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  • Lani
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    Originally posted by okie View Post
    I'll give the other one to my mom. Win-win!
    OMG you're so awesome! Your mom will be so happy!!

    Originally posted by okie View Post
    I have a dyneema co-pilot. I did try it using it as a "purse" around town but I think it might be too much bag. Of course I just threw some junk in it to test. I'll try it again with things more organized and see how that goes. I'll have it with me anyway since it will be my seat bag on the plane.
    I, too, have the Dyneema Co-Pilot, and I agree, it's a little too big to carry as a purse around town! I love my Co-Pilot but me personally, it's a limited-use bag. I find it truly makes an awesome seatmate (not just for flying, but when on road trips, too!), primarily because it holds a bottle, and my iPad. I think the reason it feels a little too big as a purse is because it has that piping around the top corners that makes this bag very squarish, even when you don't have a lot of stuff packed in the front side pockets. If those corners didn't stick out so much, I think they would "slouch" more when not full. Have you noticed how, even though women carry humongous purses, that they all tend to slouch? In my opinion that's the secret to big purses.

    Originally posted by okie View Post
    When carrying the dyneema co-pilot cross-body, it makes my side sweaty. Would the ballistic nylon be better?
    Keep in mind I don't have a Ballistic Nylon Co-Pilot so this is purely a guess, but I'm going to say no. The reason the Dyneema Co-Pilot makes your hip sweat is because of its size, and because the back panel seems to like to hug the body.

    If you see my sig file you'll see that I have a couple of Cafe Bags, but I'm going to confess something here. My husband is the one who likes them more than me! For me, my favorite small purse is the TB Side Effect, and my default go-to purse is a Packing Cube Shoulder Bag, believe it or not! The PCSB slouches and sags wonderfully, and it still fits my iPad. In fact as much as I like everything TB makes, I think that silly, cheap little PCSB is probably my single favoritest product they sell. It's so lightweight, so versatile, so handy and convenient.

    The amazing thing is that the fabric is really hard to rip (because of the ripstop cross-hatch threading). I actually tried to cut a piece (don't ask; it was an experiment with a knit bag) and even with my really sharp Fiskar shears, it was REALLY hard to cut through. Plus, unlike the Cafe Bags, they zip up completely... and I can run a cable lock or even just a bread bag twist tie through the zipper pulls and twist it up into the strap hook to make it extra hard for a pickpocket.

    Oh, and because it's not as tall as the Co-Pilot, I don't sweat at all with a PCSB.

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  • okie
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    I have a dyneema co-pilot. I did try it using it as a "purse" around town but I think it might be too much bag. Of course I just threw some junk in it to test. I'll try it again with things more organized and see how that goes. I'll have it with me anyway since it will be my seat bag on the plane.

    When carrying the dyneema co-pilot cross-body, it makes my side sweaty. Would the ballistic nylon be better?

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  • 123veo
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    Hey Okie, I know that this is a bit late, but have you considered the co-pilot? I use mine as a cross-body day bag everyday - and I love it! It would certainly hold everything that you listed, and then some. It's very secure and the ballistic nylon is gorgeous. Just a thought....

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  • ncb4
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    Originally posted by teresapoet View Post
    I recently discovered that a 3D Clear Organizer Cube fits pretty perfectly at the bottom of my Small Cafe Bag. I tried it to prevent everything from piling at the bottom of the bag (which seems to work really well), but the o-rings would also allow you to attach it to the bag for extra security. (The SCB has two o-rings in the main compartment.)

    I've ordered a Medium Cafe Bag that's arriving on Wednesday, and I'm curious to see how the 3D Cube works in it!
    What a great idea about the 3D Clear Organizer Cube. I've got an MCB; I'm going to try that myself.

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  • okie
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    Thanks everyone for the useful information.

    I'm going to order both the Small and Medium Cafe Bags to see which one suits me better. I'll give the other one to my mom. Win-win!

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  • teresapoet
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    I recently discovered that a 3D Clear Organizer Cube fits pretty perfectly at the bottom of my Small Cafe Bag. I tried it to prevent everything from piling at the bottom of the bag (which seems to work really well), but the o-rings would also allow you to attach it to the bag for extra security. (The SCB has two o-rings in the main compartment.)

    I've ordered a Medium Cafe Bag that's arriving on Wednesday, and I'm curious to see how the 3D Cube works in it. I considered trying a Side Effect, but the waist strap seemed like wasted weight/material/labor since I don't expect to use it (I would love to have the option of a Side Effect without the waist strap). Instead, I ordered a Snake Charmer to try out at the bottom of the MCB (a bit big but should work if not stuffed), with the backup plan of using it for cables and other electronics accessories. Just two more days of waiting left before my order arrives!

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  • jannilee
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    Also, NEVER sit with your back to an exit. A friend got thoroughly scouted for a grab 'n dash. Fortunately she was wearing her bag cross body and I told her to hold onto it so the scout gave up and went looking for other foolish tourists. Often the pickpockets work in gangs with one or more putting on performance art - a loud argument, pitiful crying etc to distract the marks while others hit up the audience.

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  • Lani
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    Originally posted by okie View Post
    I'm mostly worried about Rome. I have been there before and gotten pickpocketed on the Metro.
    Oooo yeah Rome is particularly full of pickpockets, especially on mass transit. There are professional pickpockets who just ride the bus all day and wait for hapless tourists.

    If you wind up taking a Cafe Bag, just make sure, when you get on a bus or Metro, that you:

    - "Flip" the bag around so that the flap is against your body.
    - Cinch the strap a little tighter (which you will want to do in advance because the Cafe Bag straps are a little harder to tighten on the fly)
    - Bring the bag to the front so it's worn cross-body style by your ribs, and right under your forearm as you crook your elbow. Make sure the flap opening nearer to your side is covered by your forearm or elbow, so that you'll be able to feel anyone's hand trying to worm into the bag from that side opening.

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  • Shiva
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    I travel using public transport in most places.....I find attaching everything via O-rings, and daisy chaining couple of key straps should take care of most issues. If you must carry passport etc., carry it via a neck pouch or hidden waist belt. There is no getting around that.
    I have also liked a travel bag that Ellington's make--it is quite an old one. It has a hidden zipper pocket in the back of the bag--say, if TB were to add a zippered pocket in the outside compartment--I find this the most useful to stash important things--it will always lie against your body and no one can get at it sans mugging you. Tom or Darcy: is this something that can be added? I think I am being clear--but happy to discuss it. It is an old design and I have never found anything else as useful or sensible!

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  • Frank II
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    My Linen hasn't gotten dirty. I'm very careful.

    Yes, Rome is one of those cities where pickpocketing is a problem. Keep the bag in front of you when in crowded places and your arm over the front. It will be difficult for a thief to stick his, or her, hand in the bag that way.

    My wish would be a Cafe Bag with a zipper closure for the main compartment.

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  • okie
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    Frank II, that reveiw is why I asked about putting the Side Effect in the SCB! (Love your website - lurk there all the time too!!)

    I'm mostly worried about Rome. I have been there before and gotten pickpocketed on the Metro. It was during rush hour and people were packed like sardines. Luckily he only took my loose cash ($60) and left my camera, credit card and stashed money.

    I'll give the MCB a shot. I can always use just one more bag in my collection. Right?

    Frank II, how easily does the Linen get dirty? It is such a beautiful color.

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  • ncb4
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    I enjoyed your review, and especially the photo of how you connect the Side Effect with key straps. I just checked my Imago, wondering if I could do the same thing with it, but alas, it doesn't have two O-rings in the main compartment. This may prompt me to get a Large Cafe Bag one day.

    Thanks for the great idea!

    Nancy

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  • Frank II
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    Actually, ncb4, I wrote about it in a review I did of the Large Cafe Bag over at One Bag, One World.

    Review: Tom Bihn Large Cafe Bag - OBOW Blog - One-bag, carry-on, light travel tips, techniques, and gear

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  • ncb4
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    Originally posted by Frank II View Post
    The Side Effect won't fit into the SCB. I wrote about using the Side Effect inside the LCB and connect it via the key rings so that if the bottom is slashed, the Side Effect, holding all my important stuff, won't fall to the floor. It will also work in the MCB.

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    FrankII, I missed your post on using the Side Effect inside either the Large or Medium Cafe bags, connected via key rings. What a fantastic idea! I'm going to try that out with my MCB as soon as my Side Effect arrives.

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  • Frank II
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    The Side Effect won't fit into the SCB. I wrote about using the Side Effect inside the LCB and connect it via the key rings so that if the bottom is slashed, the Side Effect, holding all my important stuff, won't fall to the floor. It will also work in the MCB.

    However, you are adding a good deal of weight with the Side Effect.

    I'm guessing you have the Pacsafe Metrosafe 200 which is about the same size as the MCB. The weights get to be close once you start adding pouches and stuff to the MCB.

    In truth, while bag slashing has occurred, it's still pretty rare. Just keep a hand on the bag while in crowded areas and you should be okay. Put a couple of things into pouches and you'll be fine.

    Do you mind me asking where you're going that is getting you so worried?

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