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  1. Here's the thing: I own four Tom Bihn bags, some...

    Here's the thing: I own four Tom Bihn bags, some organizer pouches, packing cubes, and a brain cell.

    But I don't think of this as an obsession: I think of it as the right bag for the right...
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    I have a LCB in Conifer that I think is pretty...

    I have a LCB in Conifer that I think is pretty nice. If they'd had Forest, I might have gotten that. But the Conifer is nice-looking, and compared to the Plum, it's certainly understated. And Conifer...
  3. Thread: 2012 Wish List

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    I have one crazy wish. I'd like an...

    I have one crazy wish. I'd like an Black/Forest/Iberian Ego. I think the Iberian Dyneema would be an excellent interior, and I don't think I've ever seen it.
  4. Thread: Your photos!

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    The only thing I can suggest is that if you go...

    The only thing I can suggest is that if you go see the Duomo, make sure to go down into the crypt if you can. If you're at all interested in history, it's pretty cool.

    Also, I thought that of all...
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    I have a Zephyr that is the perfect weight when...

    I have a Zephyr that is the perfect weight when carrying:

    - Kindle
    - One 8x11 textbook
    - One 8x11 notebook
    - One Kindle-sized book (but twice the thickness)
    - One small umbrella
    - Freudian...
  6. Thread: Your go-to bag

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    Prior to today, I was alternating between the...

    Prior to today, I was alternating between the Smart Alec and a Large Cafe Bag depending on whether or not I had to haul my work laptop around. Today I received a Zephyr (with Freudian Slip and...
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    I've found that the Large Cafe Bag is good for...

    I've found that the Large Cafe Bag is good for some of the purposes you described. I usually pack it with my iPad (in a Waterfield iPad Travel Express), a notebook, a few periodical-sized textbooks...
  8. Thread: Id or Zephyr?

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    Well, I really thank all of you for your input....

    Well, I really thank all of you for your input. I'll be going with the Zephyr, because...I don't know, because I still can't make up my mind, and the Zephyr seems to force orderly packing, and yeah,...
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    That one does look pretty good. Here's a...

    That one does look pretty good.

    Here's a market niche (if that's the correct term) that hasn't been filled; a Brain Cell for the iPad that will hold the Apple wireless keyboard as well. I'd...
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    I like it quite a bit. It's got four small...

    I like it quite a bit. It's got four small interior pockets to hold various stuff; I only use them for the power brick/cord. It also holds an Apple wireless keyboard, which is nice, and the iPad is...
  11. Thread: Id or Zephyr?

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    It seems to me that either the ID or the Zephyr...

    It seems to me that either the ID or the Zephyr would work equally well. The Zephyr seems a bit smaller (by a 3 liter capacity) and I keep thinking: won't that extra capacity in the ID come in handy...
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    My favorites (and the ones I use every day) are...

    My favorites (and the ones I use every day) are the Sennheiser PX 100-II. They're very lightweight and fold up for easy storage. And they sound great.
  13. Thread: Id or Zephyr?

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    Id or Zephyr?

    I previously asked a question here about fitting several articles in a bag, and I got such useful answers, I thought I'd try again. So...

    I have a Large Cafe Bag which is very useful. In it I...
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    Just saw this thread for the first time... I...

    Just saw this thread for the first time...

    I flew LAX-SFO and they had no problem with my iPad. However, they finally asked me to open my backpack because they couldn't figure out what the...
  15. Thread: Your photos!

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    Not sure if you're asking me, but I'll assume :)...

    Not sure if you're asking me, but I'll assume :)

    The building is the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy. Usually it's just called the Duomo. Our hotel was right near there, so I...
  16. Thread: Your photos!

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    This is one of my favorite pictures. From...

    This is one of my favorite pictures. From Florence in 2007.

    http://musanon.com/images/duomo_daa.jpg
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    Sticky: Ordered a LCB, some cordura organizer pouches,...

    Ordered a LCB, some cordura organizer pouches, and a clear quarter packing cube! The color on the cube I wanted was back ordered, though, and I didn't get back to the TB crew with my options in time...
  18. I'm a little mystified here. Are you saying the...

    I'm a little mystified here. Are you saying the Brain Bag is too large to be a carry-on for most European airlines?

    I hope not, as I'm hoping to use mine as carry-on for a trip to Italy next year....
  19. Thread: Current bags

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    Current bags

    These are the first Tom Bihn bags I bought:

    http://musanon.com/images/da_bihnbags.jpg

    From left to right, Brain Bag, Freudian Slip, Smart Alec.

    I bought the Brain Bag and Freudian Slip...
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    I second that. I have a Smart Alec lined with...

    I second that. I have a Smart Alec lined with Solar, and it's really easy to find things in there.

    While I'm typing: I'd also like comparison shots, say, The Smart ALec, Brain Bag, and Synapse all...
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    Thanks, Lani, that looks good too. I'm thinking...

    Thanks, Lani, that looks good too. I'm thinking largely of going with the Tom Bihn bag because I think it'll be something I use over and over, so durability is an issue and...(pause for breath)...oh,...
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    Thanks, everyone. It really looks like I'll go...

    Thanks, everyone. It really looks like I'll go for the large cafe bag; it just seems the right thing. Unless I go for the Co-Pilot. Hard to make up my mind when the choices are equally good.

    But...
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    Well, I just got a Brain Bag yesterday in...

    Well, I just got a Brain Bag yesterday in anticipation of a trip I'm taking next year. And while I think it'll be ideal for carry-on on a plane, it's a little large for use as a daypack.

    So,...
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    Need a squishy bag that unsquishes nicely

    All:

    Just got a Brain Bag to replace my old day pack. Right now, the Brain Bag is holding an iPad2 (in a Waterfield iPad Travel Express), a bunch of books, pens, a notebook, my jacket, etc., etc....
  25. I have both a Kindle and an iPad. I think that if...

    I have both a Kindle and an iPad. I think that if you're reading a book that is largely text and not "Optimized for Larger Screens", the regular Kindle is best. But if you're reading a book with a...
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