My Brain Bag arrived today! (Along with everything else. Happiest with the Shop Bag, which is awesome. Medium Cafe bag is great but I can't decide if I'm happy enough with the navy/cayenne or if I should get the plum/wasabi instead).
Unfortunately, I think the Brain Bag might just be too big. :( I loaded it up with my old laptop (4.4 pounds) and about four hardcover books. It definitely carries weight well. Back didn't ache from that. However, I find the straps really stiff and uncomfortable and they're too wide for me. They dig into my neck/shoulders.
I love the configuration of the bag and really wish there was a bag like it but just scaled down for my size. My boyfriend unfortunately left for a trip today, so I'm going to wait till he come back (under two weeks) to get his input as to whether it really is too big for me and I should return it (or if he'll want it; he's 6'0" so it'll fit him). I'm pretty sure I don't want a Smart Alec. I have a top loading backpack already and I'm not the biggest fan of that format. So I'll end up continuing to wait for the Synapse if I can't figure out how to make the Brain Bag comfortable.
I apologize for how dark the pictures are! I couldn't get them brighter in the mirror and I was too impatient to set up my camera with a timer. I'll post better pictures when my boyfriend's around to take them.
The pictures on Flickr