Depending on your specific needs the Across (ipad case) and Platforma (vertical ipad messenger bag) from Strotter may work for you. With Platforma you do take the iPad out of the bag, but it takes less time then uzipping the pocket Then it clings to the bag via magnets. Watch the videos there, you will see.
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Great products! Does the Platforma have room for anything besides the ipad? What are its dimensions, inc.weight?
What is the weight of Across w/strap? Is there much difference between synthetic and real leather weight? thanks.
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The Platforma is about 12x9x2.75" (2.75 when stretched) on the outside. It is compact, but fits a lot, see below. More info in the FAQ section of the site.
Platforma weighs around 2 pounds with all the fittings. It is not feather-light, and not heavy. it feels sort of "as expected", natural.
Acrosses are very slim, fit like gloves. The weight of the synthetic Across with strap is probably around 5-7 ounces, a full grain cowhide one is a couple of ounces heavier, of course. Both feel light.
We have virtually no returns, save "my iPad first gen does not fit!" type ones , which tells a lot.
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Platforma looks sort of small. What can I realistically carry in it? Platforma is about 12 x 9 x 2.75 inches on the outside. We did a lot of research, and produced several iterations until we settled on the current form-factor. Our customers say we nailed it size-wise. It looks very proportionate. It fits more than one thinks it would: an iPad (possibly in a case - Across or other), a book, a flat lunch box, eyeglasses in a case, charger(s), a camera (not a full size DLSR with lens attached, of course), a bottle of water or a small umbrella, and more. A standard size magazine fits in the back pocket. I personally have taken overnight trips with Platforma as my only bag. It held a pair of socks, underwear, a fresh shirt, toiletries and things from the list above. People told us they were skeptical about the bag's capacity, but Platforma became their main everyday bag, iPad or not.
Does MacBook Air 11" fit in Platforma? It does. it is 1/4 inch taller than the inside of the bag, but the flap closes fine.
Does an 8x11 legal pad fit? Yes, an 8x11 legal pad fits just fine, and a similarly-sized file folder fits OK, with the tab top bending a little.What about an A4 format? It fits, but sticks out just a bit. The flap closes fine.