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    Medium Cafe Bag Freudian Slip question

    Hi. I'm brand new to the forum. My wife and I ordered our first Tom Bihn bags last night, each getting a Medium Cafe Bag with a Freudian Slip. While watching the video on Tom Bihn's site, we saw them put a water bottle into one of the two mesh pockets in the Freudian Slip. We'd like to use that while using these bags. My question is, does anyone know the max diameter that would fit in those pouches? The one we want to use is the S'well 20oz traveler which is 3.25" in diameter according to the specs on their site. Is that too fat of a bottle for this? If so, can you let me know some bottles you've used that do fit? Since these will be stored inside the bag, we are specifically looking for bottles that don't sweat.

    Normally, we'd just wait until the bags arrived and test the water bottles we already own and figure out if there is enough room for this slightly wider bottle. However, we are going on vacation in just a couple of weeks and want to use these as our day bags on the trip. By the time they arrive and we figure out what will fit we probably won't have enough time to then order the water bottles and they arrive before we leave. Hence, hoping someone on here has tried this and can help. Thanks in advance for any information you can provide.

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    Welcome to the Forums @frogger, we're glad to have you here!

    I don't have a MCB, but hopefully folks will chime in soon with some thoughts.
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    Hi, @frogger! I don’t have a 20 oz Swell traveler but I do have a 12 oz. Mine fits but I think it bulges too much and I don’t think one much fatter would work well. I’d highly recommend a Klean Kanteen if you’re going to get a new water bottle. The 20 oz bottles are very tall but do fit in the mcb and the width of the narrower mouth option is perfect. (The wide mouth fits too.) They’re all easy to fill with ice. They also do great in the dishwasher! Mine have been dishwashered a zillion times and still hold ice all day. Even the new print options have done well with the dishwasher, although they’ve probably only done 20 or so cycles.
    Last edited by gathiel; 03-14-2019 at 04:33 PM.

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    I use a 16 oz Nalgene wide mouth water bottle and I think it bulges too much in the FS, so +1 for the narrower clean canteen models

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    I was able to comfortably fit my 20oz wide mouth hydro flask in the pocket! The base diameter is 2.91”.


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    I concur with the other suggestions here that you’re better off with a slim design water bottle if you want to use the Medium Cafe Bag Freudian Slip mesh pockets to hold one in place — below about 2.9” diameter. The ones I used in pictures of the Medium Cafe Bag FS were Zojurushi 12 oz or 16 oz models (probably 2.7” diameter). The 20 oz models also fit, but using taller thermoses blocks some of the usability of the top row of pockets on the Freudian Slip. The Kleen Kanteen and Hydroflask models that were previously mentioned are also good options. I’d generally consider a diameter larger than 3.1” thicker than average, and coopting a Freudian Slip’s mesh pockets requires something thinner. Alternatively you could try using a tethered yarn or travel stuff sack if you don’t need the support of the stiffer Freudian Slip backing.

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. I ordered a Klean Kanteen 20 oz for myself based on your recommendations. My wife decided she still wants to try the S'well 20 oz Traveler, but if it is too wide, she wanted one for use at home anyway and will buy a slimmer one for use when traveling. She'll just have to put up with the bulging for this one trip. The cool part of that is that once it all arrives, we can see first hand how much of a difference the slimmer bottle makes than the fatter one in the FS and I'll try to remember to come back here and report our findings.

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    16 oz Zojirushi SM-SC48 stainless mug fits nicely in the in MC Freudian Slip. See moriond’s post above for everything else to keep in mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by frogger View Post
    Thanks for the replies everyone. I ordered a Klean Kanteen 20 oz for myself based on your recommendations. My wife decided she still wants to try the S'well 20 oz Traveler, but if it is too wide, she wanted one for use at home anyway and will buy a slimmer one for use when traveling. She'll just have to put up with the bulging for this one trip. The cool part of that is that once it all arrives, we can see first hand how much of a difference the slimmer bottle makes than the fatter one in the FS and I'll try to remember to come back here and report our findings.
    If the bottle is too big for the FS you might just attach it to the o-ring instead, that only works if your bottle is the right shape/height though. I've been using this method to secure my water bottle in a DLBP for years: https://forums.tombihn.com/general-b...tml#post153739
    I do the same with a smaller bottle in my Small Cafe Bag when it's not full enough to keep the bottle in place, so it should also work in a Medium Cafe Bag if your bottle is compatible.

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