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  • Lani
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    You know, I think a vacation to Seattle might be a lovely idea for you...

    Just pack all your stuff in plastic garbage bags. That way when you get to Seattle, you'll be all, "Oh-em-gee, I can't risk getting any holes in my trash bags. I must buy real bags! Now, where should I shop?"

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  • JLE
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    Originally posted by Mark1966 View Post

    I HAVE BROUGHT MY LAST TB PRODUCT

    I HAVE BROUGHT MY LAST TB PRODUCT

    I HAVE BROUGHT MY LAST TB PRODUCT


    I live in Canberra, the political capital of Australia where we believe that if you say something often enough it must be true....




    Rats, should have purchased the bag in January.....




    I HAVE BROUGHT MY LAST TB PRODUCT

    I HAVE BROUGHT MY LAST TB PRODUCT

    I HAVE BROUGHT MY LAST TB PRODUCT


    See above, trust me, I'm from Canberra (OK, I'm not actually from Canberra but I live there now - lets not split hairs on technicalities like that)
    Hmmmm, aroma of head-in-the-sand with a top note of petulant desperation! I get green....

    Just wait until the goodies arrive, then we'll see. And if you are well organised enough with notice etc, I can demonstrate my entire TB stash to you if you happen to be in Melbourne ( but wait until my Aeronaut, pouches, Imago and LCB arrive for best results)!

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  • Mark1966
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    Originally posted by Badger View Post
    Hmm. Bold, all-caps and a smiling emoticon. Methinks thou doth protest too much . . .

    I HAVE BROUGHT MY LAST TB PRODUCT

    I HAVE BROUGHT MY LAST TB PRODUCT

    I HAVE BROUGHT MY LAST TB PRODUCT


    I live in Canberra, the political capital of Australia where we believe that if you say something often enough it must be true....


    Originally posted by daisy View Post
    I know because -

    a) I live in Australia.
    b) I have made several hefty Tom Bihn orders - throw in an Ego, a cadet, a couple cafe bags and some pouches etc and the shipping cost hardly hurts at all. The current exchange rate is a help - in 2002, a Ego would have cost a lot more.

    (we sell ring bound notebooks - oddly enough we get a non trivial number of orders from Europe, and even some from the US.)
    Rats, should have purchased the bag in January.....

    yup. of course you have.... (insert evil laugh)

    I HAVE BROUGHT MY LAST TB PRODUCT

    I HAVE BROUGHT MY LAST TB PRODUCT

    I HAVE BROUGHT MY LAST TB PRODUCT


    See above, trust me, I'm from Canberra (OK, I'm not actually from Canberra but I live there now - lets not split hairs on technicalities like that)

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  • daisy
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    Originally posted by gmanedit View Post
    I'll bite. How do you know? And what do you sell?

    I know because -

    a) I live in Australia.
    b) I have made several hefty Tom Bihn orders - throw in an Ego, a cadet, a couple cafe bags and some pouches etc and the shipping cost hardly hurts at all. The current exchange rate is a help - in 2002, a Ego would have cost a lot more.

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    (we sell ring bound notebooks - oddly enough we get a non trivial number of orders from Europe, and even some from the US.)



    Originally posted by Mark1966 View Post
    Thanks for the help and advice enablers. I have thought of getting a bag sent to me in NYC if I got desperate, but...

    I HAVE BROUGHT MY LAST TB PRODUCT
    yup. of course you have.... (insert evil laugh)

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  • Badger
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    Hmm. Bold, all-caps and a smiling emoticon. Methinks thou doth protest too much . . .

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  • Mark1966
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    Thanks for the help and advice enablers. I have thought of getting a bag sent to me in NYC if I got desperate, but...

    I HAVE BROUGHT MY LAST TB PRODUCT

    Sorry to have to say that in this forum of all places but I need to be clear. I will not be getting TBAD and do not need any more bags, organisers etc

    Now I did show a picture of my TS to a mate who is a frequent traveller and he wants to see it when it arrives but that is not the same.

    Great products, I can't wait to get mine but I don't need any more.

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  • gmanedit
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    Originally posted by daisy View Post
    You just have to make the product cost high enough to make the shipping fade into insignificance ... ask me how I know..... ;-)
    I'll bite. How do you know? And what do you sell?

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  • moriond
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    Originally posted by Imsajack View Post
    Originally posted by JLE View Post
    I am wondering whether a Dyneema Synapse would fit into the end pocket of an Aeronaut (rolled or folded). I am after something lightweight to take as a daypack for light hikes on my Bhutan trip and I am a bit worried that the shoulder straps on the PCBPs wouldn't be up to the task.
    The Dyneema Synapse is pretty flat when it's empty. It fits perfectly in the main compartment of the Aeronaut, and really does not take up much space.
    I've quoted JLE so it is clear who imsajack is responding to. @JLE, you can flat pack a Dyneema Synapse into the bottom of an Aeronaut, but you can't roll or fold it and put it into an end pocket. One of the reasons the Synapse is so comfortable to carry is the back panel, which Tom re-designed again at almost the last minute:
    The back panel of the Synapse is padded with 1/4", high quality, closed-cell foam with exterior of Dri-Lex Aero-Spacer mesh and 420 denier nylon. This new combination of mesh and 420 denier nylon is designed to provide maximum breathability while still being gentle on most fibers used in clothing
    The Dyneema model Synapses share this design, which means that they're just as comfortable to carry. It also means that the bag is not "rollable" or "foldable", and that you only save 6 or 7 ounces of the weight of the Cordura Synapse models. I'll just mention that even the Brain Bags don't have this comfortable a back pad design as the Synapse does -- this feature has been requested.

    moriond

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  • moriond
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    Originally posted by Mark1966 View Post
    ENABLER!

    Do TB users get a commission on future sales? Is the whole TB business some form of pyramid or ponzi type scheme?

    I suspect that you may be correct but am currently in denial. My only hope may be the high shipping cost to Australia....

    Mind you some Aussie's I know are actively promoting TB products in other forums too (maybe they have the TB commission sewn up for Down Under) so maybe that will not be sufficient.
    My earlier thought, which I did not voice, was that if you had second thoughts, you could place an order for an extra bag, have it shipped to one of our forum members in NYC (who would never dream of betraying a sacred trust by keeping aforementioned bag) and then you could pick it up -- and incidentally try out some other Tom Bihn bags in person. Didn't ken.w just meet up with Mr. jmachats in NYC less than a week ago, to try out the Synapse and Smart Alec, before placing an order for a Synapse? This would also let you save on the shipping charges.

    Just another enabler here,

    moriond

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  • Imsajack
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    I am wondering whether a Dyneema Synapse would fit into the end pocket of an Aeronaut (rolled or folded). I am after something lightweight to take as a daypack for light hikes on my Bhutan trip and I am a bit worried that the shoulder straps on the PCBPs wouldn't be up to the task.



    The Dyneema Synapse is pretty flat when it's empty. It fits perfectly in the main compartment of the Aeronaut, and really does not take up much space.

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  • Moose
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    HI Lani, I agree the Synapse is structured and does have some padding. The point I was trying to make, and not doing it well, was that the bottom of the bag that is the fabric looks like new even after I've abused it for several months. Part of the bottom is just the dyneema fabric without any padding or extra protection. I toss it, slide it, and pay no particular attention to being careful with it and still no snags, rips or loose bits. While I can't speak to size, shape and so on of the Packing Cube, I do think the fabric would take quite a bit of weight without any trouble.

    Hope that makes more sense.
    Take care,
    Moose

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  • daisy
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    Originally posted by Mark1966 View Post
    ENABLER!



    I suspect that you may be correct but am currently in denial. My only hope may be the high shipping cost to Australia....
    You just have to make the product cost high enough to make the shipping fade into insignificance ... ask me how I know..... ;-)

    on the PCBP - We have the aeronaut version - a very useful bag for a travel daypack, although I would not carry a large camera in it unless it was in a protective case (due to the lack of padding in the bag) and then I suspect it would be too lumpy (due to the lack of padding in the bag!).

    It is great for carrying outer layers and lunch etc though.
    Last edited by daisy; 04-16-2012, 02:38 PM.

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  • Lani
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    Originally posted by Mark1966 View Post
    Moose,

    I thought that the Synapse was a 'real' backpack with an exterior of '1000 denier U.S. Cordura'? It seems quite different from the PCBP.

    The post I was writing while you were posting answers your question though about what I've decided.
    You can buy the Synapse in Dyneema. The exterior is ALL Dyneema. Main difference between it and the Packing Cube Backpack, though, is that the Synapse is structured, and has a padded bottom. The PCBP has no padding anywhere. That said, as long as you provide some padding on your own, the fabric is virtually impenetrable.

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  • Lani
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    Originally posted by moriond View Post
    Mark, I'm sure that Lani and others will chime in about this. But I'll also point you to a post about using these bags. People have also been fitting out the Packing Cube Shoulder Bag for use as a small camera bag.
    I heard my name!!

    I am a huge Dyneema fan. I'd call myself the Dyneema Princess except maybe "the duchess of Dyneema" sounds better. hehe.

    OK anyway, my husband doesn't covet things, and he isn't into material things. That means he's rarely into fancy bells and whistles, and he absolutely LOVES his Packing Cube Backpack. He LOVES its simplicity. It's so simple, yet elegant and strong. He slides his laptop into a little sleeve and carries it in his PCBP on BART all the time. He takes it with him when we go hiking or to theme parks if he needs to carry something, and the items don't fit in his pockets.

    I think some people use the PCBP as a camera bag but it will require inserting some foam dividers and whatnot.

    Personally, my favorite item is the Packing Cube Shoulder Bag. If you can outfit it with foam inserts, you might be able to use it to carry your camera gear, although I can't speak from personal experience.

    Any chance you might travel with a Co-Pilot? There have been some discussions recently about using it as your camera bag, and I've been very impressed with the photos I've seen. If you travel with a Tri-Star and Co-Pilot, you should still have no trouble traveling light. You can stash the Tri-Star in the overhead and keep the Co-Pilot by your feet. Of course if you're like me, you'll buy the Dyneema Co-Pilot... and those things actually squish down to nothing, so you can stash it in your Tri-Star, or pack *IT* with stuff and then pack that in your Tri-Star.

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  • Mark1966
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    Order placed!

    TB0940: Tri-Star Black/Iberian with Absolute Shoulder Strap
    TB091: Packing Cubes - Tri-Star Small, Steel
    TB091: Packing Cubes - Tri-Star Medium, Steel

    Our existing Colorado messenger bag will be fine for around NYC

    Thanks for all the help and advice!

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