We went to Folklife today, Seattle's incredible free music festival that makes us all proud. We had a great time, and my Smart Alec was just the bee's knees. I almost took my Synapse 25, but when I put everything in it, I realized I couldn't grab things in and out of the main compartment as easily as I wanted. So I grabbed my Smart Alec, and VOILA! Everything was so accessible.
Throughout the day I would need to get to my camera, a snack bar, our water bottle, and Greg never even had to take off the bag. I just reached up, opened the flap, and then could take things in and out without anything falling out. I LOVE this bag, so much. For me, the Smart Alec is the One Backpack To Rule Them All. I know we all have our opinions on these things, but this bag, it just never lets me down.
Today was the first day I really used my external pouches, and they were great! It was so easy to reach in and grab snacks or my phone. The pouches really hold a lot, and yet their location makes it so easy to rummage through them when you need something fast. Here I just bought my Synapse 25 and my SA is really becoming my go-everywher bag. I could see someone traveling the world with this thing, easily. For now, I'll settle for the Pacific Northwest.
While Greg carried my Smart Alec, I carried my Nordic/Solar Side Effect on a cross-body strap, so that I could keep my money close at hand. Hey, you need to be able to buy things at Folklife! For instance, today I got a giant purple hula-hoop, and an event t-shirt. My daughter wanted to carry a Side Effect, too, for her chapstick and her own spending money, and so I let her borrow my old plum SE (with the waist straps cut off! oh those were the days). She loved it, and wants to keep it. I think I'll let her.