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    I'm regretting opening this thread! After losing my mini Yeoman in London in May, I went back and forth between getting another one or getting the NFTD. I decided to wait for the mini to come back in stock (over two months, which coincided with my birthday) in my preferred color. I really LOVE having the Navy mini back as it is a perfect running essentials bag for me. Plus, it's so darn cute! But, while I was traveling with it, I really wished for the side pockets of the NFTD. Thanks a lot, Tom Bihn, for always making me WANT ALL THE BAGS!

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    I'm not sure whether anyone had shared their experience with NFTD as a Diaper Bag, an alternative to Parental Unit. Bigger and it could be a totally different experience. If there is, please help point me to right link. I'd been looking to learn more.

    Sometimes, I hope my Parental Unit is a bit bigger. It is already quite full with baby clothing, baby snacks, baby this and that. Plus, my wife's common thick wallet and her makeup pouch! I actually really like the Parental Unit, even more after refitted the Shoulder Strap with Mission Workshop Quick Release Strap for cross-body/messaging style.

    My is 1st Gen, though. I kinda wonder how the 2nd Gen's improvement be more versatile.
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    This thread has made me curious: I often carry an A30 on long-haul flights as my personal item, and seem to use it as many here use the NFTD. Only thing I don't like is the difficulty of carrying a laptop.
    How does the NFTD work in this regard?
    What does one gain with the NFTD which can't be done with the A30?

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    Well, I have both and they serve very different purposes. For me, the A30 is more of a suitcase-substitute. The A30 usually goes in the overhead, whereas I usually stash the NFTD under the seat in front of me.

    I have used the NFTD as my only bag for very quick trips, as a bag to bring in the house when I don't want to unpack my main suitcase (when I was just staying someplace for one night), and it has served as a substitute nightstand when I'm staying with relatives who don't have a table near the guest bed.

    The NFTD was designed for those budget airlines that have very restrictive sizes for what they allow as a "free" carry-on. I think the terminology gets confusing, because some airlines consider a "personal item" what you can bring along with your carry-on, and in some cases it is the only bag you are allowed without paying a fee. The maximum sizes and weights are all over the place, and for some airlines even the NFTD is technically over the dimensions allowed as a second bag, but for most it is within the dimensions allowed as an only bag. But either way, the NFTD is much smaller capacity (2/3 of the A30), and much lighter. Of course you give up the backpack straps.

    I'm replying to @bbcamp -- sorry, this doesn't answer the diaper bag question. Honestly, I'd find it REALLY bulky for that, particularly if I was pushing a stroller or carrying a kid. It seems like a shoulder bag such as the Parental Unit, or a backpack, would be easier to haul around. The Synapse 19 is about the same capacity, for instance, as the NFTD.
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    I have used both as a diaper bag and they both work great. If I'm carrying the baby though, I prefer the shape and weight distribution of the PU over the NFTD. For road trips and plane trips, definitely the NFTD over the PU. I did not notice much of a difference space wise between the second version of the PU and the NFTD and it could be because of what is usually packed for kids. If I was looking for more space, I switch to either the S25 or SA. The backpack mode also makes it more balanced to carry that weight and the weight of the baby/baby carrier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bchaplin View Post
    Well, I have both and they serve very different purposes. For me, the A30 is more of a suitcase-substitute. The A30 usually goes in the overhead, whereas I usually stash the NFTD under the seat in front of me.

    I have used the NFTD as my only bag for very quick trips, as a bag to bring in the house when I don't want to unpack my main suitcase (when I was just staying someplace for one night), and it has served as a substitute nightstand when I'm staying with relatives who don't have a table near the guest bed.

    The NFTD was designed for those budget airlines that have very restrictive sizes for what they allow as a "free" carry-on. I think the terminology gets confusing, because some airlines consider a "personal item" what you can bring along with your carry-on, and in some cases it is the only bag you are allowed without paying a fee. The maximum sizes and weights are all over the place, and for some airlines even the NFTD is technically over the dimensions allowed as a second bag, but for most it is within the dimensions allowed as an only bag. But either way, the NFTD is much smaller capacity (2/3 of the A30), and much lighter. Of course you give up the backpack straps.

    I'm replying to @bbcamp -- sorry, this doesn't answer the diaper bag question. Honestly, I'd find it REALLY bulky for that, particularly if I was pushing a stroller or carrying a kid. It seems like a shoulder bag such as the Parental Unit, or a backpack, would be easier to haul around. The Synapse 19 is about the same capacity, for instance, as the NFTD.
    Thanks!
    do you carry a laptop in the NFTD?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbcamp View Post
    Thanks!
    do you carry a laptop in the NFTD?
    A laptop won't fit. An iPad fits only if you are creative. The bag is quite compartmentalized. I still love it though.
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