Giving in to the spirit of the Independence Day holiday weekend let’s take a look at laptop bags made in the USA. Have a safe and happy July 4th!
Battle Lake Outdoors Laptop Commuter Briefcase
Battle Lake Outdoors of Minnesota makes a wide variety of purpose-built Cordura Nylon bags for emergency responders, hunters, and sportsman just to name a few. Calling on the phone you might reach the owner or one of the employees sewing bags in the shop. They make and sell many products and their prices are very, very reasonable. You’ll find the Laptop Briefcase listed under “Shoulder Bags, Briefcases, and Totes”. Measuring 14″ tall, 18″ wide, and 6″ deep this briefcase is “made in the U.S.A. of American materials” comes in black and sells from Battle Lake’s website for $64.95.
Our Laptop Computer Briefcase provides great protection for your take-along computer as well as keeping all of your other daily needs organized. The separate laptop compartment is protected by high-density 3/8″ foam. A separate, front compartment is provides plenty of room for extras. Two zippered, flat pockets help organize the small stuff. The 2-1/2″ wide, non-slip, padded shoulder strap and palm wrap on the handles make it easy to tote along.
Proudly based and manufacturing a variety of laptop bags in San Francisco, California is Waterfield Designs. Started in the late 80′s; if you call them on the phone there is a great chance that Gary Waterfield himself will answer. If you send an email message; Gary will respond. If you talk to Gary (really anyone there); you’ll get a great bag as these folks are passionate about listening to their customers; and designing and building great products (bags, specialized cases, sleeves, and equipment pouches). At first glance they look like they cater to an mostly Apple crowd (see the Racer-X and HardCase) but their products fit just about any Windows PC (see the Cargo or Cozmo) or Netbook. Waterfield products come in black and many great color combinations. They also use and integrate different materials such as canvas, suede, and leather often with ballistic Nylon. The thought that goes into the bags doesn’t stop there; they laos have a long list of accessories such as straps and pouches. Rather than a laptop size lookup that you’ll find on other sites; you’re asked for the make and model of computer when you submit an order. Prices for most bags range from $150.00 USD up to below $300.00 for their most expensive products.
Bailey Works Digital Super Pro
Bailey Works of Portsmouth, New Hampshire sells big waterproof Cordura laptop messenger bags “Handmade by American Grownups”. Like true messenger bags when you open these up you see one big compartment. Their bags comes in two sizes with an integrated sleeve that should fit most computers and a cell phone pouch on the shoulder strap. The size chart lists the bags dimensions, weight, and volume. Bag size in 12 oz. standard beer can capacity is thrown in for good measure (all year round; not just for the holidays!). You know that Bailey is for real as they charge you $10 if you DON’T WANT a reflective strip sewn on messenger flap. Prices run from $219.00 USD through $229.00.
Their (or should I say his) tag line says it all.
Tom Bihn. Tough and Sophisticated Laptop Bags, Messenger Bags, Briefcases, and Backpacks. Made in Seattle.
Tom Bihn bags are designed with travel as a purpose and are all designed by the well traveled Tom Bihn. Tom’s been designing bags for over 30 years and his company logo features a airplane (a Farman F—121 Jabiru airplane to be exact). These bags were all designed for airline travel to fit under the seat in front of you or in an overhead bin. Case in point is the Tom Bihn CheckPoint Flyer (list $220.00 USD without shoulder strap), a well designed US TSA approved checkpoint friendly briefcase. This ballistic Nylon bag has been designed and constructed out of non-metallic materials so that you can lay the computer flat on the belt of an x-ray machine and avoid having to remove your computer from the bag. Lots of thought went into the layout of the internal and external pockets – the product page describes how different devices can fit into and be accessed from various products. Lots of thought go into those product descriptions. Bihn features a long list of accessories and offers a standard and the Absolute (comfort) shoulder strap.
Drifter Laptop Briefcase, Backpack, & Sleeve
The Drifter story is that this Ohio based company started in the parachute rigging business back in the late 70′s. Given their parachute heritage you’d expect that their sewing and seams are well constructed. Drifter bags are made out of Cordura Plus; so they are extremely durable and UV resistant Nylon bags. Monogramming is available. Their briefcase ($69.00 USD list) and laptop backpack ($85.00 list) are a little on the small size so check your computers measurements before ordering.