I believe that my Tom Bihn addiction is starting to rise. I absolutely love my ID, and that's my day-to-day bag for just about everything... but I also need a backpack for those occassions when I need to carry more stuff.
I have been waffling between the Brain Bag and the Smart Alec. Both have features that appeal to me for different reasons. I like the size and flexibility of the Brain Bag, but I fear that it may be too big (I currently have a Targus XL backpack and it's a clunky, uncomfortable monster). The Smart Alec is a beautifully designed bag
Can anyone comment on the comparative size of the Smart Alec and the Brain Bag in day-to-day use (carrying them around, I mean)? How about the one-chamber design of the Smart Alec vs. the 2-chamber Brain Bag? What about what you carry in them?
Multitasking is also important to me; I am a big fan of one back pack for all my uses. The bag will be used for those days when my need for a laptop, books, and assorted school work becomes too large for my ID (I carry a Dell e1705). ... this backpack will see a lot of personal travel as well on airplanes where it will be fit a smaller laptop (Dell XPS M1210), change of clothes, books, assorted travel items and souveniers, etc.
Thanks for your thoughts and advice in advance! I appreciate all the great support from Tom Bihn and the community here!