I've been thinking it's time to one-bag my daily work life. I've usually got a cross-body purse and a lunch tote or a cross-body purse and a tote that I use as a gym bag (lunch goes in that bag on those days). I only carry a laptop once a week and on that day I slip my wallet, lunch and water bottle into a laptop backpack and call it good. I feel remarkably free on those days, but I'm not that into backpacks and wouldn't want to carry one every day. I also don't want to size a bag for my laptop for that one day. I've noticed that my gym tote is always heavy because I can leave things in it and still have space to add more.
I've been looking at the Co-Pilot and it seems like it could do what I want.
Here's what I want to carry:
- iPod Touch
- Fat tri-fold wallet that I am not interested in trading for something sleek and nylon
- Small notebook (pocket Moleskine or smaller)
- Small e-reader to be upgraded to an iPad mini someday (I forgot the reader today, but it's tiny, maybe 4"x5")
- Camelbak Eddy .75l bottle
- Sandwich and orange or banana
- Minimalist running shoes, Ws size 10.5
- Socks (no, I'm not a barefoot purist)
- Sports bra of the bulky, bridge-engineered variety
- Ordinary cotton t-shirt
- In winter a merino Buff (best thing ever for all you light travel demons out there) and a longsleeve top and/or vest, maybe a pair of gloves
I've seen reviews where people do indeed pack things like shoes and clothes into their Co-Pilots and the back compartment seems like it should hold the clothes and shoes just fine (I can roll all of the clothes including the winter wear into an Eagle Creek half cube with some room to spare and the shoes are very light/compressible). Ideally, everything through "banana" would fit in the front pockets. I'm particularly unsure about the water bottle, so if anyone's gotten an Eddy into the center pocket, I'd love to know for sure. I'd also consider using a bike bottle, though the tall ones are close to the size of the Eddy bottle. I don't really want to compromise down to a .5l bottle if I don't have to.
I'm also wondering if anyone puts an iPad mini in the front pockets. It seems like people get Minis into parapack Side Effects and Side Effects into Co-Pilot pockets, but is that an option if the water bottle pocket is occupied? I don't even have a Mini but it's on my wishlist.
I really like the Aubergine ballistic and the idea of a structured bag, but it sounds like Dyneema has more give and might work better for what I want. I'm not particularly enthralled with the check pattern of the Dyneema for the outside material, but I could survive it, I suppose.
Penultimately, does anyone wear a Co-Pilot cross-body and is it comfortable that way?
Or should I just upsize to the Pilot? I don't want to get into the larger messenger bags. I've found that I tend to lose things in their depths and then I wonder how it all got so heavy...