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  • ytmlee
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    Originally posted by gochicken View Post
    It's here! It's beautiful! (Steel/UV).

    Some specific things I was answering on Ravelry about the water bottle pocket:
    The water bottle pocket fits (left to right) a 16 Oz Klean Kanteen with cafe lid, an insulated Contigo, a 24 oz Tervis, and my tall non-insulated Contigo. (sorry don’t know the sizes of the Contigos. Both were bought at Costco). I thought for sure, with the weird handle things on top, the white Tervis and purple Contigo would not fit, but they do. I did have to turn the purple Contigo sideways.

    [ATTACH=CONFIG]5501[/ATTACH]
    [ATTACH=CONFIG]5502[/ATTACH]

    It is just the right size. Larger than the Co-Pilot, but not enough to make it feel like a different bag. Shown here with Black/Plum Swift and Black/UV Co-Pilot

    [ATTACH=CONFIG]5503[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]5504[/ATTACH]

    Facing the Pilot, the pocket to right of the water bottle pocket has a narrow black ultra suede lined pocket next to the pen/pencil slots…. perfect for glasses!

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    On the other side, a large black ultra suede pocket fits an iPad Mini (not in case) perfectly.

    I can't wait to start packing it for my upcoming conference. I specifically want to see if I can get away with only taking the Pilot. I will have to look "professional", travel by plane (thus I will want to bring knitting), and will have to carry stuff with me all day (hotel is offsite from main events).
    Out of curiosity which do you like better the Pilot or the Co-Pilot. I like the small size of the co-pilot however I wonder if I will miss the space for things I like to pack. I have the Synapse 25 which fits everything however with the stricter carry on rules that some airlines are starting to enforce I am wondering if I should start looking into either something like the Pilot or the Co-Pilot. Thanks!

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  • WMW40
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    Above: Pilot in NYC, Pilot on JetBlue between FLL and HPN and Pilot with Medium Cafe Bag.


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  • Espresso
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    Thanks very much for the heads-up, Taminca! That was very nice of you. The Nordic/Solar is a really pretty combo - I've been admiring the pictures posted on the forum. Hope you enjoy your new Pilot.

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  • taminca
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    Originally posted by Espresso View Post
    It seems I took to long to decide and most of the Dyneema bags are on back order.
    Espresso, if you are interested in a Black Dyneema/Wasabi or Black/Wasabi Pilot, you should call the store. I returned the ones I ordered (keeping the Nordic/Solar Pilot) and my refund was just processed yesterday, so those bags might be available.... and you don't have to wait til late April.

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  • Espresso
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    It seems I took to long to decide and most of the Dyneema bags are on back order.

    Any chance of Dyneema steel/solar popping up in upcoming batches?

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  • bchaplin
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    Thanks, MelissaL. The "sack" I linked to actually worked for me. I was able to take my gym clothes in the Pilot; very convenient. Thanks for the tip.

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  • moriond
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    Originally posted by MelissaL View Post
    I was referring to the regular pack-it Sac not the Specter Sac.
    Did you mean this Eagle Creek Large Pack-It Sac? (It's the same size as their Large Specter II Sac).

    ETA: All these suggestions of items that work well as accessories for the Pilot are very helpful, so keep them coming! I'll note that while the TB Large Organizer Pouch can also be used in the main compartment of the Pilot, it's a little bit taller (14.5" x 11.2" / 370 x 285 mm) than either of these Eagle Creek large pack-It Sacs (both 14" tall), so the snaphook sits fairly high, and tethering directly to an o-Ring is a little less convenient than with the Pack-It Sacs. The Large Specter II Pack-It Sac uses triangular clips similar to the triangular yarn guides on the Tom Bihn Yarn Stuff Sacks, only mounted on a swivel base (like the Double Carabiners used with the Knitting Tool Pouches), and this design makes it easy to attach these sacs (and the small Specter II Pack-It Sacs) to o-Rings in the different compartments.
    Last edited by moriond; 02-22-2014, 07:32 AM.

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  • MelissaL
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    Originally posted by bchaplin View Post
    Is @MelissaL talking about the large Eagle Creek Specter Cube or Sack? They are similar but not identical in shape.
    I was referring to the regular pack-it Sac not the Specter Sac.

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  • moriond
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    Originally posted by bchaplin View Post
    Is @MelissaL talking about the large Eagle Creek Specter Cube or Sack? They are similar but not identical in shape.
    Good question, because you can use either in the main compartment of the Pilot. The large cube works better if you want to primarily use the compartment with clothes, as an alternative to the Pilot's Large Packing Cube. The large Pack-It Sac has the same height and width dimensions (14" x 10"/ 36 x 25 cm), but is flat, instead of having the 3" depth of the large Pack-It Cube. So the large size Pack-It Sac might work better if you wanted to only insert a few items, and devote more of the main compartment space to a laptop in cache, or 3D organizer cubes/Side Effects in the two pockets. The triangular clip in the upper right corner of the Large Pack-It Sac can be secured to the o-Ring above the pocket on the right side of the center dividing wall. The Small Pack-It Sac (8" x 6"/ 20 x 15 cm) is nicely sized for the front left pocket. When inserted with the triangular clip attached to the o-Ring, so that the zipper can be accessed along the left side of the open pouch, the side edge of the Small Pack-It Sac sits about level with the top of the UltraSuede fabric used for the pocket. You can also clip the Small Pack-It Sac to o-Ring of the right front pocket, but then you want to swivel the Sac around to get easy access to the zipper.

    I'll quote my comments about the Eagle Creek Specter II Pack-It cubes from an earlier post in this thread (#402 dated 2/10/14)

    Originally posted by moriond View Post
    @taminca Here are the specs:
    Specter cube
    DIMENSIONS
    14 x 10 x 3 in / 36 x 25 x 8 cm

    Pilot Large Packing Cube:
    Dimensions: 14.8" x 11" x 2.5" / 375 x 280 x 65 mm
    Weight: 4 oz / 110g
    Volume: 425 cubic inches / 7 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)

    The Pilot Large Packing Cube is designed to leave room for the cache on rails in the back pocket. The light-weight Sil nylon of the Specter 2 cube also leaves you with some leeway for "squashability" of what you insert.

    What people may also find interesting is that the Small Pilot Packing Cubes can also fit well into the front pocket of the Cadet -- it's just about the height if that pocket, and fairly slim, in order to,fit in the left and right front pockets of the Pilot and still leave room for accessing the inserts for holding pens and your Phone or glasses (right pocket), of your iPad Mini or other tablet (left pocket)

    Pilot Small Packing Cube
    Dimensions: 10.8" x 6.3" x 2.4" / 275 x 160 x 60 mm
    Weight: 2 oz / 65g
    Volume: 125 cubic inches / 2 liters (ASTM Standard Measure)

    HTH.

    P.S. A couple of further notes: the Eagle Creek Specter 2 cubes are nice for ultra-light packing, but the Sil-nylon fabric is so thin that they basically take their shape from the contents that are stuffed inside. The smooth texture makes them easy to slide out. The Dyneema packing cubes hold their shape better, especially when not completely filled, so I generally prefer to use them in my travel luggage, especially since they fit more exactly. The web loop on the packing cube also makes it easier to pull out, since the Eagle Creek cubes have handles "on top " (which would face the side of the Pilot when inserted). But for the Pilot, the Eagle Creek Cube fit is a pretty good match.

    Another comment is that the Large Packing Cube for the Pilot is also a good fit for the interior of the Synapse 25. It's bigger than the Tri-Star Medium and Western Flyer Small Packing Cubes, both of which can be used inside the Synapse 19 (and Synapse 25):

    Tri-Star Medium
    TB0948 12.8" x 11.3"x 2.4" / 325 x 288 x 60mm 3.2 oz / 90gr

    Western Flyer Small
    TB0955/TB0956 11.7" x 8.6" x 3" / 298 x 218 x 75mm 3 oz / 85gr

    This information should probably go into another separate post/thread about packing cubes so it can be easily accessed. I was looking these up for atarango1, who wanted to know which Eagle Creek cubes could be used in her Tri-Star in place of the Dyneema packing cubes designed for that bag. Generally, I mostly use the Eagle Creek quarter cubes, which are intermediate between a 3D Organizer Cube and a Side Effect in size.
    HTH

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  • bchaplin
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    Is @MelissaL talking about the large Eagle Creek Specter Cube or Sack? They are similar but not identical in shape.

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  • Anniegill
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    Awesome write up and research Moriond. Thanks. Loved reading all about that. What fits in what! Has given me one more reason to crave a PCBP!! Now what color???
    Annie

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  • moriond
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    Originally posted by tangfj View Post
    I plan on using the PCSB as my essentials bag while flying. I'll keep my iPad, earphones, backup battery charger, etc. in there. When I get on the plane all I'll have to do is remove the PCSB from my Pilot and put it in the seat pocket and I'll be ready to go. I already do this with my side effect but I will probably do the same thing as mentioned in this thread (http://forums.tombihn.com/bag-review...ocket-bag.html) to attach my PCSB to the seat pocket in front of me for easy access for longer flights.
    @tangfj I like using the Double Carabiners instead of the S-Biners, as I commented (without an attached picture) in the http://forums.tombihn.com/bag-review...ocket-bag.html thread). See my posted picture in the Double Carabiner, 4 Thumbs Up! thread for an example of the way the Double Carabiners can swivel for the best attachment.

    My only comment on the PCSB vs. the Side Effect as a seat pocket bag is that the 200d Dyneema fabric and longer length makes this bag flex more when supported by Carabiners or S-biners unless you are carrying an item that fills the length of the PCSB. (I do like the PCSB as one of the ways for carrying an iPad, but I generally now carry my iPad in a cache in the Little Swift as outlined in my response in the iPad Air Sleeve thread.

    Another suggestion: you might want to post some of the nice combinations you've outlined here (e.g. Pilot in (Tri-Star/Western Flyer sized) Packing Cube BackPack, and said PCSB rolled up to fit in a Size #1 Travel Stuff Sack) in the Going marsupial! TB bags that fit inside other TB bags thread. I'm not always good at updating other related threads like that myself, but essentially any of the combinations that fit into other bags that were similarly sized to the Pilot, like the Imago, will work for the Pilot. Hence, the PCSB match shown in my picture in the Diaper Cube for Imago? thread works with the Pilot, as you've found, and so does the fit of the Eagle Creek Specter II cube shown in the Windbreaker/light rain jacket in pouch? thread as an alternative to using the Large Packing cube for the Pilot.

    Also, to give credits to many others who posted earlier in this thread, WMW40 noted the sizing of the PCSB wrt Pilot in post #346 (dated 2/04/2014)
    Originally posted by WMW40 View Post
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    Shoulder strap packing cube on top of Pilot.
    MelissaL noted the fit of the Eagle Creek Specter Cubes in post #398 (dated 2/10/2014)
    Originally posted by MelissaL View Post
    This Pilot is sick!! I am able to fit more than I imagined and the Eagle Creek large packing sac, which can fit a change of clothes, fits like a dream in the Pilot. I am more than happy with this bag and so glad I splurged on the absolute strap.
    Shoulder strap packing cube on top of Pilot.[/QUOTE]

    HTH.

    moriond
    Last edited by moriond; 02-20-2014, 01:55 PM. Reason: Added credits to some previous earlier thread posts

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