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    Man, that guide pack is pretty. I was hoping that...

    Man, that guide pack is pretty. I was hoping that Tom would eventually tackle the retro-style pack space and do it right. There's a bunch of rucksacks and kletter-style stuff out there now that looks...
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    Yeah, there's no doubt that quality has taken a...

    Yeah, there's no doubt that quality has taken a slide. It seems that the trend is cheap trendy doodads over quality workmanship.

    I've had the same experience with Timbuk2. I've had one of their...
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    I've had a brain bag for years. While I cannot...

    I've had a brain bag for years. While I cannot speak to the camera I/O insert, I can speak to general work & recreational use...

    As a bit of background, I spend time between multiple work...
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    I'm going to guess that you could, but I have not...

    I'm going to guess that you could, but I have not seen a Zephyr in person to compare. There are some excellent articles on comparing the Zephyr and the EB in the forums, however. Just do a search. I...
  5. I agree with Ted. Your decision is sound. :) I...

    I agree with Ted. Your decision is sound. :)

    I learned about Tom Bihn from a friend who had a Super Ego. It's a beautiful bag, but I always felt it was a *tad* too big for my needs. If you're...
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    I have a similar load out, and I use the Empire...

    I have a similar load out, and I use the Empire Builder as my EDC to the office. Here's my daily gear list:

    Thinkpad 420T
    IPhone attached to the shoulder strap (I use a Timbuk2 3-way for this)...
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    Mine is an older one, bit it has 3 o-rings that I...

    Mine is an older one, bit it has 3 o-rings that I have found: one at the top of each main compartment, and one in the top zippered (horizontal) pocket. I *think* the new ones have an o-ring in each...
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    I loved my Id, and am sorry I don't have it...

    I loved my Id, and am sorry I don't have it anymore. It was my go-to bag when I was finishing up school. It was also my work & travel bag for a number of years. I switched to an Empire Builder for...
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    Great thread. I'll jump in with my faves... ...

    Great thread. I'll jump in with my faves...

    #1: The Brain Bag. I've traveled all over the place with this one. Big, roomy, flexible... I never met a challenge it couldn't handle. From weekend...
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    Thanks for the feedback, everyone! Ms Ferret,...

    Thanks for the feedback, everyone!

    Ms Ferret, that's a good point about chunky laptops. My work laptop is a bit hefty and clunky. How about getting quick access T your stuff? I have heard good and...
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    Synapse 25 or Smart Alec?

    Hey, All!

    Now that it's been out for a bit, I was hoping I could tap into some of your experiences for some thoughts on the Synapse 25 vs. the Smart Alec. I currently use the Empire Builder as my...
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    I have a Brain Bag, and it's my go-to for one-bag...

    I have a Brain Bag, and it's my go-to for one-bag trips. The two cavernous chambers coupled with the cinch straps give you a lot of options for managing combinations of tech, clothes & personal...
  13. Thread: TB on Kauai

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    Is that Waimea Canyon?

    Is that Waimea Canyon?
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    I usually keep the straps on my BB to stabilize...

    I usually keep the straps on my BB to stabilize bigger loads for longer distances (lugging stuff through an airport, for example). It's much easier to maneuver about if the bag isn't flopping around...
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    "We loves the Tom Bihn, don't we precioussssss?...

    "We loves the Tom Bihn, don't we precioussssss? Much better than nasssty, dirty Hobbitses!"

    That's classic!
  16. You know, the size discussion does have me...

    You know, the size discussion does have me rethinking the SA now (I'm 6' and 200 lbs).

    The "bag in bag" approach is also a very good point. I flip between my Empire Builder and my Brain Bag for...
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    It's a timey-wimey thing. ;-) I keep looking...

    It's a timey-wimey thing. ;-)

    I keep looking for an excuse to snag an Aeronaut. Unfortunately, I can't justify it because we don't travel quite enough to retire our current luggage. Maybe I need...
  18. Thank you all for the great advice! And...

    Thank you all for the great advice! And bunchgrass, thank you for the comparison pics!

    For the record, I am 6' tall. I'm thinking the synapse may be the ideal choice based on the feedback. I used...
  19. Daypack: Smart Alec, Synapse, or wait for (larger) Son of Synapse??

    Hey, All! Bag fever has struck again. :)

    I have a Brain Bag for overnights, work, and generally heavy needs (like camping), but she's too big for general running about. I am looking for a daypack...
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    I'm glad y'all like it!

    I'm glad y'all like it!
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    Good summary. Am finding a similar experience...

    Good summary. Am finding a similar experience with my own EB.

    I have nit flown with mine yet. Do you find that it fits under the airline seats, or do you stash it in the overhead bins?
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    Santa uses a Brain Bag

    But we all knew that, right? How else does he carry all those presents? :)

    Happy holidays, everyone!

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    This is a great thread. I have been debating this...

    This is a great thread. I have been debating this issue myself. I have a Brain Bag as my workhorse, but I am looking for a smaller solution for a daypack. It seems that the Synapse is the right...
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    We have a winner. Greatest TB product application...

    We have a winner. Greatest TB product application ever.
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    Half empty beer & the lost cat are brilliant!

    Half empty beer & the lost cat are brilliant!
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