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    I was surprised to see Carrology doing a review/self experience with a Smart Alec. I thought my morning eyes identify could-be-a Smart Alec and it turned "yes, a Smart Alec" in a real "pack-full" condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weirdguy View Post
    I was surprised to see Carrology doing a review/self experience with a Smart Alec. I thought my morning eyes identify could-be-a Smart Alec and it turned "yes, a Smart Alec" in a real "pack-full" condition.

    Stop packing so much: The minimalist packing list
    How to comfortably live out of a 26 litre backpack indefinitely

    https://medium.com/@jamesturnerux/a-...e-5e4851ac7801
    Ah, I saw this! Makes me love the TARDIS powers of my SA even more.
    :)
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    Bit older S25 review FWIW

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    Repost to correct Topic.
    Originally posted incorrectly at Blog-Posts.

    Anyway, I just read up a latest review (or so I thought part of Blog's Post but it wasn't listed), posted at Tom Bihn's Facebook Page.
    Links here: Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30 Challenge | Seek New Travel
    About: Kit challenged Nick to fit his entire travel packing list in our new, smaller Aeronaut 30. Read on for the results of Nick's "Aeronaut 30 Challenge".

    Amazing. Now, I have more reason to get an A30. Not exactly this year, unless Solar return and even better with limited run Coyote/Solar or Verde/Solar. Lol
    Anyway, I was very amazed by the Author's challenge that he could easily switch all his stuffs from A45 to A30. I am not sure how as I have yet to experiment. One thing majorly I learnt is the Side Pocket of A30 indeed look bigger. I find that great so I could just squeeze in all the Used Clothes in there - wouldn't need to use any Stuff Sack.
    Solar/Yellow: A45 Navy, CP Black, SA Black, SCB
    Steel/Grey: UMP Steel 400d, PU Coyote, DLBC, PCSB, TC
    Olive/Green: A30NWS, SCBCanyon, SKIsland
    Mars Red/Red: SENordic, SKCanyon, DLBCCanyon, SCBDawn


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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbird View Post
    Ah, I saw this! Makes me love the TARDIS powers of my SA even more.
    :)
    Despite my ardent love for my A30, I'm really tempted to get a SA. I try hard not to acquire bags that I don't really need but I want one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holly View Post
    Despite my ardent love for my A30, I'm really tempted to get a SA. I try hard not to acquire bags that I don't really need but I want one!
    @Holly The problem is that TB bags are sneaky... after you meet then, you start to imagine where that bag could take you, specially a backpack with an adventurous appeal like the SA.

    Then you start to play with packing setups and configurations, destinations and purposes.

    Bottom line is that given sometime you will have a need for it, specially if you already like it and imagine yourself using it.

    I just surrender to a Gray/Wasabi S25, so I know the felling! ;)
    Last edited by eWalker; 01-27-2015 at 07:18 AM.
    So much to catch up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holly View Post
    Despite my ardent love for my A30, I'm really tempted to get a SA. I try hard not to acquire bags that I don't really need but I want one!
    I totally agree! I don't *need* a WF or an A30, especially since their cargo capacity is so similar to that of the SA, but I would love to see how I might be able to configure my stuff in each one. Would my gear fit, and how would each bag "carry" when loaded up? Would one be more/less comfortable to wear, or would another better suit my packing style/organizational needs? So many questions which I can't yet answer, because my wallet told me not to...

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbird View Post
    I totally agree! I don't *need* a WF or an A30, especially since their cargo capacity is so similar to that of the SA, but I would love to see how I might be able to configure my stuff in each one. Would my gear fit, and how would each bag "carry" when loaded up? Would one be more/less comfortable to wear, or would another better suit my packing style/organizational needs? So many questions which I can't yet answer, because my wallet told me not to...

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    Oh, I know, blackbird and eWalker! I've already loved and passed on a Tristar (GREAT bag--I just prefer duffle/open cavity type bags) and now it's the lure of a backpack style bag (SA is in the lead over an S25 due to its styling but they are both tempting). We all know the answer is that all the bags are not only full of style, substance, and durability but also useful for so many different things. I have a gift certificate burning a hole in my pocket, too but I'm trying to hold out until March when new designs emerge! SO difficult to wait...so I may not

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holly View Post
    I'm trying to hold out until March when new designs emerge! SO difficult to wait...so I may not
    Wait!! March! New designs! Right after Carnival!! Don´t tell me that!!

    Hey!! Why am I worried? I got everything I need!! I am sure of it!! No doubts!! Right?!

    Oh Gosh, who am I trying to deceive... where is my countdown app... :p
    So much to catch up!

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    I've been using my SA all winter instead of an S19, mostly so I have extra room for hat, gloves, scarf, and my lunch. I love how it swallows everything, leaving my hands free for the inevitable falls on ice :-/

    I had purchased an S25 over a year ago and just don't use it that much. While I am madly in love with my S19, I feel I can never get the S25 packed quite right, and I find the shape and openness (and the fact that it sits upright when you set it on the ground) of the SA to be much better suited to my needs. I'm actually thinking of getting another one for Mrs. Nukediver, who has been using the S25 but not lovin' it.

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    Plus one to James Turner for the mention of a spoon. It was a requirement on high school backpacking trips and I keep one in the glove compartment of my car for emergency dives into ice cream pints, but I think I need to add one to my travel kit.

    I've wanted an SA since someone on this forum pointed out that they stand open really nicely, but I don't actually need such a thing. Or do I?

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    Let me enable you:

    Links to Bag Reviews-imageuploadedbytapatalkhd1422547053-082850-jpg


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    Quote Originally Posted by nukediver View Post
    Let me enable you:


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    Nukediver., that was cruel to post one in NORDIC! I want!


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    Did I mention I got the very last Nordic SA? :-D

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    Droooolll! It's... BEAUTIFUL!
    Okay, now I REALLY want a Dyneema CoPilot!
    I NEED to find a Medium Cafe bag in Dyneema!
    Black Dyneema /Solar is my #1 choice!
    Next would be Steel /steel, or Nordic/solar.
    Looking for Smart Alec in Nordic, or steel /steel Dyneema.
    Also looking for mini OP's in CORK and Solar.

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