Itís been a few months since I switched from the Co-Pilot to a small Cafť Bag and I remain very pleased with how the Cafť Bag runs day to day. I had to rearrange the loadout a little but with TB thereís always an organizational solution to be found.
Cafe 25 by Nate E, on Flickr
Hereís the everyday roster, minus a water bottle.
Cafe 26 by Nate E, on Flickr
The pen slots are something I tended to make little use of on whatever bag I carried but with the smaller size of the Cafe Bag it became necessary to utilize that space. The mechanical pencil, flashlight and jackknife all fit nicely are easy to access when needed. These are redundant items to backup primary carry pieces but itís handy that they can live in the bag comfortably.
Cafe 27 by Nate E, on Flickr
Most of the other ďjust in caseĒ items were carried in a small organizer pouch but that was taking up more room than I preferred in the main compartment of the bag. So I squeezed most of it into a mini organizer.
Cafe 29 by Nate E, on Flickr
Thereís a whistle, chapstick, pill case, lighter, length of cord and a small Ziploc with basic first aid items in there. Itís not as quick to access a given item out of the mini pouch but the tradeoff is that the mini will fit in the pocket on the front wall of the main compartment, keeping it out of the way of everything else.
Cafe 30 by Nate E, on Flickr
Hereís everything in the main compartment.
Cafe 31 by Nate E, on Flickr
The front zip pocket still carries a key strap and small Leatherman. Thereís a decent amount of space left if I donít have my house/car keys in there. Iíve been thinking about keeping a small Rhodia pad here as well if I can ever find a nice but not too bulky cover for the #13 size.
Cafe 32 by Nate E, on Flickr
Cafe 33 by Nate E, on Flickr
The back slash pocket carries a Buff and retaining strap for outside water bottle carry.
Cafe 34 by Nate E, on Flickr
And I swapped out the cord on the zipper pull from orange to TBís own ultraviolet. I donít know that Iíd ever take a whole bag or large pouch in this color but for accent in a smaller dose itís great.
Cafe 35 by Nate E, on Flickr
One thing I have a bit of frustration with is the shoulder strap. The included pad isnít comfortable to me unless itís over a layer like a sweatshirt or jacket so I removed it and got an ultrasuede wrap to try instead. While the ultrasuede is comfortable and does a nice job of preventing any slip on your shoulder I find it too bulky and decided to go with just the plain strap and no pad for now. The webbing is soft enough not to irritate and unless I decided to tote around some lead ingots the small Cafť Bag is never heavy enough to require shoulder padding for me. My wish would be for a thin pad that focuses on the non-slip function to keep the bag where I want it when Iím walking. Maybe something like a smaller, thinner, squared off version of the pad that comes on the Co-Pilot strap.