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    Packing Cube Shoulder BAg

    I obtained a CoPilot for a friend; to insure I would not adopt the CoPilot I obtained a packing cube shoulder bag (PCSB) for myself to compliment the packing cube backpack that I find exceedingly useful. The PCSB is indeed a useful piece of art.

    First, a size comparison of the CoPilot (empty) and PCSB (comfortably loaded):

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    I was amazed How much the PCSB could hold. I kept looking for a false bottom, but did not find one ;-)
    In the PCSB is a netbook, hiking guide, Monster Energy Drink, Journal and writing implement, a lighter to simulate the lip balm many forum readers seem to carry, a cell phone and a jacket. Here is a photo of the contents:

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    The only improvement I could suggest is the inclusion of a ring to attach organizer pouches to, similar to the PCBP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lonestar6 View Post
    The only improvement I could suggest is the inclusion of a ring to attach organizer pouches to, similar to the PCBP.
    Agree. I was going to take my UV PCSB as my personal bag for the plane along with my Tri-Star as the carryon, but couldn't find any O-rings either... so it went into my TS as a packing cube, and I'm using my Co-Pilot for my "personal bag". I found for the plane ride I needed the extra bit of organization that secured OPs would provide, but without the O-ring, they were flopping around in the PCSB. I'm not sure I'll need the Co-Pilot for the day hikes on my trip, so I'm glad to have the PCSB along for a lighter weight option.
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    Monster!

    I love that you used a lighter as a stand-in for lip balm, by the way.

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    Dear Lonestar6,

    I managed to get the cutest of cute Tom Bihn Bag out of my mind for A Year!

    I have tried to persuade myself that I have no need for it whatsoever since the day it came out


    And Now,

    You show us the most amazing beauty shot of the cute and lovely Co-Pilot, next to a packing cube shoulder bag (PCSB).

    So, every time I will look at my Packing Cube Shoulder Bags (PCSB),

    I will think of the perfect lines and dimensions of the Co-Pilot.

    Conclusion: The Wish List is soon going to be visible from space.


    PS: It is truly one of the nicest pictures of the Co-Pilot and a really great way to see its true dimensions.

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    You know, some of the older Packing Cube Shoulder Bags had a manufacturer's label that was folded over on the inside of the bag, and that foldover created a fabric "loop" to which you could hook on a carabiner. That's how I'd snap a lot of my snaphooks on.

    I do have a suggestion. Go find yourself one of those big (as in two inches long) diaper pins, and pin them on onto the black seam binding on the inside of yor PCSB. Instant snaphook holders!!

    The Packing Cube Shoulder Bag is a humble little fellow, but I think of all the various and wonderful things Tom Bihn makes, I think it's actually my favorite product. Like you say, it fits a TON of stuff... but when it's mostly empty, it's floppy and doesn't take up a lot of room. I can easily cinch up the shoulder strap to make it a shoulder bag, or lengthen the strap to make it a cross-body. I can hook all the zippers together for extra security (and turn the front pocket zipped section toward my body if I'm being particularly careful), and the Dyneema fabric never scuffs or scratches... and it's so easy to clean!
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    Lani, I was thinking Kilt Pin, but diaper pin would be better as I think the kilt pin would be too large.
    I am glad I got it, I think it will get a lot of use and provide an option when the backpack is just too large.

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    Quote Originally Posted by backpack View Post
    Dear Lonestar6,

    I managed to get the cutest of cute Tom Bihn Bag out of my mind for A Year!

    I have tried to persuade myself that I have no need for it whatsoever since the day it came out


    And Now,

    You show us the most amazing beauty shot of the cute and lovely Co-Pilot, next to a packing cube shoulder bag (PCSB).

    So, every time I will look at my Packing Cube Shoulder Bags (PCSB),

    I will think of the perfect lines and dimensions of the Co-Pilot.

    Conclusion: The Wish List is soon going to be visible from space.


    PS: It is truly one of the nicest pictures of the Co-Pilot and a really great way to see its true dimensions.
    Backpack, I am truely sorry for causing a BAS flair up. LOL

    I think I will own a copilot myself when I no longer have to carry basic black. That is what is nice about the PCSB, It is a functional 'invisible' part of my luggage which I can go 'out' with and have a splash of color. :-)

    The netbook in the photo, which fit nicely in the PCSB, was swallowed by the copilot. The copilot really is a very nice bag. I thought about loading the copilot out as well, but seeing I am giving it away I decided not to. I got to play with the copilot enough to know I want one, but I want one with color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lonestar6 View Post
    Backpack, I am truely sorry for causing a BAS flair up. LOL
    What? Did I hear a call for some more BAS-relief?!?!?
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    I used my packing cube shoulder bag as my daypack on some day hikes on the AT this past spring in NH. It was absolutely perfect. With a slim shoulder strap holding the cube slung across my body I had none of the sweating issues associated with hiking in a backpack. It was also very easy to retreive anything I needed. In the cube I had my SLR camera, two bottels of water, a sandwich, two granola bars, map, compass, sketch book, and flashlight. It is my favorite piece of Tom Bihn gear. You can't beat the feel of the fabric.
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    Eire, that is awesome, I have done southern portions of the AT and can see how the PCSB would be a good day bag. Thanks for sharing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eire View Post
    I used my packing cube shoulder bag as my daypack on some day hikes on the AT this past spring in NH. It was absolutely perfect. With a slim shoulder strap holding the cube slung across my body I had none of the sweating issues associated with hiking in a backpack. It was also very easy to retreive anything I needed. In the cube I had my SLR camera, two bottels of water, a sandwich, two granola bars, map, compass, sketch book, and flashlight. It is my favorite piece of Tom Bihn gear. You can't beat the feel of the fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eire View Post
    I used my packing cube shoulder bag as my daypack on some day hikes on the AT this past spring in NH. It was absolutely perfect. With a slim shoulder strap holding the cube slung across my body I had none of the sweating issues associated with hiking in a backpack. It was also very easy to retreive anything I needed. In the cube I had my SLR camera, two bottels of water, a sandwich, two granola bars, map, compass, sketch book, and flashlight. It is my favorite piece of Tom Bihn gear. You can't beat the feel of the fabric.
    Where in NH? Enquiring minds want to know, since I think portions of the trail run through my city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badger View Post
    Monster!

    I love that you used a lighter as a stand-in for lip balm, by the way.
    Respect the beast LOL

    Lip balm is featured on the TB video reviews and in a lot of posts. For me, this seems odd as I don't use lip balm. I am not sure what I am missing out on, is lip balm part of the secret TB code?
    Last edited by lonestar6; 07-21-2012 at 06:45 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pocketsize View Post
    Where in NH? Enquiring minds want to know, since I think portions of the trail run through my city.
    I stayed at a bed and breakfast in Lyme and hiked the AT all around there as well as near Hanover. Beautiful area. I will use the cube from now on for hikes and as my day bag when travelling. It is also perfect for a seat bag on the airplane.

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    I gave one to a friend as her intro to Tom Bihn and now have one on order for myself. It will be my work and travel purse.
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