The Daily Mail reports that four in five men now carry a manbag, which on average weighs more than a typical lady’s handbag. It’s a trend attributable to the need
to carry an ever-growing number of electronic gadgets such smartphones, iPads, Kindles, and laptops in addition to the traditional and pocketable keys and wallets.
I can identify. I read the Daily Mail piece shortly after returning from a road trip during which I carried my iPad in a Waterfield Sleevecase, which I suppose qualifies as a manbag (although not a
“murse,” since it has little excess capacity for anything more than the tablet in its cover case). However, Waterfield has a workaround for that that I’ll get to in a moment.
The Daily Mail report says that on average, contents of a manbag are worth £1,108 and weigh 1.5 kilograms, while a typical woman’s handbag weighs in at a more modest 1.2 kilograms, the median
having actually dropped by 61% over the past three years, thanks to gadgets becoming smaller. The contents of my Sleevecase are whatever the residual value of a used 16 GB WiFi iPad 2 and a used
Acme Orikata case amount to, plus, of course, the value of the Sleevecase itself.
But are iPad manbags making men “effeminate?”
Commenting on the iDevice driven manbag proliferation, CNET’s Chris…