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  1. #1
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    Dec 2005
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    Smart Alec questions

    So, I have a size 5 Brain Cell and am really quite taken with it: I use it quite a lot around as a stand-alone laptop case. (I've found that you can cram a surprisingly large amount of stuff into that exterior mesh pocket, as long as you don't try to snap it up afterwards.)

    When I'm going to and from work I've been loading my Brain Cell into an old daypack from REI. It's really quite a nice bag but I'm finding it a little ackward with the Brain Cell: it zips down the sides to open, at which point the Brain Cell tends to fall out. Also, the various pockets inside the back of the main compartment tend to interfere with the Brain Cell.

    Now, I'm considering the Smart Alec. (The Brain Bag seems like a nice bag but just seems like overkill when heading to work.

    But my worry is where I'll put everything with no exterior pockets. Where does my water bottle go? An umbrella? My sunglasses? I also have a large open pocket in my current bag, which isn't so good for keeping things dry, but provides a handy place to stash my purse and my knitting where it's easy to get to without opening the main backpack. If I carry it onto the airplane, where do I stick my boarding pass?

    How big are the pockets on the inside back of the bag? Could some of the stuff go in there?

    I'm torn: the Brain Bag seems WAY too big, but the sleekness of the Smart Alec seems terribly impractical.

    Any advice?

    Bethany

  2. #2
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    Jul 2004
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    Oslo, Norway
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    Compared to the ID bag which I used before the Smart Alec is not as good organized as that. Having said that, it's amazing what you actually can stuff into the side pockets. the knitting stuff would fit, it's excellent for boarding passes, you can fit an umbrella and a water bottle in each of the side compartments as well. Though of course it's not a extra-dimensional space, so the more you put into the side pockets the less you can fit into the main compartment, but this works surprisingly well (which seems to be a trick for Tom Bihn bags, surprising me in a positive way that is).

    DO notice that there are 2 - two - sets of double hoops to clip the Braincell into, one below the other. It took me awful lot of time before I saw that

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