UPDATE: The Scout Extra Small fits both iPad and iPad 2.
A small bag with padded interior compartments won’t offer too much room for anything else except for your iPad or netbook, a few pens and a couple more flat items such as a mobile phone and a notebook. However, when this is exactly what you want, there’s no reason to pay more for a bigger bag.
For people who need to have their iPad handy when traveling, the Scout Extra Small iPad shoulder bag is the perfect choice. This casual bag is a perfect fit for the iPad, but it can accommodate 11″ netbooks as well. If you already have a protective case on your iPad, you don’t have to worry, as most of them fit well inside. The protection offered by this shoulder bag is excellent, as the iPad compartment features high density padding all around and cushioned felt lining. The Scout Extra Small bag has one main compartment, one full sized document pocket, one mobile phone pocket and two utility pockets for a few pens and accessories such as cables, charger or ear buds. Additionally, there’s a slim pocket on the back side of the bag, perfect for keeping the travel documents and the airplane tickets.
Neither of the the pockets, nor the main compartment are zippered, but this is not a problem, thanks to the Velcro bands closure over the iPad section and to the secure buckle on the front flap. Unlike other buckles which are awkward to handle, this one is easy to open yet secure, thanks to its special design. What we found a bit odd were the two padded side flaps which seem useless. Anyway, they don’t do any harm either, so you can just ignore them if you can’t figure out what they do, the bag still looks very cool.
The bag is made from water resistant canvas with water resistant nylon lining. The material is very nice and also durable. The padded shoulder strap is detachable, so you can remove it if you want to use the small handle.
The Scout Extra Small iPad messenger bag is available for a discounted price on eBags, so if you were still hesitating, maybe this is the best time to take action and get yourself this beauty that can be used either as an iPad bag, or as an all purpose, day-to-day shoulder bag. The only color available at the moment is ochre.