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    Packing Cube Backpack in a Smart Alec

    Any tips for using a Packing Cube Backpack in a Smart Alec? I'm not sure if the vertical orientation is ideal. I used the PCBP about half full and ending up having to shove it in next to my massive laptop (Dell precision M6800 which has a 17.3" screen). I'm wondering if I should have gone with the Aeronaut PCBP instead of TS/WF.

    #2
    I would have thought the TS/WF PCBP should be the right height and width for a Smart Alec - the large WF packing cube worked well when I did a quick'n'dirty test pack of my WF contents into my SA. But if you only half-fill the PCBP, the contents are going to sag down which is not ideal - and I can't see that the Aeronaut PCBP would be an improvement in that situation. Or maybe I'm misunderstanding?

    (I haven't used my SA yet - I'm awaiting a trip down to London in August, when I'm likely to be carrying bulky items and only a small amount of clothing...)
    Collections:
    Work EDC: SE + S19
    Leisure: SCBs, FJN, Swift, lots of YSSs
    Travel: WF + Pilot or SA, with SE/SCB
    General organisation: More pouches, stuff sacks and cubes than you can shake a keystrap at!
    Favourite TB colours: aubergine, forest (sniff!), linen, wasabi, UV
    Hoping for: A new dyneema colour for YSSs; a Linen Side Effect; the return of Portable Culture!

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      #3
      I actually use the Aeronaut PCBP in my Smart Alec for traveling all the time. I think that the difference might be that I use the packing cube as a packing cube--that is to say, I turn the PCBP inside out and use the smaller compartment for underwear, socks, bra, and the larger compartment for skirts, pants, and shirts. The Aeronaut PCBP used in this way is significantly shorter than the WF/TS PCBP--so I don't have any problems fitting my computer in the cache on rails, my 311 bag, a size 1 SS with charger and microfiber clothe, a 3D organizer with my charging kit that I put together, a TT, a Kleen Kanteen, and a SE or UMP that I use for all of my daily carry things. Let me know if a picture or two would help, and I will try and post them tonight.

      HTH.

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        #4
        Originally posted by mjpinter View Post
        I actually use the Aeronaut PCBP in my Smart Alec for traveling all the time. I think that the difference might be that I use the packing cube as a packing cube--that is to say, I turn the PCBP inside out and use the smaller compartment for underwear, socks, bra, and the larger compartment for skirts, pants, and shirts. The Aeronaut PCBP used in this way is significantly shorter than the WF/TS PCBP--so I don't have any problems fitting my computer in the cache on rails, my 311 bag, a size 1 SS with charger and microfiber clothe, a 3D organizer with my charging kit that I put together, a TT, a Kleen Kanteen, and a SE or UMP that I use for all of my daily carry things. Let me know if a picture or two would help, and I will try and post them tonight.

        HTH.
        I'm curious about this, too! Would you mind posting photos?
        "A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions." — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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          #5
          Alrighty...here is a photo dump to illustrate what I was talking about. Sorry about the messed up hotel bed. Hopefully the beautiful Bihn extravaganza going on will make up for that

          In this first batch of pictures there is the Aeronaut PCBP and clothes, and then I put those in the SA by themselves to try and illustrate a feel for how much room is left over. I will give a full packing list with the next set of pictures.

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            #6
            Second set:

            I have everything laid out, and then packed in the SA. The whole kit and caboodle is fairly full, but the SA definitely does not feel in any way uncomfortable. I am 5'5'' and I have absolutely not problem carrying this load while traveling, which includes the inevitable running to catch a connecting flight, riding the public transportation to get the airport in the first place, having to lug it around the airport, etc. I usually take my SA with my co-pilot, though in this case, everything fit in the SA without even having to attach the Upper modular pouch to the outside--here I have it laying on top of everything with all of my little odds and ends like iPod, wallet, chapstick, medicine, etc.

            Edited: added working pictures below
            Last edited by mjpinter; 07-14-2014, 09:10 PM.

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              #7
              22oz Lifefactory bottle
              Size 1 SS: Macbook charger, microfiber clothe
              UV 3D organizer: homemade charging kit, plug, usb port, cables, adapters
              Clear 3D organizer: 311 bag
              Solar SE: reusable eating kit, bamboo fork/spoon/knife set, hand wipes, Sea to Summit mug, cup, bowl, DOP with coffee kit, cloth napkin, coffee jar cozie, cuppow lid
              Steel 3D organizer: tissues, face cloth, Pactowel, toothbrush, comb, sink stopper, laundry line
              Upper modular pouch: 5 mini organizer pouches with FAK, music, medicine, etc. and clear organizer wallet, keys
              Solar TT: HDMI adapter for iPad (for watching movies in the hotel, giving presentations with my iPad, etc.) this TT holds all of the charging stuff in the hotel room—I have a second one that goes in the bathroom, but I didn’t bring it this time
              Kindle paperwhite
              MBA 11’’ in cache on rails
              (not shown) pencil pouch and small Field Notes notebook in side pocket of SA
              Iberian Aeronaut PCBP: 2 merino wool dresses, 2 pairs of merino wool socks, 2 Exofficio underwear, 1 bra, 2 short sleeve shirts, 1 cardigan (merino wool), 1 merino wool hoodie

              All of this, plus the jeans and shirt that I am wearing now would be good for any conference long weekend, or any weeklong or more travel. I use Bronner’s soap and the merino wool stuff really does dry within hours and is so comfortable. I feel guilty having a Aeronaut 45 because honestly the SA does such a fantastic job as a travel mate. (but it is Nordic, so I can’t let it go!)

              Typically I carry the electronic goodies in my copilot, in which case I could easily fit another pair of shoes, etc.

              Sorry for totally taking over the thread...but I hope that this is helpful to people in deciding their travel set-up.

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                #8
                Here is a link to a TB crew post on what packing cubes fit a Smart Alec:

                Using Packing Cubes in the Smart Alec (photos) - TOM BIHN Blog: We make travel bags in Seattle, Washington

                I agree that the Aeronaut PCBP would be good if you are also using a Brain Cell because it is "shorter" than the Tri-Star version. It will fit better given the sloped top of the Smart Alec which would require the PCBP in front of the Brain Cell be not a tall as the 18" allowed at the back of the bag. However, the Tri-Star version is ok - just do not fill the full length.

                Hope this help

                Cheers!
                Last edited by tpnl; 07-14-2014, 07:37 PM.
                TB Ballistic Black/Iberian Dyneema backpacks and briefcases for every occasion together with my cherished Nordic and Solar Dyneema!

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                  #9
                  [QUOTE=mjpinter;72310]Second set:

                  I have everything laid out, and then packed in the SA. The whole kit and caboodle is fairly full, but the SA definitely does not feel in any way uncomfortable. I am 5'5'' and I have absolutely not problem carrying this load while traveling, which includes the inevitable running to catch a connecting flight, riding the public transportation to get the airport in the first place, having to lug it around the airport, etc. I usually take my SA with my co-pilot, though in this case, everything fit in the SA without even having to attach the Upper modular pouch to the outside--here I have it laying on top of everything with all of my little odds and ends like iPod, wallet, chapstick, medicine, etc.

                  Edited to add working pictures:

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                    #10
                    Thanks, @mjpinter! The photos are great, and really help me visualize how this packing configuration works -- ans see just how much a Smart Alec can hold and still look good! Thanks again!
                    "A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions." — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

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                      #11
                      Wat is wrong with me? I have two Smart Alecs but vor some reason this pictures had me thinking: wow great pack, should I get one? I love bag-picktures, love seeing how other people use the space and their accessories. And some very primitive part of my brain is very fast with a want-reaction to pictures like this. I have to keep a keen eye on this brain-part!

                      Ilkyway
                      “Ankh-Morpork people considered that spelling was a sort of optional extra. They believed in it in the same way they believed in punctuation; it didn't matter where you put it so long as it was there.”

                      By Sir Terence David John Pratchett from The Truth

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                        #12
                        Does anyone incidentally know how much depth in the bag is remaining *after* the MacBook in the cache is in the bag? I couldn't get what I needed to fit into an s25 (it's more narrow at the too), and I'm wondering if there would be more room in the SA? Part of the problem is that the laptop takes up a decent amount of interior space.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Ilkyway View Post
                          Wat is wrong with me? I have two Smart Alecs but vor some reason this pictures had me thinking: wow great pack, should I get one? I love bag-picktures, love seeing how other people use the space and their accessories. And some very primitive part of my brain is very fast with a want-reaction to pictures like this. I have to keep a keen eye on this brain-part!
                          You are not alone, @Ilkyway!
                          "Inside everyone is a great shout of joy waiting to be born."
                          -- David Whyte

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                            #14
                            This is the most excellent thread ever, especially mjpinter's photos. I learned so much from those posts. It compelled me to try the Aeronaut PCBP inside out, and to put a 3D mesh cube and 3D clear cube into the two upper Smart Alec pockets. Genius! Also, for those that struggle with the Smart Alec lower inside pocket, it's the perfect size for an iPad mini or a Kindle with a cover.
                            Thanks for this thread. It makes me appreciate the Smart Alec so much more!

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                              #15
                              Can anyone who can see @mjpinter's photos repost them? I've tried different browsers, and I'm only getting 'invalid attachment'.
                              Favorite: Steel/Steel Little Swift * Latest: nNordic/NWS Smart Alec *

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