When it comes to laptop bags, most men focus on function over
style. Consequently, many men are carrying their laptops around in those
boring, black nylon, corporate-issued laptop bags that end up as the
butt of jokes in a Dilbert comic strip. Today we’re going to let you in
on a little secret. You don’t have to look like a corporate drone when
you carry a laptop bag. It’s possible to buy a laptop bag that not only
protects your gear, but also looks handsomely rugged and manly. Below
we’ve provided you with five examples of awesomely manly bags that will
harness your inner Indiana Jones, even if you’re just carrying your
laptop up to your office cubicle.
Saddleback Leather Company Laptop Bag
The Saddleback Laptop Bag is rugged, manly, and guaranteed to last 100 years, so your grandkids will be fighting over who gets it when you die (if they still have laptops then!). This bag is so handsome looking you’ll get compliments from the TSA agents as you take out your laptop at the security gate. Made of 100% full grain boot leather, the Saddleback bag will protect your delicate electronic gizmos from the nastiest of elements. The outside of the bag comes with plenty of D-rings to attach umbrellas, water bottles, or the buffalo skull you happened to find on the way to work. As an added bonus, you can use the shoulder strap to convert the bag into a backpack.
Filson Twill Laptop Briefcase
Since 1897, the Filson Company has supplied outdoorsmen with the clothing and gear they need to rough it out in the wild. They’ve taken their century old philosophy of producing rugged, long-lasting products and applied it to this awesome Made in the USA briefcase. The oil finish twill makes the bag waterproof, so if you’re ever caught in a torrential downpour, you can be assured your laptop is staying dry. Filson’s Twill Laptop Bag comes with two large interior pockets and a compartment to store your computer. You also have smaller interior and exterior pockets to keep your cell phone, business cards, and battery charger tucked away.
What sort of laptop bag would America’s most manly president, Theodore Roosevelt, use if he were alive today? According to the folks at the Duluth Trading company, it wouldn’t be some shiny black briefcase. No, that sort of bag is for “pusillanimous pussyfooters.” The bag that T.R. would carry would definitely be a bag like the Roughrider Briefcase. To make this bag durable and long lasting, Duluth Trading Company fashioned it out of fire hose cotton and trimmed it with 100% cattle leather. The Roughrider Briefcase comes with a padded laptop compartment and lots of pockets to store the manly accouterments you’ll need throughout the day.
Herds of the Fathers German Boxer Backpack
This commanding leather backpack is the perfect bag for a college-aged gentleman to tote their laptop around campus. Fashioned from cow antique leather, the German Boxer gives you the durability you need to protect your laptop, while remaining light-weight so you don’t wear yourself out hauling it around from class to class. The bag is secured with nickel silver buckles, so you’ll never have to worry about zipper jams with this bad boy.
Mulholland Vintage Waxed Canvas Angler’s Bag
Inspired by the bags expert anglers of yore used to carry their fishing gear, Mulhollands’s Vintage Waxed Canvas Angler’s Bag is a handsome and durable laptop bag for when the outdoorsman has to go to the office or class. The waxed canvas will keep your computer and other gear nice and dry. In addition to the large interior pocket to carry your laptop, the Angler’s Bag comes with several small interior pockets to store iPods, cell phones, pens, or even fishing lures for those lunch time fishing breaks you might take.
What’s your favorite manly laptop bag? Share it in the comments!
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