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MaggieScratch
11-06-2008, 11:49 PM
In my Large Cafe Bag, I carry daily:


Eee PC 4G Surf in slipcase
Charger for same (about the size of a cell phone charger)
Cybook Gen 3 E-book reader in case (a little smaller than a Kindle in a case)
Vera Bradley Wristlet (which I use as a wallet/purse; it's about the same size as the TB Small Organizer Pouch) containing money, cards, chapstick, tiny nail file, hanky. This has a strap that hooks to the O-ring or hooks to another ring on the wristlet to make a purse, or hooks to itself to be a wrist strap.
Another pouch, about the same size, for electronic doodads; I think I'll be upgrading to a TB Medium Organizer Pouch, which will fit with no problem
Keys and compass on strap
Small umbrella depending on weather


In the front zipper pocket:

Train pass
Electronic key fob on a lanyard (for entrance to office elevator and door)
Waist straps when not in use! (I have the Q-AM strap so I have at least one of them on there most of the time)
Gloves


In the interior pockets:

Treo 680 in slip case
spare battery for same in charger case
tin of mints
pen


There is plenty of room to spare in the bag.

Darcy
02-25-2009, 01:15 PM
In this thread, post a list or pictures of What You Carry in your Large Cafe Bag (http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/KNIT/TB0203). We will add your packing list to the Large Cafe Bag page to help give other people a better idea of what the bag can hold.

KarlJ
02-27-2009, 06:46 PM
My new Tom Bihn Large Cafe Bag arrived Monday. Just in time for me to try it out on a quick day trip. I figured the Large Cafe Bag would be great for those occasions when taking a laptop wasn’t necessary.

I had gone around and around on possible colors, then came across one I thought was going to be a hit: Steel/Olive. So, the verdict? This is one awesome looking bag. It has Q-U-A-L-I-T-Y written all over it. So does the Absolute Shoulder Strap, which I ordered as an upgrade. Together, they make for a fantastic carry solution.

So now on to the packing of the Large Cafe Bag.

Lots of photos of Karl's Large Cafe Bag are here! (http://picasaweb.google.com/karl.jones1/LargeCafeBagReview?authkey=Gv1sRgCJGw-NDcvcagWA#):D

In the main compartment:

Hardcover book
Magazine (whatever just came in the mail as I’m heading out the door)
Compact digital camera (with case)
Sony NC-60 Noise Canceling headphones (also in rigid case)
Airline seat belt extension
Keystrap with my keys
Medium Clear Organizer – cables, spare earphones for the BlackBerry and iPhone
Small Padded Organizer – BlackBerry 8830
Small Clear Organizer – A couple of Larabars, a pack of gum, and a miniature box of raisins.
Mini Clear Organizer – I keep my airport lounge card, frequent flyer cards, a few stamps in it. I will also put my parking pass and a few small receipts in it.


In the Zippered compartment:

My wallet
Money clip
Watch and bracelet when I’m about to go through security screening.
An extra key strap is attached to one of the o-rings, and I keep a spare small clear organizer pouch attached to it.
I also keep an empty 1-quart Ziploc bag.

This first trip with the Large Cafe Bag would include several connections, so a spare set of underwear and socks was also placed in the zippered compartment (this caused only slight bulging. The bag upholds it's shape very well).

Rear slash pocket:

Boarding passes
Car rental and hotel confirmations
any other need-to-have-readily-handy docs.


All that, and easily room for more, like a small Kleen Kanteen, travel umbrella, gloves and knit cap. Carry is comfortable, whether by top handle, or Absolute Shoulder Strap. Boarding and disembarking aircraft, particularly the smaller Regional aircraft is very easy. The Large Cafe Bag fits neatly under all airline seats.

bltkmt
02-28-2009, 07:56 AM
Karl:

Great post/review...thanks for the photos!

reina
03-05-2009, 10:46 PM
Here's a Flickr set of my Large Cafe Bag :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/38076091@N00/sets/72157614857803718/

ex machina
03-18-2009, 03:43 PM
Tnx for all the work in posting these pics. :)

MsMoon
03-31-2009, 04:05 PM
Does anyone carry a water bottle in their large cafe bag? I was wondering whether one would fit.

maverick
04-01-2009, 06:00 AM
hi MsMoon,

yes, i've carried 1 liter water bottles in my large cafe bag very comfortably.

this worked out very nicely when i was in india last march and went on lots of walks on hot, sunny afternoons!

in fact, let me see if i can take a picture...

here are two:

the first is of a 1 liter sigg bottle inside of a large cafe bag. accompanying it are a size 6 soft cell holding an apple macbook, an apple, a black camera case, a notepad, an iphone, and two pens.

the second has the same 1 liter sigg bottle but inside of a medium cafe bag. accompanying it are a key strap, apple, camera case, notepad, iphone, and two pens.


Does anyone carry a water bottle in their large cafe bag? I was wondering whether one would fit.

PM4HIRE
04-01-2009, 02:20 PM
I prefer Klean Kanteen to Sigg bottles b/c the
mouth is wider, so much easier to clean.

maverick
04-01-2009, 02:25 PM
yes, the klean kanteen bottles are great. i didn't have one that was sized 1 liter for the picture, however :o.

the sigg 1 liter is approximately 10" tall with a 3" diameter and fits very comfortably inside both the large and medium cafe bags.

does someone have the dimensions for the klean kanteen 1 liter bottle?


I prefer Klean Kanteen to Sigg bottles b/c the
mouth is wider, so much easier to clean.

Darcy
04-01-2009, 02:28 PM
I prefer Klean Kanteen to Sigg bottles b/c the
mouth is wider, so much easier to clean.

Have you used the SIGG fizzy cleaner tablets and the SIGG brush? That's what I use with mine, and it works well. I clean mine everyday with soap/water and then every other day with the fizzy tablets and brush. I have to admit I haven't tried a Klean Kanteen yet.

MsMoon
04-01-2009, 03:00 PM
Maverick, thank you so much! That's exactly what I was looking for!

PM4HIRE
04-05-2009, 07:14 PM
Click http://www.kleankanteen.com/ to checkout
Klean Kanteen details.

ex machina
11-23-2009, 10:21 AM
I posted on Flickr my Large Cafe Bag contents and labeled them there (http://www.flickr.com/photos/34707625@N04/4125324948/in/set-72157622854352260/). :)

ex machina
11-23-2009, 11:30 AM
Click http://www.kleankanteen.com/ to checkout
Klean Kanteen details.

They now have wide mouthed models, yay! :D

Zephyrnoid
12-04-2009, 08:39 AM
As if I didn't own enough Tom Bihn luggage already, I just added to my arsenal- the Large Cafe bag (with absolute strap) as my Run n Gun iReport kit.
It will contain:
- Custom insert for holding my Flip Mino HD + accessories
- Samson Zoom H4N recorder plus acessories
- Small reporter's spiral notepad
- ID's
- Pocket umbrella
- Litepanels Pro light
Pics to follow. I might even do the shower test on this one.

Zephyrnoid
12-28-2009, 11:35 PM
OK. I just finished shooting content details of the Large Cafe Bag and will soon do 'Bag Dump' picture and X-ray view to show how it all stacks up in there. But here's a quick movie clip of the 'maiden voyage' to a local Barnes & Noble Cafe.
Some quick observations:
Eliminating all padding in the build, but for the absolute strap makes the fully loaded Cafe bag the lightest bag I own!
The absolute strap is an absolute must as it lets the bag float on my shoulder.
My only possible want was for a small 8oz flask pouch on one outer side.
But honestly, it's perfect like it is, besides- Pubs & Cafe's are where the drinks are kept, right?
When I have time, I'll do a tutorial on how I built a custom Flip Video Kit insert for this lovely bag.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWvN6mtPnOM

ex machina
12-28-2009, 11:40 PM
I like the Large Cafe too, I have it in Cocoa/Wasabi. What is your interior color, Zephyrnoid?

maverick
12-29-2009, 06:52 AM
OK. I just finished shooting content details of the Large Cafe Bag and will soon do 'Bag Dump' picture and X-ray view to show how it all stacks up in there. But here's a quick movie clip of the 'maiden voyage' to a local Barnes & Noble Cafe.
Some quick observations:
Eliminating all padding in the build, but for the absolute strap makes the fully loaded Cafe bag the lightest bag I own!
The absolute strap is an absolute must as it lets the bag float on my shoulder.
My only possible want was for a small 8oz flask pouch on one outer side.
But honestly, it's perfect like it is, besides- Pubs & Cafe's are where the drinks are kept, right?
When I have time, I'll do a tutorial on how I built a custom Flip Video Kit insert for this lovely bag.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWvN6mtPnOM

that was an awesome video, zephyrnoid! thanks!!

Zephyrnoid
12-31-2009, 11:47 AM
I like the Large Cafe too, I have it in Cocoa/Wasabi. What is your interior color, Zephyrnoid?

Black/Steel (covert colors)