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  • Darcy
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    Re: When, oh when?

    Keep bugging Tom about it and we'll shoot for a Fall 2004 release.

    Originally posted by wicho
    Any idea when we will be able to see/buy the new Eclipse?

    I've bought a Timbuk2 Commute in the interim and I'm not exactly thrilled with it :-(

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  • xenicon
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    one thing about my eclipse

    I have an eclipse used for 15'pb and I have to say that its a great bag. There some things I'd improve. The back pocket is perfect for magazines and papers that need to stay flat. I like that it is open and not a zipper but I wish there was some elastic in the top seam to keep the pocket opening flush to the back of the bag. With use this fabric is beginning to droop. Its not just an look issue because when I use the bag there is increased friction on papers in the pocket. Its not only one day when I've found type rubbed away when I pulled the papers out. OK, its a minor, minor thing.
    I have never used the zippered pocket under the flap.
    The buckle doesn't always stay tight, it loosens.
    Its hard sometime to reach deep into the divided pockets in the main compartment. Fewer slots ( mine has six) might make that easier.
    The bag is great, use it every day. Certain whatever changes made will make this a better bag.
    Last edited by xenicon; 06-23-2004, 01:17 PM.

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  • wicho
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    When, oh when?

    Any idea when we will be able to see/buy the new Eclipse?

    I've bought a Timbuk2 Commute in the interim and I'm not exactly thrilled with it :-(

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  • Tom Bihn
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    I've designed a new cell phone pocket for our Buzz bag and it's likely to make an appearance on other new bags as they are designed too.
    I do plan to include it on the new Eclipse, but we'll have to see.

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  • teffie-phd
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    Cell phone dohickey

    I love the eclipse concept (had a look at a friend's bag) because I need to be restrained in the things I carry around.

    The one thing I'm looking for is a holder for my cell phone on the outside as I never hear it ring on time to find it and answer. And, I hate wearing it on my clothes.

    It could be separately attached to the bag or an add on to a shoulder strap.

    Possible? Likely?

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  • Tom Bihn
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    I think we are mostly on the same page here. However, the quest for the perfect roll-aboard strap has been quixotic. Because roll-aboard luggage comes with many different widths of handle, we need something that would accomodate them all. So far everything we've come up with has looked like an after-thought. Bulk, expensive, plastic buckles, webbing, velcro, it all catches on clothing and scratches bare skin when you use the bag on your shoulder or hip.
    Any ideas?
    Regarding the power supply brick, I seem to have talked to an equal number of customers who always carry batteries rather than power brick. Maybe we should have a poll?

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  • Siv
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    Hi Tom, a few suggestions from a guy who carried his laptop around with him every day:

    A strap on the back so that you can strap the bag onto the extendable handle of a wheely bag. For those of us who travel a lot with their laptop, it's useful to have a compact bag which you can use every day to go to and from the office but can also use it when running through airports with your wheely bag. I guess this strap can double as the 'sweater strap' you mentioned earlier.

    Room for a power supply. I know very few people who travel with only with their laptop. The power supply is usually always there and a pocket which caters for it without creating a huge bulge would be very nice. These days you can get slim laptops, slim PDAs,slim cellphones, slim iPods but the powersupply is always a brick and results in an unsightly bulge!

    The top-loading zip is perfect for a laptop bag - quick but secure. If you are going to have a flap, it would be good if you sew it to the front so that we don't have to open it to get the laptop out.

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  • phobia
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    I'd love to hear from anyone who can compare the Eclipse and ID, size-wise, to a Brenthaven Mobility 1. I really just want one of those that fits my 15" and is as bulletproof as my last Tom Bihn. ;-)

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  • Darcy
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    phobia -

    I think of the Eclipse as a Brain Cell with a front flap and a couple more pockets. So it's basically just the hard-shell laptop case, with a decorative flap and a couple pockets. Very minimalist.

    The ID is a messenger bag - you can fit the Brain Cell inside of it, and still have room for a couple books, and all your usual accessories.

    I carry a bag that's roughly the same size as the ID every day, and while it's not always packed full, I carry:
    Sweater, gloves, hat
    iPod & all its accessories in a pouch
    Whatever book I'm reading
    Usually a magazine
    Nalgene bottle
    Wallet, keys, checkbook, etc.'

    Plus groceries if I go to the store can just fit right in.

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  • phobia
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    It never occurred to me that it might be for a strap, it's quite wide and only on one side. It is very useful as a surrogate belt, though, and usually has a cell phone holster and an ID badge (or three) attached.

    You can probably disregard my concern about the zipper anyway, I think the ID might be the bag for me, rather than the Eclipse. It'd be nice if the site helped differentiate these two from each other!

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  • Darcy
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    phobia,

    Thanks for your input on the zipper. It is a concern many people have, but I don't know of a customer who has ever told us that the zipper scratched their computer. Perhaps a thin, padded flap under the zipper would help?

    I think the webbing you're speaking of is the attachment for a waist strap, but that's a clever use of it. I never knew people did that!

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  • phobia
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    I'm skeptical about the zipper. First, I'm concerned about it scratching contents as they are taken out of the bag. Also, I hate using bags that require a 7-step procedure to get things in or out of them.

    Have you considered a velcro-enhanced buckled flap as on the Cafe?

    Finally, I'd like to see that little added piece of webbing my Cafe has on the side. It's been ideal for clipping belt holsters (cell phone, iPod, etc) to the outside of the bag.

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  • eclipefan
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    eclipse bag

    Originally posted by Tom Bihn

    Which size are you requiring?
    Hi Tom, I'm looking for a size 4 to fit my new apple powerbook Al. Thanks for the reply - I look forward to seeing the bag in Spring Glad to hear your mother is feeling better.

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  • Tom Bihn
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    I'd have to say sometime in the spring - say March. Sorry for the delay - I've been putting my "all" into the sling pack and there's also been some family health issues (Mom's doing much better, thanks).
    Which size are you requiring?

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  • eclipefan
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    Waiting for the redesign

    I've been checking every week for the last few months! Any timeframe for the new design?

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