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    Brain Bag: An Adaptable Beast

    Hey, All!

    Someone asked for some pics that show how the cinch straps work to make the brain bag larger or smaller. I snapped a couple on my iPhone when I got into work this morning to show an example...

    When I headed to the office, my BB was hauling a laptop, a Freudian Slip filled to bursting with papers and files, a snake charmer, multiple texbooks, two water bottles, and a big ol' insulated lunch bag. Here is how it looked with a reasonably full load when I arrived at the office, cinch straps wide open:



    Now we take out a number of these items, tighten up the cinch straps, and wallah! Suddenly she's a lean, mean fighting machine!



    These pics show my favorite thing about the Brain Bag: flexibility. Whatever your gear, the Brain Bag happily takes it all in and -- more importantly -- can be adjusted to be worn comfortably and securely. As you pick up (or lose) stuff along the way, the bag is easily adjusted.

    I really thought that this bag was going to be HUGE. It's not... it's just huge when it has to be.

    I also love the roomy pockets in the front: with big zippers and spaces they are great for all of the stuff you need to get to in a hurry. The clever
    tucked under" design, however, keeps things from slipping out by accident or getting wet. LOVE that.

    If I had two nits to pick on this bag, I'd love a couple of snap rings in those pockets and I'd like to see the pen holders a little looser (but they have loosened up for me with use). After a month of daily use, those are honestly my only little quibbles with this wonderful, adaptable bag!

    Hope this helps others trying to decide!

    -Bob
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    Hi, nice pictures. Where did you put the two water bottles? Did you use a brain cell for your lap top? I have a Super Ego, but I'm thinking of adding a Brain Bag to my collection of bags. I want something more roomy at times.

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    Thanks!

    I put one in the front mesh pocket on the outside pocket (you can't see it here). I also keep one in the front compartment of the bag, because I have other stuff in the front pockets (sunglasses case, pens, etc).

    I believe that two 20-oz water bottles would fit in the front pockets, but I have not tried that yet!

    As far as a brain cell: that's next on my purchase list. I have a useless neoprene sleeve on my laptop right now.

    One of my co-workers (the one who started me on the Tom Bihn addiction) has the Super Ego, and it's a great bag! I debated between that and the ID for a long time... I prefer the backpack style for larger loads, however, so I went with the ID/Brain Bag combo.
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    Bob P.
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    Empire Builder (black/steel), Brain Bag (steel), Small Padded Organizer Pouch, Clear Wallet, Soft Cell, Snake Charmer (cayenne) and assorted trimmings.

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    Hey Bob, how large is your lunch bag? I have a Hi-Top Munchsak, as well as a Power Pack Plus Lunch Box. I'm guessing the Munchsak might be fairly painless on one of the compartments?

    Karl

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    It's the Columbia North Rim Double Decker Lunch Bucket. I don't have measurements on it, but it's pretty chunky and fits fine with room to stack stuff on top of it (like my snake charmer).

    I also have a taller lunch bag similar to the Muchsak that I use if I need the room (no brand name... I think it's from Disney world or something). That fits with plenty of room to spare!
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    Bob P.
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    Empire Builder (black/steel), Brain Bag (steel), Small Padded Organizer Pouch, Clear Wallet, Soft Cell, Snake Charmer (cayenne) and assorted trimmings.

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    Great news... thanks mas!

    Karl

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    Thanks for the response.

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    this is the same with the super-ego, even though it doesnt use cinch straps. when i have the brain cell in it and more stuff it is as wide as it gets. when i dont, it just naturally compresses against my back.

    thiis is why i would love for the main compartment to have ike another 1.5" in depth - cause it doesnt make it bulky, just comes into play when you fill it up.


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