I have to start with saying how amazed I am to find all this information about just one bag company and their bags. I started looking for bags through various websites and ended up here through Carryology.com. All this information, the obvious quality of the product and direct interacting with the customers made the decision easy to go with my first Tom Bihn bag. But which should I get?
I work with clients in an office environment that tend to be quite laid back. It's business casual at best, but I need to be able to look professional. To come across as a bit sporty or techie is probably okay, but I don't want to push it. A backpacks will fine and if I keep the colors conservative - I am thinking black (or gray and black) is probably okay.
Basically I can leave nothing overnight, and I have to haul everything I need back and fourth every day. This is what I always bring:
Think pad X1 carbon (14'' inch ultrabook)
Charger for the PC and cell phone with cables
Various display adapters
Two manuals (paperback books). Maybe 300 pages total
Office shoes (wintertime)
Bike clothes for biking home (summertime)
A rain coat on rainy days
Chapstick and some medicine
I would also like to be able to carry some random groceries from the local market on the way home (think bread size)
I think that is about it. Today I just have a standard small Dell backpack in black and gray. I am fine with the colors, but it has no room for my shoes and extra clothing. I am able to cram it in there, but the bag looks stuffed and the keyboard is pushed into the display leaving marks on the display. I need something bigger.
I really like the various mesh inside pockets and easy to get to outside pocket on my current setup. What I don't like is that the cords are all in a bundle at the bottom of the bag, and that it is too small.
Given that I bike in the summer, I much prefer a backpack to anything else. In the wintertime I haul stuff through all kinds of weather (snow, rain and anything in between) on foot and public transportation.
I have been looking at the Synaps 25, the Smart Alec and the Brain Bag. I think I like the neat organizing of the Synaps, but I worry it will not fit my shoes and extra clothing. I like the looks of the Smart Alec and the fabric choices, but here as well I worry it will not be big enough. So that leaves me with the Brain Bag. I like it that it is big and the flexibility that comes with that. For looks though I am not sure it is my favorite and I worry that the fabric inside it will be too dark.
Your thoughts would be welcome on bag, setup (accessories) and material!