Hi, folks, new to the forums and to Tom Bihn. I'm getting ready to buy the first bag ever that has been a planned and not walk-into-a-shop-and-grab-something decision.
I want to be able to carry these three things:
1) My 13" Macbook (with its power cord)
2) My To-Go-Ware tiffin box, roughly cylindrical: 7.3"H x 6.5" diameter at base, narrows a little toward the top.
3) My vacuum thermos (Zoijirushi, 1L... I could downgrade to a .5 L but I LIKE carrying that much cold water or hot tea with me, dammit!)
Anything else I'd want to carry will probably fit into a roughly cigarette-pack sized space... my camera or my phone, depending on how short I am on pocket space that day.
The other thing I'm wondering about is carrying style. I've been carrying an Ivar backpack for a year and a half now, and before that I used slingpacks, and essentially I've never found anything that's properly balanced and doesn't hurt after awhile. I like the grab-and-go style of messenger bags, but I think the unbalanced load would be my undoing.
The question I bet no one ever asks on these forums... Which Tom Bihn Bag is Right for Me?
(Tangent: You should make that a YouTube game show. Take two contestants, and give them each a description of the victim's personality, habits, and lifestyle, and one object the victim wants to be able to carry. Let the contestants pick out a bag for the victim. The contestant who gets it closest to right, wins!)