New Super Ego
The Super Ego bag, being my first, or second Tom Bihn product is proving to be an excellent bag while working well with it's partner the Brain Cell 2XL. Commuting to and from the office on a Vespa ET4 necessitates loading everything I need for the day into the main and front compartments. The dimensions are approximately 15"x18"x7.5" when semi-loaded which makes it a pretty big bag.
When fully loaded with my 15.5"x11"x2" Dell Inspiron 9200 in a 2XL, the main compartment is pretty much filled with maybe enough room for flat items like drawings, CD's or a spare battery pack. The main flap compartment stores the usual items, PDA, business cards, pens, cell phone and a half bunch of bananas. On the back side of the bag is a waist belt, which I have already removed as this particular feature hasn't been of much use for me. The bag while it is rather large, still lies fairly flat and is surprising comfortable slung over my side while zipping around town.
The large zippers and nylon cord zipper pulls are nice touches when using the bag with gloves on. My only very minor criticism of the bag's design might be the main shoulder strap not being able to pivot or swivel so the strap might require some untwisting before the bag is put on again. Accolades to Tom for designing and constructing this very nice messenger bag. I'm enjoying mine,as it's well worth the wait.
MY new Super Ego
After hacking through various governmental paperwork necessary to get Tom Bihn set up as an approved vendor, I got my new Super Ego and size 4 brain cell today!
I'll write a complete review after I have a bit more time with it, but all my pre-delivery concerns have been put to rest, namely:
This thing is BIG! I'm glad I'm 6'3", because this would look pretty odd on a little guy.
Plenty of room for my powerbook, gym clothes, a book and all my various gadgets. And the exterior water bottle pockets serve as compression straps!
Also, the current brain cell model is much nicer than the old model (the kind with the snaps) I have for my old PowerBook G3. More elegant and clearly more protective than the earlier construction.
One caveat though--I indulged in what I thought would be the cool seat belt buckle for the Super Ego, but I think I would have been better off with the plastic buckle. The metal tongue doesn't stay adjusted when it's not buckled, and there's no place to stow the excess strap length that hangs from it.
Thanks to Darcy for what must have been some tedious paperwork on her end too, getting Tom Bihn registered as a vendor at the University of Virginia.
SuperEgo review and pics
I've finally finished my review, posted now at
Many thanks to Darcy for handling all the weird PO paperwork and for sending me replacement buckles after I changed my mind about the seat belt buckle. (Details in the review.)
I love this bag!
I've been the happy owner of a bouncing new Super Ego bag for a few weeks now. I don't have my own full review, but I did append a comment to the glowing review currently posted at The Gadgeteer.