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    Grippy back side for Empire Builder?

    Hi,

    I have the Empire Builder and Absolute Shoulder Strap. Do you think a grippy material on the back of the bag might make it feel a little lighter? (if it grips to clothes & body, might it take some pressure off the shoulder/back?)

    This is the first time using a messenger/shoulder bag style bag, and when fully packed, it is a little heavy. I thought it would be cool to try a different style, but I might just buy another backpack. Thought I was tougher than I actually am.

    Thanks
    Last edited by reina; 02-21-2008 at 10:51 PM.

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    Interesting idea!

    Do you need a bag the size of the Empire Builder to carry everything you need?

    Tom is always thinking of ways to make bags lighter. For example: the new Smart Alec will be lined with Dyneema fabric instead of Cordura. (The Dyneema is lighter.)
    Current Carry: Skookum Dog Citizen Canine, Founder's Briefcase, Synapse 19 (day hikes), Guide's Pack (longer day hikes), Yeoman Duffel (winter/emergency stuff for the car), Aeronaut 30 (travel), Night Flight Travel Duffel (camera bag), Moveable Feast + Shop Bags (food)

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    Thanks for the reply!!

    Yup, I do need an Empire Builder-sized bag for everything. I have a 17" laptop...otherwise, I might have gone with the Zephyr or ID. However, I do tend to carry a lot of stuff, depending on my schedule for the day.

    Here is what I carry in my Empire Builder:

    17" laptop & Size 1 Horizontal Brain Cell (the Steel color is beautiful, by the way) & charger
    2 marble notebooks
    2" thick textbook
    Wallet for IDs, membership cards, etc.; coin purse for coins; coin purse for small bills
    Cell phone charger
    Clipboard
    iPod
    Glasses
    Index cards
    Pens & pencils
    Water bottle

    The Horizontal Freudian Slip with:
    Mini Sharpies
    Extra pencil lead
    Eraser
    Spare contacts
    Scientific calculator
    White out
    Scotch tape
    Post it tags
    5 manila folders with each classes' work/handouts/etc.

    The Medium Padded Organizer Pouch with:
    iKleen wipes
    Laptop remote
    DVI converter
    iPod microphone
    Earbuds
    iPod USB cable

    Small Clear Organizer Pouch:
    Leatherman Juice
    Mini lighter
    Mini stapler
    Pillbox for Tylenol
    More spare contacts
    More spare lead for pencil

    Small Clear Organizer Pouch:
    Foundation
    Lipstick/lipgloss
    Listerine spray

    & I clip my keys to the Absolute Shoulder Strap, along with my sunglasses case (it has velcro straps to go over a belt/strap/etc.)

    I love the Empire Builder's size and storage capacity & how everything has its place in the bag. ...and its style! and of course its high quality materials and excellent craftsmanship. Every seam is put together perfectly!!

    So I would love to continue using the EB...maybe I just have to get stronger, or else give it to my brother & go back to a backpack.

    On days I don't need my laptop, I carry the Medium Cafe Bag with the pens/pencils, manila folders, calculator, water bottle, small organizer pouches, keys, wallets, sunglasses and text book.

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    TOM BIHN Crew (we work here) Darcy's Avatar
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    Wow!! That is a lot of gear.
    Current Carry: Skookum Dog Citizen Canine, Founder's Briefcase, Synapse 19 (day hikes), Guide's Pack (longer day hikes), Yeoman Duffel (winter/emergency stuff for the car), Aeronaut 30 (travel), Night Flight Travel Duffel (camera bag), Moveable Feast + Shop Bags (food)

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