Hello folks, I'm new here and have enjoyed reading about folk's experience and thoughts about TB bags and I finally figured I could provide some, hopefully, insightful comments from my own experience.
As background, I have owned a TB Empire Builder for several years now. While it has served me well, I'm finally realized that I do not need to take home my whole office every day, what a liberating epiphany HA! I searched around for a smaller in volume briefcase than the EB and was swayed to a well known leather "Saddle" brief case, they just look really distinctive and unique. I figured I would try another leather briefcase even though I had used them in the past and found them quite heavy. Long story short, I loved the leather case, but found that I was lugging around a lot of weight while still not carrying my laptop regularly. Soooooo..... I decided to try another TB bag.
Like many folks here, I probably spent way too much time going over reviews, pictures and videos prior to making a decision, but, I finally put in an order for a TB Pilot, black ballistic nylon w/ steel interior just about a 10 days ago. I received the pilot plus a bunch of accessories yesterday and happy dance! First impression after opening the box was how great the bag looked and that it appeared to be bulletproof and meticulously crafted, no surprise to anyone here. I was concerned that the bag was a little smaller than I expected. Perhaps its just me, but even though the physical dimensions are on the TB website, I have a hard time picturing objects in my head and really need to put my hands on it to get a sense of size. Well, putting that concern aside, I started to unpack my current bag and load up the Pilot.
First thing a found in so doing was how efficiently organized the space was and the bag just gobbled up my gear without looking bloated and messy. Very cool and how did the engineers do that? Most importantly, however, I found that I can easily fit everything I had in my old bag, PLUS fit my laptop in a cache and still come in with less weight that my thin leather brief case! Carrying the bag w/ the absolute strap makes carrying it even more pleasurable. Finally, I was concerned that the case may not appear "professional" enough, but the bag is quite handsome all packed up and should easily fit into my work environment. Long story short, even though the Pilot was not designed as a business brief case, I think that for my needs it is just perfect!
Thanks for reading my long winded first post and I look forward to comments!