I'm lucky to have stumbled upon Tom Bihn when researching a replacement bag for my 13" Macbook (white, purchased at the end of 2007). My dilemma is how to go about selecting a starter bag?
I'm currently looking to replace a very old and worn daily use backpack that I've not transitioned out of since my college days. My workhorse of a Mac pretty much accompanies me on business travels, both domestic and international. For the long haul flights, I'd load up the Mac in the backpack and then check a wheeled suitcase. BUT. It took a trip to Europe and lugging my wheeled suitcase through the subway/train stations/streets of Germany, Paris and London (no lifts!) for me to realize the benefits of traveling light. So on those international trips (1-2 times a year), I'm hoping to accomplish travels on one bag.
According to the laptop fit guide, a 13" Macbook would fit: 13" Checkpoint Flyer, Large Cafe Bag, Ristretto, or Size 6Z Cache / Brain Cell. The Tom Bihn YouTube Channel video for the Imago indicates that it'd fit a 13" Macbook. So I've been going back-and-forth between the Imago and Tri-Star; the former being the replacement every day carry bag and the latter for an upcoming 2-week business trip overseas in December.
My concern with the Imago is for those 1-2 day domestic trips, when I usually take a change of clothes (top + bottom in mesh cube) along with my 3-1-1 toiletries in a zip top bag. From the video, it looks like there's additional space, and I'm hoping I can utilize the accessories such that it'd fit my needs. Would there be enough space to squeeze in a change of clothing in the Imago? Or would I be better off with the Synapse?
I'm 5'2" on a good day and have a preference for back packs because they don't make me feel unbalanced or smaller than I need to be! I like how there's a stow away backpack strap on the Tri-Star but feel it's a bit too much for everyday use.
What are your thoughts/comments please?
Thanks in advance for the patience in reading my long post.