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  • djjr
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    So much information from one simple question .... the only problem is that my order is growing every time you add more pearls of wisdom!

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  • moriond
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    @dorayme, I love hearing your thoughts about using the Imago, but it seems cruel to mention a bag that was retired a year ago, and that many people are still trying to find, as in the active Bring back the Imago! thread. However, while you are posting, I wanted to get your opinion on a recommendation that if @djjr will be using the Swift to organize craft projects, the Clear Quarter Packing Cubes you described using as project bags in your It's been over a week, my thoughts on my Co-Pilot, FJN, Cork Kindle Pouch and CQPCs thread might be good choices for organizers. I know that @Mausermama has posted some pictures over at Ravelry that show these inside the Swift, but I can't remember if there are good images showing the relative size of this in the TB forums.

    Also, on the matter of strap preferences for the Imago, I think the preference for Absolute Strap vs. Q-AM Strap depends on the way you prefer to access the Imago. I've use both straps, but decided to switch the Absolute Strap that came with my Aubergine/Hemp/Steel Imago over to the Q-AM Strap, as described in yesterday's post in a discussion about straps for the ID bag and Pilot (another digression, but I'd like your opinion on it).

    Originally posted by kkintea View Post
    I had to do a bit of research. I bought the steel/steel parapack SE in Feb14, and there was a discussion about new color combos for the SE in Apr14. Around this time was discussion about the steel/UV parapack SE. Darcy also said no steel/solar ballistic SE was planned. I do have the steel dyneema/solar SE, but I can't recall if there were other linings for the steel parapack. I know the synapse was offered in that combo. There was a picture posted not terribly long ago, maybe on Ravelry.
    Thanks @kkintea, that's pretty much as I remembered. And, yes, the Synapse was offered in Steel Dyneema/Solar and Steel/Parapack Solar. @icebeng has that combination in Parapack for the S19, and I can locate a picture of the Steel Dyneema/Solar Synapse (both the original ones in 200d Dyneema, and the later ones in 400d Steel Dyneema) without problems. I was more reluctant to rely on my memory for the full range of Parapack Color combinations for the Side Effect.

    moriond

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  • dorayme
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    I'm kind of a first grade teacher in that I homeschool my first, fourth and Sixth graders. Also, on Mondays I teach two Drama through Literature for reading Fluency classes at our co-op. One is for K- 2nd graders. I carried my Swift for a few weeks, and it would still work, but I currently have relegated my Imago as my teacher bag.
    Reasons why it won, even over the Pilot and Synapse 19 or 25?
    It's the best combination of comfort (I use the absolute strap) and style in the most compact package.
    I weekly bring several clear plastic folders, scripts, children's literature in the form of either short chapter books or picture books, an A-4 sized spiral bound planner/agenda, pencils and pens, readers theater lessons for my classes as well as knitting in a MYSS and my iPad mini in a slim case. There is room to fit my SE, and I could also fit my lunch (divided Rubbermaid), and a light jacket or sweater.
    It sometimes surprises me that I can fit in so many items. I know this isn't where you were going with this inquiry, but I thought I would share just in case you happened to decide to consider one.
    Last edited by dorayme; 10-25-2014, 10:25 PM.

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  • kkintea
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    What's the perfect bag for a first grade teacher?

    I had to do a bit of research. I bought the steel/steel parapack SE in Feb14, and there was a discussion about new color combos for the SE in Apr14. Around this time was discussion about the steel/UV parapack SE. Darcy also said no steel/solar ballistic SE was planned. I do have the steel dyneema/solar SE, but I can't recall if there were other linings for the steel parapack. I know the synapse was offered in that combo. There was a picture posted not terribly long ago, maybe on Ravelry.


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    Last edited by kkintea; 10-25-2014, 09:55 PM.

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  • moriond
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    Originally posted by kkintea View Post
    @moriond: The unseated favorite is the parapack side effect (vs cordura, 200d, 400d, and ballistic).
    Ahhh… For me the 400d Dyneema is the favorite for the Side Effect, but I do like the Parapack option next here. (Umm… I have two Parapack Side Effects: Steel/UV and Olive/UV.) I don't think they had as many varieties of color combinations of the SE in Parapack, and I'm certain they didn't offer Steel Parapack with a Solar lining. Do you remember the other options apart from your own Steel/Steel?

    I have a Fisher Space pen in one of those pockets, and the Moleskin Volant Mini notebooks will also fit upright in the interior pockets of the SE, although I prefer to use a larger size notebook. Pocket Pouches and the two smaller Coyote Organizer pouches also fit in those pockets. Those 3"x3" Post-It notes and tea bags also fit in those pockets. My iPhone 5 will just fit, but I don't carry it in a Mophie case, and the pockets are really better designed for models through the iPhone 4, or the older Nanos or other such devices.

    moriond.

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  • Janine
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    Originally posted by adalangdon View Post
    BTW, my mind is blown by the thought of Jessica Simpson or Usher toting one around, no pun intended. I'm here if they want to destash.
    I think that the stars call destashing "charity auctions". You'd pay like $11,000 for Jessica Simpson's bag. It's so unfair, too. She probably never uses it!

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  • Janine
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    Originally posted by djjr View Post
    And that there in lies my dilemma as some days I have craft stuff for preparing resources and other days it's all flat! Text books are just ones for lesson planning etc so usually just a couple of cm thick. Maybe I need both!
    No matter what two bags you are considering, you *always* need both!

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  • adalangdon
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    Originally posted by djjr View Post
    You're a star @adalangdon!! Thanks so much
    No problem! I have a newfound appreciation of the Swift after using it (and a Pilot) off and on as a replacement for my TB backpacks and love to share my enthusiasm. I love how it's a giant cavern with thoughtfully-placed O rings... it gives you so many options for organising stuff. *shakes a fist at Longchamp bags*

    Originally posted by moriond View Post
    @adalangdon If you want to see what the older LUX bag looks like, here's a picture of the version I have (Crimson/Black) from the 2005 Gear Live interview with Tom:
    Yes, I've seen it! It's adorable. (The hunt for a red Swift/LS continues.) BTW, my mind is blown by the thought of Jessica Simpson or Usher toting one around, no pun intended. I'm here if they want to destash.

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  • kkintea
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    @moriond: The unseated favorite is the parapack side effect (vs cordura, 200d, 400d, and ballistic).

    On a related note (and completely tangential to this thread)..... Earlier I contemplated taking the seam ripper to the SE. Nothing fits in the inner pockets - not mini TB pouch, TB wallet, or iPhone 5 in Mophie case. But I couldn't bring myself to do it....


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  • moriond
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    @adalangdon If you want to see what the older LUX bag looks like, here's a picture of the version I have (Crimson/Black) from the 2005 Gear Live interview with Tom:

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    I got this bag in 2005, and posted about it Because of the forum redesign, most links in my old posts won't work correctly anymore (unless you access them through the Internet Archive snapshot at a time when they did work).

    I'll excerpt from the old product page descriptions. This bag continued to be sold until the middle of 2008. It's basically the same size (volume and overall dimensions) as the Swift, but there were differences in the angling of the material at the base, pockets, number of O-rings, and no clear pockets or closing tab. The handles were actually Black and Crimson Ballistic Nylon rather than Cordura.

    Available in Black/Crimson, Black/Kiwi, Black/Grape, Black/Steel, and Solid Black
    Inside zippered pocket
    Over-all measurements of: 7 1/2" x 12 1/2" x 13 1/2"
    Volume: 15.5 liters / 950 cu.in.

    Made of 1050 Ballistic Nylon
    Handles padded with Poron® foam
    Made in the TOM BIHN Factory in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

    The LUX is a sophisticated, medium-sized tote/shoulder bag with sharp curves and a streamlined design. There are no outside pockets or zippers to distract from the clean lines of the LUX. The LUX can be used as an everyday shoulder bag, a travel bag, or as a bag to take to the farmer's market or grocery store.

    The LUX is made with tough, U.S.-made 1050 denier Ballistic nylon. The padded handles are constructed of Ballistic nylon rolled around high-quality, 0.5" thick Poron® foam, and are easy on the hands or your shoulder. If you choose to carry the LUX as a shoulder bag, you'll find that the the handles are a perfect height to allow you to swing the LUX onto your shoulder.

    Inside the LUX, you'll find a zippered inside pocket that is sized to fit your wallet, checkbook, and/or iPod, cell phone, or PDA, and two o-rings designed to let you to attach a key snap (included) or one of our Organizer Pouches (optional; available in Cordura, Clear, and Padded). Using the rest of the space inside of the LUX, you'll have plenty of room for a book or two, a water bottle, a light jacket, and a snack.
    HTH. Just FYI. I also have the Swift in 400d Nordic Dyneema as a lightweight alternative (like @kkintea). BTW, off topic for this thread, but @kkintea, I'm curious how you like your 400d Steel Dyneema Side Effect compared to the 200d Dyneema and Parapack ones? (This is related to the other recent thread @Janine started about more bags in 200d Dyneema, and some of the other discussion about more Parapack bags)

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  • kkintea
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    I concur -- I carry the Swift at the university level when I have papers to grade, or large texts. Most of the time though I have my 13" MBA in a cache with a 3D cube of presentation stuff (adaptor, clicker, dry erase markers) in my Imago. Before the Imago (which I got in a swap), I carried the Swift full time for work.


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  • djjr
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    You're a star @adalangdon!! Thanks so much

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  • adalangdon
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    Extreme scenario: empty bags! The parapack one stood up on its own for maybe 10s before collapsing. But, as @moriond says, it isn't that big an issue if your bag always has stuff in it-- and all the more so if you don't stash much in the transparent pockets near the top. The upside is the significant weight savings. Parapack and dyneema feel so much lighter than ballistic, even in a small-ish bag like the Swift. (And I don't even have a bad shoulder!)

    BTW, if you're wondering about organisation of day-to-day stuff in the Swift, the medium stuff sack that comes clipped to the Swift can be pretty helpful IMO, on top of the usual pouches. It has a very wide mouth that allows for easy access to everything inside, and you can clip pouches to the triangular clip if, like me, you have chunky, heavy pouches that you access often. I started using it 2 days ago to store bulky, small things and enjoy using my Swift even more now.
    Last edited by adalangdon; 10-25-2014, 05:55 PM.

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  • moriond
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    Originally posted by djjr View Post
    Thanks so much @adalangon! Those pics are perfect. Looks like the Swift will be just the bag I need. I hadn't thought of the Navy/Iberian parapack before this thread. Just one more question - does the parapack hold its shape when on the floor as well as the ballistic?
    Parapack is noticeably floppier than Ballistic Nylon, though if you routinely carry your bag fairly full, as it appears @adalangdon does, you might not see this as a problem. I agree that for your described use, the Swift will probably work better than the Pilot. The difference in the fabric used in terms of whether the sides of the bag will sag or flop over is much less noticeable in the smaller Little Swifts. I have both the Swift, and its predecessor, the LUX bag, which is what I still use for the kind of carrying purposes you outline. (My Crimson Ballistic Nylon LUX does an even better job than the Swift of holding shape and standing upright, even when it's nearly empty, so it's perfect for these purposes. It lacks the clear interior zippered pockets for easily seeing pocket contents, but the solid black of the pocket also works better for a more discreet interior view for non-knitting purposes. And the handle extensions are black ballistic nylon.)

    HTH moriond

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  • djjr
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    Thanks so much @adalangon! Those pics are perfect. Looks like the Swift will be just the bag I need. I hadn't thought of the Navy/Iberian parapack before this thread. Just one more question - does the parapack hold its shape when on the floor as well as the ballistic?

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