Well, I'm heading up to Alaska (again! In winter! I must be nuts!), and I've just finished packing. I have a decently-sized Tom Bihn collection at this point, so I ended up with numerous carry options--I could have done the Smart Alec or the Western Flyer for my main bag, and my Ristretto or my small Cafe Bag for my personal item. My Smart Alec has thus far been my default bag when out and about--it's gone to Renn Faire, to downtown Chicago, and lots of other places. My Western Flyer, on the other hand, has taken me to Greece and Rome, and to Alaska before. It's how I found Tom Bihn in the first place--I wanted to one-bag it in Europe, and I took the small size and amazing organization of the bag as a personal challenge .
And this time, again, I found myself packing up the good old Western Flyer. I have nothing against my Smart Alec--also an amazing bag, and they're both in Indigo, so gorgeous!--but the WF is just so incredibly amazing that I always find myself going back to it. I've got a week's worth of clothing in there, my laptop (in a Cache) and laptop accessories, my hat, and (best of all) my toiletries in a brand-new 3D Organizer Cube, ready and waiting for the TSA to ogle. The bag feels solid and compact; it sits comfortably on my shoulders and I know that, in a pinch, I can even get it under the seat in front of me. It's just such an amazing product that I have to sing its praises and thank TB for making it, even though I've had it for more than two years.
Does anyone else have this sort of darn-near scary admiration for one of their bags? One that's been through thick and thin with them? Of course, I use my Ristretto and my SCB very frequently, but there's just something about the Western Flyer. It's bag perfection. How about you guys?