The Ristretto is a vertical messenger bag available in three sizes designed specifically to fit the iPad or iPad 2, 11″ MacBook Air or 13″ MacBook Air or 13″ MacBook Pro and a minimum amount of accoutrements (power supply, pen, notebook, wallet, phone, magazine). It’s great for realizing the dream of a mobile office: work at the coffee house, on the light rail, at the airport or on the plane.

Tom has updated the design of the Ristretto in three key ways:

Tom makes three updates to the design of the Ristetto

The Ristretto is now made with an exterior U.S. 1050d high tenacity ballistic nylon and an interior lining of our ultralight Dyneema/nylon rip-stop fabric from Japan. Both fabrics are made specifically for us. Previous, the Ristretto was made with an exterior of 1000d Cordura® and an interior of 500d Cordura®. For the time being, we will continue to offer one Cordura® color combination — Olive/Cayenne — in all three sizes of Ristretto. Why the switch in fabrics? Our 1050d ballistic nylon has a stiffer hand and a rich weave and we like the way it reflects light. We work with our fabric mills to get this fabric just the way we want it. Our Japanese ultralight Dyneema/nylon fabric saves weight and is as tough as nails. And it’s quite handsome to boot.

Tom updates the design of the Ristretto for iPad, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro

A curved, #8 YKK Uretek® splash-proof zipper on the front compartment (under the flap) replaces both the zippered front pocket and open-top pouch in the previous version. Inside of this front compartment is an organizer with pockets for pens, iPhone and passport or wallet. There’s also plenty of room inside this pouch for your power supply, phone charger, and sunglasses.

Tom updates the design of the Ristretto

The back (or top) grab handle, previously a webbing loop, is now a 1050d ballistic nylon handle padded with Poron® foam. Poron® is our foam of choice for handles because it simply doesn’t break down, even after decades of use.

Behind the scenes, Tom’s updates included several rounds of new patterns and prototypes constructed by Tom, Lisa, and Fong in our Seattle factory. Using 1050d ballistic nylon as the exterior fabric means the Ristretto takes a little longer to sew, but our expert crew is up to the task.

And because of the change in fabrics, new color combinations are available in the Ristretto: Black/Steel, Steel/Iberian, Forest/Steel, Navy/Solar, Cardinal/Steel (Ristretto for iPad or iPad 2 only), and Olive/Cayenne (Cordura®).

See the: Ristretto for iPad or iPad 2, Ristretto for 11″ MacBook Air, and Ristretto for 13″ MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. All three sizes are available for pre-order and ship by early-late April. Note: the Original Style Ristretto is still available in some sizes and colors.