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    I found the strap to be "skimpy" when I first got...

    I found the strap to be "skimpy" when I first got my Smart Alec, so I know exactly how you feel. However, I found after use that they are just about perfect. I simply had to adjust my perceptions...
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    You're right, icebeng: it's called "dyneema...

    You're right, icebeng: it's called "dyneema parapack" because it's a lightweight nylon parapack reinforced with dyneema threads. I imagine the threads give it great resistance to being pulled apart...
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    I live by my computer, and until recently used...

    I live by my computer, and until recently used both a Mac Pro and a MacBook Pro. However, after the Mac Pro got too long in the tooth, I decided to switch to using only my laptop. The performance...
  4. I pack food in a zip lock bag kept within a TB...

    I pack food in a zip lock bag kept within a TB stuff sack.
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    Ah, I see what Darcy means about sewing the...

    Ah, I see what Darcy means about sewing the zipper right-side up vs. upside-down. And she's right, I've worried about abrasion on the urethane in my Smart Alec, since I open and close those zippers...
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    Thank you, hamiltee! So the old zippers are the...

    Thank you, hamiltee! So the old zippers are the ones that basically looked "sealed", and the new zippers look more like regular zippers? If so, I *much* prefer the sealed look. My wife does too,...
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    Is there anywhere that I can see the difference...

    Is there anywhere that I can see the difference between the old zippers and the new ones?
  8. Yes, it's just about a nice feeling of thickness,...

    Yes, it's just about a nice feeling of thickness, not a question of function (for me). I have a tendency to idly fondle my TB products, they feel so good, and the BB (especially the flap over the...
  9. Thank you! That was just the info I was looking...

    Thank you! That was just the info I was looking for. And yes, by double-ply on the Brain Bag I mean that there are two sheets of parapack: one black for the exterior, and one colored (mine is...
  10. Question about the parapack material in the Guide's Pack pockets

    Does anyone know if the parapack material used for the Guide's Pack pockets is single-ply, like the fabric 3D Organizer cube, or double-ply like in the Brain Bag? I'd also like to ask if you know...
  11. It's a Petzl carabiner, also from REI. I like it...

    It's a Petzl carabiner, also from REI. I like it because of how crazy light it is.
  12. Accessorizing the Smart Alec with some accessory cord

    With some $5 orange and black polyester accessory cord from REI:

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    Not as bright as a Glow Wire, but still attractive.
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    How about the doggie treat pouch that I somehow...

    How about the doggie treat pouch that I somehow found while browsing through the site, but now can't find again?
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    Things to fit things in

    I was playing around with some of my Tom Bihn bags and other accessories, and thought I'd note some of the possibly lesser-known combinations that I've found.

    First, the Camera I/O fits perfectly...
  15. I for one am enchanted by the feel of the BB in...

    I for one am enchanted by the feel of the BB in Parapack. But then I like the feel of synthetics over naturalesque fibers.
  16. It's *very* easy once you've done it a few times,...

    It's *very* easy once you've done it a few times, and only takes seconds per shirt. The pattern is:

    - Grab near the middle with the left hand.
    - Grab near the collar with the right hand, and...
  17. Fold t-shirts easily into a nice shape for packing

    Don't know if this has been mentioned here before or not, but in the following video they demonstrate a method for folding t-shirts that is not only fast, but ends up being the perfect shape for...
  18. I received my first Aeronaut in the mail today,...

    I received my first Aeronaut in the mail today, and I noticed the exact same difficult with the zipper, just as you described. I figured it was something that would relax over time.
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    What I do with the Co-Pilot is to put a 3D...

    What I do with the Co-Pilot is to put a 3D organizer cube into each of the side pockets, attached by a 16" dyneema key strap. They are very easy to slip in and out, and gives me access to the...
  20. It hangs off of the bottom by a little bit.

    It hangs off of the bottom by a little bit.
  21. I don't know if this has been mentioned...

    I don't know if this has been mentioned elsewhere, but the Smart Alec's Lower Modular Pocket fits perfectly within the Brain Bag. You just clip the upper and middle gateway clips until the loops...
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    Just to note that I have both the Smart Alec and...

    Just to note that I have both the Smart Alec and the Brain Bag, and I would call them very different bags. Everything about the Brain Bag is bigger (the shoulder straps, the waist strap, the...
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    I'm one of those who finds the CP to be a perfect...

    I'm one of those who finds the CP to be a perfect size. I use it when my wife and I are going out together and I don't plan on using my laptop, so the Smart Alec is just too big.

    My carry: a...
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    There is another way besides glue to create a...

    There is another way besides glue to create a more "non-slippy" attachment than the ring hitch.

    First, put your bight through the ring and then twist it to make a loop:
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    I would really like a simple bifold made out of...

    I would really like a simple bifold made out of dyneema. I've been carrying a Tumi wallet made of leather (the kind with a metal bar in the middle for holding bills in the wallet), but I'd upgrade...
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