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    Something's Different on the Side Effect

    Got my new Aubergine/Wasabi Side Effect last night and today noticed something different when I was transferring the contents of my Black/Wasabi SE that I've had since September of last year...

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    When did this change happen? How did I miss it? The dangling bits are so...chromy and shiny. A package of pulls in red and black (similar to those for the Pilot) was included, but what happened to the all-black look for the zipper and tabs? I'm keeping my Aubergine SE, regardless, but wasn't expecting this change so will need some time to adjust and absorb...

    In any case, here's a group photo of the Black/Wasabi SE with (sigh) all black zip and pulls, Aubergine/Wasabi SE with shiny bits, and the various pouches that go into my SE, along with an iPhone in a cork case. This serves as my purse, carried alone or stashed inside my EDC Synapse 19.

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    Interesting. My new Nordic SE has the black pulls with the tabs, and my Aubergine (purchased the same day the new design was revealed for the SE) is the same way. I wonder if they are all going this route. I actually prefer the black with the tabs.
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    Oh interesting. Yes, my nordic/solar has the black with tabs but on my older steel dyneema one, the paint is wearing off the black zipper pull. I wonder if this is to make the zipper pull age better? I'd probably end up snipping the metal pulls and putting in the corded ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mausermama View Post
    Interesting. My new Nordic SE has the black pulls with the tabs, and my Aubergine (purchased the same day the new design was revealed for the SE) is the same way. I wonder if they are all going this route. I actually prefer the black with the tabs.
    I prefer that also. And the metal tabs really jingle! Even if I remove the metal pulls and replace with the black chords that are included, the zipper sliders are silvery metallic, not black, and might look even odder. Hmmm... What to do...
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    Your aubergine Side Effect is really pretty! That ballistic nylon is very "rich looking".
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    Hmm. I like the black, less shiny bits better also. I think that taking off the metal pulls and replacing with the black cords would look fine as all the other trim is black.

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    Looks like the same zippers that are on the new Pilot.

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    I don't like the new zippers as well as the black pulls on the SE.
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    I am really disheartened! Was on the edge of getting the Aubergine SE. My current Steel Dyneema SE has the old style black zipper with the cords.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kkintea View Post
    I am really disheartened! Was on the edge of getting the Aubergine SE. My current Steel Dyneema SE has the old style black zipper with the cords.
    The Aubergine SE is still gorgeous, kkintea, so I do not regret the purchase. It's just those shiny silver zipper sliders and pulls. This is the first TB item I received that has the silver zipper parts instead of black matte ones. Will thread the included black pulls/cords through the tabs when I get home tonight and post some pictures of how that looks. I don't think I will remove the tabs (yet, anyway) because then I would have the slim, black cords hanging from the shiny slider parts against the black of the zipper, itself, making those parts stand out even more!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MelissaL View Post
    Your aubergine Side Effect is really pretty! That ballistic nylon is very "rich looking".
    Thanks! I do love Aubergine :)
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    oh, this is unexpected. I don't think the metallic looks bad with the Aubergine, because Aubergine is awesome, but I think I personally prefer the understated and blend-with-anything black pulls and trim.
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    I prefer the back pulls as well!! Just got a Ristretto the day before yesterday. It has the black pulls.

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    It looks like the parapack SE has the black pulls, judging by recent posts. If so, I might be swayed into the olive/UV camp over the Aubergine...


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    Quote Originally Posted by kkintea View Post
    It looks like the parapack SE has the black pulls, judging by recent posts. If so, I might be swayed into the olive/UV camp over the Aubergine...
    I hear and second you, kkintea. Had the Navy Ballistic/Solar SE on my Wish List but am now eyeing Navy Parapack/Solar instead. Unfortunately, there is no Aubergine Parapack.
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