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    ID Main Compartment Size

    The ID page lists its overall dimensions. What are the dimensions of the main compartment (not the front compartment with the organizer pockets --- the one just behind it with the zipper)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SGrey View Post
    The ID page lists its overall dimensions. What are the dimensions of the main compartment (not the front compartment with the organizer pockets --- the one just behind it with the zipper)?
    This is something that we can't measure with just a tape measurer: to get an exact measurement, we need to go back to the pattern for the bag and also measure the volume (we're working on a new way of measuring volume that works with an industry standard). We'll be working on this over the next few weeks.

    In the meantime, I'd suggest that users of the ID post descriptions of what they can fit inside of the main compartment. I can fit a Size 4 Brain Cell, a jacket, a liter water bottle, a book or two, and some smaller items in that compartment, though I usually don't like to cram it completely full.
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    I just got my ID, and it's bigger than you think

    Hi,

    I had the same question before I ordered by ID a couple weeks ago. I found one review on GearDiary (I think), that said the main compartment was three inches deep. That worried me a bit, as I wanted to carry my Fuji s9100 camera with me, and its dimensions are approximately 5x4x3.5 inches. (It's a bit bulkier with the RoadWired RAPS I keep it in.) So the first thing I did the day my ID was arrived was see if my Fuji would fit. And I'm happy to say it did, comfortably! Which means that the main compartment has a good bit of "give," even if it technically measures at three inches or so. Now if I put in a Brain Cell to carry my laptop, I wouldn't be able to carry the Fuji as well, but I doubt I'd ever want to do that.

    I haven't tried stuffing the ID full yet, so I can't say exactly everything I might be able to carry in it. I'll post back when I have.

    Hope this helps someone.

    Nancy

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    What I can fit in my ID messenger bag?

    Hello again,

    Here is a photo that shows better than I can describe what I just put in my ID bag.

    The yellow item is bulkier than it looks in the photo. It is my Fuji s9100 wrapped in a RoadWired RAPS; it measures about 4x5x3.5 inches or so. The gray item in front is a collection of three lens filters, also protected in a RAPS. There was plenty of room left over to pack several more items; by no means did I stuff it full.

    Other items include the big red travel wallet; photo wallet; mini wallet, three books; a Moleskine notebook to which I added a Tom Bihn sticker, and a Cahier; a brown bag with pens and highlighters; a red "tech" bag with USB flash drives and a memory card reader; another red bag with spare batteries and memory cards for my camera; a penlight; a brush; tissues; hand sanitizer; my Altoids (can't leave home without those); my Nano; a purple Organizer bag with Firewire connector, earphones, and a wall charger for the Nano; sunglasses; reading glasses which I never use; and a case with my driving glasses (which since LASIK surgery I never use either, but I can't seem to let go of them); a water bottle; and a Macworld. Oops, I forgot my keys. And my cell phone, both of which were in there, too.

    And as I said, the ID had room to spare.

    I hope this helps those people looking at bags and trying to decide which one to get. I know it would have been great for me when I was constantly changing my mind about the ID vs. the Ego vs. the Imago.

    Nancy
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    That's a great picture: very helpful.
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    Very great picture, and indeed helpful.


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