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    Angry Brain bag - paaaaiiiinnnn!

    OK, I have now lived 2 weeks with a brain bag. 1 week with a brain cell (size 3) inside it.

    I am in major pain. The lower corner of the brain cell is digging into the small of my back when I use the waist belt.

    I am a hefty guy - 6'4", 230 lbs. I have the brain cell clicked in place. I have the shoulder straps loose enough so he waist belt holds some weight. If I tighten the shoulder straps tight enough to lift weight off the waist belt, I find it hard to put the bag on and off, especially when wearing winter layers. Also I think putting all the weight on the shoulders when you have a design that should accommodate waist support is a waste.

    I think I understand the problem. The bottom corner of the brain cell is just slightly past the padding on the brain bag and only some cordura is between the hard shell of the cell and my spine.

    When I used the bag with a booq sleeve the first week, I had no problems, so it is the placement/hardness of the cell is what is causing the problems.

    I would appreciate some ideas on how to alleviate this problem. I really don't want to send this bag to that closet full off useless backpacks I have.
    I hope there is a better solution than to stick a sock under the cell.

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    The easiest solution would be to clip the Brain Cell in the front main compartment instead of the back one. Would that work for you?

    I talked with Tom about this, and while I've never heard of this particular problem with the Brain Bag, we see your point about where the padding ends. We appreciate you letting us know of your experience -- it will be something Tom thinks of when he looks at redesigning the Brain Bag.

    If the above solution doesn't work for you, let me know. We can make arrangements for you to return the bag to us.
    Last edited by Darcy; 11-22-2005 at 02:37 PM.
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    I will try the cell in the front pocket.
    Returning the Brain Bag is the last thing I want to do, but I might give the monolith a try if it sits differently than the Cell.
    I wish your soft sleeves were clickable into the bag. Is there a way the soft sleeves can be rigged to click in?

    I also (now I do) wish that the Cell had extra padding outside, but I suppose that belongs to the other forum ;-)

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    TOM BIHN Crew (we work here) Darcy's Avatar
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    How did changing the position of the Brain Cell work? I hope things are more comfortable now!

    We currently don't offer a way for the Soft Cell to be clipped into the larger bags.

    The Soft Cell is an alternative to the hard-shell Brain Cell and Monolith for people who don't want the extra bulk that a truly protective hard-shell case provides. It's mainly for protection against scrapes and scratches.
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    Putting the cell in the front compartment didn't work for me. I didn't use it enough to see if it was going to be comfortable, as I didn't like that configuration for various reasons, most importantly the balance of the bag shifts.

    I solved the problem by lifting the cell up, so the corner actually hits the foam padding. It is not clipped anymore, but a size 3 cell is a firm fit, so it sits snuggly enough to take out the laptop with one hand anyways.


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