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MKEy
10-02-2017, 11:07 AM
Wondering if anyone had tried using the side pockets with any of the backpacks as waist strap. I don't usually wear the waist strap, but I'm looking to add a bit more storage space to my Smart Alec (already have upper + lower pockets) for a solo parenting with toddler air travel expedition. Will also have DLBC with me (our diaper bag).

MKEy
10-03-2017, 09:49 AM
At the risk of looking lame by answering my own question… Now that I am not timed out of search, I found this helpful thread:

https://forums.tombihn.com/photos-videos-and-reviews/10443-testing-out-new-citizen-canine-side-pockets.html?highlight=citizen+canine+side+pockets +smart+alec+brain+bag

luvdabags
10-03-2017, 09:51 AM
https://forums.tombihn.com/photos-videos-and-reviews/10443-testing-out-new-citizen-canine-side-pockets.html?pid=113654

MKEy
10-13-2017, 10:10 AM
As a follow-up, the Citizen Canine Side Pockets worked out really well on the Smart Alec. I would definitely recommend this strategy for anyone looking for a little bit more space in a super convenient to get to location.

Cristina
10-13-2017, 10:24 PM
As a follow-up, the Citizen Canine Side Pockets worked out really well on the Smart Alec. I would definitely recommend this strategy for anyone looking for a little bit more space in a super convenient to get to location.

Thanks for the update! If they came in black I would get right on it. I would love an extra pocket that doesn't require me to take the backpack off.

ETA: Looking at @Ilkyway and @Badger 's posts, it seems like an accessory like this would be a really useful addition to the lineup. I would love a version with black 1" webbing to attach to my S25, SE, and SK. If I attached these to my SK I could go out for half a day with just that and still carry a change of clothes for each kid, hands free.

moriond
10-13-2017, 11:46 PM
@Christina,

It's also possible to just wear the Side Effect on the waist belt of your backpack, as in @Hollie's Incorporating the Side Effect into the belt of a backpack thread (https://forums.tombihn.com/photos-videos-and-reviews/6669-incorporating-side-effect-into-belt-backpack.html). I also recall someone using two Side Effect on the belt. (You can use the Smart Alec's Gatekeeper straps (https://www.tombihn.com/products/a-1-gatekeeper-strap?variant=16664356807) to shorten the amount of webbing on the waist strap connection.)

HTH

moriond

Cristina
10-14-2017, 06:21 AM
Thank you thank you @moriond! You have shown me that the answer lies with stuff I already have.

I attached one side of my Side Effect to a webbing loop on the 1" padded hip belt on my S25. I used a 1.5" gatekeeper clip which works great because it lets the SE hang lower so the top is more level with the strap. Then I attached the other side of the SE to the strap by putting the gatekeeper clip around the strap which is thinner at that point.

I hope that explanation makes sense? If not see pics below.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171014/176d84962aa378db4742df026a756ca3.jpg
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171014/848019fd5bc96f00dc72e56741707e90.jpg

What I love about this setup is that the SE is on my side and I can still use my padded hip belt.

Thanks again moriond!

Cristina
10-14-2017, 06:43 AM
... works a treat with my beloved Side Kick too! Though it is big enough to make me feel a bit lopsided. I would consider this setup for travel days though. Otherwise I might repack my SK essentials into my SE.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171014/64ae19d0bd611b9a9a52fdc9f8ba9faf.jpg

Traveltech
10-18-2017, 06:44 PM
... works a treat with my beloved Side Kick too! Though it is big enough to make me feel a bit lopsided. I would consider this setup for travel days though. Otherwise I might repack my SK essentials into my SE.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171014/64ae19d0bd611b9a9a52fdc9f8ba9faf.jpg

Cristina, do you think the side kick looks ok in this configuration? I’m wondering if your setup would work to carry a camera. Can you attach the side kick or side effect to the front of your padded hip belt? Thanks!

Cristina
10-19-2017, 04:59 AM
Cristina, do you think the side kick looks ok in this configuration? Iím wondering if your setup would work to carry a camera. Can you attach the side kick or side effect to the front of your padded hip belt? Thanks!

Having a full Side Kick on in this way (on the side) would not be my first recommendation (looks-wise or weight-wise), and on both counts I think centered-in-front would be better, but I can't figure out how to do that with the padded hip belt.

I don't have the correct gatekeeper straps to replicate it myself, but if you want to wear a Side Kick centered on the waist belt I would look at moriond's post above, #6, because I think that would work for the SK. I like the SK as a waist pack and I think having it centered would be a great way to carry both it and the backpack without dueling straps.

Is your camera small enough to fit in a Side Effect? Because I just tested this with two Side Effects and I much preferred having two side pockets over one big one.

Here it is (I only have two gatekeeper clips so I used key straps on the front attachment points):

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171019/902db664f9c58b4eeee1e16bd9fe817c.jpg
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171019/b40b8cb27f43c562a3813dcc8801be5a.jpg

Of all of the options for myself, two Side Effects is my favorite, and I may get another black halcyon one just for this purpose, because the halcyon conforms nicely around my hip. I would put wallet/phone/compact camera in one and snacks/first aid/tissues in the other.

If you have a DSLR you may want to start a thread about trying to fit that in a Side Kick because I just don't know what is the smallest TB bag that can accommodate a DSLR with all the padding required. I might instead look for a dedicated camera waist pack to wear separately. The Lowepro passport duo is a waist pack that contains a pullout/tuck away day pack in the lid, though you wouldn't be able to access the waist part if you're wearing it in backpack mode. https://store.lowepro.com/beltpacks/passport-duo

Hope this helps!

Traveltech
10-19-2017, 08:53 AM
That is a cool Lowepro bag, but you’re right. The utility of the waist pack is gone once you’re using the backpack.

Cristina
10-19-2017, 09:27 AM
That is a cool Lowepro bag, but youíre right. The utility of the waist pack is gone once youíre using the backpack.

I just came across this, which is a backpack with a waist pack lower section that actually swivels around to the front while the bag is on your back. It looks pretty neat!

rotation180 Panorama 22L - Outdoor Photography Backpack | MindShift Gear (http://www.mindshiftgear.com/products/rotation180-panorama)

Traveltech
10-19-2017, 12:31 PM
I have seen the Rotation 180 in person, and was disappointed in the quality. Great concept, poor execution.

I have been playing around with the padded hip belt and think @moriond idea would work. Especially if TB could make an even shorter SA gatekeeper strap. (Which could have additional use as a trolley strap.) What do you think @darcy ?

Cristina
10-20-2017, 01:26 PM
I have seen the Rotation 180 in person, and was disappointed in the quality. Great concept, poor execution.

I have been playing around with the padded hip belt and think @moriond idea would work. Especially if TB could make an even shorter SA gatekeeper strap. (Which could have additional use as a trolley strap.) What do you think @darcy ?

That's a shame, though I guess it makes sense: a bag that complicated in construction, made to TB standards, would cost at least twice as much.

You could order some Web Dominators to wrap around the strap ends, if you do go that route. I hope you find a setup that works for you!

Kerrpe
12-07-2017, 01:37 PM
I have a rotation 180, no issues with quality. Used it on a trip to Africa, worked out great. Top storage is nice to have, waist pouch works just as expected. It's a bit large on camera space for my current mirrorless setup, but great when you're walking or hiking a lot.

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