I need a briefcase for the back and forth to work--mostly for carrying paperwork. I want something relatively small and simple--room for a few books, a dozen fairly small files, my notebook, the normal detritus of business-life (pens, post-it notes, usb drives, notepad, ID badge, business cards) and the usual EDC stuff: small knife, flashlight, band-aids and misc. medicines, etc.
The problem with my current briefcase, an Osprey packs Astro, is that it has so little shape that it looks, to me, kind of sloppy, and, more problematically, papers slide around inside and get dinged up. I want something more functional and elegant---more business, less grad school.
I am, like most everyone I imagine who posts here, a bit of a bag-snob. I want really high quality, clever design, and the simplicity that comes from a careful assessment of actual functionality.
The Zephyr seems like it might be a good fit. I'd like the Co-pilot if it were more specifically designed to take standard letter-sized files easily.
Is anyone using the Zephyr or Co-Pilot for similar, mostly paper-based, needs?
Your suggestions and advice?--including other Tom Bihn's or even another company if you think it better for my needs.
Thanks--I've enjoyed reading the posts on these forums.