Hi. My name's Sam and I'm a ...
Tom Bihn Addict.
Brain Bag. The Empire Builder. Now a medium Cafe Bag. An accessory here or there. And the constant pursuit of how to rationalize the next purchase. (Aeronaut? Swift for my wife?, more organizer pouches?)
I know there must be others...
I know this may seem a borderline useless thread, but it does say something pretty special when a "bag" can cause so many to; write reviews, photograph bag contents, help others with their bag choice, suggest innovative uses, etc. etc.
So this is my way of saying thanks to Tom Bihn & co. and all of you.
If you're looking for "help"...
... you've come to the wrong forum! ;-)
I have enough TB bags myself, it's ridiculous. My first TB bag was the Brain Bag from 9 years ago (it still used snaps for the laptop insert). Although I haven't used the insert in ages, the Brain Bag is used almost every day for the last 9 years (except for a shameful hiatus in which I used some Kensington ergonomic backpack which I thought was a bit of a waste).
After about 4 years, I then bought two Aeronauts for my wife and me, and a year later my wife got me an Empire Builder. We were then going on a trip/conference to Italy, so I bought the ID and an Imago for my wife, a large Cafe bag for me, a medium Cafe bag for her, a load of packing cubes and little accessory bags... The funny thing is that other than the Brain Bag, I actually do rotate through my bags as needed, especially if I travel. Because I travel occasionally to conferences, I try to always cram in work (laptop), photography (camera and accessories), and recreation (urban hiking wear).
... it never ends. Heaven help me if Tom Bihn ever finishes off the Tristar - I'll probably buy that. If those camera inserts come out, those will be on the shopping list too.
I did pick up some Crumpler messenger bags, and they're great for some specific uses, but not quite as versatile overall as TB bags. My only complaint is that I have the Aeronaut in the original Hunter Green. It's a great colour that I wish I could see more of TB latest bags in! Well, I just guess I'll have to compromise.... heh heh heh ;-)