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  • RonaldP
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    I missed this at the time. Nope, I had nothing on the outside, though the bag was stuffed otherwise. Perhaps if I'd been willing to push good and hard it would have gone in, it was a long time ago.

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  • backpack
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    Originally posted by backpack View Post
    I don't have a Smart Alec but I have 3 Brain Bags.

    The best backpack I've ever owned, hands down.

    I have been using urban backpacks (as in non camping) ever since they were first put in the market. I have used many brands and many size of backpacks hence my screen name.

    Like others, I strongly suggest that you order a Freudian Slip (or two).

    The Brain Bag has two main compartments, it should be ideal for the items you plan to transport.

    Do measure your widest item to make sure it fits in the width of the compartments, there is no need to worry about a quarter, half or inch because the divider is flexible.

    I am sure owners of both the Smart Alex and the Brain Bag will chime in.


    In the meantime, check the picture thread on this forum and on Tom Bihn Flicker page Flickr: tom bihn bags

    My post made the Blog! Thank You, Darcy!

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  • backpack
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    Originally posted by RonaldP View Post
    I find a fully stuffed Brain Bag is too think to fit in the luggage sizer when flying. I take out the Brain Cell, and use that as my second carry on, and fly with the laptop part empty and compressed.
    The Brain Bag 18" x 14" x 9" / 450 x 350 x 230mm is smaller than the Aeronaut 22" x 14" x 9" / 555 x 355 x 230mm.

    The Aeronaut has been photographed countless time by customers in various airlines luggage sizers, both in the U.S and abroad. One airline uses the Aeronaut to picture its ideal carry on.

    Maybe if an heavy puffy winter/ski jacket is strapped in front of the Brain Bag it would widen the whole thing to more than 9" or 230 mm width.

    But as such, the Brain Bag is not the culprit for not fitting in the airlines luggage sizers, it is the winter/ ski jacket add on or whatever bulky stuff you choose to add on there.


    By the way, in 06, I travelled with two computers one in the ancestor of the Cache and one in the ancestor of the Vertical Brain Cell, I had no problem fitting all the accessories and documentation associated with each computer as well as a couple of full size external hard drives with associated cables and documentation.

    Using the ancestor of the Brain Cell as an outside carry-on was not an option because we were flying with our beloved cat in her carrier, in the cabin.

    The Brain Bag being a first class computer bag and the airline brand cat carrier being the worse thing I ever bought is really all I can remember from that trip.

    It was a move and this first and a second Brain Bag have been lifesavers during the 2 other moves and countless trips they have been taken on.

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  • leviathan
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    The joys of living only 3 hours from Seattle:







    Immediate impressions are (understandably) fueled by bag lust. Compared to my Smart Alec the Brain Bag doesnt LOOK much different - as far as dimensions go. It fits me about the same (5'10", 165 lbs) and there's only a few inches separating their outer dimensions. But the weight difference is an immediate factor. I'm also very excited about the mesh back on the Brain Bag. I spend a lot of time hustling through airports to catch impossible connections, it will surely come in handy. The cache is much roomier than I imagined. I think I had hoped for a more snug fit than loose. I'll warm up to better as I use it.

    I've already moved my Brain Cell out of my Smart Alec and into the Brain Bag. I'll take her on her maiden voyage on Thursday for a 5-day trip to the east coast for a quick run of shows. The catch is I'll be working AND living out of just the Brain Bag. I'll post a packing list in a couple of days.

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  • RonaldP
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    I find a fully stuffed Brain Bag is too think to fit in the luggage sizer when flying. I take out the Brain Cell, and use that as my second carry on, and fly with the laptop part empty and compressed.

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  • pretzelb
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    Originally posted by leviathan View Post
    Let me just say that you all are terrible for my bank account. i just caved in and bought the Brain Bag (Steel) and an iPad Cache.
    You really can't go too wrong with the BB. If you need that size and space and you like the looks it's a great bag.

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  • backpack
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    Originally posted by jeffmac View Post
    Congrats leviathan! You will not regret it and we can all sympathize on the bank account front!
    +1 and we want pictures when the package comes in!

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  • jeffmac
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    Congrats leviathan! You will not regret it and we can all sympathize on the bank account front!

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  • leviathan
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    Let me just say that you all are terrible for my bank account. i just caved in and bought the Brain Bag (Steel) and an iPad Cache.

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  • backpack
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    My Packing Cube Backpack is packed full.

    I use it the way I would use a Synapse.

    Tomorrow, I will test it inside one of my Brain Bag.


    I can already tell you that I think it will fit, a quarter of an inch for the depth of each compartment is nothing.

    It will fit in length and in width.


    18" x 14" x 9" Brain Bag outer dimensions.


    PS: sorry for messing up the quote while responding to your post, I clicked the wrong button, I guess.

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  • leviathan
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    Originally posted by backpack View Post
    The Packing Cube Backpack for Aeronaut fits in either compartment of the Brain Bag with a little more wiggle room.

    Its outer dimensions are: 11'' x 4.5'' x 7.5''
    YES. This is exactly the info I needed. In which direction(s) does the Packing Cube have wiggle room? If the width of the compartment is 5" I think I may have found a suitable camera insert.

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  • backpack
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    Originally posted by leviathan View Post
    Thanks for the replies, friends. I think my biggest concern is if that insert I linked to would fit into the bottom of the front pocket. If that works out I'll be golden.

    Mountainsmith

    its dimension are 17.5" x 13.5" x 4.25"

    The Packing Cube Backpack for Aeronaut fits in either compartment of the Brain Bag with a little more wiggle room.

    Its outer dimensions are: 11'' x 4.5'' x 7.5''
    Last edited by backpack; 05-25-2011, 10:14 PM.

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  • gmanedit
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    The BB is really big if you fill it up. Otherwise, cinch it in. (Can't do that with the SA.)

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  • pretzelb
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    I have both and my only caution would be that the BB is really big. If you really must carry a ton of stuff then it's a good choice. I've found that I don't like all the weight so I opt for the SA more often. I do like the organization of the BB better though. But the SA is better looking imo.

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  • leviathan
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    Thanks for the replies, friends. I think my biggest concern is if that insert I linked to would fit into the bottom of the front pocket. If that works out I'll be golden.

    Mountainsmith

    Its outer dimensions are: 11'' x 4.5'' x 7.5''

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