Tom Bihn ID messenger bag

Tom Bihn ID messenger bag

Summary: Tom Bihn's ID (US$130) is a mid-sized messenger bag that can easily carry a MacBook 13-inch all the way up to a 17-inch MacBook Pro, depending on the sleeve you pick. All Tom's bags are made in Seattle, Washington and the ID shown here is constructed of tough 1050 denier ballistic nylon in steel (dark gray) and black with a deep blue interior (it's available in seven different color combinations).

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Tom Bihn ID bagTom Bihn's ID (US$130) is a mid-sized messenger bag that can easily carry a MacBook 13-inch all the way up to a 17-inch MacBook Pro, depending on the sleeve you pick. All Tom's bags are made in Seattle, Washington and the ID shown here is constructed of tough 1050 denier ballistic nylon in steel (dark gray) and black with a deep blue interior (it's available in seven different color combinations).

The front flap is closed by a large plastic buckle, to the left is a large pocket lined with 200 denier ripstop nylon which is closed by a #8 YKK splash-proof zipper. On both sides are smaller pockets perfect for mobile phones, iPods and PDAs. There's also an exterior water bottle/umbrella pocket that can be cinched down with compression straps when not in use.

The main compartment is built with 500 denier Cordura and features removable Annex clips designed to securely connect one of Tom Bihn's eight different Brain Cell (US$50) hard-sided laptop sleeves inside the bag.

Tom Bihn Archetype SleeveInstead, I paired the ID with the new and visually stunning Archetype sleeve (US$95) which protects my MacBook Pro with 0.25" thick closed cell foam, a #8YKK Uretech "splash-proof" zipper and an outer skin made of killer-looking genuine cork fabric. The sleeve alone is sure to be a conversation starter and the bag's no slouch either.

At US$225 the ID/Archetype combo might be a little pricey for people on a budget, but it's been my experience that quality bags built with good materials cost a little more - but they're worth it.

What do you carry your MacBook in? 

Topic: Mobility

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  • I use a Smart Alec with Monolith sleeve

    Needless to say, I love my Tom Bihn bag. They're very well designed.
    YinToYourYang-22527499
  • Waterfield Bags

    I use the Waterfield large Cargo bag with one of their laptop sleeves for my MacBook Pro. Excellent bags. The sleeve is really nice - you can get it with its own shoulder strap and a "piggyback" pouch for those time you just want to take your laptop, power adapter & mouse instead of schlepping all the gear the Cargo holds.

    Pricewise these are in the same range as the Tom Bihn bags, but you're right, you have to pay a little for quality.
    cseanor
  • I cary my MacBook Pro...

    In a cheap ass bag from Wal-Mart. Eventually I'll make it back up to the Apple Store
    and get a nice one.
    UbiquitousGeek
  • Have a few Tom Bihn bags

    I carry a Macbook and Dell D820 (work) everyday, and I have space to spare.
    I use a Tom Bihn Super Ego every day. It is the big, big brother to the ID. I use the Soft Cell sleeves since I pack 2 laptops i nthe bag. I also carry the Macbook in a Large Cafe Bag for weekend trips that don't require all the work gear.
    For quality computer bag systems, the sleeve and bag combo's of Tom Bihn are hard to match.
    I have the cork material on an organizer pocket, I really want an Archetype because of that.
    thax
  • My Ogio Metro does the job

    My Ogio Metro stylish and roomy rucksack does the job with it?s rear side-entry laptop pocket.

    Going to the Bristol and Edinburgh in the UK for four days this week it was the only bag I brought. It?s really handy and I use it every day for the laptop, textbooks and an extra sweater.
    bergman