Ristretto for iPad -- Real-world carry capacity?
Two weeks ago (!!!), I posted a thread asking whether I should get an Aeronaut or Tri-Star. That thread is literally the 5th thread on the 1st page of the "Questions" forum. :O
I received the Aeronaut 3 days ago, and love the quality so much that I'm not going to buy a Ristretto for iPad for my dad. The material makes my Cordura messengers feel cheap and dirty. Ok TB, you've got me hooked.....
How much does the Ristretto iPad version fit? I've spent hours reading every single Ristretto review I could find, and have looked at lots of photos, but since the bag tapers towards the top, and photos generally only show the narrow opening, I can't really get a good feel for the dimensions of the bottom of the main compartment.
My dad is not a bag person. He's not. He used to carry a briefcase-messenger style bag to work, but now he's retired. When he's with my mum, he either carries his stuff in his pant pocket, or asks my mum to carry it in her purse! :p However, I think that if I get him a small bag, but one that's still big enough to be useful, that he would see the light and get a "murse". ;)
When he needs it, he would only need to carry the following:
- 1 or 2 softcover or hardcover books
- an iPad (infrequently)
- a case for his glasses (?)
- perhaps an umbrella (even if it doesn't fit and sticks out the top)
- winter gloves
- a water bottle.
- On vacation: small camera, his passport, maybe a magazine.
- a sweatshirt. This isn't a requirement, because he wouldn't do it very often. However, it would be nice because he will try to jam stuff in there. ;)
I'm leaning towards the iPad version. He doesn't normally carry a bag, but if he's going to carry one, it cannot feel cumbersome, because otherwise, he would never use it. Nevermind that millions of men around the world frequently carry larger bags as their EDC. ;) It's illogical because he's a big guy, but I think smaller is better because he'll be less "bothered" when carrying the bag.
The Ristretto for iPad and 11" MacBook Air are similar in size. They're the same depth (4.75"), but the 11" MBA version is ~1.5" wider, and 1.5" taller. The 11" MBA Ristretto's laptop compartment is the same depth as the iPad version's, so an iPad would still be a perfect fit in the 11" MBA version.
For my dad, smaller would be better, but if the 11" MBA version is a lot more practical, then perhaps I'll get that instead.