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  • Patrick
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    Originally posted by Darcy View Post
    Tom's working on a few different backpack designs right now: at least two of them are smaller than the Brain Bag, and one is going to be basically a smaller version of the Brain Bag.

    Stay tuned!! I'd expect to see one of the new backpacks by December.
    Hey Darcy,
    Do you have a clue as to whether this smaller brain bag will fit brain cells, or possibly have a sleeve for laptops?

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  • Joy
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    Mountain Equipment Co-op (www.mec.ca) is another great choice for bags while waiting for the smaller Brain Bag to come out. The bags are super sturdy with lots of pockets, and amazing value for the prices.

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  • mrae
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    Originally posted by Dcislander View Post
    Hello all,

    I am new to the forum and want to thank you for your help in advance. I am in search of the ultimate travel daypack. After 2 North Face, Arc Teryx, LL Bean, Jansport (ugghhhh) and 3 or 4 more... I still have not found it.

    The pack would serve two purposes for 3rd world travel:
    1. A great light daypack to lug my stuff around (book, camera and lens, sweatshirt, snacks) in cities, villages and safaris.
    2. A carry on for plane necessities plus electronics I would not put in my checked pack (camera gear, I pod, Epson P2000, Batteries...)

    My buddy has a Brain Bag and it is sweet, but about 30% too big for what I need. Ideally, I need a backpack with 1700-2000 cu in, with some decent organization capabilities. Past packs have been too heavy, or a heavy load would sag the pack, too difficult to find things... the usual list.

    I really like the Smart Alec, but worry that it is too small. I also worry about the single canister compartment when holding loose electronics. I keep my DSLR in a wrap, but just drop it into my bag. Small may be offset by great design and usable space though.

    I was also looking at the Crumpler bags (no place for a water bottle) and the Timbuk2 Underground. Not really concerned about the cost, I would much rather spend the money and love the bag.

    Can anyone relate any good or bad experiences with these packs, or make any other suggestions? Any and all help is much appreciated.

    Thanks.
    The osprey backpacks are perfect while waiting for the smaller brainbag. The focus and flux have lots of small pockets, water pocket and hold my computer, all my gear, and clothes as well. They come in small (for women or children) and larger for men. I have the small focus which holds 1600 cu inches while the flux runs 1400-1500 and the large focus 1800. Osprey no longer makes these but they're still available. http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=3015

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  • JoyR
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    I'd love to see something bigger than a Ruck and smaller than the Smart Alec. I own the Smart Alec, and it's great for traveling, but I'd like something smaller as an everyday bag.

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  • Darcy
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    Originally posted by Skylark View Post
    Can you tell us what size brain cell will fit in the upcoming smaller size?
    Not quite yet. I'll let you know as soon as there is news!

    I am sure the new backpacks will be available in Sapphire -- as long as they're made out of 1000d Cordura like the Brain Bag is.

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  • backpack
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    I second Sapphire as a great bag color!

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  • Skylark
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    Oh, I hope we see the new smaller version Brain Bag in Sapphire.

    Can you tell us what size brain cell will fit in the upcoming smaller size?

    I think this may be the perfect gift for my husband's Christmas surprise!

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  • Darcy
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    Originally posted by mrae View Post
    Finally. I've been waiting for this. The brain bag is perfect except for it's size. Can you post the colors when they're decided on?
    Most definitely. I'm not sure if the bag will be one color or two...

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  • mrae
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    Originally posted by Darcy View Post
    Tom's working on a few different backpack designs right now: at least two of them are smaller than the Brain Bag, and one is going to be basically a smaller version of the Brain Bag.

    Stay tuned!! I'd expect to see one of the new backpacks by December.
    Finally. I've been waiting for this. The brain bag is perfect except for it's size. Can you post the colors when they're decided on?

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  • Dcislander
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    Bummer... too late for this trip, but the smart alec will be a good stop gap measure until the PERFECT bag comes out.
    THANKS ALL

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  • Just
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    Originally posted by Darcy View Post
    Tom's working on a few different backpack designs right now: at least two of them are smaller than the Brain Bag, and one is going to be basically a smaller version of the Brain Bag.

    Stay tuned!! I'd expect to see one of the new backpacks by December.
    I foresee a Merry Christmas for myself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Darcy
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    Tom's working on a few different backpack designs right now: at least two of them are smaller than the Brain Bag, and one is going to be basically a smaller version of the Brain Bag.

    Stay tuned!! I'd expect to see one of the new backpacks by December.

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  • pretzelb
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    One thing to determine is if you have a preference for shoulder bags or dual strap backpack type. I know that for me a dual strap backpack with ergo straps is tremendously more comfortable for long walks, but it's more of a pain to get access to. A shoulder bag isn't as comfortable for me but I can get to my stuff quicker. If you can pick one style that might help limit the options (dang - just realized that maybe you already said that in your first post and I missed it). A bag I was considering was the Red Oxx Gator bag which is a shoulder bag but LOOKS like it's a neat bag (I wish it had more pictures). From the pictures I think the Tom Bihn bags have more comfortable or ergo straps when it comes to back pack style.

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  • smp315
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    You may have checked out the red oxx mini-ruck. The larger ruck has 2400 cu. in. with exterior pockets.

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  • Dcislander
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    Thanks for the 411. I had a Crumpler pack but like Pretzelb said about his (or her) Kata, it protected my camera and could not hold much else. I was suprised how small the Red Oxx bags were (although 1800cu in with exterior pockets is nice). How do you think that they would compare with a Smart Alec? I WISH the brain bag was about 30% smaller. That is a lot of bag to lug through the bush.

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