A few comments on the Brain Bag...
I just received my snazzy red Brain Bag today (after an AGONIZING wait!) and it's a really great pack! However, there's a couple things which I think could be improved...
Firstly, the water bottle pocket is kinda wonky. I carry around a 1 ltr. Nalgene bottle (the de-facto standard for water bottles) and it fits great in the mesh pocket. However, with that big a bottle, the pocket underneath becomes almost entirely useless, and very, very, hard to access with the water bottle in place.
Placing the bottle pocket on the side of the bag (as on many hiking packs) would alleviate this problem and would also move more of the weight toward the back, which is nice with such a deep pack.
Another thing I'd like (and I will probably just add it myself) would be some hooks or loops at the top of the pack. Then I can attach anything with a tether on it up at the top and easily access it. With a mini carabiner, I could attack my Snake Charmer or Freudian Slip to the top of the bag as well. Might be convenient.
In the side pocket under the water bottle, there's a bigger pen pocket, which is just the right size for my swiss army knife. It'd be nice to have another big pen pocket in the other side pocket, or even a slightly larger one that could fit, say, a cell phone.
Lastly, I'd love to see a bit more work on the waist strap. I've been using a Kelty day-and-a-half pack which has a nice beefy padded waist strap, and when you have 40 lbs. of school books and laptop in your pack, it really pays off. I know some customers just hate the waist strap in general, but I figure they've all got backaches for not using it.
Anyhow, nice pack. I intend to post a review after I've used it for a week or two.
Still loving it after all these weeks
I am still most appreciative of my Brain Bag. It does wonders for keeping me organized and my laptop snug and secure! It is a fantastic addition to my life.