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    I definitely agree about having the accessories available, and having a frame and better shoulder straps.

    However, having the UMP permanently sewn on would ruin the modularity and versatility of the bag for me. I like how easily the bag can transform into a city bag, work/school bag, gym bag, light grocery bag, beach bag, travel bag, cycling bag, and hiking bag. The moment those pockets are sewn on, the bag becomes more specialized to a certain activity/lifestyle. On the UMP specifically, it is somewhat similar to the "brain" on the Shadow Guide. When I tried it out, I found that it became cumbersome and a bit frustrating to use, and got in the way of getting to the interior of the bag.

    Instead, I would rather the Smart Alec get more external attachment points (similar to the Guides pack and Guides edition bags), so that I can attach external pouches/pockets in the configuration that most suits my needs, day to day.

    In addition, having more pocket/pouch accessories available, would greatly enhance it's functionality. I would love to be able to attach the Lead's pocket (from the Guide's pack), the Hero's Journey top pocket, the lash straps, and other available accessories to the Smart Alec. My suggestion for adapting these accessories to other bags would be to adopt a universal exterior attachment point system (like the Diamonds on the Guides bags, or the interior O ring system).

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      Originally posted by zkai5 View Post
      I would rather the Smart Alec get more external attachment points (similar to the Guides pack and Guides edition bags), so that I can attach external pouches/pockets in the configuration that most suits my needs, day to day.
      This is important for me too. Some of the things I really like about my current 30L day hike backpack (not TB, and now held together by gear tape after 9 years of heavy use for hiking, travel, and at times as my EDC) is that there are multiple external lash points where I can attach carabiners (with wet water shoes or other items, or just so that I can have them handy when I want one quickly, which generally happens at least once each day), as well as a bungee (for holding my rain jacket), an open back pocket (perfect for trail maps or other things I need hand), and external side pockets for water bottles, close enough to lash points that I can stick a carabiner on when I expect to be moving around at different angles and don't want to risk losing the water bottles.

      I am now on Smart Alec watch, hoping that my old bag doesn't completely fall apart before the new Smart Alecs come out. My fingers are crossed that the first drop will include some gorgeous rich colors (Seapine? Red Blend? Burnt Orange? Aubergine?).

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        Another vote for some color in the first Smart Alec drop! Would love to see Navy Parapack or Olive especially!

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          Darcy -- The latest update suggested early 2022 for the updated SAs--is that still the case? In any event, whenever it happens, would also love to see navy parapack, olive cordura, and some night walk and black halcyons!

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            Oh yes! Count me in for a New SA! I’ve been waiting and waiting for a color combo I would love to pop up. Preferably BH. Though Nordic would be the cherry!

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              Originally posted by John1970 View Post
              Darcy -- The latest update suggested early 2022 for the updated SAs--is that still the case? In any event, whenever it happens, would also love to see navy parapack, olive cordura, and some night walk and black halcyons!
              We're hoping for early 2022, but it could be later than that: the Smart Alec update is Nik's project (with collaboration from Tom) and he's been working on some internal systems/efficiency stuff that's taken his focus away from design for the time being. It is definitely in the works, regardless. Requested color combos noted
              Have a question? @Darcy (to make sure I see it)

              Current carry: testing new potential materials in the form of Original Large Shop Bags.

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                I just re-read much of this thread for the first time in a while. I’ve honestly not visited the forums in a while. I appreciate all the lobbying that went into making a re-release and update to the SA a reality. My wishes would be for a very minimalist sleeve on the inside back for a device like my iPad 11 Pro which I carry everywhere. Not some overbuilt thing for monster laptops. Just a simple sleeve, raised off the bottom…perhaps something like what is in my Paragon. Thanks Tom Bihn Team for all you do to bring us cool stuff.

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