So I was looking for a new smaller, lightweight EDC bag to carry the basic gear with room for a bit more here and there. Now that the weather has made a legit turn towards spring there isn't a need for hat, gloves, vest/pullover, etc. I looked at the Daylight Backpack but something about the format left me wanting. All bags have their limitations and I felt I would want more from the DLBP than it could give me. Hard to really know without trying but I decided against it. The Daylight Briefcase seemed a good option (I figure I'll eventually get one) but I preferred to stay off the shoulder bag format this time.
I was at a bit of a dead end. Tried a bag from another maker that was solid but the lack of organization made daily use a chore, as tends to be the case when I go outside the TB family. While browsing around the site for other items the A30 Packing Cube Backpack caught my eye. The separate top/bottom setup would figure to fit my needs for keeping certain things in certain places. What about the large compartment though? Just a big space with nothing in there and no structure. I know plenty of people put a Freudian Slip in the DLBP so maybe that could work for the A30 PCBP. After a quick email to customer service to check dimensions I decided to take a chance on the large Cafe Bag FS with the PCBP. Additionally, both of those items could serve multiple purposes. While I was really focused on the backpack aspect of the PCBP it is also a packing cube should the need arise. The FS could be dropped in other bags for organization. This option seemed like the most bang for my buck.
Enough about the labor, here's the baby. Apologies for the picture quality, had to use my phone.
A30 PCBP 1 by Nate E, on Flickr
The LCB FS is a great fit in the large compartment. The top loop has to fold over but that's no obstacle.
A30 PCBP 2 by Nate E, on Flickr
A mini organizer pouch holds a small flashlight and multitool. I will probably leave it out tethered on the keystrap but it can fit in one of the top middle FS pockets.
A30 PCBP 3 by Nate E, on Flickr
A30 PCBP 4 by Nate E, on Flickr
The other top middle pocket has a phone charger.
A30 PCBP 5 by Nate E, on Flickr
The bottom mesh pockets hold a notebook sleeve on one side.
A30 PCBP 6 by Nate E, on Flickr
And some sundries on the other.
A30 PCBP 7 by Nate E, on Flickr