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  • flitcraft
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    FYI...A standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch lined pad fits perfectly in the medium cafe bag, and gives it that tiny extra bit of reinforcement to look extra-professional. A netbook sized computer in a neoprene sleeve also fits with room to spare. My purses are jealous of my medium cafe bag because they don't get out much anymore.

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  • ex machina
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    Another suggestion

    The still not released but in development Tristar may be your ticket. That is a big list of supplies. ;)

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  • MsMoon
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    Here is an example of an overly-exhaustive medical supply list. I obviously won't be getting all of it (especially in one bag!). I may get one bag now and a second matching bag as time and finances allow.

    http://www.survival-center.com/med-faq/med-6l.htm

    Obviously smaller bags like the Imago and Cafe bags won't hold it all.

    This isn't so much a first responder kit in that I don't have to access it quickly or often. I think if I will be taking it out of the country again, I will have to switch it to a smaller bag, so size isn't so much of an issue.

    Whatever bag I get, I'm considering the photo insert(s) (whenever it comes out) in addition to the various organizer pouches/clear quarter packing cube.

    The Imago and/or Cafe bag will have to be a purchase for other uses! (Hmm, it sounds like I think I have extra money for all of this!)

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  • backpack
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    For the medical bag I second the Imago and let me add the Large Cafe Bag, if you prefer vertical bags. In any case, pay the extra for the Absolute Shoulder Strap.

    Cancoi is spot on about using Clear Quarter Packing Cubes for the bulkiest items and others already mentioned Clear Organizer Pouches.

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  • Darcy
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    Originally posted by MsMoon View Post
    Zombie Apocalypse aside, I am looking for a new medical bag. This is a sort of worst-case-scenario in-case-of-emergency kit. I need to hold everything from meds to sterile towels, suture supplies, stethoscope, otoscope, etc. I am considering the Super Ego with some organizer pouches, kit, clear quarter packing cube, etc. I need it to be large, but also be something I can take to third world countries occasionally for medical trips as a personal item. Any thoughts?
    I'd steer you towards the Western Flyer. I think it would provide the best organization for what you need to carry because it has two compartments of equal size (one with a zip open/shut divider) that open wide and offer easy access to their contents. The compartments can be further organized, if need be, with Packing Cubes. The Western Flyer stands up on its own most of the time (the Super Ego does not) and you may find this useful when grabbing supplies from the bag.

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  • cancoi
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    Consider the Imago in ballistic, as it has a wider opening and slightly more structure than the Cordura, I think. I agree with the series of pouchs, but you may just want the clear front pouches so you immediately see the contents and maybe a clear packing cube or two for other bulky or larger items (Kerlex, 4x4s, tape).

    Regardless, get the Absolute Strap; it would be much more comfortable carrying the bag.

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  • MagicTiki
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    Do you need something more structured/protective? You also might want to consider the Empire Builder as an option if you need that.

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  • ex machina
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    Have you put together the contents yet to determine the volume you will need in a bag? Also, will this be used as a First Responder kit, necessitating immediate access to all contents or more of a classic doctor's bag? I could see a system of keystraps and pouches working well as a doctor's bag and providing quick access to contents. But this method will require opening the zipper on the pouches. I guess you could leave the zippers open but the possibility of spillage increases.

    I have the medium cafe bag and it is excellent. I use it daily, it holds up well, looks like new, and allows me quick access to contents. I utilize a series of pouches and keystraps. The medium size pouches I do not strap up. The others I do.

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  • MsMoon
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    Zombie Apocalypse aside, I am looking for a new medical bag. This is a sort of worst-case-scenario in-case-of-emergency kit. I need to hold everything from meds to sterile towels, suture supplies, stethoscope, otoscope, etc. I am considering the Super Ego with some organizer pouches, kit, clear quarter packing cube, etc. I need it to be large, but also be something I can take to third world countries occasionally for medical trips as a personal item. Any thoughts?

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  • Shiva
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    Medium Cafe Bag: great conference bag

    So I am relatively new to Tom Bihn bags (although I consider myself a bag addict!)--and I just recently got a Medium Cafe bag. I have always used the standard LLBean, Lands' End, Timbuk2 bags; and have just recently discovered Waterfield Designs (made in San Fran), and Tom Bihn.
    I have to say that the Medium Cafe bag was wonderful. I do a lot of 3 or 4 day academic conferences which start at 8 and go on till late night; and I am usually lugging around the program book (fairly heavy!), various papers and presentations, usual assortment of other oddities...and I must say this was the most well thought out and easy bag I have ever carried. Everything was quickly accessible, and it hung well --and it was never in the way when I had to sit around crowded tables.
    My only wish was that it had a removable shoulder strap--so that I could have put in a better shoulder strap.
    I am thinking of getting the Western Flyer--but I am wondering if I should wait for your 3 compartment one. Can you say when that might be available?
    Given all the luggage restrictions, I am trying to see if I can carry a Western Flyer and an Imago or ID and that is it. I am a fairly small person, so sizing does become crucial. I am not able to tell between Imago and ID-so chewing on that. The Patagonia MLC fully loaded is too big for me, for example!:D
    Thoughts? I am just 5 feet tall!

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  • ex machina
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    The FVZA Rides Again!

    Originally posted by MagicTiki View Post
    This is the greatest and most important thread ever.

    Do you think we could get Tom to add "Approved for the Zombie Apocalypse" as the new saying on the bag tag?

    How does one get such certification?


    The Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency
    ( http://www.fvza.org/ ) would be my best bet for a place to get that. I heard rumor that they are still operating, albeit as a 'black' agency, and that they work closely with - read mopping up after - the Santa Rosa Institute. Oh, the possibilities! Freudian Slip with optional Stake($5)? :p
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  • rodrigues
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    timothy ...

    Your point is valid if we're dealing with slow moving zombies. In that case, lugging a huge bag around would be fine. But if the scenario involves fast moving zombies, no matter how appealing the thought of extra ammo is, the extra weight of the contents of your Super Ego (versus the Imago) will only weigh you down to an unsafe point.

    Still, I encourage you to use the Super Ego. That way the zombies can eat you while I run. You know what gamers say - when you find yourself in the company of a halfling and an ill-tempered Dragon, remember - you don't have to outrun the Dragon ... you just have to outrun the halfling.

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  • MagicTiki
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    This is the greatest and most important thread ever.

    Do you think we could get Tom to add "Approved for the Zombie Apocalypse" as the new saying on the bag tag?

    How does one get such certification?

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  • ex machina
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    The prepared intelligent mind can always defend against the zombies. And as we all know, anyone who uses Tom Bihn bags is, by definition, intelligent and prepared. ;)

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  • timothy
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    I say, for full zombie attack mode, a Super Ego is the minimum size :)

    The plain old Ego, not so bad, either.

    But in a zombie pinch, the Imago would beat a sharp stick in the eye, except to actual advancing zombies.

    timothy

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