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YouTube tutorial. But now I'm hooked on colorful zipper pulls; I've got them on my A45, my Plum Brain Bag, and my Nordic Pilot. And on that blessed day in September when my Aubergine A30 and my Aubergine NF arrive, that's the first thing I will add.
Paracord pulls really do add leverage and make it easier to grab and pull the zippers, especially on bags like my Pilot where the new-style zippers are a bit more stiff and fiddly.
Though that's something else I should say about my Daylight: these zippers pull so easily. I'm really happy with that.
There is a thread elsewhere on the forum about "marsupial" bags; well, where is my Plum kangaroo bag. I plan to take my Brain Bag with me on my Virginia trip, and it will be stuffed to the gills as a travel bag for electronics and other non-clothes items. Rather than fold up the Daylight and stash it in of the side pockets—or maybe even in the backpack strap section of my Aubergine A45—I decided to just keep the Daylight packed, as I had it above, and simply slip it into one of the cavernous main compartments of my Brain Bag. Voila! All I have to do now is remove the Daylight and strap it on: no packing, re-packing, or unpacking necessary.
And especially for you, @Ilkyway, here is a photo of the zipper pulls on my BB.
You'll also note that I added split rings to the Cache rail loops. I don't have a Cache, so I don't need them for that. And the Plum Brain Bag that I got just a few weeks ago was one of the last of the "old school" models: the ones with fewer o-rings. So I added four split rings that I had lying around the house [that's why they don't all match] and I can use them to attach all sorts of Key Straps, pouches, and carabiners.
Here is with my Solar 3DCO and a long Solar Key Strap. This bag is holding first aid supplies. And come to think of it, I should really add this photo to a Brain Bag thread instead. Oh well!
I apologize for the sudden glut of photos, but as you can probably tell, I'm really excited about my new Black Dyneema Daylight. Yesterday I promised/threatened to post photos of the Daylight as a camera bag, so guess what's next?
I have two relatively compact and lightweight mirrorless camera bodies—the Fuji xe-1 and Fuji xe-2. For my walks around town, I carry the little xe-1 with a 40mm pancake lens around inside my vintage Indigo Side Effect; that works well. But when I travel, I like to take along some slightly bigger lenses which don't fit well inside the Side Effect. I've been using a Small Nordic Cafe Bag for that, but wondered how the Daylight would work. Here are the results.
I have a padded Ape Case that I got from Amazon. It's a tight fit, but I can squeeze that in both my Indigo Co-Pilot and my Nordic Pilot. Well, it turns out that it's a nice fit in the Daylight as well. Because the case tapers, I did have to squish it a bit to get it past the zipper, but it slid easily into the bottom of the bag after that, and due to the unstructured nature of the Daylight, I think the Ape Case fits even better in the Daylight than it does in either the CP or the Pilot! This first photo shows the Ape with its "cover" deployed.
I usually keep that tucked down around the sides, however, as this second picture shows. It also shows how I have the Daylight packed: with a filter wallet and pink sunglasses case in the Lower Pocket; and a Small Iberian Yarn Stuff Sack filled with lens cleaning goodies, a tiny Joby Gorillapod, and other accessories; and a Small Indigo OP with memory cards and a spare battery in the Upper Pocket. There is TONS of room left in the Daylight; and there is nothing in the front Zip Pocket at all, except a small Cork OP where I store the waist strap when not in use. This is very lightweight, and a breeze to carry: quite comfortable with no sense of anything hard jabbing me in the back.
Here is a close-up of the Ape Case, which shows the xe-2 with the 50mm lens attached, and a wide angle 14mm lens in the other divider. With a backpack like the Daylight, if you're going to carry cameras or other electronics, you've got to provide the padding. The Ape Case has plenty of that, but I also have some padded wraps I could use if need be.
I was taking these photos with my xe-1/40mm, but I thought I'd show you all how well the Indigo SE fits on top of the Ape Case, if I wanted to carry both camera bodies at the same time. Even fully loaded, the whole kit weighs a lot less than one of @Janine's watermelons.
I've been dedicating my Nordic Pilot to my camera gear, but now it may get lonesome because I don't know what I'll use it for. I like the Daylight so well as a camera bag that I've made up mind: I'm definitely ordering a second one in Burnt Orange.
Great Pictures! Funny that you apologize for pictures. Isn't that a big part of the fun around here?
I love the Portable Culture on that indigo SE. That color is so vibrant. It looks brand new, how long do you have it, if I might ask?
I know: photos are a big part of the fun. I guess I just felt suddenly shy about monopolizing this thread! Silly, I know.
I know: I love that Indigo SE, both the color and the Portable Culture label. It's the old variety with the sewn-in fabric waist band, which I don't like as much as the current design, but still, I adore this bag and will never let it go! I'm not sure how long I've had it; it's been at least three or four years, I think. See how well TB bags stand up to time and hard use?
Well, there's some good news and there's some bad...
I worried the black dyneema wouldn't suit me. It does.
I worried the size of the DLBP would be too big for my petite frame. It's not.
I worried the straps would bother into my shoulders/arms. They do not.
Good news is I'm keeping it! Bad news (for my wallet) is I'm keeping it!
Just so you know I'm not totally obsessed, I am planning to return my Steel/UV SE. I like the color combo, but the stiffness of the ballistic fabric doesn't do it for me. I know there's the black dyneema/wasabi option available, but I'm hoping for the return of parapack (with UV lining!). Unless I can get my hands on Nordic!
@Pokilani, I was wondering when your goodies would arrive. Congratulations!
I'm not at all surprised that you like the Daylight. It looks really sharp in the Black Dyneema, and in just two days I've already started to think of it as my go-to bag—and I am not usually a backpack kind of person either, so this is a testament to how disarming and charming the Daylight is. It's sad that you're sending the Steel/UV SE back, but I agree about the stiffness of the ballistic fabric. I have a gorgeous Aubergine/Wasabi SE that gets nowhere as much use as my Nordic/Solar Dyneema, because the Dyneema has so much more give.
It may be gone now, but I thought someone was offering a Nordic SE yesterday on the bag swap page. I just checked: the poster says a deal is in the works for it already. Sorry! But that's a good page to keep your eye on to find bags in discontinued colors.
Meanwhile, enjoy your new Daylight!
Yes, I missed out on that SE.
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arrived in August 2011. I think it was a little after @Janine posted her pictures of the Indigo Side Effect. But the SE was actually first offered in Indigo back in 2009.
Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.