The styling is interesting, although I think the cache with rails system is more flexible than a built-in laptop compartment (and doesn't force you to have the contents of your bag out in the open as it goes through the scanner).
I'd love to see a messenger in this aesthetic "family." :)
Why no Absolute Strap option on the briefcase??
Disappointed. I was hoping for a spiritual slimmed down successor to the brain bag. I like the new material, and would have ordered an olive synapse 25 if there were non-steel lining options.
Sadly there aren't...
The first question that came to my mind... can the Founder's Briefcase fit inside a Tristar center compartment?
Oh, I forgot to mention and it's not worth an entirely new thread, but clicking on the image of the founder's briefcase on the home page takes one to the Smart Alec page, rather than the new Founder's Briefcase page.
I like the TomBihn badge on the front of the Guide (although I remain a fan of Portable Culture :-)
Dimensions: 17.7 x 12.4 x 6.1" / 450 x 315 x 155mm
Weight: 2 lbs 9 oz / 1170 grams
Volume: 800 cubic inches / 13 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)
Dimensions: 16.25" x 12.5" x 4.5" / 410 x 320 x 115 mm
Weight: Cadet with Cache — 2 lb 2 oz / 940 grams
Volume (ASTM Standard Measure): 825 cubic inches / 13.5 liters
The Founder's Briefcase is not quite as tall as the Cadet (by 0.1 inch – 12.4 " vs 12.5"), but it's wider (6.1" vs. 4.5"), with no way to really compress down the width, because of its rectangular design, and the way that all the pouches, etc. are meant to fit inside. The way the Cadet dimensions are quoted hides the fact that if you don't fill the outer zipped pocket, you can make the rectangular thickness of the bag go down to 3" – enough to get it into the center pocket of the Tri-Star, which has about that width. I don't think there's any way you make the 6.1" width of the rectangularly shaped Founder's Briefcase shrink down to 3", even if that bag is nearly empty. Of course, I could be wrong about this, but it doesn't seem possible to me.
Wonderful video and fact sheet on the new guide pack.
But, if I may be so forward, there is one photo missing from the 24 photo line up on the product page,
You have it on all the other packs,
A straight shot looking at the rear of the pack so u could se the back strap configuration.
Also, is there a grab handle?
And if not, why?
Having the grab handle on the pack on my synapse 25 and brain bag helps when I grap the pack from the car, suspend the pack on my knee to place the car keys inside or remove something on the trail without it touching the ground. ( let's say when the trail is soaking wet)
Really big Opps,
Guess I missed looking there when the handle question came up.
And thanx, for the really speedy reply! ( at 12.14am!)
I could go to sleep now. :-)
There's a simple 1" webbing haul loop at the top by the shoulder straps so you can hoist the thing up onto your shoulders when you're ready to go, or hang it by the door when you return; a smaller 5/8" webbing haul loop under the flap helps when you're standing in the kitchen filling the Guide's Pack with snacks, or at the trailhead making last-minute gear decisions.