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post #181 of 260

That's good. I was originally pondering the Timbuk2 classic messenger due to it's Amazon price, but since whatever I purchase won't be replaced for at least half a decade, it may be better just to splurge. I like the Monty mostly for its looks and outer pockets (I plan on purchasing a ILC camera in the near future). Do you know if the company ever has sales of any sort?

post #182 of 260

timbuk2's easliy last over a decade... let alone half.

post #183 of 260

Hmm, I guess it really is just aesthetics pushing me towards the Monty. Perhaps I just dream of a life where I travel the stars, case on back, filled with the worlds I constantly leave behind. Or at least trek around Boston on the weekends, if I can ever find a decent job to fund it...


Edited by Kirosia - 9/24/11 at 5:16pm
post #184 of 260

make no mistake... i think the monty is a better bag.... but both are great. The monty is more of a bikers bag... but both are good for biking. The monty is better for all weather... but taking stuff in and out of it isn't as easy as a timbuk 2 because of the roll top design. The strap on the monty is 2nd to none. You might wanna  check out their backpacks as well. 

post #185 of 260

I got a Timbuk2 bag with a bicycle design drawing. I really like the variety of designs they offer each year. Sometimes they offer seasonal designs.

post #186 of 260
Monty is the smallest version of their messenger, right?
post #187 of 260

correct. note that fitting a 15 inch mbp into the main compartment of the monty works with an incase deluxe sleeve. The fit is snug... or just about right so anything bigger would be hard to get into the main compartment (not because there isnt enough room but because the roll top opening is a little weird). 

post #188 of 260

Ah, I just learned the outer compartment won't fit my 12" Thinkpad. I'll either have to use the main, move up a size (quite large as it is), or get something unsexy. If I can't make love to an object sober, I have little desire to carry it around.


Edited by Kirosia - 9/25/11 at 8:28pm
post #189 of 260

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Ah, I just learned the outer compartment won't fit my 12" Thinkpad. I'll either have to use the main, move up a size (quite large as it is), or get something unsexy. If I can't make love to an object sober, I have little desire to carry it around.


Kirosia, I'm not sure how the 12" Thinkpad compares in size to a MacBook Air 13", but I can fit a MacBook Air 13" in an InCase neoprene sleeve in the outside zip pocket of my Monty.  It's snug, but I have no trouble at all with it.

 

I'll post a couple of photos of it with the MacBook Air (in the sleeve) in the outside pocket.  (Of course, there's even more side pocket room in the Rummy and Shed sizes.)

post #190 of 260

I have a MacBook Pro 13". It's tricky fitting it into the zip compartment with a Tucano sleeve on it, so any laptop that is:

a) Thicker, or

b) Larger

Will probably not fit that compartment.

post #191 of 260

I have a Thinkpad x220, which is thicker than the MBP. It's just that someone commented on a Monty review (on another site), and said their 12" Thinkpad didn't fit.

 


EDIT: Thanks Jude, pics would be much appreciated. If the laptop is placed in the main compartment, are there any comfort issues? Like does it jostle around, or can you compress the bag to minimize such disturbance?


Edited by Kirosia - 9/26/11 at 10:49am
post #192 of 260

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I have a Thinkpad x220, which is thicker than the MBP. It's just that someone commented on a Monty review (on another site), and said their 12" Thinkpad didn't fit.

 

EDIT: Thanks Jude, pics would be much appreciated. If the laptop is placed in the main compartment, are there any comfort issues? Like does it jostle around, or can you compress the bag to minimize such disturbance?


Kirosia, I'm not sure how helpful these photos are, but here they are:

 

monty_macbook-air-13_web.jpg

 

monty_macbook-air-13-3_web.jpg

 

monty_macbook-air-13-2_web.jpg

 

Again, that's a 13" MacBook Air inside of an InCase neoprene sleeve.  The fit is snug, but I have no problem at all sliding the sleeved MacBook Air in and out of that pocket.  I do think a much thicker computer might present a problem.  Call the crew at Mission Workshop and ask them.

post #193 of 260

Sadly, I think my laptop might be too thick, damn protruding battery and feet. Here's some (badly taken) pics:

 

Lap1.jpg

 

Lap2.jpg

 

Lap3.jpg

 

In the first pic, the laptop looks like it's hovering because of the battery, which is elevates the entire chassis. The last pic is just because I like Christina Hendricks and has no real use. Guess if I do purchase one, I'll contact MW as you said. I asked before, but have any of you ever tried carrying your laptop in the main (larger) compartment? Any comfort issues, like the laptop moving around too much while walking?


Edited by Kirosia - 9/26/11 at 1:34pm
post #194 of 260

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Originally Posted by Kirosia View Post

Sadly, I think my laptop might be too thick, damn protruding battery and feet. Here's some (badly taken) pics:

 

...

 

Lap3.jpg

 

In the first pic, the laptop looks like it's hovering because of the battery, which is elevates the entire chassis. The last pic is just because I like Christina Hendricks and has no real use. Guess if I do purchase one, I'll contact MW as you said. I asked before, but have any of you ever tried carrying your laptop in the main (larger) compartment? Any comfort issues, like the laptop moving around too much while walking?


I'm re-quoting the last part of your post, because I, too, like Christina Hendricks.  biggrin.gif

 

I have placed my laptop in the main compartment a couple of times only.  It's not an issue for me because I carry a big Cocoon Grid-It panel that fits in all my messengers and backpacks, and it's a pretty rigid panel.  Behind that Cocoon panel, I also have a level II-A ballistic panel, which provides still more of a barrier between me and things in the bag that can poke through to my back.

 

That said, if you can get a Mission bag big enough to fit your laptop in the side pocket, I'd recommend that, as it's just nice to have it so easily accessible when you've rolled the bag's top down.

 

Oh, and for what it's worth, I forgot to mention that my sleeved MacBook Air is almost always accompanied in the Monty's side zip pocket by my iPad 1 (with the standard Apple iPad 1 cover case). (I have the other two sizes, too.)  So definitely call Mission Workshop to ask about your specific computer.

 

I do suggest at least considering the next size up (Mission Workshop Rummy).  Why?  Because it's bigger, and so it can sit flatter across your back with the same load you'd put in the Monty.  I'll even occasionally wear the Shed even for moderate loads, just because I like how it wears very flat on my back, even wrapping around my smallish frame.  (But keep in mind the Shed is huge.)

 

love Mission Workshop's bags.  I'd have to say they're probably my favorite bags of the many I've tried.  And I've not worn anything more comfortable while riding my bicycle.  I own and love Timbuk2 products, too, but there's something very special about the MW bags, which you'll immediately understand when you get one in your hands, and even more so after you've worn it and used it.  It's hard to explain (but you'll get it when you get one), but they're just built serious.

 

Keep in mind, though, if you're the type who needs a plethora of built-in pockets and organizers for every pen and doodad, Timbuk2 would be a better choice.  Again, I tend to organize my stuff in zip-up pouches and a couple of Grid-It panels (one large, one small), so that it's easy to go from bag to bag, and so I don't require much in the way of slots, loops and pockets.

post #195 of 260

Thanks for the input, Jude (and everyone else).  As for use, I just want something to carry a laptop, possible micro 4/3rds class camera, clothes, and pretzels. Anything above a simple messenger is probably overkill, but I tend to keep such things for many years, and I've always had the habit of spending too little and regretting it. Also, the ladies.


Edited by Kirosia - 9/26/11 at 3:06pm
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