I saw a (the?) Pilot Today!
Got to go to the store today to return a Brain Bag (liked the Synapse 25 better, exceptionally long post about that elsewhere), and while I was there, a MCB in Plum/Wasabi asked me to take it home (so I did, it seemed lonely in the store), but, that's not the news here.
I did get to actually touch a Pilot (or is it still THE Pilot?)!! While the TB Crew seems to have covered most of the highlights, I just wanted to report another sighting of the bag.
Noticed a couple of things that might be of interest (I don't own carry a Co-Pilot, so am not best placed to compare).
It seemed more flexible (less stiff) than the Co-Pilot - the larger size seemed to provide a bit more give all around - the pockets opened up a bit more (front and rear). The Co-Pilot (which I want to love, but can't think of any occasion when I would prefer to carry it vs. another bag) has always felt a bit stiff/rigid to me (although Kyle showed me his bag today so I could see how it was loaded and it did seem to get "softer" with time) - whereas the Pilot seemed to have a bit more give right away.
Also, tried my loaded ballistic side effect in the front pocket - fit really easily - no struggle at all to get it in/out.
Looks like a great bag - I might even consider ordering one - but having observed everyone's angst over choosing a color... Maybe I will wait a bit :)