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  • backpack
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    I would vote for a Big Synapse or a Synapsed Brain Bag but...


    I like the original Brain Bag just the way it is, Freudian Slip(s), Large Organizer Pouches (vertical opening ones would be nice), the Backpack Packing Cubes for Aeronaut and Tristar and the Packing Cube Shoulder Bag can give as much light Dyneema inner pockets as one need.

    For the outside pockets, one can clip one, Regular or Large Stuff Sack on each side using the compression straps.

    The straps between the two front pockets were engineered to hold an umbrella, it could also work for a water bottle and a Stuff Sack as an holder.


    Most important to me, all of those dividers are removable and I can use my Brain Bags as maximum carryons either stuffed with casual clothes or two laptops and various cables or for nicely folded dress clothes and accessories or for a combination of all of the above and more...

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  • bltkmt
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    What I would really like is a giant BB-sized Synapse. Lots of organization/pouches in a bigger size.

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  • gmich
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    I'd be interested in an update on a new and improved Brain Bag as well. And I vote for a couple inner pockets near the top front of either main compartment. Unless you're filling it up with clothes, that space tends to be wasted.

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  • bltkmt
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    Originally posted by Tom Bihn View Post
    I'm working on the next generation of Brain Bag, and will be taking into account your ideas. Seems like a pocket or two would not preclude the use of a Freudian Slip, but rather just give you more choices.
    FYI - don't for one moment imagine you should have waited to buy your Brain Bag - this new one is still, at best, months away. And if you poke around the forums you'll realize I've been talking about a new Brain Bag for quite some time now.
    I am curious if we are any closer to the next generation of the Brain Bag? Is there anything on the horizon at this point?

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  • backpack
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    Originally posted by puddin View Post
    big fan of side pockets on any bag.

    from quick access to gloves and a hat in winter, to storing a wet umbrella, to a beverage bottle - side pockets are a necessity.
    You could attach a Large Stuff Bag on the side of the Brain Bag for that purpose.


    I always use the Large Cafe Bag with the Brain Bag and this is where I store the hats (all year long) and gloves in winter. I have a cotton thermal bottle holder clipped to the outside of the Cafe Bag that I use in summer.

    The back pocket of the Large Cafe Bag holds the occasional umbrella.
    Last edited by backpack; 01-07-2009, 09:26 PM.

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  • puddin
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    big fan of side pockets on any bag.

    from quick access to gloves and a hat in winter, to storing a wet umbrella, to a beverage bottle - side pockets are a necessity.

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  • tbessie
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    Hmm

    Originally posted by gmich View Post
    Tim,

    I don't know how big your phone is, but I have a Blackberry Curve and it fits perfectly in a large Timbuk2 holster -- and there are no holes on the bottom at all (except a tiny one for a headphone cord).
    I just checked - it turns out that they don't carry any of the regular holsters at the Timbuk2 store here in San Francisco, just the "2-way". The photo doesn't show that it has that space at the bottom, but I'm *sure* I saw it. I'll have to go back and check.

    http://media.rei.com/media/s/1495692.jpg

    - Tim

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  • backpack
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    For my phone, I use a cork pouch attached to a lanyard.

    I have a really big smart phone and it fits, the pouch has been used for at least
    3 different phones and looks like new (of course).

    This way I can transfer my phone from my Cafe Bag to my Swift or just take it by itself.


    I don't think the BB needs pockets, Kits, Pouches, Stuff Sacks and Snake Charmers can always be used on top of things.
    I have the first three and they are great to put things you want quick access to.

    If you are a light packer (unlike me), you can add a Convertible Packing Cube on top of the compartment when it is only half packed.

    I agree that the Freudian Slip is the the best to avoid sloppiness in the paper area.
    Last edited by backpack; 12-04-2008, 09:43 PM.

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  • gmich
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    Tim,

    I don't know how big your phone is, but I have a Blackberry Curve and it fits perfectly in a large Timbuk2 holster -- and there are no holes on the bottom at all (except a tiny one for a headphone cord).

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  • tbessie
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    Originally posted by gmich View Post
    For my cell phone, I've always just attached a Timbuk2 phone pouch (velcro, removable) to one of the straps of my Brain Bag. That way it's pretty much instantly accessible.

    And Tom, as long as you're taking suggestions: For me, the space in the Brain Bag that tends to get wasted most often are the upper portions of the two main compartments. Because the bag is so long, most objects only come up to about the 12" or 14" mark. So a couple pockets on the upper part of the main compartments might work.
    As I mentioned in my "cell phone holster" thread, I looked at - but didn't like - the Timbuk2 holsters. The smaller ones are good, but too small for my phone. The larger ones are constructed such that the bottom of the holster is *open* on both sides, so that things could conceivably fall out on either side, which I don't like.

    - Tim

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  • gmich
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    For my cell phone, I've always just attached a Timbuk2 phone pouch (velcro, removable) to one of the straps of my Brain Bag. That way it's pretty much instantly accessible.

    And Tom, as long as you're taking suggestions: For me, the space in the Brain Bag that tends to get wasted most often are the upper portions of the two main compartments. Because the bag is so long, most objects only come up to about the 12" or 14" mark. So a couple pockets on the upper part of the main compartments might work.
    Last edited by gmich; 12-04-2008, 07:43 AM.

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  • tbessie
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    Originally posted by MagicTiki View Post
    I LOVE that idea. Count me in! Especially if it includes two mesh side pockets. A spot for an umbrella (especially when it is wet) that's safely away from your precious goodies is a very good thing. Or an extra water bottle for those thirsty days...

    A new brain bag design?? Ah, that just makes the decisions even harder! (Just kidding, Tom!). Truthfully I have been waffling between the "style and stealth mode" of the Smart Alec and the "ultimate cargo capacity" of the Brain Bag for weeks... and all of the great reviews and feedback do not make it any easier!

    Maybe I am just indecisive. Or maybe not.
    Oh yes, I forgot about storing an umbrella in those side pockets and fastended with the side-strap. That, again, is another thing I do with the North Face Recon.

    I actually avoided getting anything from North Face for a long time, just 'cause they're so big. But when I was looking for a new backpack some time ago, and wanted a good, well-made, generalized city daypack, I found it pretty well-designed. They seem to have made some changes lately, tho' I'm not familiar with them. But the side pockets (and the internal pockets, of course) were all quite useful. I found, however, that I ended up using the big main back-facing, stretchy, open mesh pocket quite a lot for random things I might want quick access to; it works, but things tend to get lost (phone ringing - at the bottom of a pile of stuff in that one pocket - how do I get to it? Where is it?!?? :-) ).

    So some larger outside pockets with a couple of "quick access" types for phone, keys, etc. are great. The one mesh pocket on the Brain Bag is very useful, but something closer to my hands when the pack is on would be great.

    That's also a reason I'm looking for a new cell phone holster. I'm going to go to the Chrome store here in San Francisco (another great company, tho' a little too much into the "cool" factor) as they seem to have a pretty functional one.

    - Tim

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  • MagicTiki
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    Originally posted by tbessie View Post
    Thanks Tom!

    Also, another Good Thing(tm) might be a mesh side-pocket on both sides of the bag for a water bottle or quick place to put stuff without having to take the bag off or unzip anything. I often have put keys or other things in my old North Face "Recon" pack in the side pockets. It's also great for my bicycle pump (the side straps hold in place any longer item placed in the side pockets).

    Just some more thoughts - I'm sure you've got a million design ideas.

    - Tim
    I LOVE that idea. Count me in! Especially if it includes two mesh side pockets. A spot for an umbrella (especially when it is wet) that's safely away from your precious goodies is a very good thing. Or an extra water bottle for those thirsty days...

    A new brain bag design?? Ah, that just makes the decisions even harder! (Just kidding, Tom!). Truthfully I have been waffling between the "style and stealth mode" of the Smart Alec and the "ultimate cargo capacity" of the Brain Bag for weeks... and all of the great reviews and feedback do not make it any easier!

    Maybe I am just indecisive. Or maybe not.

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  • Akilae
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    One particular thing I always liked about my TAD Fast Pack (going into corporate espionage territory here) was the so-called "flashlight cave" located under the right side water bottle pocket. The "cave" was velcro-sealed (zipper sealed in current generations), opened downwards, and had a retractable key/ID cable inside. One could reach back, rip open the pocket, pull out the keys for use, then let go and seal the pocket shut again. It was wonderful for keys or anything the size of a set of keys, and much, much more convenient than stashing keys in the water bottle pockets.

    Anyway, just throwing out ideas.

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  • tbessie
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    Originally posted by Tom Bihn View Post
    I'm working on the next generation of Brain Bag, and will be taking into account your ideas. Seems like a pocket or two would not preclude the use of a Freudian Slip, but rather just give you more choices.
    FYI - don't for one moment imagine you should have waited to buy your Brain Bag - this new one is still, at best, months away. And if you poke around the forums you'll realize I've been talking about a new Brain Bag for quite some time now.
    Thanks Tom!

    Also, another Good Thing(tm) might be a mesh side-pocket on both sides of the bag for a water bottle or quick place to put stuff without having to take the bag off or unzip anything. I often have put keys or other things in my old North Face "Recon" pack in the side pockets. It's also great for my bicycle pump (the side straps hold in place any longer item placed in the side pockets).

    Just some more thoughts - I'm sure you've got a million design ideas.

    - Tim

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