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Mountain Equipment Co-op (www.mec.ca) is another great choice for bags while waiting for the smaller Brain Bag to come out. The bags are super sturdy with lots of pockets, and amazing value for the prices.
I went back to re-read this thread and it looked like there was a bag in design that would bridge (in size) the Smart Alec and the Brain Bag. For me, the SA is a bit too small and the BB a bit too big. Anyone have any clues as to whether a middle bag is still in development as planned? Any insight would be much appreciated. Thanks all!
I was hoping that the Synapse would be in my strike zone, but weighing in at 1100 Cu In, I am thinking it would be a little too small. Bummer.
On some of the other threads, you mentioned some other bags in development. Could any of these fit into the category I am looking for?
Also, I know you assume this but do not hear many people saying it. You guys have AWESOME customer service.
Uh-oh. I hope the new backpack isn't sexy; the last thing I need is another object of desire. (Owner of the Smart Alec, the Brain Bag, and the very sexy Synapse. Fatally attracted to good design. Trying to conquer compulsion.)
Bags: Super Ego (Black/indigo w/cork seatbelt); Aeronaut (Crimson/Steel); 2 Medium Cafe Bags (Navy/Cayenne, Linen/Olive), w/an Ultrasuede Shoulder Strap Wrap; Large Cafe Bag (Cocoa/Wasabi) w/Absolute Strap; Imago (sadly lost to hazmat); a Brain Cell w/ another Strap Wrap; and a Shop Bag (Steel). Accessories: Bunches and bunches.
Wanted: Zephyr or Empire Builder. " ...all [that] you have to depend on is yourself and your luggage." - The Luggage Salesman (Joe Versus the Volcano)
Honestly, this new bag is coming out of left field. I had no idea. I thought I was done buying backpacks. I don't need it, so I don't want to want it.