Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    holly springs, nc
    Posts
    12

    First impressions: the Co-Pilot

    I have been searching a looong time for an everyday work bag that didn’t look like a plain old laptop bag – and found one in the Co-Pilot. I anticipate this also being my non-work everyday bag, especially when my toddler doesn’t need me to cart around as much “schtuff” around for her.

    Name:  DSC01076 low res.jpg
Views: 1263
Size:  9.2 KB

    Caveat, I have a Lenovo X200 tablet PC with one of those extended batteries – this PC is not on the fit list for the Co-Pilot and I was well aware when I ordered it. The tablet will only fit in the Co-Pilot if I leave one corner slightly unzipped (theft/weather is not an issue with my commute), or it will zip completely if I remove the extended battery first. I may eventually trade in the battery for the smaller kind. I am also very gentle with my stuff so I am also not concerned with not having a Cache or Brain Cell for it. Since I am rarely in my actual office at work (generally zooming between meetings or working on week-long kaizen events in different parts of the hospital) portability is my #1 priority. I may upgrade to the Pilot (when it arrives!) at some point if this set-up doesn’t end up working for me.

    Name:  DSC01089 low res.jpg
Views: 1236
Size:  7.1 KB

    I also find that having smaller bag will prevent me from carting around unnecessary items since I trend towards the ‘and the kitchen sink too’ category on the packing spectrum. I’ve now unloaded the Kensington messenger-style w/ backpack straps bag that’s been on loan from a co-worker for the past 3 months while I’ve been doing some serious bag introspection. Reading that sentence back to myself, it sounds ridiculous! LOL… but after carting the Kensington bag around for that long, I’ve realized what my preferences are and how the Co-Pilot really meets them.

    For one, I prefer the zipper style of the Co-Pilot, instead of the flap style of messenger bags (Café Bag owners, don’t shoot! …and that’s not to say I would never purchase one in the future, either!). I like being able to zip open just the section of the bag to get the items I need without opening the whole bag. With the Absolute Strap, I can wear it as a shoulder bag (which I do most often) or cross-body. I also really like the grab handle at the top, to carry it like briefcase.

    Name:  DSC01097 low res.jpg
Views: 1230
Size:  9.5 KB

    As I mentioned, in the main compartment I’ll be toting my laptop. In the pockets, I have a large moleskin notebook and a mini clear organizer pouch for usb drives, memory cards, etc. I like the location of the o-ring in here, as it does not impede access to the 2 pockets

    Name:  DSC01086 low res.jpg
Views: 1227
Size:  9.4 KB

    In the exterior back pocket I have a small gray cosmetic kit to hold personal care items (which will be replaced by a small organizer pouch in ultraviolet dyneema once available!). It would be nice to have an o-ring just below the top edge of this exterior pocket on either side (though I’d prefer the right side, since I’m a righty) to secure a pouch, so I wouldn’t worry about contents slipping out by accident.

    Moving to the front of the Co-Pilot, in the left section is my work-issued blackberry in the ultrasuede pocket. It would be nice to have a second ultrasuede pocket in this section too, for those non-iPhone folks who carry iPod, cell and camera (though now that it’s coming to Verizon, I’ll have to give that serious thought!). Alternatively, I would even go for a mesh pocket sewn into the front wall of the left and right sections. That would be a good place to stash your keys without worrying about them scratching up the other contents, or providing some protection for sunglasses. Speaking of, also in this section will be my sunglasses and a mini organizer pouch for use as a wallet for less frequently used items (thanks for the tip maverick!) like shopper cards and the like.

    In the center section, I don’t usually carry a water bottle around, but I appreciate having that option. I just worry about condensation from a bottle since it would be sitting up against my laptop. Has anyone had experience with this yet? For now, I will be keeping my laptop charging brick, travel mouse and house/car keys on a 16” key strap in this compartment – I love that there’s an o-ring in here too!

    Name:  DSC01079 low res.jpg
Views: 1197
Size:  9.4 KB

    review continued below (max of 5 pics per message...)

  2. #2
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    holly springs, nc
    Posts
    12

    First impressions, continued

    In the right section, I have 3 Sharpie fine point pens (great pens!) and a Sharpie marker. I also have my kiwi organizer wallet with 8” key strap (which I will swap out for a crimson one - yay for color-coding!), chapstick, gum and a pack of facial tissues.

    Name:  DSC01082 low res.jpg
Views: 1239
Size:  9.5 KB

    In the spirit of continuous improvement, I have a very minor suggestion about the location of the o-rings in the left and right front sections: it seems to me that a better spot for these would be along the front wall of the section, rather than the back, and closer to where the zipper shuts. I imagine that eventually with multiple items on key straps, the straps may get in the way of accessing the items stored in the ultrasuede pocket or the pen pockets. I don’t want to detract from the fabulousity of this bag at all - it is just a small convenience thing, particularly since I check my crackberry umpteen times a day!

    Name:  DSC01087 low res.jpg
Views: 1172
Size:  8.7 KB

    The other thing that surprised me was the size of this bag. Reading dimensions and translating that to a 3D object was tough for me. I tried to scope out more pictures of people with their Co-Pilots and tried to gauge if it would dwarf me (the reason I didn’t jump on a Zephyr)… I was happy to find it wasn’t too big for my preference. Here’s a picture of me holding my lovely new Co-Pilot, for reference, I am 5’2” and the top of the bag hits right at the top of my hip.

    Name:  DSC01107 low res.jpg
Views: 1769
Size:  7.8 KB

    Darcy, I know y’all are super busy over there – any chance a project for 2011 would be to take photos of all your bags on a mannequin so we can better compare sizes of bags? And perhaps pictures of all the organizer pouches next to a dollar bill (or other item) that could be used as a frame of reference?

    I am excited to go to work tomorrow just so I can try out my new bag! Will post another review once I’ve gotten some mileage my new Co-Pilot… cheers!

  3. #3
    Registered User Maria's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    439
    Oooo thank you for the photos and showing how you organize everything!

    I too have a Co-Pilot and it is a real treat. I like having the zippers as I find a messenger style bag cumbersome. I look forward to seeing the "Pilot"!

    - as mentioned in the "TB wish list" for pictures of the bags with people, so even if I have the Co-Pilot - I think it will help others to see how the bag "looks" when carried by a real person like in your photo. Listing your height helped too.

    - have to agree about the ultrasuede pocket, a second (or third?) would be lovely for those of us that carry a phone, an I-Pod, etc.

    I debated on the Co-Pilot for a long time, trying to figure out would it hold what I needed for a daily commute, and more so. I find I can cram enough into it for an overnight bag too! Wonderful bag! I'm so glad I have it!

  4. #4
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    St Petersburg Florida
    Posts
    285

    Thumbs up My first impressions also

    I am amazed at how much stuff I can "stuff" in this bag. I'll have to provide photos at some later date.

    But it is my daily work bag.

    However,since I now carry my Kindle and FJN, my netbook won't fit. Solution is to tether the FJN when I need to carry the Netbook.
    Been there. Done that. Can't remember.

  5. #5
    Registered User penny's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    NYC metro area via metro north
    Posts
    17
    is the o-ring in the main compartment new? i don't have one and have been looking for my thimbles to sew one in myself because i really would like one there!

    also, irsria, today i finally got around to uploading pics of me (5'1") and my co-pilot to the flickr group... sorry it wasn't there when you needed it!
    Last edited by penny; 01-20-2011 at 12:43 PM. Reason: i cannot spell...

  6. #6
    Registered User marbenais's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    332
    Quote Originally Posted by penny View Post
    is the o-ring in the main compartment new? i don't have one and have been looking for my thimbles to sew one in myself because i really would like one there!
    The o-ring in the main compartment isn't new -- it's near the edge of the front pocket with the own holders & the water bottle compartment, on that side against the front.

  7. #7
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    holly springs, nc
    Posts
    12
    Quote Originally Posted by penny View Post
    is the o-ring in the main compartment new? i don't have one and have been looking for my thimbles to sew one in myself because i really would like one there!

    also, irsria, today i finally got around to uploading pics of me (5'1") and my co-pilot to the flickr group... sorry it wasn't there when you needed it!
    thanks penny! i'll have to learn that too so i can post the pic from my review above. i noticed in your location that you're off the metro-north... i used to live in rockland county and commute to nyc - tarrytown station off the hudson line
    Co-Pilot [steel/solar]; Aeronaut [black/steel]; Aeronaut Packing Cubes: (2) Large [steel], (1) End Pocket [steel], Clear Quarter Packing Cube [steel], Clear Organizer Pouches: (1) Medium [iberian], (1) Small [cocoa], (1) Mini [wasabi]; Organizer Pouch: (1) Medium [iberian]; Clear Organizer Wallet [kiwi]; Key Straps [black, crimson]
    wishlist: Aeronaut [crimson/steel]; Checkpoint Flyer [black/steel]; Synapse [indigo/solar]; Organizer Pouches: Small [ultraviolet]

  8. #8
    Registered User penny's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    NYC metro area via metro north
    Posts
    17
    Quote Originally Posted by marbenais View Post
    The o-ring in the main compartment isn't new -- it's near the edge of the front pocket with the own holders & the water bottle compartment, on that side against the front.
    hmmm... i promise I have not done any modifications. I ordered on July 15, 2010 if that helps at all. I'll look through my notions and will sew one in myself. It's not a big deal ...

    [ATTACH]no o-ring[/ATTACH]
    Attached Images Attached Images  
    Last edited by penny; 01-21-2011 at 05:41 AM. Reason: fixing photo

  9. #9
    Registered User marbenais's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    332
    Oh, that IS strange . . .


Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0