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    vaterp
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  • vaterp
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    Thanks for all the ideas everyone, really appreciate it. I never knew buying a bag could be so addictive.

    It seems weird to me that TB doesn't seem to have a real slim briefcase (with more pockets/org then the brain cell that integrates with their travel bags. Seems like they are missing an opportunity here. I would like to stay in family to keep supporting these guys, but it looks like they just don't yet serve this need.

    Thanks all.

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  • Badger
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  • Badger
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    Oh yes, Waterfield is a great suggestion. It might be a touch bulky for the middle TS compartment, but the Hard Case is a very smart-looking, traditional style brief, and should be able to hold everything the OP needs. Onsite, the Absolute Strap could be used with it, thus cutting down on hauling multiple straps.

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  • jeffmac
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    The WaterField Travel Express is a great slimline laptop case that is also made in the USA. I have one of these for my MBP13 and it works in the center of the Tristar very well.

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  • Badger
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    Seems to me that if you get your MBP, your options for briefs that can fit inside the TS will increase. It may be your best option to look at other manufacturers. While it's not in stock at the moment, this one from Acme Made might fit the bill.

    Also, don't be wedded to the idea that your briefcase MUST go in the middle pocket. If you don't have much clothing, use the rear compartment to hold the briefcase. An Eagle Creek packing sleeve will fit in the middle pocket with ease as long as it's not overstuffed. Good luck!

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  • jeffmac
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    Ristretto would probably if in the TS but while I can put an empty Cadet in the center of my Tristar, having much of anything in it would ruin that chance.

    Since the ID is bigger still...

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  • vaterp
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  • vaterp
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    So do any of these bags, besides the braincells fit in a Tri-Star? I kinda expect the answer is no for the ego and zephyrs but what about ID, Ristretto, or Cadet? (For 15" computers only). One can assume they aren't that stuffed to the gills in this 'carrying' mode...

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  • daisy
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  • daisy
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    Originally posted by vaterp View Post
    Also, i assumed the braincell wouldnt move anywhere, but i meant is the computer secure? Could it fall out of a horizontal braincell held in the vertical position? If so a cache/sleeve seems safer because you dont have to worry about what way you hold it...

    Thx
    I doubt it would fall out - the velcro closure on the braincell is quite strong (one of the few places TB uses velcro - for which I'm very grateful)

    However the braincell is designed to "suspend" your laptop in a sling, so its dependent on the braincell being the right way up.

    Turning it sideways will remove that protection, but you will still have nice protection front and back - a bit of added padding at the less protected edges in your TS or WF would help I think.

    The suspension sling seems to be adjustable - although I've not tried it on mine - so you could ensure as snug fit inside the braincell so that changing its orientation wouldn't result in your labtop moving around inside it .... :-)

    Given that TB sells the TS with a horizontal bc AND backpack straps - I suspect that the horiz <-> vertical change with the bc on board is considered acceptable use.

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  • vaterp
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  • vaterp
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    Originally posted by AVService View Post
    I also have an Empire Builder which I had before both the SE and TS!
    The simple answer is that the 17" MBP does not work for me in the EB.
    .....

    I also have never had a Brain Cell move anywhere that I did not plan it to,they are held in place too well.

    Ed
    Thx for the reply.... Carrying the 15" would be the primary purpose, the 17" would just be gravy... so if a super optimal solution existed to 1 bag it for 15", i would forego 17" desire anyway... would that change your answer?

    Also, i assumed the braincell wouldnt move anywhere, but i meant is the computer secure? Could it fall out of a horizontal braincell held in the vertical position? If so a cache/sleeve seems safer because you dont have to worry about what way you hold it...

    Thx

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  • dchang0
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    If you're willing to forgo having a bag with organizer pockets for your laptop, go with a laptop sleeve. I got a Built NY sleeve for my MacBooks, and it is all the protection I need for carrying the laptop inside of any of the three compartments of my TriStar. Since it is water-resistant (the zipper would be the entry point for spills) and padded, the laptop is safe. Having a zipper on the side, it is also checkpoint-friendly.

    There are some neoprene laptop sleeves with pockets and strap attachment points on them. They are still slim enough to fit into the TriStar. Unfortunately, the inclusion of pockets makes them checkpoint un-friendly.

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  • daisy
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  • daisy
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    Originally posted by vaterp View Post
    What is the purpose of ID, EGO (or Super Ego) compared to the briefcase bags? I'm not sure I get the difference... seems like they can carry a labtop as well... so it just a style issue of if you like the 'front flap' look, or is there a bigger functional difference?
    The main difference I see between my Ego and MrDaisy's EB is that the Ego is a messenger style bag - meant to be carried primarily by the shoulder strap. It fits my 13in macbook and all tech stuff quite comfortably.

    The EB's handles are more robust than the padded grab handle on the Ego and that bag is more suited to a traditional "briefcase" carry style.

    The internal storage functions are actually quite similar.

    Mr Daisy uses his EB for a 17in MBP - it's a heavy beast which I wouldn't carry any further than to the car myself ...

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  • AVService
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  • AVService
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    Originally posted by vaterp View Post
    RE/ LABTOP --- ha, i make that mistake constantly! It's like my fingers are just wired wrong

    Thanks for the advice. I take it when carrying the SE and the tristar then you are actually 2 bagging it? Perhaps I just need to accept i will always be 2 bagging it and stop trying to fit one in the other.

    Let me ask you why did you choose the SE over a zephyr (IE: Messenger over briefcase style). What about that form/function appeals to you... I'm having trouble picking....

    Also, somethine no one else has commented on.... is the horizontal brain cell secure in a tristar when in 'vertical' mode: IE: when utilizing the backpack straps?

    Thanks for the reply...
    I also have an Empire Builder which I had before both the SE and TS!
    The simple answer is that the 17" MBP does not work for me in the EB.

    I was trying to 1 bag it this trip and was hoping for an easy ride but I already suspect it will not work for me.
    I need to carry too much tech crap all the time which just kills the whole thing.

    As it tuned out I also brought a Patagonia bag like the Aeronaut but much bigger and piled clothes in it too!
    I drove to where I am but need to fly back which is always tough to plan for.
    Add to that the tools I needed to bring this time and I just plan to ship 1 huge pelican case and the Patagonia bag back home ahead of me and carry the TS on the plane with or without the Synapse that I could not leave home either.

    It is a Sickness!

    If I could have used a 13" or 11" Mac on this trip it would have been different but the 17" is the only machine that I can use on this particular job so I was sort of stuck carrying huge.

    Otherwise I will carry the TS and Synapse during the day.

    I also have never had a Brain Cell move anywhere that I did not plan it to,they are held in place too well.

    Ed
    AVService
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    Last edited by AVService; 10-14-2013, 05:50 PM.

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  • Badger
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  • Badger
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    Originally posted by vaterp View Post
    Q for Moderator --- Are you seeing my replies? Is there a technical reason or is there something wrong with the content that they aren't being 'approved' for public consumption? Thank you...
    For your first 5-6 or so posts, a moderator must approve each one; it has nothing to do with the content. Once you cross a certain posting threshold your posts will be accepted automatically.

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  • vaterp
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  • vaterp
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    Q for Moderator --- Are you seeing my replies? Is there a technical reason or is there something wrong with the content that they aren't being 'approved' for public consumption? Thank you...

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  • vaterp
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  • vaterp
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    Originally posted by AVService View Post
    If you are going to carry a 17" machine then I think the choices are a lot easier?
    There are only a few options really and there is not a lot of room to think about it either.

    I am on the road right now with my 17" MBP and I have both a Super Ego and TriStar and both take the horizontal Brain Cell that fits the giant MBP.
    I usually bring the SE as it is a briefcase and for all the reasons
    you list and question is a better briefcase than the TriStar which is just not one.

    Then of course I need a bag for my other stuff and the TriStar is great for trips with the SE for sure.

    This time however I brought the just TriStar instead and while it is OK for my needs this trip I can see that I would not be happy having to drag it with me everywhere I need the computer on other jobs.

    The Brain Cell is also huge obviously and can hold a decent load by itself in the front stretchy pocket but I prefer to carry an actual briefcase for the variety and depth of what I can pack.

    So to sum it up,you clearly need all of them!

    Also I have to know......WHAT IS A LABTOP?

    Ed
    RE/ LABTOP --- ha, i make that mistake constantly! It's like my fingers are just wired wrong

    Thanks for the advice. I take it when carrying the SE and the tristar then you are actually 2 bagging it? Perhaps I just need to accept i will always be 2 bagging it and stop trying to fit one in the other.

    Let me ask you why did you choose the SE over a zephyr (IE: Messenger over briefcase style). What about that form/function appeals to you... I'm having trouble picking....

    Also, somethine no one else has commented on.... is the horizontal brain cell secure in a tristar when in 'vertical' mode: IE: when utilizing the backpack straps?

    Thanks for the reply...

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  • AVService
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  • AVService
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    If you are going to carry a 17" machine then I think the choices are a lot easier?
    There are only a few options really and there is not a lot of room to think about it either.

    I am on the road right now with my 17" MBP and I have both a Super Ego and TriStar and both take the horizontal Brain Cell that fits the giant MBP.
    I usually bring the SE as it is a briefcase and for all the reasons
    you list and question is a better briefcase than the TriStar which is just not one.

    Then of course I need a bag for my other stuff and the TriStar is great for trips with the SE for sure.

    This time however I brought the just TriStar instead and while it is OK for my needs this trip I can see that I would not be happy having to drag it with me everywhere I need the computer on other jobs.

    The Brain Cell is also huge obviously and can hold a decent load by itself in the front stretchy pocket but I prefer to carry an actual briefcase for the variety and depth of what I can pack.

    So to sum it up,you clearly need all of them!

    Also I have to know......WHAT IS A LABTOP?

    Ed

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