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    Super Ego Arrives

    A week may not seem long for most folks, but if you're anxiously waiting for the arrival of a Tom Bihn bag, then that's 5-days too long

    So anyway, I thought I'd post a couple of photos of the Super Ego first (next to the ID), and post a lengthier review later when me and the bag are better acquainted.





    But quickly, from what I gather, the bag has impressive build quality, lots of room, and is not as intimidatingly huge as I feared it would be. It is noticeably bigger than the ID, much like you'd put a side-by-side comparison between a MBP 17 against a MBP 15, that type of ratio. But from an aesthetic point of view, the bag's size shouldn't be feared at all, I am only 5' 9" (albeit on the heavy build side), and the bag doesn't look disproportionate. I ordered mine with the regular strap, but will order the Q-AM shoulder strap soon (Casey convinced me!). For the meantime, I transferred over the Absolute strap from the ID, I don't carry much in terms of heavy loads (just the basics like my MBP 17 laptop and its peripherals, bluetooth mouse and keyboard, a WD Passport drive, a couple of pens, a swiss army mini knife, cables, a PodiumPad laptop cooler, a couple of magazines and paperwork) -- and with the Absolute strap, I have been spoiled to its comforts which I'll then pit against the Q-AM once it arrives. The Super Ego I ordered came in black/black/cayenne partnered with a cork strip. I like how the understated look of black on black is accented by the cork strip, and the splash of color the cayenne (orange-red) brings is just awesome. I'm also ordering another strip, probably reflective or yellow with the seatbelt buckle and also the Size 1 Brain Cell -- I'm currently using the Size 1 Soft Cell which is good enough and doesn't add bulk, but the Brain Cell will probably help me sleep better at night with regards to laptop protection especially when traveling. So yeah, I've gushed on long enough about this new bag, the Super Ego. I don't really have anything negative to say, except maybe for a few wish list add-ons like the supple Ultrasuede-lined pockets and maybe an additional zippered pocket where the flap is (features I found very useful on the ID). But regardless, I was really glad I made the purchase for I think I may have finally found the perfect bag in terms of everything.

    PS. If anyone needs more photos comparing the Super Ego and the ID, just let me know.

    PSS. I've read through several reviews that it could be a little bit of a challenge trying to swap out the strips for the Super Ego since the Aplix/Velcro backing catches on. So after experimenting with it a bit, I found that an equally sized flat ruler (I used a thin metal one lying around here at work) slid between the strip and the loops makes removal and repositioning of the strips a lot easier since the velcro doesn't catch onto each other until you slide the ruler out. Ta-da! Ignore this if you already knew ;-P
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    Smile Super Ego and ID

    I received an email from Ryan, a fellow Tom Bihn forum poster, and in his email, he had several questions about the Super Ego and the ID. Rather than just reply directly, I'm re-posting here so that anyone in the same 'predicament' of choosing between these two awesome bags can better make a judgment. To answer Ryan's question, personally, I think the ID should be adequate enough for your needs based on the requirements you mentioned. If you have a 15" or smaller laptop, that should be perfect as well. I was able to shoehorn a 17" MBP on the ID using a Soft Cell sleeve, I would have loved a bag like the ID that is similarly sized that could accommodate a MBP 17 with a size 1 Brain Cell, but I suppose that's what a Super Ego is for. So going back, the ID should be good, but if you need more room for expansion and a bigger laptop, then the Super Ego should more than adequately fit those needs. The Super Ego is a great bag, I couldn't say enough praises about it. I was initially afraid that the bag might be too big, but I think it's just right. I still will use my ID with the Soft Cell for days when I want to travel in a more compact form, but as of the moment, the Super Ego never leaves my side (as you can see from the photos taken at a Vegas Casino). In any case, I guess you couldn't really go wrong, you already opted to consider to go with a Tom Bihn bag, and that takes you already one step ahead :-P

    I encourage fellow Binh fans to post their thoughts and comments regarding the matter. Hope this helps!

    Below is the result of your feedback form. *It was submitted by
    Ryan *edit* on Friday, July 04, 2008 at 20:41:17
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    I'm looking at your post on the Tom Bihn boards and I'm a teacher looking for a decent sized bag. *I'm torn between the ID, the Zephyr, and the Ego or Super Ego. *I need to carry some stacks of papers, a small book or two, and sometimes my MBP 15". *Do you think the ID is big enough to do that or should I look for something bigger? Any pics of the ID loaded up would *be great. *By the way, NICE website! You're very talented!

    Thanks,
    Ryan from Indiana
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    Size comparison between the Super Ego & ID:


    Side by side comparison:


    The ID packed with a 15" TiBook (Toucan sleeve not visible), several magazines and books, mighty mouse, Nikon Coolpix S7c and cables/power block/peripherals (not seen):




    And now for some (headless) modeling shots with the Super Ego (pardon me, please):





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    I do like the cork accent.

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    I'm Ryan, who emailed lpotr4 about the ID. I LOVE my bag and I've never seen one so well constructed. Perhaps I'll post a review once school starts so I can tell you how it operates on a day to day basis.

    Funny though, my wife liked my bag so much she bought a medium cafe bag. It arrives tomorrow and she's really excited. We bought a few more handy organizer pouches too. Tom Bihn is awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kvasir View Post
    I'm Ryan, who emailed lpotr4 about the ID. I LOVE my bag and I've never seen one so well constructed. Perhaps I'll post a review once school starts so I can tell you how it operates on a day to day basis.

    Funny though, my wife liked my bag so much she bought a medium cafe bag. It arrives tomorrow and she's really excited. We bought a few more handy organizer pouches too. Tom Bihn is awesome!
    Hey Ryan, glad to hear you finally got your ID bag! It's THE bag that started it all for me Post some photos of your ID (and a small blurb as well) if/when you could, I would love to see your setup. What color combo did you end up getting?


    Quote Originally Posted by JoyR View Post
    I do like the cork accent.
    Me too! Now I'm thinking of getting another one but with s seat belt buckle instead, someone please stop me...
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    Sort of piggy-backing on here. I've had my Super Ego for about a year now. When it first showed up, I was a little unsure... it seemed very large, and I wasn't sure I liked that the flap didn't cover the main pouch as well as the side one.

    Since then, though, I've been carrying it to school and work almost every day, and every time I use it, I love it a bit more. I've carried it as my sole luggage a few times as well. I got the Q-AM strap for it, though one of these days I want to try the absolute one as well. The Q-AM strap is a big part of what sold me on the bag, though. That, and the waterproof-ness (I live in OR). It means I can hop on my bike and not have my fully-stuffed bag get in the way, or I can tuck it up against my back when I'm walking a long way. I've never liked backpacks, but it feels like I can get it placed the same as a backpack without when I need it to be.

    I could go on and on (and on) about how much I love my Super Ego, but I think you get the point. Thank you, Tom Binh, for designing a fantastic bag.

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    It wasn't my first Bihn bag, but 7 or 8 months ago, a Super Ego became the first one I bought new, and this writeup (and subsequent exchange) mostly match my experience. Not too large on my medium-sized (5'10" / 185lb) self. Deceptively smaller that I'd imagined, in fact; when it arrived, I thought for about a minute that I might somehow have received a plain old Ego by mistake.

    To me, in fact, it still looks a bit small, compared to the boatloads of stuff I know it'll carry -- a few times I've passed by the grocery store and walked out with it bulging with cans, bread, fruit arranged as crush-free as possible. Not the *ideal* grocery sack, maybe, but it works much better than bare hands or hand-biting plastic sacks -- shoulders and backs bear burdens much better than fingers or palms. I have (had?) the same concern about the flap-v-main compartment, but so far even with some pretty driving Seattle rain the inside has remained dry every time. (Mind you, that's mostly walking to coffee shops etc, rather than 6 hours of mountain climbing, but dry is dry.)

    It took me a few days to discover one of my favorite parts of the bag, namely the zippered slash pockets on the front face of the bag. I know they're not secret, but I managed to overlook them at first.

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