In the ongoing struggle to carry gear without looking like an overstuffed Sherpa, all-around black-bag purveyor Ignoble has tossed in a solution in the form of the Ignoble Lorna Case Backpack ($300). At 25 liters, made from black ballistic nylon, and sporting padded shoulder straps, obligatory sternum strap, and airmesh back, the Lorna functions as a legitimate, high-capacity city backpack. Or, clip the shoulder straps to the airmesh back and switch to the side-carry handle to turn it into a simple, stylish briefcase-style bag. The briefcase mode has a top-of-bag exterior stash pocket — sized conveniently for the iPad — and the main compartment has a zippered hanging pocket and book sleeve. Whether you use it for an actual book (traditional, Ultra or Mac) though is entirely up to you.
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