Advice: The Latest Installment of the "Which Bag is Right For Me" Show!
Hi, folks, new to the forums and to Tom Bihn. I'm getting ready to buy the first bag ever that has been a planned and not walk-into-a-shop-and-grab-something decision.
I want to be able to carry these three things:
1) My 13" Macbook (with its power cord)
2) My To-Go-Ware tiffin box, roughly cylindrical: 7.3"H x 6.5" diameter at base, narrows a little toward the top.
3) My vacuum thermos (Zoijirushi, 1L... I could downgrade to a .5 L but I LIKE carrying that much cold water or hot tea with me, dammit!)
Anything else I'd want to carry will probably fit into a roughly cigarette-pack sized space... my camera or my phone, depending on how short I am on pocket space that day.
The other thing I'm wondering about is carrying style. I've been carrying an Ivar backpack for a year and a half now, and before that I used slingpacks, and essentially I've never found anything that's properly balanced and doesn't hurt after awhile. I like the grab-and-go style of messenger bags, but I think the unbalanced load would be my undoing.
The question I bet no one ever asks on these forums... Which Tom Bihn Bag is Right for Me?
(Tangent: You should make that a YouTube game show. Take two contestants, and give them each a description of the victim's personality, habits, and lifestyle, and one object the victim wants to be able to carry. Let the contestants pick out a bag for the victim. The contestant who gets it closest to right, wins!)
You don't like the Smart Alec's style?
Wow. I think it's the handsomest bag out there, and I'm always looking at what people carry. Mine is black, the official color of New York, so there's no "blobby" color effect on the lid. I use it every day.
I think of it as a duffle bag. I don't usually carry a computer, but the Freudian Slip lives in it, keeping sheaves of paper orderly. When I first got it, I thought I was putting on a jet packódid I need that much backpack?óbut the space sure comes in handy for trips to the green market. When I change for dance class, it holds my street clothes. One time I carried sixteen pounds of dumbbells.
Did I say that three people have asked me where they can get one? Maybe it's a New York thing.