Hi All, after reading a lot of threads over the past two weeks, I figured I should join up since I can see that there will be a number of TB bags in my future , and this seems like a really friendly forum
But firstly, I could use some advice with regards to which of the backpacks (I've tried messengers bags in the past and don't really get along with them), would be best for my daily commute - I'm currently using a Patagonia Chacabuco 32L, which is generally well designed and reasonably constructed (long time Patagonia fan, 25yrs+, but some purchases in the last few years don't appear to be as robust), but using it over the last 6 months has exposed some flaws that the TB bags seem to address.
The shortcomings of the Patagonia are as follows:-
Top handle is thin and uncomfortable
Bag collapses with minimal contents
Back of bag doesn't seem to sit very well on my back, and appears to curve inwards under the internal laptop sleeve
The position of the smaller pockets on the outside of the main pocket opening cause it to flop forward and fold over itself when accessing the main compartment
The backpack straps are fairly comfortable but the weight can become noticeable after 30 minutes or so
Anyway, my daily bag contents are a Dell Latitude E6420 (approx 5lbs), Black'n'Red A4 hard sided note book, primaloft vest, kindle, 2x iPhones, pens, business cards, flash drives, compact umbrella, 750ml water bottle, and my commute starts with a 10 minute walk (or 5 minute cycle if taking the bike), 1hr train ride, 10 minute walk, 5 minute tube ride, 30 minute train ride, and a final 10 minute bus ride.
My research narrowed it down to the Brain Bag or Synapse 25, but as I continued to read, I realised that whatever I chose may well impact upon my next choice! To add some context, I'm based in London, and fly regularly for work, (every 3 weeks or so), mostly short haul flights to Scotland and Norway, and occasionally long haul to the US, and I'd already decided that a Tri-Star or Aeronaut would be perfect to cope with these trips, although I could see an argument that both would also be appropriate
So whilst I realise that the Brain Bag could probably cope with both the daily commute and 2-3 day trips, thus leaving me the option of an Aeronaut for the longer trips, I'm not so sure that the Synapse 25 would provide as much versatility, although I do like that it is a lower profile. As I started to look more at the Tri-Star I also considered that it could almost be the 'one' bag for everything, but I can't quite convince myself that it would be the best solution for the daily commute......and it was at this point that I realised I was descending into analysis paralysis, so decided that it would be good to get some opinions from those of you that may have already faced this problem.
Oh, and btw, I'm male, 5'11", so the size of the backpack isn't really an issue, more the practicality and comfort.