Best Premium Mac Messenger Bags of 2017

Finding the right bag to carry your Mac laptop can be tricky: It has to be the right size, offer right amount of protection, and it has to match your personal taste and sense of style while doing it.

While there are dozens of options out there for beautiful MacBook messenger bags, you want something that's reliable, which is why we put together this list!

If you're in the market for a new Mac messenger bag, here are our current favorites.

Booq Superslim case

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The Superslim by Booq is almost as thin as a laptop sleeve, but it's got pockets, pockets, pockets, which give me that little bit of added room for the few additional peripherals that I always need to bring with me. It's the best of both — ultra slim and useful.

Built and designed to be super lightweight but still secure and protective so your computer doesn't get thrashed around, the Booq Superslim case from Booq Bags in a minimalist, sleek, and affordable case at around $60.

There are plenty of pockets and storage compartments that make the Booq Superslim case perfect for travelling or working on the go, while a large zipper front compartment is good for bulkier charging items, smart phones, and bigger accessories.

You can pick up the Booq Superslim case in a charcoal, dark gray color that's bound to mix-and-match with almost any outfit or event you're toting your Mac to.

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Skagen Eric Messenger Bag

Made from a high-quality leather and a soft lining to keep your Mac laptop safe, the Skagen Eric Messenger Bag is a great, classic-looking tote for day-to-day use (although it's a bit pricey at $345)!

The bag comes with an adjustable shoulder strap and a quick-snap magnetic closure, so you won't have to worry about extra buckles or zippers if you're on the go. The Skagen Eric Messenger Bag does have a few additional compartments for your charger and other Apple accessories.

Available in a rich saddle brown or a standard black, you're bound to be stylin' with this epic Mac messenger bag.

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Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag

While the Peak Design Everyday Messenger bag is designed to fit a multitude of tech, by removing the inserts included, you can easily turn it into a reliable messenger bag for your MacBook!

Lightweight, durable, weatherproof, and protective, the Peak is designed to keep your laptop safe while still looking stylish. The expandable shell is made with an ultralight waxed canvas, while the inside is made from a mixed twill interior with waterproof galaxy foam lining the bottom of the bag.

The Peak bag used to only come in one color, but you can now pick it up in three including charcoal, ash, and tan. You can pick up the Peak bag for around $250.

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Timbuk2 Proof Messenger Bag

Convenient and beautifully designed, the $150 Proof Messenger Bag from Timbuk2 designed with a tough, waxed canvas, thick leather trims, and heavy duty zippers.

This weather-resistant messenger bag keeps your Mac laptop protected. The Proof is quite the compartmentalized bag too, with additional space for chargers and Apple accessories.

Not only is the Proof a consistently great choice because of how it's designed, but it also looks super cool. You can pick from modern color combos like whiskey cream, stone, midnight, julep, whiskey, and reserve.

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The Messenger Bag

Pad & Quill uses hand-crafted leather, cherry wood paneling, twill waxed canvas, and gives you a 25-year warranty to back up the craftsmanship, so if you're looking for quality, then take a closer look at The Messenger Bag!

The Messenger Bag fits laptops up to 15 inches and sports interior pockets to help keep your power supply, cables, and lots of other stuff secure. Designed with a padded laptop pocket, a sleek and fashionable orange lining that helps you easily find what you need (unlike some dark messenger bags), a newspaper pocket, parachute-grade nylon stitches, and so, so much more, the Pad & Quill Messenger bag has you covered.

It comes in three exterior finishes: Whiskey Brown and Charcoal Gray, Chocolate Brown and Charcoal Gray, and Chocolate Brown and Olive Green, along with a 25-year warranty for $350.

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Maverick Leather messenger bag

Waterfield Designs was started by a former bike messenger who was tired of crappy messenger bags, so you bet your bottom dollar that it makes a high-quality product. I've used the Staad Stout backpack for a while and love it, but if I were to switch to a messenger-style bag, I'd be strongly tempted buy the Maverick Leather messenger bag!

This leather bag is made from a distressed leather that's bound to age gracefully over time, while it's fully-padded built-in laptop/tablet pocket makes toting around your high-tech gear easy, simple, and stress-free. The Maverick Leather messenger bag is designed with two deep pockets that are perfect for a variety of accessories, including one that zips shut to keep valuables in, and one that's open for easy access.

Available in Compact and Full variations with different color options, including black, chocolate, and grizzly leather, this $289 messenger bag isn't just a well-designed back; it's also a great accessory for your day-to-day shenanigans.

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Custom Prospect Laptop Messenger Bag

The Custom Prospect Laptop Messenger Bag can be configured with unique colors and patterns for a seemingly endless array of customization options, making it the perfect MacBook accessory for people who like to switch up their style.

With the Custom Prospect Laptop Messenger Bag, you can specify materials for the top, flap, body, boot, and more, from mild to wild! Office business meeting? Tone it down. Headed out on a trip to Vegas? Pop on something fun-kaaaaaay.

This particular bag is available in sizes that fit up to 15-inch MacBook Pros, with a front pocket for keys, sunglasses, aor other small items, a rear zipper that lets you get access to the main pocket without having to open the case, and a dedicated iPad pocket, too for around $145.

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Dowel Flapover Business Case

Leave it to Samsonite, one of the best-known, most well-designed, and reliable names in luggage to come up with an excellent messenger-style bag for all things business – and it's decently affordable at around $102.

Thanks, Samsonite! 👋

In this messenger bag, a padded laptop compartment protects up to a 15-inch MacBook Pro; separate compartments for papers, pens, power cord and accessories, along with a dedicated iPad pocket, too, making it the perfect partner to tote to business meetings.

Premium leather exterior, handle, and shoulder strap; 1200 denier Duraweave fabric on the inside with water-resistant coating, and it's available in black or tan. What's not to love, really?

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Empire Builder

It may not look quite as luxe as some of the other bags we've detailed, but Tom Bihn's Empire Builder is so well-engineered it just had to be included – especially for it's $200 price tag! This beautifully designed messenger bag incorporates a side-release buckle and has three spacious organizing pockets, meaning it's not the most fashionable, but pretty gosh-darn functional.

If you're a frequent flyer, you'll appreciate the diagonal top pocket, sized perfectly for a boarding pass. You can order Tom Bihn's optional Brain Cell and clip it inside, giving you extra protection for your MacBook. The Empire Builder is made of 1050 denier ballistic nylon, making it extremely durable, so don't be afraid to toss it around!

Downside: The Empire Builder only comes in one finish: black with steel hardware, but if you're into that look, then go for it for sure!

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Barney Rustle Blanket

Aussie bag maker Crumpler designs its gear to be used outdoors, so it's tough, well-put-together, reliable, and versatile. Nowhere is that more apparent than with the Barney Rustle Blanket — one of the company's signature messenger bags!

The bag includes five storage compartments, including a large zippered front pocket, Velcro tab-closing internal pocket, and two slip pockets, as well as a unique design that isn't the most modern but is pretty eye-catching. A third leg stabilizer stops the bag from sliding around if you're on a bike, while an accessory loops and reflective material complete the bag.

You can pick up the Barney Rustle Blanket messenger bag in four different colors, including black, lime green, rainbow, and so much more for around $65!

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Your messenger bag?

Obviously there are a ton of messenger bags available, but we've just skimmed the surface to find the best.

What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments and we'll be sure to check them out!

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Cella Lao Rousseau

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