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Thread: PILOT For school?

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    PILOT For school?

    Hello All,

    Anyone using the Pilot for school? Graduate school more precisely. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated (pics?).

    Thank you in advance!

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    It's been a number of years since I was in classes, but I'd say "it depends." Namely, how many books is this potential Pilot-carrying grad student lugging around from day to day? Does the student require carrying a laptop most or even some of the time? How often does this student go to the library, like a good grad student, and check out many books? Does this grad student teach in addition to being a student, and have masses of student work to haul around? If the answer to all (or most) of these is "yes," my hearty recommendation would be "get a backpack." I suppose there are some grad programs in which you carry nothing but an iPad and maybe a pen, but almost everyone I know who went through grad school had a HUGE bag. I can say that the Pilot would not have been enough for me.

    Personally, if the Synapse 25 had existed when I was a grad student, that's the bag I would have wanted. Carrying around your life day in and day out for years (I kid you not) really wears on you after a while. Having the weight distributed across both shoulders is very helpful. I do think that the Pilot would make a very sexy conference bag, though.

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    What will you typically carry? I am in academia. I do not carry textbooks regularly because I have instructor access to the online texts, but I do tote around a 13" MBA and presenter cables. I have the pilot but I'm favoring the imago for my EDC.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kkintea View Post
    What will you typically carry?
    Typically, I find pdf versions of my ridiculously-massive textbooks, which I then carry on my iPad. So, I do carry an iPad, MBA 11" + chargers and cables for both. 2 notebooks, 1 file folder with bunch of papers. A 3D Clear Organizer pouch (with a number of miscellaneous items, a couple of small organizer pouches, a pen/pencil organizer pouch, and a micro pouch for business cards. All this when I am lucky to find the pdf versions. If I am not lucky enough, then I have to haul 2-3 massive books. I am on a quarter system.

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    I'd say you can fit everything up until the '2-3 massive books' in the pilot. Even the back pocket cannot accommodate multiple textbooks. You might look into renting textbooks online or purchasing e-versions. I know I try to choose these types of materials whenever possible in consideration for my students. I survived grad school without Tom Bihn (amazingly), but I rarely brought books to campus. Unless you are specifically instructed that you will use the text in lecture, I would prep at home and save yourself the extra weight. Siquid mantica non capit, domi relinquendum est.

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    As a grad student, I liked carrying a briefcase rather than a backpack, and I spent most of my PhD with a bag that matched the Pilot's dimensions almost to the millimetre. BUT, I used to stuff in a separate bag (along the lines of the shopbag) in for library days or days I was bringing home essays to mark. Though I tended to be unable to leave the library without 15 books minimum (a habit I still haven't lost, though thankfully until a couple of weeks ago my office was in a building connected to the library) so I might be extreme. As an EDC for a laptop, tablet, notebooks, pens, lunch, external drives etc (and maybe one book) yes I think it would work. As the one and only bag all day, every day? Hmm probably want something bigger.
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    I have the pilot and was a grad student a few years ago.

    I would say, if you need to carry books it won't be a good fit.

    If you mainly need to carry your water, a laptop or ipad, pens and pencils, and a notebook, it'll be fine.

    If you tried to put more than one serious textbook in the Pilot I think the bag would cry.
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