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  • jeffmac
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    If you are looking at the 13/15 it will be no problem. I routinely carry the MBP, a smaller tablet, a waterfield cable guy, 2 medium , 2 small and 2 mini TB organizer pouches.

    I don't have one of the 11, but I'd you did not put the MBP in a cache I would think you could get both in.

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  • csutter
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    The Cadet looks really good to me. I don't NEED another TB bag, but... I have an ID I use for a travel bag with 13" mbp + original ipad. it does get heavy, for me, when loaded up w/ pwr supply, exernal hd, various. cables & connectors (in snake charmer), etc. and files and books, too. Hope to get ipad3 when they come out -- expect it to be lighter than the original. Do you think I could get the 13" mbp + new ipad into the cadet sans all that other stuff? trying to lighten my load.

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  • jeffmac
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    The cache for the Cadet is usable outside of the Cadet but it has the two guardian clips sewn to the bottom of the case.

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  • marbenais
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    Originally posted by ncb4 View Post
    I love my MBA 11, I really do: but I know what you mean about the Powerbook 12—nothing else has its personality. And despite the dented case (which has the unfortunate side effect of pushing out the plug of the power adapter when you don't realize it), the Powerbook is still doing yeoman's duty as my husband's home computer. Given his druthers, he'd still be using a chisel and stone tablet, but even he appreciates the little Powerbook for web surfing and quick checks of email.

    For your MBA, there are hard shells out there: Speck and Incipio make some. But I'm not sure how much protection that would offer in case of a drop. Is that what you mean by a stay-on always case?
    I kept modifying the PowerBook -- it's up to a 250GB hard drive now, and the . . . sixth, I believe, battery, and at least the third power cable. What pushed me to the MBA were the changes with the iPhone, actually -- I couldn't sync fully with the PowerBook because it could only run Leopard, and iOS 4 moved beyond that.

    I actually have an Incipio case on the MBA right now, but it started breaking literally as soon as I put it on, and keeps cracking on the edges so it doesn't stay on well. I've had NeoCases (neoprene stay-on cases) on every laptop since my iBook in 2004, and I've gotten used to that level of protection, but they don't make them for the MBAs. I've never used a case which the computer didn't "wear" all the time -- like the Cache, having to take it out -- so I'm resistant because it's another step before I can open the computer.

    Does anyone know how different the Cache for the Cadet is from the regular Cache? If one bought only the Cadet with the Cache, would that Cache be usable outside of the Cadet?

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  • misterN
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    Originally posted by xtal View Post
    Thanks for taking that photo, that helps enormously. I think that my current setup (in neoprene sleeves) should live comfortably in the Cadet. Did you ever try to fit the larger lenses (67-72mm filter diameter) while attached to the body.

    Again, thanks for the stellar review, and following up via the forum.
    I haven't. The 105 DC is a 72mm filter lens. The problem is that my camera body is bulky. Roughly, it's 5 1/4" wide, about 4 1/2" tall (with my mono/tripod plate on) and about 3 1/8" deep. I would usually put the camera with lens attached with the LCD/back side down in the bag, but with my camera being so tall and wide, it distorts the shape of the bag.

    Originally posted by LiLin View Post
    Thank you very much MisterN for the photo of your camera gear inside the cadet. I had asked before about carrying camera gear inside the cadet - and you did respond to that post that you would not carry your camera gear in the cadet. I see your point now that I see your photo.

    I am waiting for TB to release the camera insert. It will be big for my panny gh2, but I am standing in line to purchase one when it becomes available!
    If you had a smaller size dSLR, I think it wouldn't be a big problem. My old D3100 would have fit in here no problem what so ever with lens attached. Your millage will vary dependent on what your camera is.

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  • Walker
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    And for the BIG question: will the camera insert fit inside the cadet?????

    :)

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  • Walker
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    Originally posted by misterN View Post
    Maybe.

    It depends on what your dSLR is and if you're using the Cadet as a camera bag, or simply as a travel bag to store your camera in to and from your destination. I own a D7000 and I wouldn't feel comfortable using the Cadet and trying to store my camera with a lens attached. Below is a picture of my camera stuff in my 13/15 Cadet.
    Thank you very much MisterN for the photo of your camera gear inside the cadet. I had asked before about carrying camera gear inside the cadet - and you did respond to that post that you would not carry your camera gear in the cadet. I see your point now that I see your photo.

    I am waiting for TB to release the camera insert. It will be big for my panny gh2, but I am standing in line to purchase one when it becomes available!

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  • Katy
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    Originally posted by jeffmac View Post
    LOL! I am pretending to be Brian and Katie today. I just got off the phone with someone that was calling to ask me questions about the cadet. They wanted to know how to order it! I had to actually send them over to Tom Bihn to get them set up! How did they find my cell phone number?
    Hahahaha!!!

    Don't worry! We're not outsourcing :).
    Last edited by Katy; 11-30-2011, 01:55 PM.

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  • xtal
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    Originally posted by misterN View Post
    Maybe.

    It depends on what your dSLR is and if you're using the Cadet as a camera bag, or simply as a travel bag to store your camera in to and from your destination. I own a D7000 and I wouldn't feel comfortable using the Cadet and trying to store my camera with a lens attached. Below is a picture of my camera stuff in my 13/15 Cadet.

    (Lenses from left to right: Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm VR f/4-5.6, Nikkor AF-D 105 DC f/2, Nikkor AF-S 35 f/1.8, Nikon D7000 w/ body cap attached)

    While there is some padding on the bottom and sides of the Cadet, I wouldn't feel comfortable for this setup (I didn't even feel comfortable putting in there without moving it, tbh :P)
    Thanks for taking that photo, that helps enormously. I think that my current setup (in neoprene sleeves) should live comfortably in the Cadet. Did you ever try to fit the larger lenses (67-72mm filter diameter) while attached to the body.

    Again, thanks for the stellar review, and following up via the forum.

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  • jeffmac
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    LOL! I am pretending to be Brian and Katie today. I just got off the phone with someone that was calling to ask me questions about the cadet. They wanted to know how to order it! I had to actually send them over to Tom Bihn to get them set up! How did they find my cell phone number?

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  • misterN
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    Originally posted by xtal View Post
    Thanks for the great review. I'm ever closer to picking up the Cadet. A question: Do you think an SLR could fit in the main compartment along with a couple of lenses?
    Maybe.

    It depends on what your dSLR is and if you're using the Cadet as a camera bag, or simply as a travel bag to store your camera in to and from your destination. I own a D7000 and I wouldn't feel comfortable using the Cadet and trying to store my camera with a lens attached. Below is a picture of my camera stuff in my 13/15 Cadet.



    (Lenses from left to right: Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm VR f/4-5.6, Nikkor AF-D 105 DC f/2, Nikkor AF-S 35 f/1.8, Nikon D7000 w/ body cap attached)

    While there is some padding on the bottom and sides of the Cadet, I wouldn't feel comfortable for this setup (I didn't even feel comfortable putting in there without moving it, tbh :P)

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  • ncb4
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    Originally posted by marbenais View Post
    I only replaced my 12" PowerBook this September, when I went back to school. I have the 11" MacBook Air now, and it somehow feels bigger than the PowerBook does, despite being lighter & thinner. It's great, but it doesn't quite have the PowerBook's personality. Of course, it also doesn't have the multitude of dents . . . somehow, despite all of the drops, the PowerBook kept going strong for many, many years. It's still going, as the music computer, just not as my main computer.

    I do need to get a Cache for the MBA, because I've already broken its case beyond repair. I also need a better stay-on-always case . . .
    I love my MBA 11, I really do: but I know what you mean about the Powerbook 12—nothing else has its personality. And despite the dented case (which has the unfortunate side effect of pushing out the plug of the power adapter when you don't realize it), the Powerbook is still doing yeoman's duty as my husband's home computer. Given his druthers, he'd still be using a chisel and stone tablet, but even he appreciates the little Powerbook for web surfing and quick checks of email.

    For your MBA, there are hard shells out there: Speck and Incipio make some. But I'm not sure how much protection that would offer in case of a drop. Is that what you mean by a stay-on always case?

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  • backpack
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    Originally posted by Jenne View Post
    I have the 15. I might try closing it on the flap, but I think I'll get or make some kind of band as extra insurance.
    The Money Belt look like the perfect item for that.

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  • xtal
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    Thanks for the great review. I'm ever closer to picking up the Cadet. A question: Do you think an SLR could fit in the main compartment along with a couple of lenses?

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  • Jenne
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    Originally posted by ncb4 View Post
    I'm so relieved for you that your MBP survived the fall unscathed!

    I hope you find a solution that makes your MBP more secure inside its Cache.

    ~Nancy
    Thanks! Me, too! I've only had it for a couple of weeks now and I love it so much!

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