I am a total TB newbie, contemplating my first purchase (I can already tell there will be more), and am hoping for some advice. I am looking for an everyday work bag, that also gets lunch, gym clothes, and toddler daughter's flotsom and jetsom shoved in it from time to time. I commute by car and sometimes, but not always, carry my 13" Macbook Pro. I have been poring over the forum, reading reviews and watching videos. What a thorough bunch this is! Anyway, I have narrowed it to either the Imago and the ID. My questions are these:
1) Is the ID really big for a personal day-to-day sort of bag? The dimensions don't seem to be too big to be practical, but the photos of the ID hanging on one woman in a review looked HUGE. I am 5'6" and slender-ish. Don't want to get swallowed by a bag or look like I'm carrying luggage.
2) I tend to carry file folders around alot for work and am concerned that the Imago won't hold a Freudian Slip and that the bag itself is sort of soft structured. I like the Zephyr's built in file holders but am not crazy about the whole briefcase thing. Seems more limiting. Is it a bad idea to carry files in an Imago? Would the larger, and more structured ID be a better choice?
If it helps, I usually carry 3 sets of keys, an iphone, 3 small notebooks, several files, books, a chunky wallet, a checkbook, lipstick, loose papers, pens, lunch and/or breakfast, and other stuff I can't think of right now. Not a ton of stuff. But it all badly needs organizing.
Any advice you have is most welcome. I am kind of leaning towards the ID right now for practical reasons but like the Imago's size better.