Roy was kind enough to send us one of these bags to try out. We have used it every day now for nearly two weeks and we have to say we love it! In fact we like it so much we made a video showing just how roomy this bag is and how well it is constructed.
The video is at the bottom of the post, but first a few details about our requirements as iPad users and about these bags.
The Search for the Ultimate Bag
In our search for the ultimate bag we were looking for something that would securely accommodate our iPad and also act as a small camera bag or every day bag for general use. Another requirement was that the bag shouldn't advertise itself as a camera bag or declare the valuables within, unlike many of the main brand dedicated camera or iPad bags do.
This Messenger Bag definitely ticks most of the boxes in our search for the ultimate iPad bag. The quality of construction is very high. Roy has done a fantastic job in using top-notch materials, carefully reinforcing the stress points and providing adequate padding where it is needed, which keeps the bag light.
It feels great to have a handmade item too with the care and attention that goes into making each one of these bags and the inherent uniqueness.
Each bag is handmade by Roy, mainly from a standard design which costs £50 from his store. Of course the advantage of each bag being made from scratch on order is that you can have your bag customised to your requirements.
Extra or re-arranged pockets, different patterns on the lining or outer materials, contrast coloured zippers, key chain on the other side, within reason you can have whatever you want on your iPad Messenger Bag.
If you want something special you only have to ask when you visit Roy's Etsy store, where you can see a few more examples of his bags.
Who Is It For?
As well as what you will see in the video below, this Messenger Bag has room for anything up to A4 size sketchpads or documents, so we think it will suit iPad owning:
- Bike commuters
...and just about anyone who needs to carry their iPad around with them as well as their other daily bits and bobs.
The easily adjustable, and fairly wide, strap distributes the weight well when worn across the body. It was very comfortable when worn this way on a bike riding a few miles into / around town and back home.
We even used it sans-iPad as our main bag on a family day out last weekend, carrying lunch and drinks for four of us along with the usual iPhone, keys, wallet, season pass in the back pocket (plus the unused iPad pocket was very handy for carrying spare nappies and baby wipes).
So here's the video, please check it out and let us know what you think.
After watching the video be sure to see the details below on how you can order your own iPad Messenger Bag.
Hopefully we have whetted your appetite enough that you want one of your own iPad Messenger Bags from Roy.
If you want something special or a different configuration just contact Roy via the 'Contact' button on the Etsy page. Be sure to let him know we sent you!
Thanks again to Roy for letting us road test this bag and his support in writing this review.
We have just heard from Roy (madebygrandad) that he has made a special version of this bag that is a bit deeper and has a removable foam insert for a DSLR and a few lenses/accessories.
You can see more about it and purchase this new bag on Roy's Etsy page and he has made a video for it too, which you can see below. It looks like just the thing for those wanting a slightly larger, DSLR specific bag.