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Jaffa
05-05-2018, 11:36 AM
I've been using a Side Effect as my EDC for about a year now, and while it was ok, I always thought if the Travel cubelet would be better. I liked the looks of it, rather than the function. Part of it might have been, the fact I didn't use and pouches to organise my 'stuff'.
So, I'm now the proud owner of the TC in grey/purely interior. I'm trying to organiser my 'stuff' again, but thinking will use a pouch or two, to make better use of the space.
How does anyone organise their 'stuff' in the TC, pouches/sizes/photos would be good thanks.
TIA
Jaffa

(I can put a list of what my EDC 'stuff; is, but going back to work now!)

Cristina
05-05-2018, 02:17 PM
I'll be interested to find out how other people feel about this because I just got my TC and as soon as I put my SE stuff in it I got really annoyed with the vertical orientation. I feel like I can put half as much stuff in the TC even though it's 20% bigger than the SE.

But if you're not comparing directly to the SE, and you just want wallet/phone/keys, I can see it being great for that.


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G42
05-05-2018, 02:25 PM
I'll be interested to find out how other people feel about this because I just got my TC and as soon as I put my SE stuff in it I got really annoyed with the vertical orientation. I feel like I can put half as much stuff in the TC even though it's 20% bigger than the SE.

But if you're not comparing directly to the SE, and you just want wallet/phone/keys, I can see it being great for that.


Technically, the TC is only 13.3% bigger than the SE...
I find that I tend to fit the same items equally well in both, but I'm never pushing the limit of what they can hold, just by nature of what I carry. The vertical is more useful/intuitive to me when I'm carrying my 16oz Nalgene bottle...but I use them fairly interchangeably.
Both seem small enough to me that I don't use any accessories other than the pockets/dividers that are built in.
I can imagine that if folks are carrying many small items that are easy to loose, accessories would be helpful.

bchaplin
05-05-2018, 02:41 PM
I feel like the Travel Cubelet does best with flat items that make use of the vertical space. Also, unlike the Side Effect, it's better if the contents are relatively few in number, so there isn't too much digging around for what you want. Mine typically carries:
* pen in pen slot
* in interior pocket: lip balm, Slim Rescue Howler whistle (it's flat), 1 oz bottle of hand sanitizer, locator Tile
* in main compartment: Fjallraven wallet, phone, and small 3rd party pouch
* in outer pocket: Tom Bihn pocket pouch with train pass, work ID, contact card, and one credit card

In other words, tiny stuff in the internal pocket, larger flat things in the main compartment.
And one flat pouch in the outer pocket, which is easy to extract when I need scan my train pass.

I like the pen slot, which the Side Effect didn't have, and personally prefer the vertical orientation. I can usually grab what I want by feel, because each area has relatively few items and they don't change much.

I don't actually carry my keys in the TC.

Cristina
05-05-2018, 02:45 PM
Technically, the TC is only 13.3% bigger than the SE...
I find that I tend to fit the same items equally well in both, but I'm never pushing the limit of what they can hold, just by nature of what I carry. The vertical is more useful/intuitive to me when I'm carrying my 16oz Nalgene bottle...but I use them fairly interchangeably.
Both seem small enough to me that I don't use any accessories other than the pockets/dividers that are built in.
I can imagine that if folks are carrying many small items that are easy to loose, accessories would be helpful.

Yes that is me: many small items that are easy to loose. I consolidate when I can but I get annoyed by even minimal rummaging. The SE pockets are perfect for what I carry and I love being able to see everything without moving anything.

Forgive me on the percent thing. For a minute I thought the SE was 1L and the TC 1.2L, not 1.5 and 1.7L. Should have said 200ML bigger, which to me should be one additional item in the TC over the SE, but that isn't the case (for me).

rbc3585
05-05-2018, 03:57 PM
I also find that the vertical orientation makes retrieving things slightly more difficult, because the only thing that's tall enough to reach the top of the TC is my phone. I do use it occasionally (usually in combination with a backpack), but rarely on its own.

Aeon
05-05-2018, 05:15 PM
I've shared this pic a couple of times now, but this is my exact TC EDC loadout. I prefer the vertical orientation of the TC and Side Kick over the horizontal orientation of the Side Effect. I like to organize my things stacked like a bookshelf, so it's easy for me to just open the top and grab what I need without looking into the bag. Also, I found the TC to be less tippy than the Side Effect; I had to load the SE just-so in order for it not to flip over, especially when retrieving my glasses or phone.

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Interior pocket: phone (used to take pic)
Pen slot: pen
Main compartment: mini OP (wallet), notebook (A6), eyeglass case (with 2 pairs of Rx glasses)
Exterior Compartment: keys clipped to O-ring, and the hand wipes, band aids, and blotting linens are floating in that pocket. Eventually, I'll order another mini OP to corral that stuff.

backpack
05-05-2018, 09:04 PM
Using the comparison tool, I have studied the dimension of the Travel Cubelet and the Side Effect, and I am very confused.

The Travel Cubelet fits perfectly inside the Small Cafe Bag but I could never fit an SE in there.

The Travel Cubelet feels much smaller and daintier than the SE. The TC dimension are close to the 3D OC.

So putting them together, the TC is more square and the SE more rectangular.

rbc3585
05-05-2018, 09:21 PM
Using the comparison tool, I have studied the dimension of the Travel Cubelet and the Side Effect, and I am very confused.

The Travel Cubelet fits perfectly inside the Small Cafe Bag but I could never fit an SE in there.

The Travel Cubelet feels much smaller and daintier than the SE. The TC dimension are close to the 3D OC.

So putting them together, the TC is more square and the SE more rectangular.

I think the extra carrying capacity comes from the greater depth of the TC. I'm not sure whether it translates in practice though, as I've never filled either of them to capacity.

G42
05-05-2018, 11:24 PM
Using the comparison tool, I have studied the dimension of the Travel Cubelet and the Side Effect, and I am very confused.

The Travel Cubelet fits perfectly inside the Small Cafe Bag but I could never fit an SE in there.

The Travel Cubelet feels much smaller and daintier than the SE. The TC dimension are close to the 3D OC.

So putting them together, the TC is more square and the SE more rectangular.

More geeky food for thought...

I think that there are several things at play here, including the aspect ratio.
Part of the perception of the bag may be due to the zipper location. The SE opening is on an 8.7" length and the TC on a 5.7" width. Some people may not be comfortable packing/filling too close to the opening because it's easier for items to fall out... The volume close to the opening is therefor larger on the SE than on the TC.

Another factor in performance & perception is the fabric... SE is 1050 ballistic/200 halcyon, 525 ballistic/210 ballistic or 200 halcyon, or 400 halcyon/200 halcyon and weighs 5.8-6.4oz
The TC is 525 ballistic/aether, 210 ballistic/aether, or 200 halcyon/aether and weighs 3.6 - 4.3oz.

So the heaviest TC is lighter than the lightest SE.
Many threads/posts have discussed the relative feel/difference/perception of packability/stretch across materials... and overall squishability in general (is that a word? can we make it a word?)

I traded away my 525 ballistic SE because it felt too heavy/rigid for such a small bag... I can't fathom having a 1050 ballistic... I did keep a 400/200 halcyon one. The opening span of the SE is larger than the TC so the extra fabric rigidity of the heavier materials probably helps prevent the bag from collapsing on itself too much.

I have TCs in both 525 ballistic and 210 ballistic... the 525 is noticeably heavier and more rigid... the 210 works better for me as a bag in bag...and the 525 feels more substantial when carrying by the strap.

Perseffect
05-06-2018, 01:48 AM
I have a black TC and it gets used only for very specific uses.

1. The school run: walking to/from school with the kids.

Front Pocket
House Keys

Main Pocket
Phone
Wallet
Lip balm which lives in the pen slot
Apple AirPods
Small snacks for the walk home

I prefer the vertical look of this to a side effect for such a small carry.

2. Some types of travel: carrying the important items with me. Lives inside another personal item bag but can be removed to keep close to me if I leave the other bag somewhere.

Same carry as above but with passport which lives in front or main pocket. And perhaps a kindle in case but it would be quite full with that also.

Again the vertical orientation seems to work just a little better in fitting into other bags compared to the side effect (although not much in it).

In the U.K. thereís a current trend for men to carry small vertical orientated bags. Not that Iím a follower of trends much but nice as I already carried a SCB. The TC feels like a smaller SCB which suits me.

My wife would always however go for her Aubergine Side Effect for the same use. She likes the Ďlookí of the horizontal and the wider access.


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BWeaves
05-06-2018, 04:19 AM
I like the idea of the Travel Cubelet, and the pen slot, but I couldn't fit as much in it as the SE, either. I'm definitely a horizontal orientation person. Also, the SE fit perfectly in the front of my Pilot, and the TC did not. I like having my Pilot as my personal item carry on, and having my "purse" inside it. Then I use the "purse" when I get where I'm going. I liked the idea of being able to get into my "purse" while it was still in my Pilot (vertical orientation), but the TC just didn't fit well. So for me, it's the SE.

Perseffect
05-06-2018, 04:45 AM
I like the idea of the Travel Cubelet, and the pen slot, but I couldn't fit as much in it as the SE, either. I'm definitely a horizontal orientation person. Also, the SE fit perfectly in the front of my Pilot, and the TC did not. I like having my Pilot as my personal item carry on, and having my "purse" inside it. Then I use the "purse" when I get where I'm going. I liked the idea of being able to get into my "purse" while it was still in my Pilot (vertical orientation), but the TC just didn't fit well. So for me, it's the SE.

The SE and pilot combo is perfect, like a packing cube shaped specifically for it. Iím planning on picking up one of the Steel/Island pilots when they are in stock which may then sway me back to using a SE again.


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Jaffa
05-06-2018, 05:00 AM
Looks like pouches are the way to go, with making the TC work better for me....
I have a larger size op in purple (think its medium size), which is slighter smaller than the TC itself. So will look at getting some pouches, possibly one for the larger compartment and 1 for the size zipped compartment.
Work time...
Jaffa

Perseffect
05-06-2018, 05:34 AM
Looks like pouches are the way to go, with making the TC work better for me....
I have a larger size op in purple (think its medium size), which is slighter smaller than the TC itself. So will look at getting some pouches, possibly one for the larger compartment and 1 for the size zipped compartment.
Work time...
Jaffa

I think the size for the main compartment is small. Mini is the size that best fits the front pocket. Iíve also taken a photo with a medium but thatís much larger than the TC.

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https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180506/4a955c9cbbf770083e8fbab50f8dcec5.jpg


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NWhikergal
05-06-2018, 07:27 AM
I tend to use my TC as my easy access bag in conjunction with a backpack, especially when train commuting. In the outer pocket, I keep a transit card in a pocket pouch and my keys. Inside I keep a pen in the pen pocket and a cell in the inner pocket. I keep a slim Allett wallet generally, though in this photo I have a kiwi COW since I was going minimalist, a mini pouch with my Airpods, and a small pouch with my work ID.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180506/d361669042016b6c252b4bb03be291a3.jpg

wanderer15
05-06-2018, 09:01 AM
Oh goodness, biting the bullet on my first post after lurking for a loooong time! It must be my love of my TC.....

In the outer pocket I key strap in my TB wallet. Inner side pocket I key strap in a mini organizer pouch which I use to keep all the "little" things like chapstick, first aid kind of items, etc, and my keyless entry car key I keep on that same strap. It helps I don't have to pull that out, admittedly. In the main compartment I keep my two phones (one for work, which is ideally love not to carry). I'd keep the OP in the main compartment and use the side pocket for one of the phones, but I don't like how the o ring is over the side pocket.... The straps get in the way if I reorganize.

Jaffa
05-06-2018, 10:44 AM
Thanks for the pictures of pouches, I'm not sure re the sizes, descriptions of them (which is obvious on my previous).
I'm packing re/packing the pouches I have, to see what works best for me. I will post pics over the next few days, as I'm at work at the mo...so don't have a lot of time. Apologies, for spelling errors, but tend to rush when I'm at work and having to finish TB stuff and go back to work stuff!
Jaffa

Shortie
05-06-2018, 12:05 PM
I like the idea of the Travel Cubelet, and the pen slot, but I couldn't fit as much in it as the SE, either. I'm definitely a horizontal orientation person. Also, the SE fit perfectly in the front of my Pilot, and the TC did not. I like having my Pilot as my personal item carry on, and having my "purse" inside it. Then I use the "purse" when I get where I'm going. I liked the idea of being able to get into my "purse" while it was still in my Pilot (vertical orientation), but the TC just didn't fit well. So for me, it's the SE.


The Travel Cubelet fits perfectly in the front right pocket of my Pilot, with room to spare for a mini Q-kit. This is my setup weekly, when I work out of a different office building from my normal location. I use the TC as my purse on those days. 20495

Talkshop90
05-06-2018, 09:08 PM
I recently switched from the Side Effect to the Travel Cubelet as my purse. I have an organizer wallet and a mini organizer pouch which holds my pill box, AirPods, and other small items. My cellphone, lip balm, lipsticks x 2, mirror, hand sanitizer, tissues, and other small items also fit in the main compartment. In the outside zippered section, I have my house and car keys attached to a key strap. I'll post pictures when I get the chance.

anna2222
05-07-2018, 08:03 PM
I had the same experience as Cristina, my SE contents did not fit well at all in the TC, I was really surprised. By the time I stuffed everything in the main compartment, the outside zipper pocket was rendered useless. Not my kind of bag, will be sticking with the SE

Jaffa
05-08-2018, 01:04 PM
All the pictures of pouches and how peeps are using they TC is really useful.
Im still trying to get everything to fit into the TC, that I need, it still feels smaller to me than the SE, I realise it isn’t but it just feels that way. Im trying to get items in that are not long and flat, ie a thin material shopping bag that’s in the smallest size q-kit, with my wallet on top of it.

Jaffa

Cristina
05-08-2018, 01:34 PM
All the pictures of pouches and how peeps are using they TC is really useful.
Im still trying to get everything to fit into the TC, that I need, it still feels smaller to me than the SE, I realise it isnít but it just feels that way. Im trying to get items in that are not long and flat, ie a thin material shopping bag thatís in the smallest size q-kit, with my wallet on top of it.

Jaffa

Here a pic explaining why my stuff fits better in a Side Effect over a TC.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180508/761ade5b3f0082e4107eb78f4de432c9.jpg

Nothing is bigger than a Mini OP, not even my iPhone SE, used to take the pic. I can see everything at a glance:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180508/f7afa8198dbda6ad71db43a6c07e0ed0.jpg

I use my SE as a bag in bag with my PU, but if I don't have the PU, or I want to keep taller stuff at my side, I prefer the horizontal layout of the Side Kick so I can see everything.

Amy
05-08-2018, 02:06 PM
Here a pic explaining why my stuff fits better in a Side Effect over a TC.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180508/761ade5b3f0082e4107eb78f4de432c9.jpg

Nothing is bigger than a Mini OP, not even my iPhone SE, used to take the pic. I can see everything at a glance:
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180508/f7afa8198dbda6ad71db43a6c07e0ed0.jpg

I use my SE as a bag in bag with my PU, but if I don't have the PU, or I want to keep taller stuff at my side, I prefer the horizontal layout of the Side Kick so I can see everything.

I too find the larger opening and horizontal layout preferable for retrieving stuff. Also, the straight zipper on the SE is easier to use than the one that curves around the edges of the Cubelet or travel cubelet.

I recently got a cubelet which is a great size for my surface pro charger, but I noticed how much more effort it takes to unzip around curves.


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linnefaulk
05-09-2018, 04:06 PM
The Travel Cubelet fits perfectly inside the Small Cafe Bag but I could never fit an SE in there.


Oh what a great idea! I got the TC because sometimes I want something small than my Cafť Bag. With the vertical orientation, I can put it in the Cafť Bag and still access everything without removing it.

Talkshop90
05-10-2018, 06:08 PM
I like the orientation of the TC better than the SE because I feel like it looks a bit more polished. Here's my purse in all of its organized chaos:

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