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1bgNWB
11-03-2018, 10:05 AM
Just got the side effect and I think itís a genius little piece of kit.

My edc has been copilot with a tethered double organizer wallet where I put extra credit cards, membership cards and some extra cash etc (I carry a minimalist wallet in my pocket )

I used to use a tristar previously and used the large snake charmer to store valuables. About an inch thick stack of credit cards, lounge memberships etc and 3-5 passports since they wouldnít fit in my double organizer wallet. Given that the A30 is small Iím planning on using the SE as the main valuables compartment inside of the A30

I am curious as to how men use the side effect for EDC. I think itís genius for cell phone, spare cards, gum, extra charger, sunglasses , etc. maybe a mini Poland sprint water bottle (my stainless kleen canteen wouldnít fit.). Anyway , I put the strap across my chest and had it high on my back and my wife just laughed at me carrying a purse. I think that because itís in landscape mode it makes it worse and more purse like. Though small size in general is the issue , my wife says.

I am thinking maybe the hand strap may make it a more of a European make carry-all (throwback to Seinfeld). But primarily since it can be easily moved between bags.

i would much appreciate any feedback from any guys who use it as part of EDC.

Thanks.


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LordAnubis
11-03-2018, 11:07 AM
While Iíve never carried it around by itself, I carry it around inside the yeoman mini duffel. It adds ďorganisationĒ. But to be honest it doesnít suit me. I have a iPhone 6s Plus. So it kind of takes up an odd amount of space horizontally then other stuff doesnít fit in all too well. I think as a bag the travel cubelet is way better for what I have. But again I wouldnít carry them by themselves.


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Artdime
11-03-2018, 11:12 AM
That is a good question and I am curious what others think.

Myself, I use my Side Effect mainly within other bags, such as my S25 or Pilot/CoPilot. Especially with a backpack it adds a nice organizational element for phone, calendar, etc that is not as easily pickpocketed than an outside zipper compartment. Worn by itself I do feel like it looks somewhat purse-like. The only time I wear it this way is when I am flying by myself and use it to have my valuables with me when visiting the bathroom.

1bgNWB
11-03-2018, 11:12 AM
I know what you mean. I got an XS max and also carry a second phone. Between those two I can BARELY fit sunglasses in there. The SE I got has 210 ballistic interior. WOW. For an everyday kit this is much better durability than halcyon /dyneema. I have a four year old copilot and the dyneema is badly worn out. Even a shoulder bag traces cube thatís dyneema is starting to wear out holes in it. To be honest, I wish all the bags (esp smaller ones meant for EDC). would offer the 210 ballistic interior as an option

LarryA
11-04-2018, 09:28 AM
I'm diabetic, and I use mine to carry my diabetes supplies when I travel. Easy to switch from bag to bag (fits nicely in both my CP and my MCB), and built so much nicer than anything else out there.

1bgNWB
11-04-2018, 11:31 AM
So I had to run out and take a few extra thing. I didnít feel like packing copilot since itís for my workday edc stuff. Anyway, I threw the side effect into a shoulder bag packing cube and threw in a 16 oz kleen kanteen bottle and large sunglasses case (standard glasses case are the ones I keep
In the side effect). I used the side effect thin strap instead of the absolute strap. Hopefully it holds. Not bad. I do wish the shoulder get packing cube was made of nylon. Dyneema is wearing out pretty badly.

JonC
11-04-2018, 02:09 PM
Currently I am using mine as a cable management bag in my DLBC.


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hachkc
11-04-2018, 08:38 PM
Great question. I have a black halcyon/island version.

Originally I was using it as a general EDC grab all I would through into a bag. I ended up switching to 2 smaller bags to separate work related stuff (VGA-HDMI connector, passkey, ext SSD, mouse) from general stuff (ext battery pack, phone charger+cable, pens, pills, lens wipes, etc). Since then its kind of been my "man" purse though it only goes from the house to car/fixed destination and then back; its not being carried around in public. It'll hold things I may want if I'm going to be gone for a few hours to the whole day but not taking a full backpack. I've attached my S25 waist straps so technically I could wear it like a sling or waist pack but I haven't actually done that yet.

Contents
Lens wipes (I wear glass so always have some around)
Various Pills (allergy, motrin, backup prescription ones)
battery pack + phone cable
ear buds
small microfiber towel
pen
small notepad
gerber dime multitool
small usb chargeable flashlight
Emergency $20


Just can't get past the man purse look issue to use it more than that. Normally its just keys, wallet and phone when I'm out.

PaulT00
11-05-2018, 02:38 AM
My Side Effect lives in one end pocket of my A30, and corrals my extensive collection of corrective and decorative eyewear.

I routinely carry at least two pairs of spectacles (my "vocational" pair, designed for screen work, and at least the case for my "everyday" pair, both Lunor); a pair of folding reading glasses (vintage Oliver Peoples half-eye ones with sliding temples); contact lenses including spares, in a little metal case; and usually at least 1 or 2 pairs of sunglasses (I collect vintage Oakleys... but have also acquired a fair number of Ray-Bans...) Basically I'm utterly dependent on corrective eyewear of one sort or another! All that lot lives in cases which are corralled in a Wasabi SE, which lives in turn in the "left" or "top" end pocket of the A30.

Jeff A
11-05-2018, 07:55 AM
I use my Side Effect inside of many TB bags. Plus I attach it to the front of my bike's handlebars with key straps when cruising around town :) Holds my cell phone, wallet, etc.

rogsim
11-05-2018, 08:24 AM
I rock it cross-body, over the right shoulder, by my hip, with my matching espadrilles (no socks of course).

bltkmt
11-05-2018, 12:38 PM
I have quite a few Side Effects. I often use one with a wrist strap as a "murse" for day trips into the city and on vacation. I also use them often as my electronics bag on airplanes (phone, earbuds, cords, etc). Side Effects are my favorite TB item.

nealopp
11-05-2018, 01:35 PM
My SE lives 95% of the time in the bottom pocket of my S25, holding the EDC stuff I don't want/need on my person: USB battery and a couple cords, some pain and allergy pills, a little notebook and a pen. I keep the "purse" strap and the waist strap in the front pocket. It's quick to transfer to another bag if I switch bags for the day, and if I'm going really light I'll just take the SE and wear it cross-body with it in the small of my back or using the waist straps, depending on my mood.

I'm already a "murse" (male nurse) by day, so I don't see any problems wearing a murse myself. ;)

kromdom
11-17-2018, 03:16 PM
Mine is inside my Smart Alec, currently use it as an "electronics" pouch (i.e. phone, cables/wires/chargers/, battery pack, etc. I have also thought about putting it outside until I can find a proper upper modular pocket.

G42
11-17-2018, 03:52 PM
Mine is inside my Smart Alec, currently use it as an "electronics" pouch (i.e. phone, cables/wires/chargers/, battery pack, etc. I have also thought about putting it outside until I can find a proper upper modular pocket.

You may find that the SE is almost as useful on the outside of the SA as the original UMP. The SE is smaller at 1.5L vs the UMP at 2.5L, but has the benefit of being easily removed at destination to be carried separately. I have both and usually use the SE.
(and not to completely derail this thread, but the Travel Cubelet makes a great smaller but lower profile replacement for the lower module pocket on the SA)

I'm female, but FWIW, I've never thought it odd to see guys carry crossbody bags (that's what messenger bags are)... if the smaller bags feel too purselike, carry them high & snug on your back, like the photo on the A30 Packing Cube Backpack page (sorry, don't know how to link to the photo itself).

experimentjon
12-08-2018, 10:40 PM
I had been using mine as a dopp kit when I fly domestic (most of the time) and don't need a proper 311 bag for TSA Precheck. I started with a big leather dopp kit that you might see at Nordstrom, then went to an even bigger folding Briggs and Riley kit that could probably pack enough toiletries for a family of 4. And finally converted to the Side Effect and am not looking back.

However, I did just order another Side Effect for EDC because I switch bags occassionally. My current setup is a Goruck GR1 (21L) with an Echo pouch attached to the interior molle. It's outststanding if you don't change bags (and I use this at least 5 days a week for work). But it is a pain to remove and reattach the GoRuck pouch once you stick it on. So I was hoping to use the SE to be a modular pouch within bags.

I also wanted to get back to a proper EDC kit. I used to have the full "pocket-dump" EDC kit back before I moved to NYC and wore suit pants more often. Having that much stuff in your pockets just doesn't work very well with the thin fabrics, but most people carry a daybag here and I've gotten used to it.

Intended contents:
- Flashlight (Prometheus Beta QR Brass)
- Slipjoint Knife (GEC Beer Scout or TC with bottle opener)
- Scout Leather Co pocket protector (carrying the knife and light)--tethered by an 8" strap
- Pen (Uniball Signo 207)
- Declan pocket square / eyeglass cloth
- Pocket tissues
- Burts Bees lip balm
- iPhone cable
- Android cable
- Anker battery (love this one (https://amzn.to/2L9xuJC))
- Hand cream
- Facial moisturizer/sunscreen combo
- Mints/gum
- Individual pack Tylenol

TBH, I couldn't decide between this and the Travel Cubelet...so both are on their way.

imagineez
12-09-2018, 12:54 AM
I use it for my power bank (Anker or RavPower) and all the different proprietary charging cables that come with some of my gadgets/GPS watch/bluetooth wireless earbuds. Hardly carry it by itself unless it's a daypack when traveling. Mostly serves as a bag within a bag.

Kaadk
12-11-2018, 09:17 PM
I bought mine with the intention of using it with the waist straps for a trip to Disney. DW couldnít get over the Ďfanny packí look of it that way, so now itís pretty much just been used to corral my non-311 toiletries (electric razor, hairbrush, toothbrush) in my WF when I travel with that bag. Not really a great use of the bag, but at least itís seeing some kind of use this way.




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MikeV
12-12-2018, 10:15 AM
I use a Side Effect every day as my dog walking pouch (8-month-old kid dog so a decent number of treats on walks still). I use it as a cross-body sling bag with a Gatekeeper Waist Strap. I used it as a waist pack during puppy classes but moved to the sling style after that. What I really like about this method is that the bag rests comfortably on my back when we're walking, or comfortably on my front when we're training or at the park.

kr1pto
12-12-2018, 10:36 PM
I'm diabetic, and I use mine to carry my diabetes supplies when I travel. Easy to switch from bag to bag (fits nicely in both my CP and my MCB), and built so much nicer than anything else out there.

I too am a diabetic. Ive been using the 2nd aid pack for my supplies but I like the idea of using this bag for them.. So much cr@p to tote around!

spooneb
12-14-2018, 10:55 AM
Carrying chargers, cables, small tech. Easily switches between other bags and I always know where my tech stuff is. Another one carries a portable watercolor palette, brushes, pens and small sketchbook.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181214/ed580f1a57920e585133b250f0f34482.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181214/d438654071b49d5ec7130d2bb8675f57.jpg


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tress29
12-14-2018, 11:37 AM
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181214/d438654071b49d5ec7130d2bb8675f57.jpg

Very jealous of this SE! Verde with UV, right?

I recently acquired a lovely olive\alphaviolet TC. While I was trying out my stuff in it, my son gave my SE a try. He wore it cross body slung around to his back. When the vertical orientation in the TC didn't work well for what I carry, I put it all back in my SE. So what did my son do? He stole my lovely olive\alphaviolet TC!

Theresa

spooneb
12-14-2018, 01:42 PM
Very jealous of this SE! Verde with UV, right?

It is indeed Verde/UV. Matches my Smart Alec [emoji4]


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1bgNWB
12-14-2018, 06:58 PM
Carrying chargers, cables, small tech. Easily switches between other bags and I always know where my tech stuff is. Another one carries a portable watercolor palette, brushes, pens and small sketchbook.

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181214/ed580f1a57920e585133b250f0f34482.jpg

https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181214/d438654071b49d5ec7130d2bb8675f57.jpg


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Looks good. I just ordered the wrist loop as well. What is the AirPods sleeve youíre using ? Thanks.

spooneb
12-14-2018, 07:02 PM
What is the AirPods sleeve youíre using ? Thanks.

This one: Waterproof Airpods Case Cover by Catalyst, Shockproof and Drop Proof air pods Protective Cover Soft Skin, Anti-Lost Carabiner, Silicone Sealing, Charging - Blueridge/Sunset https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XKRPQK4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_T5gfCbS5A18CF



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experimentjon
12-17-2018, 12:05 AM
@spooneb, that verde/ultraviolet combo is killer! I also like how those zipper pulls are attached.

spooneb
12-28-2018, 01:54 PM
@spooneb, that verde/ultraviolet combo is killer! I also like how those zipper pulls are attached.

Thanks! I attach all my zipper pulls like that. It cuts down on the *tinketinkle* and gives the pulls a bit of a lift for easy grabbing.

imagineez
12-29-2018, 12:10 AM
Thanks! I attach all my zipper pulls like that. It cuts down on the *tinketinkle* and gives the pulls a bit of a lift for easy grabbing.

I also like how you attach your zipper pulls. What length of cord do you use to get the length as it shows in your picture? I'm finding the length of individual cord pulls that TB sends is too short. Thanks!

Cristina
12-29-2018, 01:20 AM
I also like how you attach your zipper pulls. What length of cord do you use to get the length as it shows in your picture? I'm finding the length of individual cord pulls that TB sends is too short. Thanks!

I use the included individual pieces of cord to do those same zipper pulls. It is possible!

spooneb
12-29-2018, 04:26 AM
I also like how you attach your zipper pulls. What length of cord do you use to get the length as it shows in your picture? I'm finding the length of individual cord pulls that TB sends is too short. Thanks!

Like Cristina, I just use the included cords to do those.


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imagineez
12-29-2018, 01:11 PM
Like Cristina, I just use the included cords to do those.


I use the included individual pieces of cord to do those same zipper pulls. It is possible!

This way of attaching the zipper pulls is so great! I just realized I needed to put the TB tabs on first prior to inserting the cords through the last cord loop. Thanks for letting me know it could be done, or else I wouldn't have continued trying!

Cristina
12-29-2018, 02:35 PM
This way of attaching the zipper pulls is so great! I just realized I needed to put the TB tabs on first prior to inserting the cords through the last cord loop. Thanks for letting me know it could be done, or else I wouldn't have continued trying!

I must not be picturing your process correctly since I can't imagine how you'd put the tabs on before finishing threading the cord through, but I am very happy that you worked it out, congrats!

I use the second method shown in this TB video (called "silencer w/ plastic pull"). The video is on the zipper pulls page and also on YouTube:
https://www.tombihn.com/products/cord-zipper-pulls?variant=37395455047
https://youtu.be/2ReyJfgPNXs

imagineez
12-29-2018, 03:15 PM
I must not be picturing your process correctly since I can't imagine how you'd put the tabs on before finishing threading the cord through, but I am very happy that you worked it out, congrats!

I use the second method shown in this TB video (called "silencer w/ plastic pull"). The video is on the zipper pulls page and also on YouTube:
https://www.tombihn.com/products/cord-zipper-pulls?variant=37395455047
https://youtu.be/2ReyJfgPNXs

Yes, in the past I've done the "silencer w/ plastic pull" method - the 'figure eight" method that leaves more cord length on the end of the metal pull tab.

@spooneb's method is different - it doesn't leave enough cord length at the end to put on the plastic TB pull tabs if you were to place the plastic TB pulls on AFTER you've pulled the final bit of cord through the metal zipper pull. BUT if you place the plastic TB pulls on BEFORE you thread the last piece of cord through that loop, then it is possible.

ETA: I tried uploading a picture, but it's not working for some reason.

spooneb
12-29-2018, 03:28 PM
Hereís a closeup. I basically do Extender with Plastic Pull but instead of running it through the front hole of the zipper pull only, I run it through both.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181229/7afae5c3c5db7b319a3378f5cb316c69.jpg


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Cristina
12-29-2018, 03:29 PM
Yes, in the past I've done the "silencer w/ plastic pull" method - the 'figure eight" method that leaves more cord length on the end of the metal pull tab.

@spooneb's method is different - it doesn't leave enough cord length at the end to put on the plastic TB pull tabs if you were to place the plastic TB pulls on AFTER you've pulled the final bit of cord through the metal zipper pull. BUT if you place the plastic TB pulls on BEFORE you thread the last piece of cord through that loop, then it is possible.

ETA: I tried uploading a picture, but it's not working for some reason.

Oh I see it now! Sorry. I saw the cord through both loops on the zipper pull and I thought it was the figure 8.

1bgNWB
01-04-2019, 10:10 PM
Do the zippers make much less noise even w metal zipper pulls left intact ? Thanks

Cristina
01-04-2019, 11:20 PM
Do the zippers make much less noise even w metal zipper pulls left intact ? Thanks

Yes! Cuts down the jingling completely.