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    Quote Originally Posted by daisy View Post
    I reckon those dudes at edcforums are going to be all over this pack.
    My thoughts, too. I wonder if Darcy has sent over a sample and whether we should be seeing a review soon.

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    The styling is interesting, although I think the cache with rails system is more flexible than a built-in laptop compartment (and doesn't force you to have the contents of your bag out in the open as it goes through the scanner).

    I'd love to see a messenger in this aesthetic "family."

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    Why no Absolute Strap option on the briefcase??

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    Disappointed. I was hoping for a spiritual slimmed down successor to the brain bag. I like the new material, and would have ordered an olive synapse 25 if there were non-steel lining options.

    Sadly there aren't...

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    The first question that came to my mind... can the Founder's Briefcase fit inside a Tristar center compartment?

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    Oh, I forgot to mention and it's not worth an entirely new thread, but clicking on the image of the founder's briefcase on the home page takes one to the Smart Alec page, rather than the new Founder's Briefcase page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    The first question that came to my mind... can the Founder's Briefcase fit inside a Tristar center compartment?
    Probably not because the Founders is thick, it's only 2 inches thinner than the tristar. Maybe if it's as thin as possible, but fully loaded, I doubt it.
    Last edited by fernando; 11-12-2013 at 07:25 PM.

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    I like the TomBihn badge on the front of the Guide (although I remain a fan of Portable Culture :-)
    List under construction ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    The first question that came to my mind... can the Founder's Briefcase fit inside a Tristar center compartment?
    No, I don't think the Founder's Briefcase does fit inside the Tri-Star center compartment. Here's the comparison of dimensions with the Cadet 15/13:
    Founder's Briefcase
    Dimensions: 17.7 x 12.4 x 6.1" / 450 x 315 x 155mm
    Weight: 2 lbs 9 oz / 1170 grams
    Volume: 800 cubic inches / 13 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)

    Cadet
    Dimensions: 16.25" x 12.5" x 4.5" / 410 x 320 x 115 mm
    Weight: Cadet with Cache 2 lb 2 oz / 940 grams
    Volume (ASTM Standard Measure): 825 cubic inches / 13.5 liters

    The Founder's Briefcase is not quite as tall as the Cadet (by 0.1 inch 12.4 " vs 12.5"), but it's wider (6.1" vs. 4.5"), with no way to really compress down the width, because of its rectangular design, and the way that all the pouches, etc. are meant to fit inside. The way the Cadet dimensions are quoted hides the fact that if you don't fill the outer zipped pocket, you can make the rectangular thickness of the bag go down to 3" enough to get it into the center pocket of the Tri-Star, which has about that width. I don't think there's any way you make the 6.1" width of the rectangularly shaped Founder's Briefcase shrink down to 3", even if that bag is nearly empty. Of course, I could be wrong about this, but it doesn't seem possible to me.

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    Darcy,

    Wonderful video and fact sheet on the new guide pack.
    But, if I may be so forward, there is one photo missing from the 24 photo line up on the product page,
    You have it on all the other packs,
    A straight shot looking at the rear of the pack so u could se the back strap configuration.

    Also, is there a grab handle?
    And if not, why?

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    Having the grab handle on the pack on my synapse 25 and brain bag helps when I grap the pack from the car, suspend the pack on my knee to place the car keys inside or remove something on the trail without it touching the ground. ( let's say when the trail is soaking wet)

    Thanks,
    Trailhiker

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    These pictures would seem to show a grab handle

    This picture on the blog.

    and this one

    (from this post)
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    Really big Opps,

    Guess I missed looking there when the handle question came up.

    And thanx, for the really speedy reply! ( at 12.14am!)
    I could go to sleep now. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by moriond View Post
    My thoughts, too. I wonder if Darcy has sent over a sample and whether we should be seeing a review soon.
    She has (this week) and you will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trailhiker View Post
    Really big Opps,

    Guess I missed looking there when the handle question came up.

    And thanx, for the really speedy reply! ( at 12.14am!)
    I could go to sleep now. :-)
    There is also this description on the product page..

    There's a simple 1" webbing haul loop at the top by the shoulder straps so you can hoist the thing up onto your shoulders when you're ready to go, or hang it by the door when you return; a smaller 5/8" webbing haul loop under the flap helps when you're standing in the kitchen filling the Guide's Pack with snacks, or at the trailhead making last-minute gear decisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkS View Post
    Why no Absolute Strap option on the briefcase??
    Interesting new style

    Brown strap matches with the retro look and looks to have a comfortable shoulder pad
    Would you carry a super heavy load needing the Absolute strap?
    Maybe order it in black then the Absolute strap blends in?
    Aeronaut Black dyneema - Absolute shoulder strap - Packing cube shoulder bag Iberian dyneema - Packing cube shoulder bag Steel dyneema - Clear quarter packing cube Iberian dyneema - 3D clear organizer cube Iberian dyneema - Various key straps

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