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    Smile Me and My Amigo, er, Imago

    Ok, my anxiously awaited Black/Black/Wasabi Imago in Ballistic arrived a few days ago.

    Some first impressions...
    The black ballistic is nicer than the black ballistic I've seen on other bags, with its subtle sheen and nice hand. The wasabi interior is gorgeous and together the combo is sublime. The Absolute Strap is fabulous, want it on all my other bags too! It's magic how it lightens the load on my shoulder. However, I will have to get used to the odd feeling of a strap that stays in place on my shoulder; I've become used to having to constantly re-position my bag and that has become a habit for me...

    The Imago doesn't look as big on me as I had feared. Especially in the winter when I wear heavy coats and chunkier footwear, bigger bags look better on me. Come summer as I shed the big coats and wear less clothing in lighter colors, the big black bag may seem incongruous to my eye, but I'll just have to wait and see.

    I had planned to use two Large Organizer Pouches in the Imago as my filing system, but alas, I didn't realize (doh!) the Large Pouch doesn't fit in the Imago. A standard pocket folder does just fit, although I wanted something akin to a file folder system for easier paper insertion (with a 2-pocket folder I have to remove the folder to insert a piece of paper, annoying for sure.) I wish the Large Organizer Pouch isn't quite so generous in its dimensions so that it could fit in the Imago.

    I was pleasantly surprised that my iPhone in its ifrogz case fit snugly into the left outside pocket, but not the right! However, I think I will carry the iPhone in the front (un)zipped pocket for easier access. The front open pocket easily houses my numerous pens and little scissors.

    The Imago's main compartment is simple in its design. I'm used to lots of little pockets and compartments (Timbuk2). My .6L Sigg, personal size Filofax, and a little zippered bag with a mini stapler, staples, and thumb drives will be carried in the main compartment with the aforementioned 2-pocket folder.

    One of the two open interior pockets will house my big 'n chunky wallet and a separate checkbook (I'd like to go check-free, but if you have school-age kids, you'll understand!) For air travel I am planning to substitute the big 'n chunky wallet for the TB wallet for its security feature and lightweight quality. The other open interior pocket will hold all my girly gear cuz I like to grab my lipbalm, mirror, handcream, gum, etc. without any hindrance while speeding to the next destination.

    The two outside zippered pockets with the oh-so-luxurious lining will go mainly unused, but on trips, they will be lovely little nests for my headphones and phone charger. For daily use, I will tuck the ends of my Absolute Strap into them for a sleeker look; I don't like anything sticking out! (Along the same vein, I threaded the dangling end of the buckle strap back through the buckle so it rests against the bag, instead of on the outside flapping around.)

    The open back pocket will be used to stash temporary bulky items like lunch, DVDs to return, newspapers, etc. It'll great for air travel when I need a 'zine or paperback to read, but wish it had an O-ring for additional versatility. And I love the Imago's grab handle, an essential feature that was missing on my Timbuk2.

    So there you have it! My portable office/daily purse. It will go to the office where it will sit on my desk with its flap back, exposing its delicious wasabi interior. It will grace the front passenger seat in my car and the front seat in the grocery cart. I don't kid myself, this will not be taken for the quick trip to the store, to lunch or to the movies. I will use my small Cafe Bag on those occasions; all I need to do is transfer my phone and wallet from the Imago since I have a second set of essentials already packed in the Cafe Bag.

    Pictures would be helpful if you're wondering about the size of it all, but all my pics load up too big. If anyone can help me with that I'd appreciate it. BTW, I'm just under 5-1 without heels.
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    Thumbs up Thank you Bag Lady!

    That was a wonderful, in-depth review on your Imago. It covered multiple points of your Imago, and your reasons for doing things with it the way you do. Kudos to you! God, if you were to write the reviews, with Maverick doing the pics and videos, there would be NO stopping TB!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbradford View Post
    That was a wonderful, in-depth review on your Imago. It covered multiple points of your Imago, and your reasons for doing things with it the way you do. Kudos to you! God, if you were to write the reviews, with Maverick doing the pics and videos, there would be NO stopping TB!
    Aw, shucks, thank you! And I'm sure there's more than a few of us on this Forum who would think writing reviews for Tom Bihn bags is a dream job, no?
    Olive/Wasabi SCB, Steel/Olive MCB, Blk/Blk/Wasabi Imago w/ Absolute Strap, Blk/Steel/Wasabi ID, Small Padded Pouch, Wallet in Olive, Mini Cork Organizer Pouch

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    Hi Bag Lady,
    Thank you for your review!

    Could you post your pictures in the Tom Bihn pool on Flickr? It handles big images well.
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/57753561@N00/pool/

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bag Lady View Post
    Pictures would be helpful if you're wondering about the size of it all, but all my pics load up too big. If anyone can help me with that I'd appreciate it. BTW, I'm just under 5-1 without heels.
    Great review, Bag Lady. Thanks for posting.

    There is a free photo program called FastStone Image Viewer and it has a built in feature to do resizing. Just navigate to your photo and select it, then click Edit up top, and then click Resize/Resample (ctrl+R) and a window will pop up offering options. The bottom category of options is 'Standard', select that, choose the size you want it to be, and then click OK. Then click File>>Save As, and rename and save. All done!
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    Quote Originally Posted by notmensa View Post
    Hi Bag Lady,
    Thank you for your review!

    Could you post your pictures in the Tom Bihn pool on Flickr? It handles big images well.
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/57753561@N00/pool/

    Cheers,
    Em
    Thanks, Em! You can check out my Imago pics on Flickr's Tom Bihn group. (Bag Lady was a very popular name on Flickr, so I am Bag Lady 1.0.)

    I also took the opportunity to post my Small Cafe Bag pics from the summer.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/23702664@N06/?donelayout=1
    Last edited by Bag Lady; 11-23-2009 at 08:27 AM. Reason: added comment.
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    I just added my pics too, to the photo stream. I was a group member, but I didn't realize you had to add the photos too. I learned a new Flickr thing today, thanks.
    Bags: Super Ego (Black/indigo w/cork seatbelt); Aeronaut (Crimson/Steel); 2 Medium Cafe Bags (Navy/Cayenne, Linen/Olive), w/an Ultrasuede Shoulder Strap Wrap; Large Cafe Bag (Cocoa/Wasabi) w/Absolute Strap; Imago (sadly lost to hazmat); a Brain Cell w/ another Strap Wrap; and a Shop Bag (Steel). Accessories: Bunches and bunches.
    Wanted: Zephyr or Empire Builder.
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    Bag Lady-

    I love your folder! I'm such a sucker for anything in bright colors. I also have a sick addiction to polka dots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bag Lady View Post
    Thanks, Em! You can check out my Imago pics on Flickr's Tom Bihn group. (Bag Lady was a very popular name on Flickr, so I am Bag Lady 1.0.)

    I also took the opportunity to post my Small Cafe Bag pics from the summer.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/23702664@N06/?donelayout=1
    Nice pictures. I can see you like the same color scheme as peregrina. Check out her post for pictures of the Medium Cafe Bag (also in Olive and Wasabi). Have you considered using the pen/pencil organizer pouch for your many pens?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy View Post
    Bag Lady-

    I love your folder! I'm such a sucker for anything in bright colors. I also have a sick addiction to polka dots.
    Katy, is Solar Dyneema your fave Tom Bihn fabric?
    Bags: Super Ego (Black/indigo w/cork seatbelt); Aeronaut (Crimson/Steel); 2 Medium Cafe Bags (Navy/Cayenne, Linen/Olive), w/an Ultrasuede Shoulder Strap Wrap; Large Cafe Bag (Cocoa/Wasabi) w/Absolute Strap; Imago (sadly lost to hazmat); a Brain Cell w/ another Strap Wrap; and a Shop Bag (Steel). Accessories: Bunches and bunches.
    Wanted: Zephyr or Empire Builder.
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    I do like Solar Dyneema more than Steel Dyneema but more than that I like Punch or Wasabi Cordura. Kiwi Ballistic Nylon is pretty also.. and storm..and indigo... and cork.


    OK I like them all equally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by moriond View Post
    Nice pictures. I can see you like the same color scheme as peregrina. Check out her post for pictures of the Medium Cafe Bag (also in Olive and Wasabi). Have you considered using the pen/pencil organizer pouch for your many pens?

    Hi moriond! I confess that I love to see the pens in all their rainbow glory ready to be pulled out and at the ready! I'm one who likes to see all her options. And, yes I am very aware of peregrina's pics on flickr, I had been drooling over her MCB before I ordered mine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy View Post
    Bag Lady-

    I love your folder! I'm such a sucker for anything in bright colors. I also have a sick addiction to polka dots.
    Thanks, Katy! You have good taste! I got this cute 2-pocket folder at Staples. It's the Prints Charming Collection by Jacqueline Savage McFee. It's in various color combos, but the pink/orange is my fave. Shopping for office supplies is my other addiction (besides TB bags!)
    Olive/Wasabi SCB, Steel/Olive MCB, Blk/Blk/Wasabi Imago w/ Absolute Strap, Blk/Steel/Wasabi ID, Small Padded Pouch, Wallet in Olive, Mini Cork Organizer Pouch

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    I can't go to staples/office max or office depot without spending hours upon hours looking at all pens, notebooks, folders, papers and other office supplies that I already have enough of. I also like to look at things I'll never have a use for. Stupid office supply stores and their temptations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy View Post
    I can't go to staples/office max or office depot without spending hours upon hours looking at all pens, notebooks, folders, papers and other office supplies that I already have enough of. I also like to look at things I'll never have a use for. Stupid office supply stores and their temptations.
    I finally have an excuse for shopping at office supply stores... I'm the Office Manager, it's my job!!! No more guilt as I linger down the aisles of the binders, folders, pens, pencils, highlighters, notebooks, paper clips (btw, have you noticed how far the paper clip industry has evolved???)
    Olive/Wasabi SCB, Steel/Olive MCB, Blk/Blk/Wasabi Imago w/ Absolute Strap, Blk/Steel/Wasabi ID, Small Padded Pouch, Wallet in Olive, Mini Cork Organizer Pouch

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