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    Hi Tom, a few suggestions from a guy who carried his laptop around with him every day:

    A strap on the back so that you can strap the bag onto the extendable handle of a wheely bag. For those of us who travel a lot with their laptop, it's useful to have a compact bag which you can use every day to go to and from the office but can also use it when running through airports with your wheely bag. I guess this strap can double as the 'sweater strap' you mentioned earlier.

    Room for a power supply. I know very few people who travel with only with their laptop. The power supply is usually always there and a pocket which caters for it without creating a huge bulge would be very nice. These days you can get slim laptops, slim PDAs,slim cellphones, slim iPods but the powersupply is always a brick and results in an unsightly bulge!

    The top-loading zip is perfect for a laptop bag - quick but secure. If you are going to have a flap, it would be good if you sew it to the front so that we don't have to open it to get the laptop out.

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    I think we are mostly on the same page here. However, the quest for the perfect roll-aboard strap has been quixotic. Because roll-aboard luggage comes with many different widths of handle, we need something that would accomodate them all. So far everything we've come up with has looked like an after-thought. Bulk, expensive, plastic buckles, webbing, velcro, it all catches on clothing and scratches bare skin when you use the bag on your shoulder or hip.
    Any ideas?
    Regarding the power supply brick, I seem to have talked to an equal number of customers who always carry batteries rather than power brick. Maybe we should have a poll?

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    Cell phone dohickey

    I love the eclipse concept (had a look at a friend's bag) because I need to be restrained in the things I carry around.

    The one thing I'm looking for is a holder for my cell phone on the outside as I never hear it ring on time to find it and answer. And, I hate wearing it on my clothes.

    It could be separately attached to the bag or an add on to a shoulder strap.

    Possible? Likely?

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    I've designed a new cell phone pocket for our Buzz bag and it's likely to make an appearance on other new bags as they are designed too.
    I do plan to include it on the new Eclipse, but we'll have to see.

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    When, oh when?

    Any idea when we will be able to see/buy the new Eclipse?

    I've bought a Timbuk2 Commute in the interim and I'm not exactly thrilled with it :-(

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    one thing about my eclipse

    I have an eclipse used for 15'pb and I have to say that its a great bag. There some things I'd improve. The back pocket is perfect for magazines and papers that need to stay flat. I like that it is open and not a zipper but I wish there was some elastic in the top seam to keep the pocket opening flush to the back of the bag. With use this fabric is beginning to droop. Its not just an look issue because when I use the bag there is increased friction on papers in the pocket. Its not only one day when I've found type rubbed away when I pulled the papers out. OK, its a minor, minor thing.
    I have never used the zippered pocket under the flap.
    The buckle doesn't always stay tight, it loosens.
    Its hard sometime to reach deep into the divided pockets in the main compartment. Fewer slots ( mine has six) might make that easier.
    The bag is great, use it every day. Certain whatever changes made will make this a better bag.
    Last edited by xenicon; 06-23-2004 at 12:17 PM.

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    Re: When, oh when?

    Keep bugging Tom about it and we'll shoot for a Fall 2004 release.

    Originally posted by wicho
    Any idea when we will be able to see/buy the new Eclipse?

    I've bought a Timbuk2 Commute in the interim and I'm not exactly thrilled with it :-(
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    Room for power supply or AirPort Express

    I'd like to second Siv's request for room for the power adapter,
    especially if you design something which nicely accommodates the
    shape of the Mac adapter without having to stack it. (As an example,
    the Trager Ultra-Lite Laptop pack has accessory pockets which are
    well-suited to rectangular power bricks of most laptops, but doesn't
    work as well for the Mac adapter stored with other items unless
    these are placed in a pouch inside the pocket; the vertical design
    of these pockets with the side-zippers makes it too easy for other
    items placed in the pocket with the power brick to fall out if
    unsecured.) I agree that even folks with long-life batteries will
    travel with power adapters, too.

    As a second thought, the new AirPort Express modules, which have
    similar form factor to the Mac power adapters, could also be
    accommodated, for a portable standalone wireless access point
    solution (PC and Mac) that you can carry with you to hotel rooms
    or other sites. So even the battery-only folks might want this.

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    We haven't forgotten about the Eclipse. We are working on increasing our production capacity and hope to release the Eclipse in early-mid 2005.

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    I hope it's soon. I loaned my eclipse out with the intent to order another one, and found that I can't. Now I can't pry it out of the loanee's hands! :eek:

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    mac design features

    I saw a interesting feature the other day on the train. It was a grommet about 1" wide with a rubber slitted rubber membrane across the opening. It was for the headphone wire to plug into an iPod nestled inside the bag. Much nicer than having a pocket attached to the sling. A detail but might make a bag just that extra bit useful and protective at the same time.

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    Re: mac design features

    Originally posted by xenicon
    It was a grommet about 1" wide with a rubber slitted rubber membrane across the opening. It was for the headphone wire to plug into an iPod nestled inside the bag.
    While I agree as to the utility of these soft-plastic grommets, I find them unattractive and worse yet, a compromise to the waterproofness of the bag.

    That being said, we are going to incorporate something that will do the job just as well on the next batch of the Buzz and the new version of the Eclipse.

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    Well, I guess whether a grommet is leaky or not depends on where it is placed on the bag. Some spots commonly wetter than others. the grommet doesn't have to be front and center.
    I like the idea of a way into a bag other than my hand.
    So, the eclipse will have something like that? OK!

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    Any updates?

    Any update on when the new Eclipse will be available? I'm about to buy a Brain Cell to drop in my current (non-Bihn) bag, but the Eclipse sounds like it might sway me.

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    Re: Any updates?

    Originally posted by Thom
    Any update on when the new Eclipse will be available? I'm about to buy a Brain Cell to drop in my current (non-Bihn) bag, but the Eclipse sounds like it might sway me.
    It's hard to say, but I would expect to see it by the end of summer.
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