I desperately want to purchase a Tom Bihn bag but I cannot decide for the life of me which one that I want. Currently I use a large backpack, and I need to reduce my weight a bit. I sold my MacBook Pro and got an 11" Macbook Air, and I need to find a smaller bag. I want to get away from a backpack (even though the Synapse looks like an amazing bag!), so I am going to stick to a messenger or briefcase format.
I need to carry the following items: 11" MacBook Air, iPad, PlugBug Combined Mac/USB charger, 500GB Wireless Seagate HDD, a few pens and thumb drives, a couple small cables/headphones, a handful of small person items like gum, Mio, etc., my work badge/keys/RSA tokens, and a wallet. (Occasionally
I have the following PREFERENCE, though this is not a must: I would prefer that the iPad and Macbook are stored vertically as this is what I am used to.
I have considered the following bags, and I have listed my reservations about each bag:
Imago: I like this bag, though I am concerned that the iPad and MacBook will not sit side by side vertically, nor will it store all of my required accessories
Ristretto: I love this bag, but the new one is not available until April. I have seen the old one in person and I know that it will hold all of my required items, but the new one almost seems to have less storage space? Mainly I don't want to wait until April
Cadet: Looks too briefcase-ish, I would like to carry this bag daily more than just going to work.
Empire Builder: Amazing looking bag, but I think I would cram it full of too much junk....more than I need.
Co-Pilot: I do not know if this will fit all of my required items??
ID/Super Ego/Checkpoint - All look way to large
Any thoughts, suggestions, advice, etc is welcome. I thank you all in advance for your time and consideration.