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    Spent the weekend camping in Yosemite. This is my husband during our Half Dome hike; he hiked with his Packing Cube Backpack. You can see Half Dome peeking out on the left.


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      Originally posted by adalangdon View Post
      I really, really love picking up nice second hand items, partly because they are usually no longer made and partly? mainly? because it means something isn't going to waste. I was lucky enough to grab an old-style foam padded pouch, and absolutely *heart* it. The old foam is squishy and/but firm like nothing else is, and it's replaced my ultrasuede Nook pouch as my portable HD case. Perfect. My current laptop is giving up the ghost, and I wish I could get a cache in the old foam to accompany whatever smaller laptop it is that I'll be getting.

      Here it is with a Nordic COW-- also a treasured second-hand goodie-- that's currently in rotation.

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      @adalangdon, I never had a chance to comment on your post from late July, but the denser foam that was used in that medium padded organizer pouch from a few years back is also my favorite. Any padded pouch or cache in that color, which was called Charcoal, will use the denser foam. So will padded pouches made in a lighter, more silvery color (excerpted from my post (#3) in the Quick question re: padded pouches thread:



      Your charcoal with foam option was used for the first set of laptop caches with dense foam (about the time when the original Synapse debuted -- that's when I got my first vertical cache in Charcoal for the MacBook 13). It was also used for the first iPad/Netbook Cache, and for the separate divided padded pockets of the first and second geneneration Ristrettos, the updated (for larger laptops) Buzz Sling Backoack, and when the Ristrettos for iPad and 11" MacBook Air debuted. There are many more laptop cache options with the dense foam in black, if you can identify them. The caches for the original Cadet (with small webbing loops for rails) were all made if this denser foam, although this design changed a little before they came out with caches for the iPad Mini, and the later produced caches for the Cadet used the current design foam and nylon stitched outsides that was in place by the time all the current caches with rails were made.

      As another comment, the same, dense, foam padding was used for the inside of the (retired) Breve for iPad. That bag also has the most luxurious feeling Taslon nylon interior compared to any of the caches or padded pouches I have ever felt.

      So, in conclusion, as you know, I have favorites of all the different materials that have been used -- including the clear urethane used for cubes and the pockets of the Swift and Little Swift. That generation of dense foam is my favorite for my caches and padded pouches. They did make laptop caches for the 11" MacBook Air in that dense foam -- I got one for someone who is notoriously negligent about using caches and Brain Cells for his laptops. If I get an 11" MacBook Air or other laptop that would fit that cache, I intend to steal it and replace it with a current model cache, since he'll never know the difference!

      moriond

      ETA: These are what some of the older padded pouches with the dense foam padding looked like. You had the option of selecting either the white or red trim, at the time
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        From our trip to Liguria:

        On the deck off our room -
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        On a daytrip to Abbazia San Fruttuoso (if the CP looks a little ragged, it's because it's an EDC packhorse. From hiking, carrying work equipment or milk and wine bottles while shopping; I'm never without it):
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        [2004] Brain Bag (w/Lg. A45 Packing Cube, Snake Charmer, Q-kit & 2 Brain cells)
        - [2010] Aeronaut45 (w/Absolute, 1lg/2sm Packing Cubes, Travel Tray PCSB, Passport Pouch & 3D clear cube)
        - - [2013] Co-Pilot (w/S.O.S. strap, Cache, Clear Org wallet, 3D mesh cube, whistle, Sm. COP's & Q-kit)
        - - - [2015] Tristar (traded for A30)
        - - - - [2016] ID, Aeronaut30 (w/Absolute & Lg. Aether cube), Side Effect
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          Originally posted by dnarud13 View Post
          From our trip to Liguria:
          On a daytrip to Abbazia San Fruttuoso (if the CP looks a little ragged, it's because it's an EDC packhorse. From hiking, carrying work equipment or milk and wine bottles while shopping; I'm never without it):
          Your CoPilot looks fine -- just some slight wear around the zippers. If you want to treat this, you can use some Aerospace 303 as @tpnl did in his post with pictures (#15) in the thread discussing zippers, and ways of rehabilitating them, from earlier this year.

          moriond

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            Originally posted by moriond View Post
            So, in conclusion, as you know, I have favorites of all the different materials that have been used -- including the clear urethane used for cubes and the pockets of the Swift and Little Swift. That generation of dense foam is my favorite for my caches and padded pouches. They did make laptop caches for the 11" MacBook Air in that dense foam -- I got one for someone who is notoriously negligent about using caches and Brain Cells for his laptops. If I get an 11" MacBook Air or other laptop that would fit that cache, I intend to steal it and replace it with a current model cache, since he'll never know the difference!
            LOL, I approve of that plan. I think I need to keep an eye out for one of those fluffy MBP caches for my current smaller laptop. Would you or anyone else know if the MBPs of that generation were the same size as the ones now?

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              Originally posted by adalangdon View Post
              LOL, I approve of that plan. I think I need to keep an eye out for one of those fluffy MBP caches for my current smaller laptop. Would you or anyone else know if the MBPs of that generation were the same size as the ones now?
              @adalangdon, All the 13" MacBook Pros from earlier generations (i.e., non-Retina models) can use the size 6Z Cache. I just answered this question earlier today in a post in the Trying to decide for work carry thread:

              Originally posted by moriond View Post
              @PandaOps,

              The size 6Z is the cache designed for 13" MacBooks of the non-retina and non-air variety. People who have the 13" retina MacBook Pro and the 13" MacBook Air can also use the cache for the 13" MacBook Air for both.
              You can also read a summary in the older Cache for a 13" Unibody MacBook Pro? thread. As I noted in my earlier reply to your post, you're much more likely to find black caches in that dense foam for an old 13" MacBook or 13" MacBook Pro (non-Retina model) than in the Charcoal variety, in terms of sheer numbers that they produced after switching to Black, but seeing a Charcoal Cache for an old 13" MacBook or MacBook Pro (i.e., Size 6Z vertical or horizontal cache) is a dead giveaway that they used the older, denser foam.

              HTH and good luck with your search.

              moriond

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                Here are some photos from some recent outings...

                A friend and I spent about 16 days touring and hiking a bunch of the SW National Parks. Here is my Smart Alec at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.
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                The Clear Quarter Packing Cube held all of my toiletries and the Packing Cube Shoulder Bag held clothes to and from the showers at the campground in Bryce.
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                Last weekend, I hiked to Fern Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park with my Synapse 25.
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                  Originally posted by Shanisol View Post
                  Here are some photos from some recent outings...

                  A friend and I spent about 16 days touring and hiking a bunch of the SW National Parks. Here is my Smart Alec at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park.


                  The Clear Quarter Packing Cube held all of my toiletries and the Packing Cube Shoulder Bag held clothes to and from the showers at the campground in Bryce.


                  Last weekend, I hiked to Fern Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park with my Synapse 25.
                  I love Bryce. Can't wait to get back there some day. Curious though - why the SA for one trip and the S25 for the other? I'm considering a back pack for next year and I'm always curious why people make choices between these 2. I always thought I'd be a synapse girl for the organization but I love the look of the SA. (Plus I am not nearly as organized as I think I am.)

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                    Originally posted by Saltgirl View Post
                    I love Bryce. Can't wait to get back there some day. Curious though - why the SA for one trip and the S25 for the other? I'm considering a back pack for next year and I'm always curious why people make choices between these 2. I always thought I'd be a synapse girl for the organization but I love the look of the SA. (Plus I am not nearly as organized as I think I am.)
                    Bryce was probably my favorite out of all the parks we visited - absolutely loved hiking in the hoodoos!

                    It's funny, I didn't even really consider the Smart Alec when I needed a backpack for school. I was so sure I would be a Synapse girl. The the lovely enablers on the forum made me reconsider and I bought one a couple of years later, just to see. Now, I find I use the Smart Alec more often, though I still also love the Synapse.

                    For the 16 day trip, I took the Smart Alec because I had bought the Insulated CamelBak and thought I could use the gatekeeper clips to attach it to the bag where the lower mod pocket would sit. It didn't quite line up, but I could have rigged it somehow if necessary. I didn't end up needing to do that.

                    For the Fern Lake hike, I took the Synapse because I usually use the Smart Alec for work (because my lunch bag fits better) and didn't want to unpack it.

                    Both packs work well for hiking. I find I tend to use different accessories with them though. For other scenarios I pick one depending on the specific situation and whichever one I'm feeling at the time. Sorry - I know that's probably not that helpful.
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                      My bags are cat furniture when they're not hauling my stuff. I really don't find the cordura to be an issue. Our fluffy girl is buff-colored, so you would think her hair on indigo cordura would be a big deal. It isn't, though. My bag is pretty much hair-free after some dusting and being jostled about a bit, and not a lot sticks to it to begin with.

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                        This is my Large Shop Bag in a tour on a river we call the Amazonas of the North (which is of cause whildly exadurated :-) it is the Peene in the North of Germany:

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                          The anticipation regarding the debuts seems to be driving me a bit hatty. Yes I DID go there!


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                            Originally posted by NWhikergal View Post
                            The anticipation regarding the debuts seems to be driving me a bit hatty. Yes I DID go there!


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                            Oh how I've missed you, @NWhikergal!


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                              I took the kiddo to tour Flagler College today. They have one of the prettiest campuses I have ever seen. We received a voucher to dine in the cafeteria, so we caught some pretty good grub and dined on the authentic Tiffany chairs. It cracked me up to sit on them while simultaneously pulling up to a Formica table! What a juxtaposition!
                              Here is my LCB bag in grey sitting on the chair. Some of the chairs in the hall are copies of the Tiffany ones. I didn't check to see if this particular chair was the "real deal."

                              Here's a ceiling in the building that houses the dining hall. It is real gold leaf.

                              Another photo taken from outside the hall. It's a gorgeous day in Florida, although a bit warm for my liking.

                              Finally, here's some sweet sock yarn I snagged from a new shop that opened just down the street. It will live in my Swift until that new Cross body bag makes its way to me!


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                                In the speculation thread, I indicated how much I want that new baby backpack. And while my love for the DLBP is powerful, it can actually overpower me a bit. I wanted to give photographic proof of this and reinforce my plea for the baby backpack (is there an official name yet?).



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