New: Bagmakers tout iPad carrying options

Dan Frakes
29 January, 2010
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In the 24 hours since Apple announced the iPad, a number of veteran vendors of laptop bags and sleeves have announced new products specifically for protecting Apple’s new tablet; others have confirmed compatibility with existing bags.

Bagmaker Tom Bihn on Wednesday introduced two iPad-specific products. The $US110 ($A121) Ristretto for iPad is a vertical messenger bag with a padded compartment for your iPad (or a Kindle DX or a 10-inch netbook) and plenty of storage for other gadgets and belongings. The $US30 ($A33) Cache is a padded sleeve for carrying your iPad inside another bag; it fits a bare iPad or an iPad in Apple’s official case.

Tom Bihn Ristretto

Accessory vendor Belkin on Thursday announced a trio of protective iPad sleeves. The $US30 ($A33) Grip Sleeve for iPad is a neoprene sleeve with a textured surface and a large, silicone panel for a better grip; a rigid panel protects the iPad’s screen. The $US40 ($A44) Vue Sleeve for iPad, also made of neoprene with a rigid panel, features a zippered, see-through external pocket for storing a few accessories. The $US40 ($A44) neoprene Max Sleeve for iPad uses a pleated design that expands to hold accessories inside the sleeve itself; the Max Sleeve also provides a rigid, screen-protector panel.

Belkin also announced the $US20 ($A22) Screen Overlay for iPad, a transparent, protective film for the iPad’s screen. (Information about the Screen Overlay was not yet available on the Belkin Website when this article was published.)

Belkin Vue Sleeve

Though STM hasn’t debuted any iPad-specific products, the company announced that the iPad “fits perfectly inside” the company’s existing extra-small bags, the Scout Extra Small shoulder bag, the Micro Extra Small shoulder bag, and the Glove Extra Small sleeve.

STM Scout XS

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