This Pad & Quill leather MacBook bag will outlast anything you put in it

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If you want to crush your shoulder, and at the same time have all your gear and gadgets within easy reach, then a messenger bag is the way to go. Less formal than a briefcase, and less sporty than a backpack, a messenger bag is stylish and practical. And Pad & Quill’s Attache messenger bag is more stylish and practical than most. It’s a hand-stitched leather beauty which can swallow most of your Mac and iOS devices and accessories.

Pad & Quill Attache messenger bag

A place for everything, etc.
A place for everything, etc.
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The spec list of the Attache messenger bag is impressive — unbreakable solid forged nickel and copper hardware; American full-grain bridle leather — that kind of thing. Usually you can ignore that kind of nonsense, but in the case of Pad & Quill the promises are backed up by a 25-year guarantee. If you’ve ever used P&Q gear, you’ll know that it’ll easily last 25 years, and probably look a lot better when it reaches that age than it does when new, thanks to the George Clooney effect.

The downside of this ultra-tough construction is that the bags weigh a lot, even when empty. I’ve tested a number of these bags over the years, and they all have two things in common: They’re amazingly well-built, and they’re heavy. The two of those go together though, especially when using leather. This one weighs in at five pounds, which is a bag of potatoes.

It carries everything

Try to carry this little lot and your next stop will be the chiropractor's office.
Try to carry this little lot and your next stop will be the chiropractor’s office.
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The Attache messenger bag has purpose-made sections for a 15-inch MacBook (or other notebook), a 10.5-inch iPad, plus several internal and external pockets for cables, chargers, phones, AirPods, and so on. The shoulder strap is detachable, and there’s a regular handle on the back. Finally, the lining is orange, so you can find small items that have gone adrift inside.

If you’re not into the shoulder-crushing style of a messenger bag, there are other equally-tough well-made options. You can go for one of P&Q’s backpacks, for example, which offer similar style and features, only they’re more comfortable to carry. They’re also a bit cheaper than the Attache, which will cost you almost $500.

Price: $495

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