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  • snowbot
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    Originally posted by LauraA View Post
    Tomorrow I'm off to Tanzania for a few weeks, and I've already left home with my fully packed Smart Alec, and my packing cube shoulder back for things that I want to get to on my flights.
    Have a great trip!

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  • LauraA
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    Hi all, and I'm so sorry that I didn't post after my wonderful visit to the Tom Bihn showroom. It was wonderful, and everyone was very helpful. I ended up going right from the airport, had my packed Synapse with me, and tried packing the contents in both the Western Flyer and the Smart Alec. For me, the less structured Smart Alec worked way better. Also, the Smart Alec was way more comfortable on my back than the Synapse that I arrived with. Well, I left with the Smart Alec packed with my stuff, and they were kind enough to mail my Synapse home with the CoPilot that I also bought. Tomorrow I'm off to Tanzania for a few weeks, and I've already left home with my fully packed Smart Alec, and my packing cube shoulder back for things that I want to get to on my flights. I'm very happy with my purchases, but didn't use the copilot this time. Take care, LauraA

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  • Walker
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    I will be VERY interested in your impressions and comparison of the WF to the Smart Alec, LauraA! I recently puchased the WF backpack in navy/solar for a trip later in the summer. I have been looking at the Smart Alec for ages, but it currently does not come in navy. I have a Synapse in black/uv, but I am giving it away. I am looking at the Smart Alec as a replacement - if it ever comes in navy with a light lining

    Thanks!

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  • LauraA
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    Well, I need to be the personal shopper for all of you while I'm in Seattle!! I still need to figure out if, for longer and overseas trips, I want to buy a personal bag to carry on along with my Synapse or I want to bye a Western Flyer or Smart Alec. The Western Flyer and Smart Alec have the same capacity, so I also need to figure out if they would actually hold the same amount of stuff. Thanks all, LauraA

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  • TavaPeak
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    Originally posted by Maria View Post
    Me too!

    I want to go to Seattle! ;(

    Of course, if we all did this at once, like a group road trip - the poor TB team!
    We'd have to give them couple years' notice, so they could have enough stock ready. ;-)

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  • Maria
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    Me too!

    I want to go to Seattle! ;(

    Of course, if we all did this at once, like a group road trip - the poor TB team!

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  • kcarroll55
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    Originally posted by Katy View Post
    I recommend any time before 3pm so you can see the factory at work .
    I am soooo envious!!

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  • Katy
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    Originally posted by LauraA View Post
    Hi Katy - I get there May 9th, and stay for about a week before heading on to NYC. Is there a "best" time to come by the showroom? I'll be pretty free when grandkids are at school on the week days. Take care, Laura
    I recommend any time before 3pm so you can see the factory at work .

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  • LauraA
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    Hi Katy - I get there May 9th, and stay for about a week before heading on to NYC. Is there a "best" time to come by the showroom? I'll be pretty free when grandkids are at school on the week days. Take care, Laura

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  • Katy
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    Originally posted by LauraA View Post
    when I'm in Seattle - can't wait
    When is this!!!???

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  • LauraA
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    Thanks all, I will definitely look at all of the bags when I'm in Seattle - can't wait (and Tava Peak, I'll look at the blue Western Flyer)! Nukediver, if I have the Smart Alec, then I won't need another bag with it. I actually already have a shoulder bag packing cube to use at destination. I still need to decide if I want the Synapse plus a personal bag for longer trips, or if I want the Smart Alec (or Western Flyer) with no personal bag (I have packing cube to use at destination). Thanks all, LauraA
    Last edited by LauraA; 05-03-2012, 10:16 AM.

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  • Walker
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    I agree with @Lani - the Co-Pilot & Synapse are made for each other. Their designs match each other. The dyneema version flattens well. Since you are into extreme light packing, I bet you can use the Co-Pilot by itself on overnight trips . I love the cafe bags, too. I prefer the Co-Pilot for travel for its great organization and security offered by the zippers.

    Good luck with choosing.

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  • backpack
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    The Large Cafe Bag is my second bag and I think that a Medium or Co-Pilot would work great.

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  • Lani
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    The Cafe Bags are nice. You might also consider the Co-Pilot. You can get a lot of the non-clothes knick-knacks into the Co-Pilot.

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  • TavaPeak
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    Well, I definitely shouldn't be posting on ANY thread for extreme ultra-light packers! ;-) But I encourage you to check out the Ballistic navy WF when you are in the showroom. The online photos don't do that fabric justice. It has a gorgeous sheen, and you have that kick of solar Dyneema whenever you open the bag.

    For your question, I'd probably suggest using that Iberian Synapse with a small or med cafe' bag? Those bags are small enough (when empty) to stash inside the Synapse. That would also give you a small bag to use during the day. There are some really fun colors for the cafe bags. A Packing Cube Shoulder Bag might work (in Iberian, to match your Synapse? ;-), as it can be used as packing cube or daybag, but it seems a little big for what you carry on a daily basis.

    Or maybe a Side Effect would be just enough more space. It can be worn several ways, and it stows in the bottom pocket of the Synapse so you can one-bag when you want to. Nice way to keep your passport, meds, and camera close en route. Maybe Darcy can find one left in a cool color for you.

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