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  • Tom Bihn
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    The Buzz just fits my 12" PowerBook and also the 12" iBook. While I do hope to design a slightly larger version of the Buzz, I doubt it will fit the 17" PowerBook. The challenge is that your laptop is basically longer than your back!
    I recommend considering a second, truly portable laptop, like one of the 12" screens mentioned above.

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  • johnsmall
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    sling bag

    I'm dying for this bag. I know it is not for a 17" powerbook. But is there any way I could squeeze it in? Are you planning to make it larger in the (near) future?

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  • Darcy
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    Judie Hughes at the Gadgeteer reviews the Buzz

    http://www.the-gadgeteer.com/tom-bihn-buzz-review.html

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  • Darcy
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    Everyone who participated in this thread - check your Private Message boxes. Each of you received a coupon for 20% off the Buzz (the Sling Bag)

    Except matthewz - matthew, email me at darcy at tombihn.com if you want your coupon!

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  • Darcy
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    It's here

    Available for pre-order, the Sling Bag aka The Buzz:

    http://www.tombihn.com/page/001/PROD/_all/TB0151

    We'll be giving all of you guys who participated in this thread and gave us suggestions on the bag a bit of a discount - check your Private Message inboxes in the next couple days.

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  • Tom Bihn
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    Lockable sliders

    The sling bag as it now stands (and it is pretty much done) has double sliders on both front pocket and main compartment. The sliders have cord pulls with little plastic ends: quieter that sliders with metal pulls. You could easily put a small luggage lock on the cord pulls, but alas a thief could almost as easily cut the cords, I guess.
    The up-side is that the zippers on the sling bag are YKK's new Uretek "splash-proof" zippers; they are more-or-less waterproof - and - they are somewhat less easy to zip & unzip than the more standard YKK coil zippers. I'd be surprised if someone could un-zip the sling bag while you were wearing it without you knowing about it.
    Hope that helps!

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  • Darcy
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    Re: Sling Bag--Color Picks?

    The colors will be:

    Black/Steel/Crimson
    Black/Steel/Grape
    Black/Steel/Black
    Black/Steel/Spruce

    I love the Wasabi/purple and Wasabi/cobalt combinations you suggested, but unfortunately we're out of the Wasabi fabric for a while.

    We haven't worked out the price exactly...but it will be from $80-$95.00

    Originally posted by threemoons
    Darcy and cohorts...I would love to see the Sling Bag in the following color options (assuming a black body and two other colors):

    Wasabi top panel with cobalt

    or, a good second would be

    Wasabi top with purple


    :D

    Thank you so much for what looks like a great bag in the happenings! How much is this gonna go for?

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  • threemoons
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    Sudden thought RE bag design

    Folks...whilst you are making a fabu bag...would it be at all possible to make the 2 main zippers on the back be lockable in some way? Even just a click-together thingie, or a snap-down tab at the bottom of the bag...to prevent curious fingers from getting into things on crowded NYC subways...??

    Basically, I've seen something like this on other bags:

    Both zippers have big pulltabs with holes in em. When put together, they can be put together and either tied to a loop at the base of the bag (a small loop of trimming nylon, or something like that--my old LL Beene backpack has these), or...there's a pre-installed tabby loopy thing with a snap on it (my gigantic Travel Duffel has one of these, along with another grommet to put a lock through--a relic from the good old days when you were allowed to use luggage locks). Simple snap. Snap it through the two zips, and it's an added discouragement--and a loud one to undo, which requires leverage.

    I don't normally keep anything ultra-valuable in the outer pockets of any of my bags, but the number of times that I've worn something on my back into a CROWDED subway--and then found that someone "spot checked" the zippers--is pretty high...

    What do you say?

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  • threemoons
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    Sling Bag--Color Picks?

    Darcy and cohorts...I would love to see the Sling Bag in the following color options (assuming a black body and two other colors):

    Wasabi top panel with cobalt

    or, a good second would be

    Wasabi top with purple


    :D

    Thank you so much for what looks like a great bag in the happenings! How much is this gonna go for?

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  • Harry
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    Hmmmmm new bag for a new year. Can't wait! My laptop thanks you in advance!

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  • Darcy
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    It is almost done....I feel confident enough to say, stay tuned and you'll be able to pre-order the Sling Bag by late January!

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  • Darcy
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    New Sling Bag pictures!

    We have brand new pictures of the Sling Bag from our photographer. Guess who the model is.





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  • Darcy
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    matthew,

    thanks for the suggestions. I can hear Tom working on the Sling Bag as I type. We're hoping to have even better pictures by Wednesday. This bag is taking its time to get made but I think it's going to be a big hit.

    It's hard to make a bag that has everyones favorite pockets and stuff on it (anyone remember the Simpsons episode where I think it was...Homer meets his long-lost brother who is the head of a big car company and lets Homer design this car..? hee.) but a lot of these suggestions are being incorporated.

    For sure the Sling Bag will be able to carry smaller 12" iBook or Powerbook size laptops.

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  • matthewz
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    Ok,

    Now that I've read ALL the posts on this, I see I'm regurgitating a lot of previous posts. Mea culpa, Mea culpa.

    Anyhoo, I just want to say it's gorgeous. I love the look of it from your photos.

    Don't take this bag to Mordor for construction, the looks this bag will get when the faithful don them will ensure your sales targets are met :-)

    Matthew z.

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  • matthewz
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    Sling bag ideas

    Tom, Darcy, et al,

    Happy to hear a sling bag is on it's way. Love my Brain Bag, but I can use something with a tad sleeker profile when I'm just on a short trip.

    My take on other folks suggestions - a flat hidden pocket with a key lanyard would be great. Just big enough for passport, id, and a small sheaf o' currency. Or your blockbuster card :-p) Put this on the carry strap in front.

    A simple set of horizontal straps across the front of the carry strap could let folks choose a pocket (other than the zippered vertical slash pocket I want) and attach/detach at will. Don't clutter the front unless you must. You could leave a minimalist webbing pouch for occasional phone duty. Nothing so big they'll be tempted to try a PalmPilot or iPod though, please. At least not with mesh and elastic alone.

    You could even take it a bit further, and design a Freudian slip for this bag as well. I would divide it in half down the middle, one side with some straightforward multi-use, generic pockets, the other half with soft velcro backing, where they can attach one of a selection of small pouches of their choice, and organize as they please. Then you can make a nice velcro mount for your upcoming iPod case, or iSight, or what-have-you. Nothing as involved as your stand-alone bags, just something in size ranges to accomodate the most popular toys.

    Sell the bag with customer's choice of one external pocket, sized for a variety of components (S, M, or L), and stowable within the bag when not needed/desired.

    Oh yeah, if you do go ahead and put an iSocket (tm) on the front for an iPod or what have you, then a little bit of bungie or retaining clip can take care of your remote cord!
    Can't wait!

    Matthew Z.

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