The Cadet in Black Ballistic The Cadet in Black Ballistic with a Island (bright blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Cadet in Nebulous Grey Ballistic The Cadet in Nebulous Grey Ballistic with a Island (bright blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Cadet in Nebulous Grey Ballistic with a Island (bright blue with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Cadet in Black Ballistic The Cadet in Black Ballistic with a Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon (light grey with white grid) interior. The Cadet in Aubergine (purple) Ballistic The Cadet in Aubergine (purple) 525 Ballistic with a Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior. The Cadet in Burnt Orange Ballistic The Cadet in Burnt Orange 525 Ballistic with a Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior. The Cadet in Mars Red 525 Ballistic The Cadet in Mars Red 525 Ballistic The Cadet in Coyote (brown) Ballistic The Cadet in Coyote (light brown) 525 Ballistic with a Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior. The Cadet in Ursa (dark brown) Ballistic The Cadet in Ursa (dark brown) 525 Ballistic with a Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior. The Cadet in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic The Cadet in Deep Blue (dark blue) Ballistic The Cadet in Deep Blue (dark blue) 525 Ballistic with a Northwest Sky (light grey with white grid) 200 Halcyon interior. The Cadet in Wilderness (forest green) 525 Ballistic with a Cloud (light grey) 210 Ballistic interior.
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$190.00


Color: Nebulous Grey Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon

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Everyday carry laptop briefcase. Checkpoint friendly.

14 liters / 825 cu. in.


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$51.00 - 10A (10.5" 2021 iPad/ iPad Air/Pro)
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TLDR

The Cadet is a minimalist, everyday-carry briefcase designed to fit your laptop, a few files or magazines, power supplies, pens, notebooks, and other small accessories.

  • Main compartment that fits a 16" laptop with a large open-top interior pocket and 2 O-rings
  • 3 exterior-access compartments with 2 O-rings
  • 6 interior organizer pockets in the
  • 1 exterior quick-access pocket on the back
  • Optional rolling luggage handle pass-through when quick-access pocket is unzipped
  • Padded front, back, and bottom between the exterior and lining to provide some protection for an unprotected laptop
  • Left and right shoulder strap attachment points
  • Comfortable padded handles

Full Description

The Cadet is what we like to describe as the strong, silent type of briefcase: straightforward and good-looking with lots of features inside. If you want a thinner briefcase that will still keep your stuff protected, then the Cadet is for you.

Main Compartment

The main compartment of the Cadet can store up to a 16" laptop. Inside the main compartment are two unobtrusive webbing loops to which you can secure the optional Cache.

You can also store your files or magazines in the large open-top pocket or insert a Freudian Slip for extra organization.

Three Exterior-Access Compartments

The Cadet has three exterior-access compartments. The first of the exterior pockets is a small horizontal zippered pocket. Like the other compartments, it has a YKK Racquet-Coil water-repellent zipper.

Behind the small zippered pocket is a contoured zippered compartment that opens to about half of the height of the bag, revealing organizer pockets sized for a Magic Mouse or similar size device, cell phone, passport, plus three pen/pencil pockets. There's plenty of additional room in this compartment for a power supply, phone charger, a small notebook, or snack. There are also two O-rings inside.

Rolling Luggage Handle Pass-Through

The back of the Cadet features a wide, open-top pocket for a magazine or newspaper. If you're using the Cadet for travel, the bottom of this pocket zips open so that you can slide the bag over the handle of a rolling luggage.

Wear The Cadet Three Different Ways

The Cadet can be worn as a messenger (crossbody), shoulder bag, or briefcase. Shoulder strap attachment points are on the left and right sides of the Cadet and feature our exclusive, super-heavy-duty DuPont Delrin® eye-loops, tested to 260 pounds each. Our Standard Shoulder Strap is included with the Cadet. You have the option of upgrading to our Absolute Shoulder Strap. Two comfortable padded handles meet above the bag's center of gravity; when the Cadet is zipped shut, the handles come nicely together so you don't have to fish for them when it's time to grab and go.

Built with Closed Cell Foam

Between the exterior and the lining is .25/6 mm closed cell foam on the front, back, and bottom — this gives the Cadet its shape and provides additional protection for your laptop; if you choose to go au naturel (no Cache), this foam will provide some protection for an unprotected laptop.

What's Included

Standard Shoulder Strap
1.5" / 38 mm nylon webbing strap, includes .25" / 6mm texturized rubber pad and heavy-duty plastic snaphooks.

8" Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap
As with most of our bags, we've included a key strap. 8" long from tip-to-tip, a snaphook on either end. Good for attaching your keys to.

A Set of Black Zipper Pulls
A set of pulls to extend, quiet, or replace your metal pulls.

What's Optional

Absolute Shoulder Strap
Upgrade from the included 1.5” strap to an Absolute Shoulder Strap if you anticipate carrying a heavy load.

3D Clear Organizer Cube
The 3D Clear Organizer Cube is the perfect organizer for your toiletries and is specifically designed to meet the TSA 3-1-1 liquids-program requirements. If you want a faster and smoother security checkpoint experience, use the Cube as your go-to toiletries bag. 

Cache
The Cadet can accommodate a wide range of devices. If you plan on putting a laptop or smaller tablet in the interior open-top pocket, we recommend adding a Cache

The main compartment of the Cadet can store up to a 16" laptop. Inside the main compartment are two unobtrusive webbing loops to which you can secure the optional Cache.

You can also store your files or magazines in the large open-top pocket or insert a Freudian Slip for extra organization.

The Cadet has three exterior-access compartments. The first of the exterior pockets is a small horizontal zippered pocket. Like the other compartments, it has a YKK Racquet-Coil water-repellent zipper.

Behind the small zippered pocket is a contoured zippered compartment that opens to about half of the height of the bag, revealing organizer pockets sized for a Magic Mouse or similar size device, cell phone, passport, plus three pen/pencil pockets. There's plenty of additional room in this compartment for a power supply, phone charger, a small notebook, or snack. There are also two O-rings inside.

The back of the Cadet features a wide, open-top pocket for a magazine or newspaper. If you're using the Cadet for travel, the bottom of this pocket zips open so that you can slide the bag over the handle of a rolling luggage.

The Cadet can be worn as a messenger (crossbody), shoulder bag, or briefcase. Shoulder strap attachment points are on the left and right sides of the Cadet and feature our exclusive, super-heavy-duty DuPont Delrin® eye-loops, tested to 260 pounds each. Our Standard Shoulder Strap is included with the Cadet. You have the option of upgrading to our Absolute Shoulder Strap. Two comfortable padded handles meet above the bag's center of gravity; when the Cadet is zipped shut, the handles come nicely together so you don't have to fish for them when it's time to grab and go.

Between the exterior and the lining is .25/6 mm closed cell foam on the front, back, and bottom — this gives the Cadet its shape and provides additional protection for your laptop; if you choose to go au naturel (no Cache), this foam will provide some protection for an unprotected laptop.

Standard Shoulder Strap
1.5" / 38 mm nylon webbing strap, includes .25" / 6mm texturized rubber pad and heavy-duty plastic snaphooks.

8" Snaphook/Snaphook Key Strap
As with most of our bags, we've included a key strap. 8" long from tip-to-tip, a snaphook on either end. Good for attaching your keys to.

A Set of Black Zipper Pulls
A set of pulls to extend, quiet, or replace your metal pulls.

Absolute Shoulder Strap
Upgrade from the included 1.5” strap to an Absolute Shoulder Strap if you anticipate carrying a heavy load.

3D Clear Organizer Cube
The 3D Clear Organizer Cube is the perfect organizer for your toiletries and is specifically designed to meet the TSA 3-1-1 liquids-program requirements. If you want a faster and smoother security checkpoint experience, use the Cube as your go-to toiletries bag. 

Cache
The Cadet can accommodate a wide range of devices. If you plan on putting a laptop or smaller tablet in the interior open-top pocket, we recommend adding a Cache

Materials

Zippers

#10 YKK Racquet coil zipper on main compartment
#8 YKK Racquet water-repellent coil zippers on pockets

Components

Tough Duraflex®, Nexus, and Woojin buckles and related components

Specs

Dimensions

16.1" (w) x 12.6" (h) x 4.5" (d) / 410 (w) x 320 (h) x 115 (d) mm

Weight

1 lb 9 oz / 710 grams

Volume

 14 liters / 825 cu. in. (ASTM Standard Measure)

Total O-rings

4

(2 in the main compartment
2 in the contoured zippered compartment)

4.9
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
Based on 59 reviews
98%would recommend this product
59 reviews
  • Brian U.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Compact, Good Storage Size, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship
    7 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Compact, Good Storage Size, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Business Class, Kicking Ass

    I already have a Brain Bag that I've brought on a few work flights, but was finding it to be a bit more bag than I usually need. I consolidated some equipment and made it fit in the Cadet and it's been a dream. It fits great under an airplane seat and the zippable handle passthrough makes moving through the airport so much more comfortable. I can't recommend it enough.

  • Thomas A.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Comfortable, Sewn in USA, Good Storage Size
    1 year ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts High Quality Craftsmanship, Comfortable, Sewn in USA, Good Storage Size
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Retired Man is happy

    Great briefcase. Now I have room for computer travel needs. A flashlight and magnifying glass for old eyes on clips. Love it.

  • Luis P.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, High Quality Finishings, Compact
    2 years ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, High Quality Finishings, Compact
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Still The Best

    This is my third Cadet (I have the original in Black, a 2nd gen. in Burnt Orange and the latest gen. in Coyote) so that should be a good indicator about how much I love this bag. Every iteration is an improvement and I really like how TB went back to placing the strap attachment loops at the ends of the bag rather than across (as it was on my 2nd Cadet). I also like how the front center pocket is roomier now and can fit the larger smart phones (like the iPhone 13 Max Pro). The Coyote Ballistic colour is fantastic—I like everything about it and the bag could both work in a business and casual environment which I'm always in and out of. I also added another Absolute Shoulder Strap, a few organiser pouches, Strap Keepers (love these!), zipper pull cords and the 16A Cache which I ended up swapping for the older (and slightly bigger) 15C Cache since the 2021-22 MacBook Pro 16" ended up being a tad bulkier to fit the 16A Cache comfortably (it does fit with a bit of effort and shoehorning to avoid the zippers from scratching the corners).

    PS. I'd still love to see a version where the middle pocket inside is wide enough to fit a MacBook Pro brick charger (the newer and bigger ones) and maybe a small slot/pocket to slip in an Air Tag? I'm in for a 4th Cadet—perhaps in ODGreen? :P

  • Peter P.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Gift
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Versatile, Great Gift
    6 days ago
    Bought For Gift
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, High Quality Craftsmanship, Good Storage Size, Versatile, Great Gift
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Finally!

    She needed a bag for her laptop and files. A style maven resistant to practical gear loves her Cadet. I tried first with the Tote, but it was not right. The Cadet saved the day. More vibrant color combos would be good.

  • Joel W.
    Verified Buyer
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Durable
    2 months ago
    Bought For Myself
    Product Standouts Thoughtful Design, Comfortable, High Quality Craftsmanship, Sewn in USA, Durable
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    Absolute strap and Cadet bag

    Review for Cadet included with review of absolute shoulder strap.

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