in the bag.

My bag is constructed of what MacCase calls Vintage leather, which looks great and is soft and light. The main compartment fits the 13-inch MacBook Pro (or Air) perfectly with no room to spare, and is lined with soft cloth. There is a flat pocket under the front flap with a Velcro closure, which is the perfect spot for the iPad mini.

The zippered compartment in the front flap, accessible with the bag closed, is just right for securing travel documents on trips. There is another flat pocket on the back of the bag, a good fit for a magazine.

The small pouch just below the front flap is designed to perfectly fit the Apple Super Drive and is detachable to leave at home when not needed. It's also good for a MacBook power adapter and a few small cables.

The Flight Jacket comes with a matching shoulder strap, and there is an optional wide pad to make the strap fit more comfortably over the shoulder. It has a grippy bottom to keep the strap secured to the body. I highly recommend this shoulder pad.

FJ BP
Bag worn as backpack using optional straps. Note: This is the large bag; mine is much smaller. Image: MacCase

There is another option available for the Flight Jacket that allows wearing it as a backpack. Two short straps fit into rings on the bag via heavy duty clips. The bag functions fine as a backpack using the straps, but it's not as comfortable as a real backpack. It's handy when it's important to keep both hands free all the time.

The Flight Jacket from MacCase is well constructed and has a very thin profile whether worn over the shoulder, carried using the loop handle on top of the bag, or worn as a backpack. It is very light, despite being made from strong leather. It is stylish and gets a lot of attention in public.

The bag as shown is $189.99, with both the optional shoulder pad and the backpack straps adding another $30 each. It was a lot more than I planned on spending for a bag, but I find it worth every penny.

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Topics: Mobility, Apple, Laptops

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James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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