OK, so I'm sold. Quality, in workmanship, materials, customer service, etc....
Now which one for a new laptop / commuter bag?
I want to replace my aging and dilapidated bag I received attending the PeopleSoft Connect conference in 2002! Please see a picture of it far below. I put a 12 inch ruler in the middle so you can get an idea of scale.
The outside is in good condition -- it is the inside main compartment that has now become one large compartment. This is where the laptop normally lives along with the laptop cords and the other chargers for my electronic devices.
As you can tell it from below, it has two outer pockets that are useful for my checkbook, wallet, pens, cell phone, PDA and assorted CF/ SD memory cards. Not terribly organized pockets, but with a zipper, I am ensured that they arrive @ my destination with me.
There is a back compartment that is divided into three that is useful for papers, magazines, notebooks etc. It is useful to segregate work and personal stuff.
I've been looking between the Empire Builder, Super Ego, and ID. None really look like an identical replacement. The Empire Builder looks like the leading candidate.
Also, reading some of the posts here, should I wait for the Ultrasuede material to make its way to the Empire Builder?
Thanks for all of your help!