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From Birth to Death: My Pinder Laptop Bag Review

Usually when I do a laptop bag review, it's for a bag I've only gotten to carry around for a few days, so this is something different, but probably more useful and realistic — this is a review for my own laptop bag that I bought and paid for myself and have been carrying for the last few months.

I bought the Pinder Thin Laptop Bag for $40 in March (on sale from its usual $58) and they threw in the Vinnie Shoulder Strap for free.

The Thin comes in custom sizes depending on your computer, so I got the one that would fit my MacBook Pro perfectly. Even though the bag's description suggests the pockets for peripherals, when I used the bag, I left them empty. Which is why it was a surprise that the fabric of my bag started ripping just a few months after use.

To hear about what happened,


I've used my Pinder laptop bag a few times a week in the nine months that I've had it, but I would have assumed that the ballistic nylon exterior fabric would have been able to support the shoulder strap's pull (not to mention that the bag is intended for the exact computer I used in it). A few months ago, I noticed the first tears on the outside, which was bad enough because the company touts its "super tough, water repellent, abrasion resistant, ballistic nylon exterior and trim". Yet it was tearing and not only did it look awful, but I worried it would only get worse. Which it did.

Last week, the fabric tore clear up and out — meaning that it pulled the nylon of the pocket out, exposing the thin foam that's supposed to keep my PC safe, and also exposing the computer itself!

I wrote the company this week and included the photos you see here, explaining my predicament. I probably won't be buying another bag from Pinder, considering that my average use of it was hardly as hard-core as its description would have you think it could handle.

I hope to get a refund so I can invest my money in a bag that won't be destroyed in under a year; and maybe I'll have to walk my own talk about making an investment in something that's excellent quality that will last, and more importantly, protect my precious cargo.

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compqueen compqueen 6 years
This person obviously have nothing better to do. I have been buying cases for years. I've bought from Samsonite to TUMI. Even my TUMI Broke after a year and i spent 250 on it and this guy has the idoiocy to put online review for a case that he paid 58.00 for. In truth i have bought 3 pinder bags since 2008. All of mine have been fine. But forget that for now. Cases can last forever or break in 2 days. Did he bother contacting the company at all or was he just in a pissed off mood with society that he decided to write this? Get a life
molivolo molivolo 8 years
I work for Mobile Edge and we have a Lifetime Warranty on all of our laptop bags. If anything ever happened we would replace the bag at no cost to you. Check us out at Anyone have a new Netbook? We just launched new cases for Netbooks too... Matthew Olivolo
willowdiamond willowdiamond 8 years
a few months and it died already?
macgirl macgirl 8 years
Wow, that really sucks. Especially since you don't use the same bag daily. I have had really good luck with bags, unfortunately they are kind of ugly ones :-( I'm on my second Brenthaven. The last one would still be in use but I just got so sick of it's ugly manly ways. I ended up with their "ladies" tote, it doesn't have the same kind of padding that I like in the Brenthavens but it is a tiny bit better looking. I also have a Metro sleeve in brown with baby blue lining, I love this bag but it isn't big enough to carry my tech stuff too. I mostly use that when I travel.
AdriH AdriH 8 years
I had a Pinder thin and was happy with it for over a year, but when I 'upgraded' to the larger bag (to hold more accessories, documents, etc), it ripped within two months. I used it daily on my commute (via CAR) and for one intense conference (SxSW). I was disappointed that it wasn't more sturdy, especially considering their ad copy. Now I'm using a hand-made designer leather bag that I feel like I had to mortgage my left arm for, but love. I've also happily used a Microsoft Ladies' bag, and even a canvas tote I got from the Montreal Games booth at GDC with a sleeve in from M.Avery designs. The Pinder bag has been by far the most disappointing.
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