If the mark of the perfect bag is all of the compliments you get from friends and strangers, women and men alike … this is the perfect bag for what it is, the Tumi Alpha Bravo Monterey Sling. And what it is … it’s JUST THE RIGHT SIZE™ for my iPad Air and essentials. Small and light so that I really can take it almost anywhere, meaning that the tools of my trade (content creation, training and coaching) are always with me when the opportunity and/or urge to create strikes me. Its “minimalist with style” design, high quality craftsmanship and elegance compliments my iPad well and although I try to refrain from cliche, it fits like a glove.
What I carry in it:
- iPad Air w/smart cover
- 2 each Moleskine notebooks
- 3 pens (enough to share)
- Tom Bihn zipper pouch with lighting and USB extension cables and USB thumb drives
- iPad charger
- Stack of Business cards
- Eyeglasses case (important as I need prescription sunglasses)
- Apple earbuds
- Belkin Ultra thin bluetooth keyboard (for those power-writing sessions)
- Leatherman Orange Juice multi-tool (when not flying)
- Odds and ends
- Occasionally a water bottle
Pros: What I Like
- I love the design! It really does get unsolicited “Damn, where did you get that bag” kind of comments all of the time.
- Small size and light weight. One of the main benefits of using an iPad is that it is small and light weight. It’s hard to find a bag that subscribes to that minimalist philosophy. The Tumi Alpha Bravo Monterey Sling certainly does.
- It’s easy to get to everything.
- It has one main compartment in front along with two smaller compartments along the sides. Rather than having a bunch of mini compartments which never seem to fit what you are trying to fit into them, this makes it simple to store and find it later.
- The right side pocket is completely open, which you can use for a water bottle. I use it for my eyeglasses case.
- The left side pocket, as you look at the bag, has a business card pocket big enough to have enough on hand, a pen(s) pocket and an open area along with a key loop. I keep my business cards, 3 pens, iPad charger and multitool in there.
Cons: What I Would Change
- Really the only thing that I would change is putting a handle on it. When moving it around, taking it in and out of the Jeep … having a handle on it would be a huge benefit.
- When I can only find one item to change on a bag … you KNOW they have hit the target. As a highly mobile, minimalist, just the essentials sling … it is darn near perfect. Not that all Tumi bags are this good (see other reviews) … this one comes darn close.
A lot of bags that I audition and review don’t get used much afterwards. I move into them, see how they workout … and when they don’t, it’s off to ebay they go. This one is in my collection for the foreseeable future.