Peralta Balani Backpack

Peralta is a new line of bags from Waterfield Designs, designed to appeal to professional women — a market that’s ignored far too often, in our opinion. We’ve received the first products from the new line, including the Balani Backpack ($279). The American-made bag comes in coated taffeta (navy or black), or black ballistic nylon — we received the black coated taffeta version of the backpack. We also got our hands on the complimentary Etta Pouch ($25) and Leather Key Tether ($19).

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$279 | Bags

Speck MightyPack

Speck, known for its cases, has introduced its first backpack — MightyPack ($80). The debut backpack for the company can hold up to a 15” MacBook, and there’s plenty of space for other accessories, including an iPad and iPhone. A vegan fur-lined “Tech Locker” pocket near the top of the bag has a hardshell for extra protection, and a hole inside the bag allows users to pass cables between compartments for charging purposes. We received the black and dark blue version of MightyPack — there are also two-toned blue and pink versions of the bag. Speck has also introduced MightyPack Plus, which retails for $100 and opens to fold flat to meet TSA travel requirements.

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$80 | Bags

STM Bowery Energy 13" Laptop Brief

STM has added power to its bags in the new Bowery Energy 13” Laptop Brief. We first saw the company’s plans for the bag at CES this year — Bowery Energy can hold up to a 13” MacBook, along with other accessories, but its most notable feature is where the “Energy” comes from, as the bag comes with its own battery. The included Joey charger allows users to charge devices while within the bag. There’s also a 15” version of the Bowery Energy Laptop Brief.

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Hex Infinity Cross Body

Hex’s Infinity Cross Body ($70) is a compact bag that can accommodate an 11” MacBook Air or 12” MacBook. The water-resistant bag also has pockets for an iPad mini, iPhone, and other items. The front flap stays in place with a magnet.

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$70 | Bags

Hex Stinson Collection Relay Duffel + Echo Backpack

Hex recently introduced its Stinson Collection, a new collection of three different bags coming in seven different designs — 21 bags in all. We received the charcoal canvas version of Relay Duffel ($110) and the denim/dot-design Echo Backpack ($80). The former has external pockets for electronics, while the backpack can hold up to a 15” MacBook Pro.

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$80-$110 | Bags

Booq Boa saddle

Booq’s latest bag is the black Boa saddle ($195), a briefcase-style leather-accented laptop bag that can accommodate up to a 15” MacBook Pro. Boa saddle’s ballistic nylon exterior comes with water-resistant coating to ensure the bag stands up to the elements. The adjustable nylon shoulder strap (with shoulder pad) is reminiscent of a seatbelt, and an extra strap on the back of the bag makes it luggage-friendly. Boa saddle comes with Booq’s Terralinq feature, which makes it easier for someone to return your lost bag by contacting Booq.

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$195 | Bags

Knomo Knomad Air Portable Organizer

Knomo’s Knomad Air Portable Organizer ($70) is a compact pouch which can accommodate an iPad Air, among other items. The cotton canvas organizer has a touch of leather trim and brass buttons to keep all the gear secured. Knomad Air Portable Organizer comes in three different colors.

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$70 | Bags

Knomo Falmouth Laptop Backpack

Knomo, an accessory company based in London, has released the Falmouth Laptop Backpack ($179), a cotton canvas backpack that can accommodate up to a 15” MacBook. A separate front compartment can hold any sized iPad, and there’s plenty of extra room inside the pack for additional items and accessories. The backpack comes in black or olive — we received the latter option.

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$179 | Bags

Hex Century Convertible Laptop Tote

Hex’s new Century Convertible Laptop Tote ($100) comes from the company’s Century Collection, which is characterized by its blue oil-waxed canvas twill with brown faux leather trim. Convertible Laptop Tote isn’t just a tote bag — an included shoulder strap and four metal loops allow it to be carried as a shoulder tote bag, a messenger bag, and even a backpack, using the loop on the back of the bag. The bag can carry up to a 15” MacBook Pro, with extra room and pockets for other accessories.

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$100 | Bags

Rickshaw Bagworks Sutro Backpack + Zero Messenger Bag

Rickshaw Bagworks has introduced a new custom fabric, Reflective Tweed, which the company has added to its bags in a new collection. We recently received new versions of the company’s Sutro Backpack ($279-$379) and Medium Zero Messenger Bag ($179-$259) featuring the fabric. Reflective Tweed is an American-made fabric on Rickshaw’s American-made bags — it’s made from polyester and 3M Scotchlite reflective yarn. Rickshaw raised more than $81,000 on Kickstarter to develop the fabric bags. Sutro costs $279 for the striped version of the pack and $379 for a solid version. The striped-solid difference also explains the pricing on the Medium Zero Messenger Bag; there’s also a Large, Small, and Mini Zero Messenger bag using the fabric, as well as a Hip Pack. Sutro Backpack can carry up to a 15” MacBook, while Medium Zero Messenger Bag — which can be bolstered with separate accessories including a laptop sleeve and zipper pocket — can easily handle a 13” MacBook.

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$179-$379 | Bags

Moleskine myCloud Briefcase, myCloud Smallpack + Vertical Device Bag

Moleskine, known mostly for its notebooks, has recently introduced a number of bags. We’ve received the myCloud Briefcase ($210), myCloud Smallpack ($150), and Vertical Device Bag ($115). Both myCloud Briefcase and myCloud Smallpack have luggage tags which connect to the company’s MyAnalogCloud game, which can be used to create a personalized luggage tag. The briefcase and Vertical Device Bag will accommodate a MacBook up to 15”, along with other accessories, while Smallpack can hold a 13” MacBook, plus other items. All of the bags feature a durable water-repellant exterior fabric. While myCloud Smallpack and Vertical Device Bag come in red or gray, myCloud Briefcase is only available in gray.

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$115-$210 | Bags

Booq Cobra squeeze

Booq’s Cobra squeeze ($195) is a new backpack with 13 separate compartments for your gear, including a MacBook up to the size of a 15” MacBook Pro. The bag’s gray exterior is made of Bionic Yarn, a fabric that combines recycled plastics with cotton — it gives the weatherproof Cobra squeeze a smooth texture that can stand up to the elements. Most pockets inside are lined with polyester, though an extra cushion is also provided to protect a MacBook.

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$195 | Bags

Hex Convoy Collection

Hex recently introduced its Convoy Collection ($30-$130), a collection spanning a wide range of bags, cases, and wallets, all in a black-and-white striped pattern. We received the Convoy Convertible Backpack ($100), Convoy Laptop Tote ($80), and Convoy 13” Convertible Sleeve ($60) for further examination. Convertible Backpack is a traditional backpack which can accommodate a laptop up to the size of a 15” MacBook Pro, and the bag’s front pocket is large enough to hold an iPad. Laptop Tote can also hold up to a 15” MacBook Pro and an iPad, while the 13” Convertible Sleeve fits up to a 13” MacBook Pro, as one might expect. Of course, all three bags feature additional storage space for an iPhone, cables, and other various accessories.

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$30-$130 | Bags
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