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  • JustIain
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    Packing Cubes

    Hello All,

    All I have at the moment for travel is the Smart Alec and the Clear Quarter Packing Cube. I plan on leaving my MacPro and Vertical Brain Cell at home.

    Now what I would to know is what packing cubes would fit optimally?

    This would be for a minimalist 10 day long trip to England this summer. Laundry will be available so... It might stretch to 2 weeks (adding France) if the lady friend joins me.

    Any suggestions (hint, hint, it doesn't mention on the packing cube webpage nor on the Smart Alec webpage)?

    Many Thanks,
    Iain

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  • notmensa
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    Thanks for this review leviathan. I ordered my Smart Alec about 19 hrs ago... though I live in Sydney, Australia so it will take a few days to arrive. You would not believe how excited I am!!!

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  • leviathan
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    The bag itself is way bigger than I expected when I first ordered it. My daily office routine hardly utilizes 1/3 of its capacity. With any luck I'll be back on the road soon and using the bag to it's full potential on a daily basis. I look forward to finding an organization and packing list that satisfies my daily needs.

    This includes the upcoming camera insert. I can't wait to safely carry my camera with me everywhere. My current camera bag (LowePro Slingshot AW100 - http://products.lowepro.com/product/...-AW,2034,4.htm) isn't practical unless I'm on a dedicated shoot.

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  • Darcy
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    Thank /you/, leviathan. I think your packing list gives a good sense of what a Smart Alec can hold.

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  • leviathan
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    Thanks for featuring my list on the blog, Darcy! Hopefully it helps someone buy this bag. I keep recommending it/Tom Bihn to people every week.

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  • leviathan
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    Originally posted by Shiva View Post
    Leviathan: good lord..that is quite a bit to pack into that bag!!! Did you use a cube of any sort to put your clothes in? I have been looking at the Smart Alec for a while--mostly, I am tempted cos the zippers are inward, and is much less theft prone than a standard backpack especially on mass transit. I am impressed that the Canon went in with the lens along with the Mac.
    A question about the Mac in the neoprene case: was that adequate padding for what you were doing? and how easy was it to retrieve in and out for security?
    No cubes of any sort. Just careful folding. Dirty clothes went in a grocery bag at the bottom, fresh clothes closer to the top. And I surrounded my camera with various pieces of clothing for transport. The bag is huge. Way bigger than I expected it to be.

    My last backpack, bought at Target, had a dedicated "laptop pocket" closest to your back. It was a slim pocket and my computer and sleeve just slid right in. My only qualm with the neoprene case right now is that if my bag isn't stuffed it slides around. I can't afford a Brain Cell just yet, so I'll have to deal. Access to it was pretty easy. I used the magazines I took along for the trip as a barrier between the computer and the clothes. So even when I took the computer out of the bag, my pack still maintained it's basic shape.

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  • Shiva
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    Leviathan: good lord..that is quite a bit to pack into that bag!!! Did you use a cube of any sort to put your clothes in? I have been looking at the Smart Alec for a while--mostly, I am tempted cos the zippers are inward, and is much less theft prone than a standard backpack especially on mass transit. I am impressed that the Canon went in with the lens along with the Mac.
    A question about the Mac in the neoprene case: was that adequate padding for what you were doing? and how easy was it to retrieve in and out for security?

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  • leviathan
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    I finally got to test the full extent and ability of my new Black/Steel/Solar Smart Alec this past weekend. I was asked to head out on a last minute adventure selling merch for pop-rock band Switchfoot. I was out for 3 1/2 days including stops in Atlantic City, NJ, New York, NY, and Hampton Beach, NH. I traveled by bus, train, plane, and car. And I lived out of one backpack for the duration of the trip. Which is saying a lot for me. I'm a heavy packer. Here's my list:

    - Smart Alec backpack
    - 13" Macbook
    - 13" Incase neoprene Macbook sleeve
    - Macbook charger
    - Toshiba 320 GB external passport hard drive
    - USB cable
    - iPhone charger cable
    - Canon Rebel XT with a Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 wide angle lens attached
    - USB transfer cable (for the camera)
    - 2 lithium-ion batteries (for the camera)
    - screen cleaning cloth

    - 2 t-shirts
    - 2 button up plaid shirts
    - 1 pair of shorts
    - 3 pairs of boxer briefs
    - 5 pairs of ankle socks
    - 1 zip up hoodie
    - 1 "cab driver's" hat
    - 1 necklace
    - 1 pair of sunglasses w/ case
    - wallet
    - emergency money in another pocket ($5 and whatever change I accumulate)

    - 3 magazines (latest issues of Wired, Popular Photography, and Maxim)
    - pens and a sharpie
    - house keys
    - safety kit (a ziplock bag containing: bandaids, advil, claritin, neosporin)
    - shower supplies (another ziplock bag with travel size soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and my toothbrush)
    - hair straightener (kept in the water bottle pocket (boys have unruly hair too))
    - earplugs and case
    - poncho (which I used yesterday in NH as the tropical storm was hitting the coast)

    All that and I STILL had a little room to spare at the top. Plus I had the set of clothes i was wearing at any given time including another shirt, another pair of socks, boxer briefs, and a pair of jeans and a belt. I considered myself traveling light. I didn't leave or forget anything behind and I felt like I was fully prepared for everything that could have come my way.

    Thank's for an awesome bag. Can't wait for the camera insert. I nestled my baby Rebel in a cushion made out of all of my clothes I packed. haha

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  • leviathan
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    Originally posted by Darcy View Post
    I completely understand! We don't like these waits either, and we are trying to come up with some solutions.
    Any idea how soon these are shipping?

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  • Darcy
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    Originally posted by leviathan View Post
    I know you are, no worries, Darcy. I'm not complaining about you all. Just the wait.
    I completely understand! We don't like these waits either, and we are trying to come up with some solutions.

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  • leviathan
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    Originally posted by Darcy View Post
    I'm sorry about the further delay. A combination of things - mostly that we're waiting to receive materials needed to make the Smart Alec and those won't be in until the first week of July - led to the delay. We're doing everything we can!
    I know you are, no worries, Darcy. I'm not complaining about you all. Just the wait.

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  • Darcy
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    Originally posted by eVolcre View Post
    Just out of curiosity, if I turn the horizontal and prop it in there vertically, would it give me any protection at all?
    Yes, for sure. Just not the same level of protection you'd get if you used the Brain Cell in its proper format. Also, it will be somewhat of a pain to remove your laptop from the bag that way.

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  • Darcy
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    Originally posted by leviathan View Post
    the wait for my Smart Alex (ordered a month ago!) is killing me. The backorder just got pushed back to LATE July. ughhhh *complain complain complain*
    I'm sorry about the further delay. A combination of things - mostly that we're waiting to receive materials needed to make the Smart Alec and those won't be in until the first week of July - led to the delay. We're doing everything we can!

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  • leviathan
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    the wait for my Smart Alex (ordered a month ago!) is killing me. The backorder just got pushed back to LATE July. ughhhh *complain complain complain*

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  • eVolcre
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    Originally posted by Darcy View Post
    Yes! The Size 1 Vertical Brain Cell (a perfect fit for your 17" MBP) will clip securely inside of the Smart Alec.
    Cool. Thanks! Now I need to figure out what to do with my Empire Builder and HORIZONTAL brain cell.

    Just out of curiosity, if I turn the horizontal and prop it in there vertically, would it give me any protection at all?

    Kris

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