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  • BPritchard
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    Side Effect

    Originally posted by Pilar View Post
    Another vote for a mini Cafe bag.

    My small Cafe bag has just arrived and even though I really like it, it's a bit too big for carrying just my mobile, keys and wallet.
    The Side Effect may suit your purpose. I use mine for the above purposes.

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  • Pilar
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    Another vote for a mini Cafe bag.

    My small Cafe bag has just arrived and even though I really like it, it's a bit too big for carrying just my mobile, keys and wallet.

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  • backpack
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    Originally posted by maverick View Post
    there is a place for smaller bags -- some people prefer not to weigh their coat pockets down and keep them free for their hands. and in the warmer months, one might not wear a coat.
    There is also an aesthetic consideration, a lovely Tom Bihn bag looks way better than pockets bulging in all the wrong places.
    This is especially true in Summer when clothes need to fit nicely and drape properly which is impossible with anything in the pockets.


    Judging by all of the lovely pictures of Tom Bihn customers with their bags, I might be the only one who have to watch out for garment fit and lines.

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  • flitcraft
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    I have a small, verticle cloth bag that I got at the Philadelphia airport once, but I am seriously hankering after a mini cafe bag--in ultrasuede!!

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  • yeti
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    Originally posted by JohnDel View Post
    A couple of bags to consider are the ebags Terrace Mini Bag or the Travelon Convertible Wallet.

    Both are shown on the ebags web site. Unfortunately, the product images on that website always make things look unattractive. To my eye, anyway.

    The helpful thing, since they list thousand of items from dozens of companies, is the recommendations of similar products based on what you're looking at.
    Thanks, JohnDel! I'll definitely take a look at those. I've had similar experiences with the ebags web site -- the images shown are thorough (i.e. show inside/outside/front/back), but aren't the most attractive, so they aren't as inspiring/enabling as the TB web pages. But the recommendations linked from one bag's page are certainly helpful in exploring brands with which one isn't already acquainted.

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  • JohnDel
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    While waiting for the MiniCafe

    A couple of bags to consider are the ebags Terrace Mini Bag or the Travelon Convertible Wallet.

    Both are shown on the ebags web site. Unfortunately, the product images on that website always make things look unattractive. To my eye, anyway.

    The helpful thing, since they list thousand of items from dozens of companies, is the recommendations of similar products based on what you're looking at.

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  • blackfungi
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    good points there, but again, anything smaller than the small cafe bag, you might as well use the side effect.

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  • yeti
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    Originally posted by maverick View Post
    there is a place for smaller bags -- some people prefer not to weigh their coat pockets down and keep them free for their hands. and in the warmer months, one might not wear a coat.
    Exactly -- and a bag keeps everything you want to bring with you in one place, rather than trying to remember to place various items in various pockets before you head out the door, and take all of those items back out when you get home.

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  • maverick
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    Originally posted by blackfungi View Post
    you might as well not have a bag on you if you want a bag smaller than the small cafe bag. use your coat.
    there is a place for smaller bags -- some people prefer not to weigh their coat pockets down and keep them free for their hands. and in the warmer months, one might not wear a coat.

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  • blackfungi
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    you might as well not have a bag on you if you want a bag smaller than the small cafe bag. use your coat.

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  • backpack
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    When I used the term redundant, speaking about the Mini Cafe Bag and the FJN, I was picturing myself with the FJN, the Synapse and the Small or a lightened Large Cafe Bag.

    I am 5'7" and I understand how light the Small Cafe Bag is when compared to the Large one.

    Of course, I would be delighted to see the Mini Cafe Bag coming in the line up of TB bags, I can always find uses for more TB bags.
    Last edited by backpack; 01-31-2011, 02:55 PM.

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  • yeti
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    Originally posted by backpack View Post
    When I wrote about the Mini Cafe Bag in 07, I didn't have a Small one.

    I since bought 2 and will most probably buy more, it holds my essentials.

    If I want anything smaller, I clip one or two Passport Pouches and my phone's Small Pouch to the Simple Strap (the one sold with the Side Effect).

    I am sure Tom can make a Mini Cafe Bag but for people who own the FJN it seems redundant..


    I have owned bags from some the other manufacturers mentioned but they don't last.
    I do own a Small Cafe Bag, and while I find it very useful, I frequently wish that it were scaled down a bit. That preference is probably due to a combination of the amount of stuff I carry, my size (5'2", ~105 lbs), and the fact that I with some frequency want to throw my "purse" with essentials into my backpack for commuting to campus, or into a larger travel bag like the Tri-Star. I notice the "superfluous" fabric most in these situations.

    There seems to be a large size difference between the combined volume of one or two Passport Pouches + Small Pouch and the volume of the Small Cafe Bag. My guess is that a Mini Cafe Bag would significantly exceed the capacity of that combination of Pouches attached to a Simple Strap, and even if it did not, at least I would find it much less unwieldy.

    I don't agree at all that the Mini Cafe Bag is redundant with the FJN. To state this assumes that one would want to carry a notebook at all times. Personally, I don't. If I am carrying a notebook, I prefer to put it into a large bag along with my essentials bag. I am looking for an essentials bag that carries mobile phone, iPod touch + headphones, wallet, lip balm, Small Shop Bag, sunglasses, gum/mints and keys -- most importantly, though, is that I can carry all of these things in a bag large enough that I don't have to partly unload its contents to access one of the items, and the bag isn't so solidly stuffed that it bounces on my hip as I walk. Thus, the Side Effect is a little too small for my purposes (the sunglasses and Small Shop Bag are what really put it over the top). But as I mentioned, I have plenty of experience with the Small Cafe Bag, and I continue to find that I wish there were a Mini Cafe Bag.

    IMO, there would be a good niche for a small, vertically-oriented flap-closed bag that hugs the hip like a Cafe Bag, is attractive enough for EDC (the Cafe Bags have a stylish simplicity), and fits easily into a larger bag when one needs to carry day-specific items. I like the Cordura colors, of course, but a bag of this kind could even be made from Dyneema to maximize molding to the body and flexibility when putting it into a larger bag.

    That's just my experience and opinion, of course.

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  • backpack
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    When I wrote about the Mini Cafe Bag in 07, I didn't have a Small one.

    I since bought 2 and will most probably buy more, it holds my essentials.

    If I want anything smaller, I clip one or two Passport Pouches and my phone's Small Pouch to the Simple Strap (the one sold with the Side Effect).

    I am sure Tom can make a Mini Cafe Bag but for people who own the FJN it seems redundant..


    I have owned bags from some the other manufacturers mentioned but they don't last.

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  • Shiva
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    Hi folks: I have been really happy with Baggalini for a small lightweight compact bag that does not look too pursy, but can also handle some stuff. A mini cafe bag would be great--but until then...

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  • yeti
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    I'm also still hoping for a Mini Cafe Bag -- I like the vertical orientation of the Cafe Bags. I've looked at the Eagle Creek Compass too, but it doesn't have quite the balance of form and function that is characteristic of the TB bags. It does seem like a practical option, but I'm holding out for a Mini Cafe Bag

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