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  • LSJ
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    If everyone followed the theory "pack little, travel light" then im sure even a bag the size of the Ego/ ID could be used for most occassions.
    Ive found on most of my travells ive often packed too much stuff that i didnt need or used a "too big a bag" when i could have quite easily used a smaller bag.
    I am trying to decide between the ID, Ego/Super ego for a one bag for all situations especially as i am trying to follow the rule 'Pack little travel light'

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  • LSJ
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    Ive been using my Gator as an overnight/ day bag and i was quite surprised as to what can fit in this little bag, (shoes, clothes, toiletries etc). I think its down to the shape ( a rectangular boxy shaped bag will fit alot more than a round shaped bag).
    But i need something a little bigger.
    Been looking at the Ego/ Super Ego with the Asolute shoulder strap for my first ever TB Bag, love the design with the bottle holders and lots of pockets. As a large messenger bag for all round use i think the Ego will do a good job, Similar design to the Gator but bigger.

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  • mrae
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    Originally posted by ozone View Post
    Hmmm... interesting that you think the Brain Bag is "too big" compared to the Aeronaut. I'd think my Brain Bag is more useful for everyday use: my Aeronaut is strictly for travel.
    I've been thinking about this. I don't use the aeronaut as my everyday bag. But I think that the strap is probably the main difference for me. I can't wear a messenger strapped across my body but I'm wondering if what I really need is a messenger larger than my imago.

    At this rate, I'll own every TB product except those made specifically for macs.

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  • timothy
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    "On closer inspection of the super ego, this might be the bag i am looking for, Looks like a good all rounder and would work well with the absolute shoulder strap."

    I recommend the Q-AM strap, too -- with it cinched on snugly, the bag becomes part of you, which is great for biking esp.

    timothy

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  • LSJ
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    On closer inspection of the super ego, this might be the bag i am looking for, Looks like a good all rounder and would work well with the absolute shoulder strap.

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  • timothy
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    I own "only" two Bihn bags (so far): a Brain Bag and a Super Ego (and a Brain Cell, if you'd like to count that as its own bag, so perhaps three). For me -- me! -- the Super Ego has one notch up on the Brain Bag, in that as a messenger-style bag, it's easier to get something from inside it as you're carrying it. And, what is really another aspect of the same thing, you can (if appropriate) swing the bag around to your front side without even breaking stride, as you might want to to navigate through a crowd teeming with potential pickpockets, or down an airplane's aisle, or to grab a drink or a camera. The Brain Bag can hold slightly more, which is truly a plus in many circumstances, but right up unti I lost it (now recovered!) on the last day of my trip to Portland and Seattle, I chose the Super Ego (with the Brain Bag available) as my every-day, around-town bag. YMMV, but that's mine.

    timothy

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  • ozone
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    Originally posted by pretzelb View Post
    That's just scary because I do the same thing. I find my fetish for bags kicks in around the first few months of the year, then computers in around the middle, then cameras jump in again around 3/4 through the year. I throw in music or home theater in there at times too.
    That is too funny! I rotate through as well, and it often all comes to a head prior to a significant away trip. Laptop - camera - bag... what's best? And then comes the inevitable, "Well, I'm not making that mistake again - what's the smallest laptop I can bring?" But this affects the bag. And so it goes. Drives my wife nuts.

    About the Brain Bag question... if the Smart Alec is too small, I'd say yes, the BB is the logical move up. Although it's not as long as some other backpacks, it holds a lot of stuff - too much sometimes as I belatedly realize picking it up. This morning, it carried a 17" PB, a 12" tablet, a 1/2" file folder, lunch (in a ceramic bowl), water bottle, small notepad. In addition, it has assorted pens, business cards, gum, in all the pockets.

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  • pretzelb
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    I see quite a few votes for the BB. I'm struggling with how my stuff fits in the Smart Alec (in a different post) and debating if the BB would be better. Seems like the BB is very popular.

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  • pretzelb
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    Originally posted by ozone View Post
    I'll get a chance to use the ID more in the next couple of weeks. I'll let you know how it works out for me.

    No more bags? What? Are you crazy? I drive my wife bonkers alternating between debating computers, cameras, and bags. And the crazy thing is that some bag makers make bag specifically for all three! Ha!
    That's just scary because I do the same thing. I find my fetish for bags kicks in around the first few months of the year, then computers in around the middle, then cameras jump in again around 3/4 through the year. I throw in music or home theater in there at times too.

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  • ozone
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    Hmmm... interesting that you think the Brain Bag is "too big" compared to the Aeronaut. I'd think my Brain Bag is more useful for everyday use: my Aeronaut is strictly for travel.

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  • mrae
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    I'm not sure I want to find a perfect bag and give up my bag addiction. But I haven't found one yet. For any travel, however brief, I love my Aeronaut. But the Brain Bag is much too big for me. I have yet to find a good, all purpose bag. I'm hoping the Synapse will be that bag.

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  • LSJ
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    For a rucksack the Brain bag is probably up there with the c-ruck.
    As a shoulder bag / ruck design, the Aeronaught looks like the winner and its waterproof, definately a bag to own and could be used for all situations, maybe on the big side for a day bag, similar to the Beanos ( a friend has a Beano and uses it for everything) and similar size to the Aeronaught but without shoulder straps, so the Aeronaught would probably be my choice, it looks like a very nice, well designed bag for all occasions.

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  • ozone
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    Yes, I'd have to second BJ's reply. The Brain Bag is overall the most useful to me of the current TB bags. Even with the ID bag, the Brain Bag can just hold stuff well, and a lot of stuff at that.

    I really bought the ID bag to help me with hauling photography equipment around. Hopefully it works out!

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  • BJ Nemeth
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    I have two different answers, depending on how I interpret the question.

    1) The most perfect bag I own is the Aeronaut. I wouldn't change a thing on it, and it is a huge improvement over all the other luggage I've ever owned. Thanks to an assist from Darcy (who put it on hold), I bought one of the last few in the perfect color (for me): Forest Green.

    2) If I had to get rid of ALL my bags but one, I'd have to keep the Brain Bag. (The Aeronaut is geared towards travel, and not daily use.) It's the most versatile bag in my lineup, able to swallow a lot of things, and it can also shrink down to a thin size when it's nearly empty (thanks to the straps).

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  • aiethabell
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    The Perfect Bag. You wanna know about the Perfect Bag???????

    So do I.

    I've been looking for one since oh, about 1967 (no, not when I was born, the year a United agent told me I couldn't possibly have packed everything for a month in my little Samsonite). It was a small hardshell Samsonite (think 24"x16"x8" - in the days of gloved stewardess service and full meals, nobody else was using that size bag unless they worked for the airlines). First bag off any plane I was on, even in Europe. It finally died. Got a flight attendant's hardshell 3-lock American Tourister. Used it for years. It might have fit in the Aeronaut. Then got an Eagle Creek Solo Journey. Loved that bag. I agreed with Doug Dyment on that part. But it was a victim of EC bloat and went away. I whined nonstop when it was no longer made. Boo. Best back support of any backpack-strap bag I ever tried, and even made a few real hikes with it. Great hip belt.

    Then it was my Le Sportsac phase, my Eagle Creek Latitudes phase (and I found out I hated wheels!), and finally my duffel and who cares a *** what my bag looks like phase. LL Bean, a few unnamed ones, one from... you get the idea. Now it's an Air Boss from Red Oxx, and it's a nice bag, BUT..... I'm still searching out the perfect bag for me. I have a closet full of the rejects, maybe even a storage locker full of them, and I'm still looking and spending!

    Tried the Aeronaut (actually had the gumption to haul my Air Boss and my Gator to Tom Bihn and slap things around to see if the Aeronaut/Swift was better for me. Naw. I sure had hoped it was, I miss the pack straps). Bought the Swift. Bought lots of packing cubes and pouches and other stuff, but I'm still looking for the perfect bag.

    My family even has to hold me back when I go visit the sunny Southwest and I see all those estate sales and church rummage sales full of retirees' gear, many of whom cruise in their golden years. I salivate at the thought of rummaging through older/newer luggage in the fruitless search for 'the Perfect Bag.'

    If you find it, please let me know. Then I can stop spending money on bags and have enough left over to hoist my overweight self onto a Virgin Galactic flight.
    Last edited by aiethabell; 07-29-2008, 05:17 PM.

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