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  • Maria
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    Welcome Tanja!

    I too was concerned about the Co-Pilot's mesh interior walls of the middle front pocket - for fear of dampness damaging anything in the side pockets. So far - no worries. Although I do keep a couple of folded plastic bags in the Co-Pilot, just in case.

    The suede pocket is for a small electronic items, my little Canon point and shoot camera would never fit in this pocket, but I do keep the camera in that side compartment in it's own little case. Unless your camera is an I-Phone, I don't think it would fit. The suede pocket does not have a gusset and it's more for an Ipod or small slim phone type of device.

    My Co-Pilot has been used as an overnight bag - crammed full, but doable. Now I wish I'd purchased the Dyneema version. I've never seen one in person, but it looks lighter in weight obviously, plus more flexible to access the compartments / pockets. I find the Ballistic nylon can be a little difficult to dig around in the pockets without putting the bag down. I do not have large hands, so I didn't think I'd have an issue with it. Just my opinion obviously!

    Cheers!

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  • jannilee
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    There is an ultrasuede pocket in the copilot for your camera that works really well. If you are really worried about damp ( it is so dry here in Calgary that even the rain isn't wet!) you could keep a baggy to store the umbrella in. You could also get a small dyneema pouch for the notebook.

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  • MrsT
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    Jannilee, thank you for the link to your loaded co-pilot, good to see that it works so well for knitting
    The steel dyneema is actually the one I'm tempted to buy

    It's interesting to hear that you have never had any problems with stuff in the front side pockets getting damp/wet. That is my main concern (and the only thing keeping me from ordering one) as I'm likely to store a compact camera (not in a case) and a pocket notebook in the front side pocket/s.

    I love how organised TB bags are as I usually end up with the 'bucket' type of a shoulder bag in an attempt to keep the bag it self as light as possible.

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  • jannilee
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    I checked my copilot and yes, the side panels on the WB pocket are mesh. There is also a hole in the bottom of the pocket to let any leakage out. I have never had a problem.

    I think the copilot is my very favourite bag; it is so organized and holds SOOO much for its size.

    Here is a link to some pics of my copilot loaded for knitting:

    http://forums.tombihn.com/packing-li...-co-pilot.html

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  • MrsT
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    Thank you for the welcome!

    If I take any pictures of the bags, I promise to share them with you

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  • backpack
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    Welcome to the club!

    Tom Bihn Inc bags purchase are not the sign of an addiction but the result of good economic and ergonomic decisions!

    If you happen to take pictures of you Tom Bihn bags, please share.

    It is always a thrill to see everyone's collection. Seeing the different color choices of each person is really interesting

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  • MrsT
    started a topic My first TB bags... and my first post

    My first TB bags... and my first post

    Hi, my name is Tanja and I’m an addict.

    Shortly before Easter I searched the Internet for a soft sided carry-on bag without wheels but with the option to be carried as a backpack if/when necessary.
    I found a review of TB’s Aeronaut and was impressed by... well, pretty much everything...
    I placed and order for one (I think I might have gotten one of the last Crimson bags!) plus the Absolute Shoulder Strap and a few accessories such as packing cubes and pouches.
    It arrived 6 days later, sans the Absolute Shoulder Strap, and I was blown away by the quality of the products. I used the Aeronaut for a 4 day driving trip to Cornwall and Devon and loved it.

    An addict was born

    Having just thrown away my backpack, which had reached the respectable age of 18+ years, and knowing my DH was looking for a replacement for his square bottomed backpack (and not finding one with a square-ish shaped bottom during the last 6 months of looking) I placed another order with TB when we got back from our trip. I ordered a Synapse for me and a Smart Alec for my hubby. As the addiction had already set in I also added a number of accessories for both of us.

    I called customer services about the missing strap and although it didn’t arrive in time for our drive to Cornwall it did arrive in time for my next trip; a week in Munich, Germany. By this time my second order had also arrived.

    For my week in Munich I packed the Aeronaut and as I was flying with EasyJet I had to fit my Synapse in it as well (as I’m sure many of you are aware they have a strict one bag policy). With 2 pairs of shoes and my 13” MacBook it was a tight fit and I don’t think I’ll be doing that again. I’ll probably use my Packing Cube Shoulder Bag instead of the Synapse next time but I HAD to use the Synapse. I just couldn’t leave it at home.

    Struggling with my back and neck at times I am really tempted to get the Co-Pilot in Dyneema for an everyday bag as it is so light and a backpack isn’t always suitable. Most of my daily bags are fairly large as I usually carry my knitting with me and made in leather, which makes them quite heave before I’ve even put anything in them.
    The one thing that is stopping me is that I read in a tread the ‘walls’ of the middle front compartment, are made of mesh. As far as I’m concerned that makes the compartment completely un-suitable for an umbrella (and to some extent a water bottle due to condensation). Unless I wrapped a wet umbrella in a plastic bag I would be too worried about damaging any electronics or books kept in the side compartments...
    I think I’ll email customer service and ask them to confirm what the walls of the middle compartment are made of before making a decision... if they are made of Dyneema, as the rest of the bags lining I don’t think I’ll hesitate to order one.

    I wish I’d win the lottery so I could get any TB bag I wanted without worrying too much. Sigh...
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