I slipped my iPad into my PCSB right after I saw your posting. Brilliant! I wish I had the new cache with the rails, but it's not in the budget at present. It's nice to be able to slip it in and out of the Pilot. My other case is a velour-ish zip case that functions quite nicely, but it has a lot of "grip," so the PCSB works well to control that factor.
I also have the PCBP for my WF. I will look at utilizing the potential on my next trip, which is coming up in less than a month.
I plan on using the PCSB as my essentials bag while flying. I'll keep my iPad, earphones, backup battery charger, etc. in there. When I get on the plane all I'll have to do is remove the PCSB from my Pilot and put it in the seat pocket and I'll be ready to go. I already do this with my side effect but I will probably do the same thing as mentioned in this thread (http://www.tombihn.com/forums/bag-re...ocket-bag.html) to attach my PCSB to the seat pocket in front of me for easy access for longer flights.
I would love integrated backpack straps on the pilot.
I agree! Or perhaps Tom could design a nifty backpack strap doodad that could be used on Pilots, messengers, etc.
Sometimes folks loop their messenger bag straps through a carry handle to improvise backpack straps, but this is not a comfortable solution. (Yes, I tried it on the Pilot - it didn't work for me if the Pilot was packed full.)
http://www.tombihn.com/forums/bag-re...ocket-bag.html thread). See my posted picture in the Double Carabiner, 4 Thumbs Up! thread for an example of the way the Double Carabiners can swivel for the best attachment.
My only comment on the PCSB vs. the Side Effect as a seat pocket bag is that the 200d Dyneema fabric and longer length makes this bag flex more when supported by Carabiners or S-biners unless you are carrying an item that fills the length of the PCSB. (I do like the PCSB as one of the ways for carrying an iPad, but I generally now carry my iPad in a cache in the Little Swift as outlined in my response in the iPad Air Sleeve thread.
Another suggestion: you might want to post some of the nice combinations you've outlined here (e.g. Pilot in (Tri-Star/Western Flyer sized) Packing Cube BackPack, and said PCSB rolled up to fit in a Size #1 Travel Stuff Sack) in the Going marsupial! TB bags that fit inside other TB bags thread. I'm not always good at updating other related threads like that myself, but essentially any of the combinations that fit into other bags that were similarly sized to the Pilot, like the Imago, will work for the Pilot. Hence, the PCSB match shown in my picture in the Diaper Cube for Imago? thread works with the Pilot, as you've found, and so does the fit of the Eagle Creek Specter II cube shown in the Windbreaker/light rain jacket in pouch? thread as an alternative to using the Large Packing cube for the Pilot.
Also, to give credits to many others who posted earlier in this thread, WMW40 noted the sizing of the PCSB wrt Pilot in post #346 (dated 2/04/2014)
Awesome write up and research Moriond. Thanks. Loved reading all about that. What fits in what! Has given me one more reason to crave a PCBP!! Now what color???
I'll quote my comments about the Eagle Creek Specter II Pack-It cubes from an earlier post in this thread (#402 dated 2/10/14)
Eagle Creek Large Pack-It Sac? (It's the same size as their Large Specter II Sac).
ETA: All these suggestions of items that work well as accessories for the Pilot are very helpful, so keep them coming! I'll note that while the TB Large Organizer Pouch can also be used in the main compartment of the Pilot, it's a little bit taller (14.5" x 11.2" / 370 x 285 mm) than either of these Eagle Creek large pack-It Sacs (both 14" tall), so the snaphook sits fairly high, and tethering directly to an o-Ring is a little less convenient than with the Pack-It Sacs. The Large Specter II Pack-It Sac uses triangular clips similar to the triangular yarn guides on the Tom Bihn Yarn Stuff Sacks, only mounted on a swivel base (like the Double Carabiners used with the Knitting Tool Pouches), and this design makes it easy to attach these sacs (and the small Specter II Pack-It Sacs) to o-Rings in the different compartments.
Thanks, MelissaL. The "sack" I linked to actually worked for me. I was able to take my gym clothes in the Pilot; very convenient. Thanks for the tip.
It seems I took to long to decide and most of the Dyneema bags are on back order.
Any chance of Dyneema steel/solar popping up in upcoming batches?