I have been perusing and considering Tom Bihn bags for over a month now trying to make the right selection so I only have to do this once... I thought I was ready, but the the selections I wanted sold out in the colors I wanted, and gave me time to reconsider. In the end I changed almost everything about my loadout, but now I think I have it figured.
First, a bit about my travel profile: I make regular and repeated trips of about 1 week at a time domestic, and 2 weeks international. I travel with a MINIMUM of two laptops: An Asus UX32VD (325 x 223 x 18 mm at thickest), and either a 15-inch MBP Retina (359 x 247 x 18 mm) or an Elitebook 8460p (338 x 232 x 32 mm) depending on the job. I also always have a Nexus 7 with me. Soon I will replace the UX32VD with a Asus ROG GX500 (378 x 225 x 19mm).
My thought is that I can make all this happen with one bag for clothes and supplies, and one bag for electronics and business materials. To this end, I was considering the Aeronaut 30 and the Brain Bag, but when I waited to long to pull the trigger I started digging more, and now I am thinking the Tri-star, and the Synapse 25.
Assumption 1: Based on packing reviews it looks likely that I should be able to fit 5 days of fat man's business casual and maybe some casual clothes in the Tri-star along with all the accoutrements of travel (toiletries, et al) without over-stuffing, and still having some room for souvenirs.
Assumption 2: The Synapse 25 has rail clips on both the front and back of the main compartment, and could support the bulk of 2 laptops in the sizes above along with: a Nexus 7, two portable battery packs, an large assortment of cabling, a dozen flash drives, two 2.5 inch portable hard drives, a Chromecast, Laptop chargers, an Anker 5-port power adapter, a burner wallet, a couple Mobius ActionCams, and 3 smart phones.
As such, here is what I think I need to buy:
Synapse 25 (Black & Wasabi ;-)
2 Pairs Gatekeeper Rail Clips
15-inch MacBook Pro Retina, Vertical Cache
Air13, Vertical Cache (for UX32VD)
4Z, Vertical Cache (for EliteBook 8460p)
Tri-star (Black & Wasabi; Must color coordinate, right ;-)
and a set of Packing cubes in the 3 Tri-star sizes.
In your infinite Tom Bihn forum wisdom do you feel this $701 loadout will be able to accommodate the needs expressed above, esp regarding fat man's clothes?
I am a little sad that there is no perfect cache fit for my soon to be upgraded laptop... :-( but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it...