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Badger
03-14-2012, 03:07 PM
So, I did a Stealth Order (http://forums.tombihn.com/tom-bihn-news-everything-else/1855-tb-anticipation-syndrome-31.html#post34672) a couple of weeks ago, and was sad to learn it wouldn't arrive before I went out of town for the weekend. We somehow managed to have a good time. I think the Piedmontese wine and the amazing charcuterie at the Purple Pig (http://www.thepurplepigchicago.com/) helped out a little bit.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-iWJ4-p_wnHM/T2ERtqxm5mI/AAAAAAAAAdE/mWrnug68C4k/s720/IMG_1120.jpg

I was very happy the minute we got back home because a big cardboard box was waiting for me:
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9_xjUpEd85M/T2ESDkgzgXI/AAAAAAAAAeM/vjOTS87XmXw/s720/IMG_1122.jpg

Note that an awesome corgi had been drawn on the box!
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-bJVRVyaefTQ/T2ER1Hw1YWI/AAAAAAAAAdo/eUM2iaBMRJs/s512/IMG_1123.jpg

Inside was the Stealth Order: A Black Smart Alec, a Vertical Freudian Slip, a Black Snake Charmer, a Black Ballistic Small pouch and a Black Ballistic Mini pouch. I was too impatient to take a pic of the haul in its box, but the next day the SA accompanied me on its first mission: Journey to the Center of the Library:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-VARECPVKWwc/T2ER09jhBiI/AAAAAAAAAdg/Uk0P9l9uacs/s512/IMG_1124.jpg

Two other random pictures. First, I thought it would be good to document how many pouches I've acquired over the last year. Here they are:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-sYLf7_CcJqg/T2ER44qJM4I/AAAAAAAAAd4/SE3AH9LSI-c/s720/IMG_1127.jpg
2 Medium (Black, Cocoa); 3 Small (Steel, Black Ballistic, and FOT); 4 Mini (Black Ballistic, MG, Cayenne, Conifer); Ballistic Pencil Pouch; Hemp Wallet. (Not pictured: a Small Steel Dyneema that I had forgotten about in my bag.)

Second, Hector wanted all of you to see how big he has gotten, now that he is almost officially an adult:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-2_uNylIvWdk/T2ER5mUFSkI/AAAAAAAAAeA/e8s_ZuEuLcs/s512/IMG_1126.jpg
Stay tuned for pics from my upcoming 5-day conference in St. Louis! Thanks for looking!

Katy
03-14-2012, 03:14 PM
Awesome! I'm happy to hear you had such a great time!

The Corgi drawing turned out so awesome! We're happy you like it!

Hector is looking so regal!

Lani
03-14-2012, 03:22 PM
CORGI DOGGIE DRAWING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Katy
03-14-2012, 03:58 PM
CORGI DOGGIE DRAWING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Speaking of this. Everyday while your order was in transit I would say to Eliam "Man, I wonder if Badger's package arrived yet! I can't wait for him to post pictures!"

jeffmac
03-14-2012, 04:12 PM
I love that you guys care enough to draw on the boxes! Thanks for making being a TB customer so much FUN!

Katy
03-14-2012, 04:17 PM
I love that you guys care enough to draw on the boxes! Thanks for making being a TB customer so much FUN!

We have so much fun doing it!!

darbs
03-15-2012, 07:24 AM
Oh, I love your Stealth Order! I am currently eyeballing the Smart Alec! It seems like it is a good all around backpack. You can use a brain cell and carry your lap top for work. I keep thinking how it would work as a gym bag with my yoga mat in the bungee cord. Or you could stuff it with clothes and pouches for a weekend trip. Can't wait to hear how you like it after a few days/weeks!

Badger
03-15-2012, 07:57 AM
Oh, I love your Stealth Order! I am currently eyeballing the Smart Alec! It seems like it is a good all around backpack. You can use a brain cell and carry your lap top for work. I keep thinking how it would work as a gym bag with my yoga mat in the bungee cord. Or you could stuff it with clothes and pouches for a weekend trip. Can't wait to hear how you like it after a few days/weeks!

So far, so good, darbs. The SA is much more capacious than I had originally fathomed, and is bigger by far than the backpack I was carrying previously. I have a third-party computer sleeve and for now I'll continue to use it because I had to make some choices about the extras I added to my order. I think I probably will end up with a Brain Cell because the computer kind of flops around in the relatively large and unstructured space. This is also my first TB bag that lacked a brightly-colored interior, and of course most of the SAs do not have this issue. It's not a problem, per se, but I think I may eventually buy a Guardian light to illuminate the interior. While I haven't used it yet, I believe the Freudian Slip will help me manage the SA's unstructured quality. I could also see some medium (or even large) organizer pouches coming into play to help me keep work things nice and tidy. The thing I'm actually having the greatest problem with right now is getting used to the side pockets. I have headphones and a pouch clipped in there and they get in the way of the pencil slots--first world issues, I know. I'm still working on the best configuration. I haven't had a new backpack since about 2005, and the one I had was ultra-structured, so I expect it will take a little time.

Like you, I see a lot of casual travel potential in the SA: it has the same capacity as my Western Flyer, a nice and inconspicuous backpack profile, and would slide easily under an airline seat (although we all know how gross that is (http://forums.tombihn.com/travel-tips/4348-under-seat-bag-storage.html), ha ha).

Just like some other Forum members, I didn't have the hots for the SA when I started familiarizing myself with TB products. The aesthetics of the bag have really grown on me, and I think that size-wise it is perfect for both most of my day-to-day and travel needs.

darbs
03-15-2012, 08:24 AM
I think the dark lining is one of the main things holding me back! If it was Solar or Iberian, I would be all over it. I guess I could add a little Guardian light to it though. Hmm....the possibilities are endless. I just like the versatility of it though. I'd love to see some pics with different things inside your SA! ;) Can't wait to hear more.

Badger
03-15-2012, 08:55 AM
I think the dark lining is one of the main things holding me back! If it was Solar or Iberian, I would be all over it. I guess I could add a little Guardian light to it though. Hmm....the possibilities are endless. I just like the versatility of it though. I'd love to see some pics with different things inside your SA! ;) Can't wait to hear more.

You can get Black with Iberian, just not right this minute (it's on backorder).

I kind of, sort of, perhaps made a mistake with ordering all these black pouches, since they are hard to see inside the dark interior.

Actually, nope. The black accessories are rad and I can deal.

backpack
03-15-2012, 09:31 AM
If you could post pictures of what you are carrying at the conference, it would be great.

The Corgi drawing is awesomely gorgeous!

The Corgi himself is a first class cutie. :)

rabergnc
03-15-2012, 10:50 AM
I recently got a Smart Alec in Forest with Ultraviolet Interior and it is very easy to find what I need inside. No hesitation in recommending that combination if you are worried about not being able to find things. Since getting the Smart Alec I have used it as a daily bag as well as a one bag-carry on a 4 day trip to Nebraska and as a personal item on a 5 day trip to Las Vegas. In both travel situations, the carry load was only about 12 lbs but I could have easily loaded and carried more. The bag is kind of deceptive in that it seems to be bottomless as you load it. As the sole bag, I carried an iPad and folding keyboard, a fully used vertical Freudian slip, a packing cube designed for the TriStar as well as other assorted pouches and small things. As a personal carryon item, I carried a laptop in a Waterfield sleeve, the same fully used Freduian slip, a Kindle, inflatable pillow, and multiple pouches filled with a variety of necessities and not so necessary items. I never thought I would be a fan of the bag to be honest but decided to try it since I wanted something with roughly the capacity of the Western Flyer but something with somewhat less structure to give me greater flexibility in packing. My only wish is that it could somehow open in clamshell fashion while maintaining the integrity of the side pockets (I know it cannot be done) rather than as a top opening bag.

marbenais
03-15-2012, 03:01 PM
I have the Smart Alec in Black/Black/Iberian and have no trouble with seeing the interior items.

Badger
03-15-2012, 03:25 PM
My SA is black/black/steel and I find it dark inside. However, I've got poor vision (seriously, I am photo-phobic AND my eyes don't dilate properly, which makes those yearly trips to the optometrist absolutely delightful).

Backpack, I will take photos of what I haul to the conference. We're going to be there for what will seem, undoubtedly, like an eternity.

TavaPeak
03-15-2012, 04:23 PM
That corgi drawing deserves a frame! and congrats on the SA too. ;-)

Lani
03-16-2012, 11:50 AM
Great to find out other people feel like I do!

Initially, I discounted the SA as an unstructured backpack, but realizing that it has the same capacity as the WF, and thinking that there are times when I just want a simple bag, has made me think again!

I was going to order the Steel combo but based on the comments here from backpack, I think I might just order the one with the Iberian lining and wait for the backorder to be available in May. It just looks like it might be a perfect little sleepover-type bag.

PS: Is there a clip on the inside to use your snaphook with?

dorayme
03-16-2012, 12:02 PM
Anybody else using the SA for an overnight bag? Do you use it in conjunction with packing cubes? if so, what combination?

Badger
03-16-2012, 12:52 PM
Anybody else using the SA for an overnight bag? Do you use it in conjunction with packing cubes? if so, what combination?

I tried putting in the WF large cube and it's too big. What DOES fit, quite splendidly really, is the Eagle Creek 15" packing sleeve. Also, you guys will love this: the new ultra-lightweight Specter System (http://www.eaglecreek.com/packing_solutions/specter/). I think the regular-size Cube would work well in the SA. And it weighs one freakin' ounce!

marbenais
03-16-2012, 12:56 PM
My SA is black/black/steel and I find it dark inside. However, I've got poor vision (seriously, I am photo-phobic AND my eyes don't dilate properly, which makes those yearly trips to the optometrist absolutely delightful).

I had been using the pre-existing Smart Alec in the house last semester, which is Black/Black/Steel, but I had trouble with the interior being too dark. I purchased the Black/Black/Iberian in January and it's been great. Also, this latest batch has a better placement (and number) of o-rings. (The older one was from August 2009.) My eyes are awful, too -- but I really don't like Solar Dyneema as an interior color, which makes things very difficult.

Badger
03-16-2012, 01:10 PM
I had been using the pre-existing Smart Alec in the house last semester, which is Black/Black/Steel, but I had trouble with the interior being too dark. I purchased the Black/Black/Iberian in January and it's been great. Also, this latest batch has a better placement (and number) of o-rings. (The older one was from August 2009.) My eyes are awful, too -- but I really don't like Solar Dyneema as an interior color, which makes things very difficult.

I really like B/B/I too--that's what color my Aeronaut is. I'm hoping that the addition of the Freudian Slip will help with the darkness: instead of riffling around looking for X folder, I can just grab all the folders at once.

darbs
03-16-2012, 01:25 PM
See, I like the Cardinal on the outside. Mostly because I love red and almost all of my travel bags are some shade of red. I just think the Steel inside will be too dark. I'm not a huge fan of solid black bags. My eyes aren't that bad and I'm thinking the Guardian would solve most problems. I end up shining my phone in almost all of my bags anyway. I wish the Black/Cardinal came with Iberian on the inside. I would snap it up. I've got Katy sending me a swatch of the Forest to check out. It could work...although I might look like a Christmas tree when I combine it with my other bags. LOL!

dorayme
03-16-2012, 01:32 PM
Black/Steel/UV would be swoon worthy.

gmanedit
03-16-2012, 01:38 PM
I'm hoping that the addition of the Freudian Slip will help

You won't believe how great it is. It's my favorite accessory.

Lani
03-16-2012, 01:45 PM
I was going to order the Steel combo but based on the comments here from backpack, I think I might just order the one with the Iberian lining and wait for the backorder to be available in May.

I hate myself sometimes. I have so little patience, and it's gotta be instant gratification. Given the upcoming shorter weekend trips I've got coming, I decided I didn't want to wait until May... so I got a black/black/steel one today. Yay for a new TB order!!!

rabergnc
03-16-2012, 01:49 PM
You won't believe how great it is. It's my favorite accessory.

I whole heartedly agree. I had/have a horizontal version and never really used it. When I got the Smart Alec, I also got a vertical version and cannot imagine being without it for my daily use.

Badger
03-16-2012, 09:39 PM
I hate myself sometimes. I have so little patience, and it's gotta be instant gratification. Given the upcoming shorter weekend trips I've got coming, I decided I didn't want to wait until May... so I got a black/black/steel one today. Yay for a new TB order!!!

I think you'll like it a lot, Lani. And while I can be very patient (for example, I really want a Black/Iberian Cadet and I will wait for it), there is a certain virtue in taking what you can get: sometimes going with my "second choice" has led me to appreciate new colors, new designs, and new ways of carrying my stuff.

Part of me does wish that the interior of my Steel WF was Solar and not UV, but whatever.

conejo23
03-17-2012, 06:24 AM
Wow. This thread just blows me away. People at the company actually....

a) knew the purchaser had a corgi, and

b) took the initiative to draw one on the box, and

c) drew one that artfully, beautifully done, and

d) were excited about doing so and tracked his shipment, waiting to see what his response would be?

In an era of impersonalized commerce, especially online, this is incredible. Combining products of this caliber with personalized, joyful service like this? Just fantastic.

Badger
03-17-2012, 08:17 PM
Well, in the interest of full disclosure, I asked them to draw the corgi. I didn't expect it to be a realistic one, though--honestly, I would have been thrilled with a stick-figure corgi. I was so, so happy to get that box. I'm trying to get the real corgis to pose with it, but they're pretty stubborn so I won't hold my breath.

All in all, this is a great community. The TB employees are awesome, and I've learned a lot from the people on this forum. So many forums are full of nastiness and BS, but this one is solid.

To everyone else: thanks for the support with the Freudian Slip. I'm looking forward to stuffing it full of my scholarly prose and rolling down to STL.