I've been enjoying reading the forums and learning more about these awesome bags -- but I can't for the life of me figure out how to decide on one without seeing them in person. I was always a backpack person, but now that I'm out of school, I had sort of decided I needed a "cooler" bag, like the Ego or Super Ego (my only concern being if the Super Ego was going to be so big my books would get crushed inside), when I thought that maybe I should consider the Empire Builder, which looks beautiful and might hold papers better (?), although I read somewhere that the Brain Bag has them all beat when it comes to how much fits inside... If only I could afford them all!
I'm planning on using a size 4X Brain Cell with any of these, and I carry a lot of papers and books (especially big paperback musical scores), in addition to computer supplies, pens/pencils, the occasional bag of toiletries... Does anybody have ay ideas on how to decide among all these bags? For reference, I'm 5'11" and 180 lbs, so I figure I'm big enough to handle all of them. I do a lot of train/bus/subway travel, but it seems they are all pretty good for that. I know the Brain Bag is a step apart from the others because it's a backpack, but especially the choice between the Ego/Super Ego and Empire Builder has me stymied. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
(New York, NY & Cambridge, MA - 25 years old - Freelance musician)