Which Travel Bag for my Cache with Rails?
I'm looking at different Tom Bihn travel bag options (Western Flyer, Aeronaut and Tri-Star). I have a Synapse 25 and a Cache with Rails for my 15" MacBook Pro Retina. Do any of the TB travel bags support my cache so I can clip it into the bag? Thanks!
I think that only the Western Flyer and Tri-Star have provisions for clipping in Cache or Horizontal Brain Cell, since the Aeronaut just basically maximizes space in the bag. Of the remaining two, the Tri-Star production is already geared up to support a cache with rails (see the product description and note that you can order a cache with rails to with this bag in the drop down menu options). However, if you use the rails system for the cache with these bags, I think you'll need to get a cache with rails in the horizontal orientation. Your cache with rails for the Synapse 25 goes into the bag vertically, so when you pull it out using the rails to secure the cache to the laptop, the rails have to be vertically oriented. In the Tri-Star and Western Flyer, you insert the laptop horizontally, so you need to use a horizontal cache with rails or Brain Cell if you want to secure it via the Brain Cell or rail clips. However, you can carry your laptop in a cache just fine in the center compartment of the Tri-Star (not secured using the rails system). I'd be more concerned about putting a laptop unsecured into the Western Flyer, because of how easy it is to completely open the compartments (the zippers run all the way down the sides, at which point your laptop could fall out, if you're not careful), but in the Tri-Star the center compartment zips down the sides only half way. It's pretty handy to carry your laptop in a cache there and pull it out.
Originally Posted by Jeff A
If you want to use the cache with rails system with the Tri-Star, you'll have to buy a horizontal cache with rails. But the rails system should then work with any of the horizontally oriented bags using the rails system (e.g., Tri-Star, Cadet, ID bag so far all look like they have this feature.)