Are iPad Man Purses Manly Enough?

Our friends over at Laptop Mag were forced to model some iPad bags in public and are asking readers if these kinds of bags are manly enough. I generally refuse to carry tiny gadget bags that can easily be mistaken for a purse. Some guys can pull it off, but at 6′ 4″ and 200 pounds I look pretty ridiculous when I don a small bag or hold smaller objects.

I generally opt for bags and cases that are designed for larger displays. I bought a Timbuk2 sleeve for my smaller devices a while back and can jam my iPad in with my tablet or notebook in a pinch. My ScottEVest travel jacket has been my favorite iPad ‘case’ so far.

So what do you think- is a big guy with a little bag manly enough? Head over to Laptop Mag to vote.

16 Comments

  1. Sumocat

    05/04/2010 at 1:41 pm

    Hell yeah, man bags are manly! Back in the day, I needed to carry a bag around just to hold condoms. My friends would always run out and borrow from me. Fortunately, my bag and I had plenty to spare. Hmm… that story didn’t end as well as it started…

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    • Genghis Khent

      05/05/2010 at 8:26 am

      LOL. Actually, I got in trouble at my politically correct college by referring to the “condom case” on my phone. But back to man purses, seems like an oxymoron to me. Could you picture John Wayne with a man purse? Then again, I can’t picture him with an iPad either.

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      • Sal

        05/06/2010 at 12:29 pm

        But didn’t they use saddle bags.

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  2. Tatej

    05/04/2010 at 1:46 pm

    If Jack Bauer on 24 can carry a man purse, so can I.

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  3. Rob

    05/04/2010 at 2:50 pm

    I can definitely pull it off! In fact, I carry a SF Bags Muzetto every day…

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    • Warner Crocker

      05/04/2010 at 3:16 pm

      This from the guy who doesn’t like things clipped to his belt. :)

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  4. Eve

    05/04/2010 at 3:44 pm

    the 2nd bag (brown leather) looks pretty good and the purple one is passable (don’t know abt the color for dudes)The black bag that hangs in front of the belly looks unflattering and ridiculous.

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    • Xavier Lanier

      05/05/2010 at 9:06 am

      The brown one is the Muzetto from SFBags.com and is the nicest one in my opinion. It’s the one Rob Bushway uses and referenced in the above comment.

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  5. Mickey Segal

    05/04/2010 at 7:30 pm

    The guys in the photo all look ridiculous. They need sport jackets with big inside pockets. The jackets I have that hold a Motion LS800 with the extended battery hold an iPad, though it sticks out an inch at the top.

    If Stephen Colbert had walked out at the Grammys with a bag like those in the photo above the audience would not have been impressed.

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  6. Jonathan Cohen

    05/04/2010 at 7:56 pm

    What is ‘manly’ exactly? This is a pretty weird article. If a guy’s gay or effeminate, does that mean he’s not manly? Coded language is so confusing :)

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  7. Chris Hickie

    05/04/2010 at 8:44 pm

    Can’t you just stick it in one of those Kindle cases?

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  8. Tom

    05/04/2010 at 11:05 pm

    Try also http://aligata.com/ – nice, book-style, genuine leather iPad cases. (I work for Aligata).

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  9. SAM

    05/04/2010 at 11:08 pm

    I think a lot depends upon where you live.
    In a big city, probably no one will notice.

    Our rural, small town, no!!
    Well not unless you don’t care if people laugh at you.

    My little niece’s opinions:
    “Purple bag. Looks too much like Granny’s purse.
    Grey bag and black bag. OK if you’re a girl
    Brown bag, pure ugly…”

    There you have it from an 8th grader…

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  10. Mickey Segal

    05/05/2010 at 3:27 am

    For those who want a less formal look than a sport jacket, SCOTTEVEST has jackets and vests with a pocket for the iPad.
    http://www.scottevest.com/company/ipad.shtml

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  11. Chris Hickie

    05/05/2010 at 4:19 am

    Is there a lanyard mount?

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  12. Scott Jordan

    05/10/2010 at 4:46 pm

    We’ve been contacted by a reporter for a major, Major, MAJOR publication and he’s looking for anecdotes from SCOTTEVEST owners who carry their iPad in their SeV. While there are tons of great uses for your SeV, this article is about the iPad, so those are the only stories that count.

    Here is the scoop from our reporter friend at the… nah, we’re not going to give the name of the newspaper away that easily:

    “Hi Scott,

    As the story stands, I still need a really good (ideally funny) anecdote and hoping I can get your help.

    Specifically, I’m looking for someone (one or two people) who did all the research on the different options for carrying an iPad before choosing to get the Scottevest. Ideally, it would be someone who considered a man purse, laptop case, etc. etc. and can tell me why those options ultimately didn’t work.

    Thanks!”

    So, if you have any first-hand, real stories as described above, please send them to [email protected] along with your name, city/state and your phone number so you can be reached by a fact-checker. A photo of you in your SeV with an iPad would be appreciated, but not necessary (check out the photo that Steve Wozniak, co-Founder of Apple sent us below). The deadline is asap, so if you have a funny SeV/iPad story please send it our way and we’ll pass it along!

    We love to interact with our fans, so be sure to become a fan of SeV on Facebook, follow SeV on Twitter, and check out SCOTT TV on our SCOTTEVEST/Connect page.

    Sincerely,

    Scott Jordan
    CEO and Founder
    [email protected]

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