The best messenger bags, cases and sleeves for the new MacBook Pro


If you’ve decided to upgrade to the new MacBook Pro, there are a few essentials that you’ll need to get started. Aside from a handful of USB-C adapters and dongles, it would be wise to pick up some protection for your beautiful new device.

There are plenty of choices available for both the 13- and 15-inch varieties. We’ve rounded up the best cases, sleeves and more down below so you’ll be prepared to hit the coffee shop without worrying for your new device…

There are two major categories to choose from: messenger bags and cases/sleeves. Depending on your needs, each option provides different levels of protection and capabilities. A messenger bag will provide the most flexibility with extra room for cables, your iPad or headphones. Cases or sleeves are ideal for minimalists. These generally don’t have the same level of protection or storage. We’ve chosen a number of options for each category below ranging in price and function. Here are our top picks:

Messenger Bags

Timbuk2 Proof 15-inch Messenger Bag: $150

  • Leather binding and trim
  • Padded internal organization for MacBook, iPad, more
  • Removable cross-strap
  • Available in five colors
  • Rated 4.3/5 stars

Casecrown 13-inch Messenger Bag: $30

  • Minimalist design
  • Padded interior compartment
  • Multiple front, back, interior, side, flap pockets and slots
  • Available in four colors
  • Rated 4.5/5 stars

PL Vintage Leather Messenger Bag: $80

  • 100% genuine leather
  • For MacBooks up to 15-inches
  • Main storage compartment plus additional storage for your iPhone, iPad and more
  • Rated 4.6/5 stars

Pad & Quill The Messenger Bag: $395

  • Fits up to 15-inch MacBooks
  • Full-grain, American bridle leather
  • Aged Nickel Hardware

Case Logic Laptop Messenger Bag: $23

  • Padded compartment for MacBooks up to 15-inches
  • Additional external and internal storage
  • Clamshell design
  • Rated 4.5/5 stars

Timbuk2 Command Messenger Bag: $139

  • The TSA compliant laptop
  • External access zipper pocket on the side offers quick access to your power brick or cords
  • Internal organizer for 15-inch MacBooks
  • Napoleon side-entry pocket for access without undoing the flap
  • Rated 4.5/5 stars

Waterfield Designs Bolt Briefcase: $249

  • Handmade from canvas in San Francisco
  • Fits 15-inch MacBook Pro
  • Invisible magnets secure front pockets
  • Full Review


AmazonBasics MacBook Sleeve: from $12

  • Available in 13- or 15-inch varieties
  • Form-fitting sleeve with quick top-loading access
  • Slim design allows you to carry the case by itself or in a bag
  • Rated 4.5/5 stars

Inateck 13-inch MacBook Sleeve: $9

  • Foam padding protects your MacBook
  • Storage for cables, iPhone and more
  • “Slim and lightweight design”
  • Rated 4.6/5 stars

MoKo Leather Sleeve for 13-inch MacBooks: $14

  • Available in six different colors
  • Magnetic seal
  • Padded interior compartment
  • Rated 4.5/5 stars

DODOcase Leather Portfolio: $130

  • Fits 13-inch MacBooks
  • Made in the USA from handstitched leather
  • Interior made from waxed canvas with brass buttons

ProCase 13-inch MacBook Sleeve w/ Handle: $18

  • Made of soft and environmentally friendly materials
  • Extra storage pocket in front for your iPhone, cables and more
  • Has a built-in handle
  • Rated 4.8/5 stars

Lacdo 15-inch Waterproof Fabric MacBook Sleeve: $14

  • “Durable and waterproof” design
  • Extra side pocket for accessories, more
  • Seven colors available
  • Rated 4.4/5 stars

Pad & Quill Valet Luxury Sleeve: $170

  • Full grain leather
  • Fits 13-inch MacBooks
  • Extra storage for iPad, iPhone and more
  • Specially cut easy-access opening
  • Easy-carry rear-mounted handle

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