With an urban, brushed-metal look, premium construction, and space for your camera and Macbook Air or 13’ Pro, Acme Made’s Montgomery Street Backpack is no doubt a great day pack for city walkers. Its side-sitting camera pouch is the standout feature of this bag, though, allowing quick retrieval of your mirrorless cam or DLSR without having to take the bag off.
Works With: Macbook Air, 13’ Pro, Smaller Cameras
The Montgomery however, while well suited for those with petite electronics and a taste for the more hipster things in life, mightn’t perform as well for those with a larger Mac, a full size DSLR, or a fear of wearing a pack so cute the girlfriend might want to borrow it.
What It Does
You could keep your camera in any old backpack, sure, but with its super-soft lining and quick side access, any camera would be happy to live in Acme Made’s Montgomery Street Backpack.
The Montgomery Backpack (MB) also provides space for one extra lens in a little flap-covered pouch in its main compartment, along with space for a big water bottle or telephoto lens. In another separate and plushly lined pocket, space for a Macbook Air or 13’ inch Macbook Pro.
Those of you who miss the brushed metal look of OS 10.4 will probably also fancy the MB’s fabric exterior of similar appearance. How I loved those days when Tigers roamed in our Macs.
Though the MB is about as comfortable as other backpacks with similar stature, it definitely feels more premium.
Its bright green liner exudes quality, and so does its stitching and general construction. You can tell Acme paid attention to the little details when creating the Montgomery, even going as far as giving its brushed-metal skin a slight metallic sheen to finish off the look.
On the inside, I found Montgomery’s pockets well-placed and thoughtfully laid out. The Macbook slot is definitely a good home for any Air or Pro, and its covered inner pouch is a really nice feature for lenses because it keeps your glass from tumbling around when you’re jostling about throughout your day.
The side camera pouch is useful too, making camera access quicker than digging it out of a regular backpack. I’ll tell you right now, though, you’re not comfortably fitting a full-size DSLR in there unless it has a shorty pancake lens attached. If you have a small DSLR or a mirrorless camera, the space will be acceptable, but this isn’t the bag for larger DSLRs.
I would also caution tough guys out there, the Montgomery has a somewhat feminine look to it, and with it affixed upon your arm, it could be considered treading in murse territory.
Product Name: : Mongomery Street Backpack
The Good: Very well made. Looks good. Keeps Mac and camera accessible.
The Bad: Not good for big cameras or big Macs larger than 13’. Will be too pretty for some.
The Verdict A good bag for those with small gadgets and a taste for the refined.
Buy from: Acme Made