So, I got my first order of TB bags last month. I don't live in the US so I had many months of poring over the website and considering before I took the plunge; I placed an order to have waiting on a work trip to Chicago. I ordered an S19 and an S25, cafe bags in small, medium and large, and a shop bag. I thought I'd return all but one Synapse and one Cafe bag; as you can probably guess, I kept almost all of it. (I did return the SCB, because the navy interior was too dark.)
I am besotted with the Large and Medium cafe bags, which I have in black dyneema/UV and plum/olive. The Large easily fits my iPad mini in Survivor case, the Hadaki large cosmetics pod I use as a diaper bag (containing diapers, wipes, a change of clothes and a small blanket), my wallet, phone, pens, inhaler, keys, bus pass, change purse and tissues. I also have a medium clear organizer pouch that I use for passports when necessary and a small clear organizer pouch that I keep the iPad charger in. The Medium bag is beautiful, and also holds all of the above although with not quite as much room to spare. I've been using the S19 as my everyday carry bag because it is light and easy to wear on top of the baby carrier (I have a 6 month old who is usually riding in a Chibuki, carried in front). The S25 is a little big for what I need every day, but fits an astonishing amount when I need it to. And the cocoa/wasabi is so pretty!
I'm trying to feel the love for the Shop Bag, but so far, I haven't seen anything about it that makes it worth the price. It's strong, nice-looking, and fits nicely in the bottom pocket of the Synapse, but so does my $4 Trader Joe's cotton bag. It would be make all the difference if the Shop Bag had some kind of non-slip material on the bottom of the Poron handles. If I pull it out of the Synapse to go shopping on my way home, then I'm carrying it loaded along with a loaded Synapse, and that means putting the handles on a shoulder that already has a backpack strap on it. So it slips right off, and I wind up wrestling with it for a while before giving up and carrying it in my hand. Today I took it out of the Synapse, hung it on a hook and stuck my TJ's bag in there instead; the TJ's bag handles are wider, flat, and not as slick, so stay put a bit better, and can be slid under the shoulder strap of the Synapse. The Shop Bag will probably become a Pool Bag for me.
Anyway, that aside, I'm very, very happy with my new acquisitions. These bags really are in their own league in terms of materials and workmanship and I find myself plotting excursions just so that I can use them.