One problem I have with Tom Bihn is that the choices are overwhelming . I've been thinking about getting a backpack that can hold a laptop, and it took me forever to finally narrow down my choices to the Brain Cell or Smart Alec or Synapse, or maybe all 3
Maybe it exists and I haven't found it, but I thought it would be most helpful if we had a way to quickly compare many bags at once in a table format, instead of having to flip through various product pages. If you know roughly what you want, it wouldn't so bad to pick one, but when you have trouble deciding like I have, it is quite time-consuming to go through so many pages and links, so I ended up making a little comparison table for myself.
One example of a useful guide would be like this for Garmin GPS models: https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=134. Each model has a short description, and if you select it and hit the "Compare" button, it builds a more detailed feature comparison table for you.
Another example is this camera side-by-side comparison tool by DPReview: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sidebyside.asp. It would seem that it's hard to summarize and compare so many different types of cameras from the most basic point-and-shoot to the most advanced DSLRs, but they found a way to make it work.
The table I made for myself with TB products had the following categories: type (messenger, laptop, etc), carry-on compatibility (yes or no), checkpoint friendly (yes or no), volume, dimensions (fully expanded, number of top-accessible pockets, number of side pockets, mesh netting (yes or no), laptop capable (yes or no), laptop cell compatibility (horizontal/vertical and size), etc
Do you think it's possible to add such a feature to the site? Thanks for your consideration.