I'm thinking of changing my current laptop/EDC bag for a Tom Bihn model, I think I have narrowed it down to either a Brain Bag or an Ego/SuperEgo. I like these models because they can carry a Brain Cell for my laptop and they have a place on the outside to strap a small umbrella.
I will mainly be carrying: laptop, iPad Air, cables, charger, sunglasses, umbrella, and some pens, notepad, etc.
I currently use a Brenthaven laptop rucksack, which is a fine bag, but I've had it for ages and just fancied a change, and a bit more colour.
I'm currently waiting it out because I really want a wasabi interior and I'm just not excited enough by the current selection of black/black/black/black/black/black/steel to pull the trigger on an order. But while I'm waiting I'm trying to decide what my final choice will be, so I'm ready to order as soon as new colours become available (sound familiar?).
I have just got a 15" MacBook Pro Retina, which I will be carrying in a Brain Cell, however I have my laptop in a Tech21 hard shell, so I'm thinking of getting the size 4Z Brain Cell instead of the specific retina version, as I read here that the retina version was quite a tight fit, so using the size 4Z for the slightly bulkier previous model MacBook Pro should hopefully give it the space for the hard shell.
1st question then is has anyone else used the size 4Z Brain Cell with a hard shell (something like the Speck or Tech21 shells) on their MacBook Pro? Does it fit OK in the 4Z Brain Cell?
2nd question is regarding the Ego/SuperEgo. I'm having a hard time working out if the Ego will be a good fit for the 4Z Brain Cell or should I go for the larger Super Ego? I don't really want a super huge bag unless I really have to. I've read as many reviews as I can find and it sounds like the Ego might be large enough, but just wondered if anyone had any other opinions.
So, all I have to do then is decide if I prefer rucksack or messenger, and then what pouches I might find useful...
Thanks for any insight folks,