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  • bchaplin
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    Thanks again for all the help!
    I did order the Smart Alec. It is awesome, though given it's size I anticipate using it more for travel than for my every-day needs. It should be a great addition to my packing arsenal. I prefer two light bags to one heavy one when I am doing a lot of walking. For my trip to the Middle East next year I intend to take the Smart Alec and pair it with either a small roller-bag or the Western Flyer. The choice will depend on whether or not the airline I travel on allows two bags (carry-on + personal) or just one. If only one is allowed I'd choose the roller as my second bag, so I feel more comfortable if it needs to be checked.

    I surveyed my packing cubes and I have an entire drawerful. Should be more than sufficient for packing both bags!
    Last edited by bchaplin; 08-19-2012, 06:07 AM.

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  • bchaplin
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    Thanks for the information and the photos. This is very helpful.

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  • Darcy
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    One Western Flyer Packing Cube, Large, in the Smart Alec
    (you'd have room leftover for a Vertical Brain Cell plus some small items)

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    Two Western Flyer Packing Cubes, Large
    (takes up most of the space inside of the Smart Alec. Room for a couple of small things.)

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    One Western Flyer Packing Cube, Large and one Western Flyer Packing Cube, Small, Fabric/Mesh + one Western Flyer Packing Cube, Small, All Fabric stacked on top of each other.
    (takes up most of the space inside of the Smart Alec. Room for a couple of small things.)

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  • Darcy
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    I'd recommend Western Flyer Packing Cubes for the Smart Alec -- either two Large or one Large and two Small. I just took photos of those combinations of Packing Cubes inside of the Smart Alec for you, but I won't be able to post them until Monday.

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  • pegolas
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    Originally posted by Katy View Post
    Hm.... why are you flying around in airplanes when you have a Tardis?



    In all seriousness: How it will work as a personal item will depend on the airline, how full you have the bag packed etc. I don't think the Smart Alec would look too large on you . I agree, the sleakness of the Smart Alec is amazing! It really is a stunning bag .
    It took me a second to figure out how, exactly you knew about my Doctor Who love. I totally forgot about my avatar. Lol. It's possible that I like the SA because when you unzip it, it's all, Bigger on the Inside. Ha.

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  • pegolas
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    @rabergnc - thanks! I was hoping it would work. My plan is to have it only about 1/2 full when I depart for my trip, and that way I'll have loads of extra space in case I go on a shopping frenzy (which has been known to happen upon occasion...).

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  • Katy
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    Originally posted by pegolas View Post
    Is the SA too big for my "personal item" on a plane? It looks like it'll fit under seat, and the dimensions are ok, but I'm afraid it will look kind of huge on me (I'm 5'2 1/2" - we tiny people like to make known that extra half inch. It matters!). I think I've finally settled on this one. I just love that when you unzip it there's a huge cavern inside, but it kind of looks sleek when all closed up!
    Hm.... why are you flying around in airplanes when you have a Tardis?



    In all seriousness: How it will work as a personal item will depend on the airline, how full you have the bag packed etc. I don't think the Smart Alec would look too large on you . I agree, the sleakness of the Smart Alec is amazing! It really is a stunning bag .

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  • rabergnc
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    I have used my SA with a large packing cube for the Aeronaut and a Tristar large together in the bag. That was a bit unwieldy as each cube just had stuff in it and I prefer more organization and more cubes. Recently I packed a 15 in Eagle creek packing folder with 4 shirts and I pair of slacks, 2 small tristar cubes for underwear, socks, etc; a small kit bag for toiletries, a horizontal freudian slip, ipad in a Waterfield sleeve, power brick and cable. This was all in the main compartment. The side pockets had snacks, phone, pens, glasses, etc in them. There are a bit more room in the bag as well.

    pegolas - the SA will fit under an aisle seat (it will also fit under the others but the aisle seat usually has the least space) as a personal item with all the stuff noted above as long as you do now have an entertainment box sharing the space. It also fits in the overhead bin of a CRJ200 with all that stuff in it - altho you do have to squeeze it a little to get thru the opening.

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  • nukediver
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    Originally posted by dorayme View Post
    Wow! That's an impressive packing list. It just keeps going on and on with the goodies and things you put in. . .
    Even though I've had a Synapse for awhile, and am totally aware of its magical goodness when it comes to filling it up, the Smart Alec just totally impressed me, all over again!

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  • pegolas
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    Is the SA too big for my "personal item" on a plane? It looks like it'll fit under seat, and the dimensions are ok, but I'm afraid it will look kind of huge on me (I'm 5'2 1/2" - we tiny people like to make known that extra half inch. It matters!). I think I've finally settled on this one. I just love that when you unzip it there's a huge cavern inside, but it kind of looks sleek when all closed up!

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  • dorayme
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    Wow! That's an impressive packing list. It just keeps going on and on with the goodies and things you put in. . .

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  • nukediver
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    I don't have any TB packing cubes (at least not yet!), but I did just use my Smart Alec on my last trip and was able to fit 1 large and 1 medium eBags packing cube in there, along with a long-sleeve quick dry shirt, iPad in case, Kindle in case, 3D Clear Organizer (311 bag), Clear Quarter Packing Cube (the rest of my toiletries), large OP with all my trip paperwork, medium OP (with iPad and Kindle chargers, headphones, Ultrasuede Screen Cloth, and stylus), underwater housing for Canon SD-1100IS camera, two Canon SD-1100 IS cameras (in a pouch), spare glasses (in one of the top pockets), ans some snacks. I'm sure I've forgotten something, and am now wishing I'd taken a picture of the bag contents to share. Hope this helps!

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  • bchaplin
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    Thanks, notmensa! I did look at the picture; that was helpful. I think that a few packing cubes along with some stuff sacks would work. I'm just trying to figure out the best sizes. I already have some of the larger packing cubes for other uses so it would just be a matter of buying 1 or 2 small ones.

    jilytibrme, I think that's the problem! I should probably get a better (more descriptive) 'handle' for internet use but I am so used to this one now.

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  • jilytibrme
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    Originally posted by bchaplin View Post
    Thanks!
    I am not sure why my postings always come across as if I'm a guy, but in fact it's the opposite. Not that it matters for answering this question, but I wanted to point out that I am female.
    Ms bchaplin, whoops! I think, when I saw "Chaplin" I thought of Charlie Chaplin and my pea brain just went with it, sorry.

    Jim

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  • notmensa
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    Hi everyone,
    This pic of the Smart Alec might help. The SA is huge! From memory, I still had room to spare after packing everything in the photo. I ended up swapping the SA for a Synapse to use as my everyday bag. I've also used the Synapse a few times as an overnight bag, and it works if I don't need to pack my running shoes.
    Let me know if you want some photos of the Synapse with the Western Flyer small and large packing cubes.
    -n
    Last edited by notmensa; 08-02-2012, 06:34 PM.

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