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Will my winter hat and gloves fit in the Ristretto for 13" Macbook?

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    Will my winter hat and gloves fit in the Ristretto for 13" Macbook?

    I just moved to Montreal from the southern US, and am adjusting to city life from many years in the driving culture. I walk 1.6km (1 mile) to work, and am looking for a bag to carry to or from work to hold my Macbook Air, various cables, a few personal items, and some paper. But I'll also need to shove my winter hat and gloves into the bag a few times a week when I have meetings away from my home base.

    Given the weather here I'll be walking through ice and snow and not always well cleared sidewalks, so I want a bag that fits relatively symmetrically on my back so I'm not unbalanced. The Ristretto looks high end enough for work in this metropolitan environment, but I'm not sure how much I can get into it beyond the Macbook Air and a few odds and ends. Will I be able to stash my winter hat and gloves into that bag?

    I may also want to stash my lunch in the bag too. That may rule out the Ristretto. What other options should I consider?

    #2
    I think a Large Cafe Bag (or a Synapse if you'd consider a backpack) would work. I don't know about the Ristretto, but I'm guessing it'd be too small.

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      #3
      I would go for a Synapse with a cache to protect your MacAir from the cold and a possible fall.

      It should meet your symmetry requirement and provide you with a place to stash your hat and gloves once you arrive.

      It is certainly large enough for everything you mentioned and more... I use a monbento bento box for lunch and have never regretted it... and it provides you with a place to stash a hot Contigo thermos full of whatever you want....

      I have a small cafe bag for running around, but it rarely gets used.... instead, I use my synapse and a side effect.... for additional goodies, I carry a co-pilot
      Proud owner: Aeronaut45 Navy/Wasabi; Synapse 19 Navy/Ultraviolet; Market Navy/Navy; Makers Navy/Wasabi; Pilot Navy/Solar; Co-Pilot Navy/Solar; Side-Effect Navy/Solar; Side-Effect Black/Wasabi; Snake Charmer Sapphire; Tool Wraps Wasabi and Steel; Yarn Sacks S, M, L Solar, and other colors; Travel Sacks Sz1-4 in Solar, and other colors; plus many many pouches incl. Solar, Navy, and Steel; Key Straps of many colors incl. Solar

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        #4
        The ID with a QAM strap might also be a good option if you are looking to stick with a messenger bag. Using that strap the pack stays very close on my back and is stable.

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          #5
          Thanks for the advice. I'd been looking at a Synapse, but hadn't considered the large cafe bag. Off to read some more!

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            #6
            This is another vote for the Synapse. I own the large cage bag; my husband owns a Synapse 19. I vote for the Synapse because it's a backpack and the weight is distributed evenly. This can help you keep your balance when sidewalks are slick. My husband carries an amazing amount of stuff in his S19, so I am sure it will hold the items on your list.

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              #7
              Welcome to Canada! I travel often to Montreal (love it in February!), so I can understand the need to carry extra winter items. I own the S19 and a LCB. I am using my S19 a lot more and I can fit mitts, touque, and arm warmers in the bottom front pocket. I also frequently carry a 13-inch laptop with its case, and the rest of my stuff (electronics, etc.) in a very well-balanced manner. I do not doubt that the S19 would be perfect for your needs. I recently wrote a review in the forums, so you can easily see how much you can fit in this wonderful bag.
              LCB, S19, SE, Co-Pilot, wallet, pouches, Little Swift, travel trays

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                #8
                By the way, we recently traveled through the Eastern Townships in QC and this bag was my EDC. I love it!

                http://forums.tombihn.com/bag-review...apse-19-a.html
                LCB, S19, SE, Co-Pilot, wallet, pouches, Little Swift, travel trays

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                  #9
                  I'm 5' 9" - will the S19 be uncomfortable for me? I see it recommended only for people up to 5' 4".

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                    #10
                    The other plus for the Synapse is the organisation. With the Ristretto I find myself pulling out things like gloves and so on trying to reach my pen or note pad. Whilst sitting in front of a client, that's not exactly professional. With the S19 you have pockets for your hat and gloves, your lunch and your computers and papers.


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                      #11
                      I am around 5'6" tall and it's fine for me. My husband is 6'2" and he has worn the bag and found it very comfortable.
                      LCB, S19, SE, Co-Pilot, wallet, pouches, Little Swift, travel trays

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                        #12
                        Here are some photos of my husband wearing the bag. He is very slim and tall. He really liked the way the bag fit on him.

                        http://forums.tombihn.com/photos-vid...oo-mexico.html

                        I do find the bag very comfortable for my height as well. Even with heavy loads.
                        LCB, S19, SE, Co-Pilot, wallet, pouches, Little Swift, travel trays

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                          #13
                          Here are three photos I took just now when I walked to the grocery store. I am wearing a thick winter coat (not sure why, it's mild outside today, go figure), so you can more or less see the size.

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                          LCB, S19, SE, Co-Pilot, wallet, pouches, Little Swift, travel trays

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                            #14
                            Check this out as well. A lot of very good photos and pack size information:

                            http://forums.tombihn.com/bag-review...-big-bags.html
                            LCB, S19, SE, Co-Pilot, wallet, pouches, Little Swift, travel trays

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                              #15
                              Really helpful, especially the pics. Thank you!

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