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    Is a lighter Empire Builder on the cards?

    Among all the TB bags, I like the look and functionality of the EB the best. Unfortunately, for a sidesling bag weight is critical and that's just too much... Something in the range of the StowAway or Cadet's weight is better

    Is this in the cards? Weight is the #1 reason I come to TB over the others...

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    Hello @jelt2359,
    I'm also looking forward for a smaller and lighter, able to fit 13" Laptop, with great existing organization of Empire Builder. I called it Mini Empire Builder. Id been waiting for quite a while - can i say a year or more? Sadly, no news and no hint or whatsoever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by weirdguy View Post
    I called it Mini Empire Builder.
    I call it a Cadet.

    I hadnít realised it before I got a cadet (I previously owned a Zephyr) that they really are built in the same style:
    - Large open section
    - Padded in main compartment
    - Two handles and zip for wheeled bags
    - Front organiser pocket.

    The only real difference is the cadet is a bit small and thin to justify the additional flap that the Zephyr or Empire Builder has. But other than that, it is already a smaller lighter empire builder.


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    Considering that the Zephyr was exactly a Mini E.B. and that was discontinued I doubt that there will be another run of them really.

    I wish there were one too,after carrying the Super Ego for years I recently found a used Ego and snagged it and it is a "Right Sized" bag for me for sure and I suspect I would prefer a Zephyr to my E.B. mostly for the same reasons?

    On the other hand both the S.E. and E.B. were the reasons I have been with Bihn for so long!

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    Oh you're right! The Zephyr looks nice. Much nicer than the Cadet, looks wise.

    I just wonder about the EB. It's so heavy! Are people really still buying it? These days many people I know are moving towards 13" MBA type laptops, I wish there was a spiritual successor to it. Heh.

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    Ps I checked the Zephyr. Still too heavy and too big. I really want a 13", 525 ballistic version of the empire builder. If only...

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