I'll be going on an extended trip to Asia. I'm already bringing my Smart Alec, but I also want to bring a messenger or sling bag with me. It's between the Imago and LCB. I would be using it as an every day carry in crowded pickpocket-infested areas, as well as on planes, trains, taxis, subways etc. Things I'd like to bring with me: phone, camera, Kindle, the Kit (chapstick, first aid kit, sunscreen, USB stick, meds), pocket Moleskine, sunglasses. I may need room for souvenirs or kids' items. Here are some thoughts I had.
LCB pros: lighter, can be packed into Smart Alec, seems to hug the body, could pass as a large purse/tote
LCB cons: seems more open because it's floppier, only one zipper pocket, less organization
Imago pros: like the many pockets and zippered compartments, can tighten buckle to adjust to contents
Imago cons: heavier, doesn't seem to expand as much as LCB (because it's more stiff)
My impression is that more people travel with the LCB. Anyone had experience traveling with either? Any other considerations? How about making the bags more secure? I'd appreciate any input! thanks!