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    The Little Briefcase that Can Fit Almost Anywhere: early Daylight Briefcase review

    Iím a huge fan of the Daylight Backpack, so when I heard that a briefcase with a similar design sensibility was going to be added to the lineup, I was intrigued. I consider myself very lucky to have been able to try out the new Daylight Briefcase a few days before the debut. There hasnít been time for me to take it anywhere yet, not even the coffee shop, but, based on my first impressions and various tests, I can definitely see myself turning often to the DLBC for my travels near and far.

    Letís start by taking a peek at the pockets, shall we? There are three external pockets, two on the face and one on the back. The lower pocket on the face is angled in such a way that itís easy to zip/unzip and remove/put in items while the bag is on your shoulder. Thereís room for a tablet or a fairly sizable book in this pocket, and I think a Platypus bottle would be great in there. There are no o-rings in this pocket; while Small and Mini Organizer Pouches go in/out with ease, getting a Medium OP into the slanted pocket requires a bit more finagling. Above the slanted pocket is a width-spanning zipped pocket which is divided into two on the inside. Both sections are wide enough for books, tablets, Large size Moleskines, and so forth. The pockets go all the way to the bottom of the bag, so you have about 8Ē of vertical space below the zipper and 10Ē of total vertical space. There are two o-rings, one in each far corner. Like with the slanted pocket, a Medium OP wonít fit, but a 3D OC will. I tried to squeeze a Side Effect in there, and that was a bust, unfortunately. The rear pocket zipper runs on a gentle curve, and the space inside is great for papers (both US Standard Letter and A4 sizes), a file folder, or a light jacket. Just for reference: I was able to squeeze in a hooded soft-shell, size L, but it doesnít look anywhere as sleek as on the product page. There are two o-rings in each corner of this pocket, as well.

    The inside of the DLBC is just magical. Magical! There are rail loops to accept an 11Ē or 13Ē Horizontal Cache, and Iíve gotta say: it feels like this bag was custom-designed for the 11Ē MBA (though the 13Ē fits in wonderfully too). There is a pocket on the front wall thatís very reminiscent of the Synapse interior pouch: it has a stretchy top and looks like a good place to stash a light layer, a notebook, power supply, etc. The Cache slides in and out easily and the smooth Parapack interior facilitates that very nicely (I believe the 400D Dyneema version is lined in 200D Dyneema). There are two o-rings in this main compartment, and, even with a laptop in a Cache, you can still get some folders/papers/magazines, a couple of books if they arenít too thick, or a few other daily carry necessities.

    The DLBC carries with the Simple Shoulder Strap and I think that itís plenty strong enough for the job. However, if I was tucking the DLBC inside my Tri-Star or Western Flyer, I would probably just swap out whatever shoulder strap I was using on the travel bag (so, I think Iíll be carrying it with the Absolute Strap most often).

    Okay, Iíve talked a lot about what the DLBC has, so itís only fair for me to list what it doesnít have: first, the handles are webbing, not poron, and the bag has no built-in padding. Personally, I like this because it keeps weight down, but I wouldnít recommend carrying a naked laptop in the DLBC. There arenít any pen or tool pockets, so youíd want to add a pouch or two to hold those little items. The main compartment wonít accommodate a Large OP. There isnít a dedicated water bottle pocket, and my Klean Kanteen is actually a bit wider than the bag. But to me, these are sort of whatevers: the bag wasnít designed to carry mammoth loads by the handle, and, like the DLBP, the lack of little pockets allows you to customize as little or as much as you want with pouches. You may not agree, but none of those omissions are dealbreakers.

    Now itís time for that part of the post weíve all been waiting for: DOES IT FIT???

    DAYLIGHT BACKPACK: YES
    SYNAPSE 19/25: YES (itís a bit snug in the S19)
    SMART ALEC: YES
    WESTERN FLYER: YES
    TRI-STAR: YES (fits great in middle pocket with room to spare)
    AERONAUT 30/45: YES
    PILOT: YES (though why would you want to?)

    A few pics to follow shortly...

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    Crap. I'm caving. Why did you have to say it was made for the 11" MBA? I also really like the outside zippers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pokilani View Post
    Crap. I'm caving. Why did you have to say it was made for the 11" MBA? I also really like the outside zippers...
    @Badger said it seemed made for the 11" MB Air because it's true -- I tried it with both 11" and 13" Air models in a cache. I really think this is the minimalist briefcase that @jmoz was hoping to take to conferences. And it's minimalist in all the good ways that the DLBP is, too. This bag is better in person than it looked in the photographs. Even though I've only had my hands on this for a few days, my first comments to Darcy were: "I love, love, love the Dyalight Briefcase!"

    moriond

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    @moriand, I hope you'll post pictures too. Especially one with the DLBP folded into the back pocket of the DLBC.

    ETA: Thanks for the correction on "seemed" like it was made for the 11" MBA.

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    @Pokilani, if you don't cave now, you'll probably cave when you see it at the meetup in December (cackles).

    Okay, here are some pictures.

    The Little Briefcase that Can Fit Almost Anywhere: early Daylight Briefcase review-img_3691-jpg

    I had to bribe him to do even a half-assed pose with the DLBC. He hates bags.

    The Little Briefcase that Can Fit Almost Anywhere: early Daylight Briefcase review-img_3692-jpg

    With the Synapses 25 and 19 for reference

    The Little Briefcase that Can Fit Almost Anywhere: early Daylight Briefcase review-img_3693-jpg

    From L-R: 3D Fabric OP, Side Effect, DLBC, Pilot, A30, A45

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    I was done for at the picture in French Blue. "Made for 11" MBA" just tipped me further over the edge...

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    Ask and ye shall receive:

    The Little Briefcase that Can Fit Almost Anywhere: early Daylight Briefcase review-img_6676-copy-jpg

    DLBP in DLBC pocket

    The Little Briefcase that Can Fit Almost Anywhere: early Daylight Briefcase review-img_9897-copy-jpg

    DLBC in front shingle pocket of DLBP

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    I am not going to order one, I am not going to order one, I am not going to order one, I am not going to order one.

    Oh crap...who am I kidding.

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    I think this is the bag I've been waiting for. Now I need to justify it and keeping my LCB.... Any feel for how much more space flat Cordura would take up than Dyneema? I'd like to coordinate with my Tri-Star, but I do like the Dyneema, too.

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    I just folded the DLBP into thirds and inserted it into the back zippered pocket of the DLBC. The Parapack lining of that pocket has room to expand, and easily accommodated it.

    ETA: Badger beat me to it! Her pictures are much better than mine.
    Last edited by moriond; 11-04-2014 at 11:51 AM.

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    Luke and Matthew are probably already annoyed with me... But, I am now really wanting to trade out a LSB for this little thing. But, there is the usual problem with color! Of course, dyneema is in the running (my sister is buying my S19), but I still like gray. And french blue. And navy. Purple is out because it will clash with Aubergine. Kinda think French blue would not look great with Nordic. So that leaves dyneema, gray, and navy. My dog doesn't shed (but I do) so I'm not bothered by cordura. While I don't own gray, I see it everyday in my house. I don't own anything in Navy, but the cordura Navy doesn't seem as rich as the ballistic Navy. Decisions... My order is still on backorder because of the SE (that I got in dyneema) so I will need to sleep on it.

    One more question. How does it compare to the PCSB?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmoz View Post
    I think this is the bag I've been waiting for. Now I need to justify it and keeping my LCB.... Any feel for how much more space flat Cordura would take up than Dyneema? I'd like to coordinate with my Tri-Star, but I do like the Dyneema, too.
    @jmoz The stated volume of the DLBCase is 12 liters vs the 11 liters of the Large cafe Bag, but the organization is much better. I was originally going to try the Dyneema version, when we had no idea of what this product would be like, but when I saw a prototype picture I opted for (Plum) Cordura. (it was a wrench to pass over French Blue, but the contrast of plum with French Blue and Storm looks so pretty). it packs pretty flat even with Cordura.

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    Here's how I envision I will use the DLBC on business, at a conference, or perhaps this afternoon if I can manage to make out to vote soon:

    The Little Briefcase that Can Fit Almost Anywhere: early Daylight Briefcase review-img_2598-copy-jpg

    Load-out: 11" MBA w/Horizontal Cache; pad o' paper with Sharky the Stress Shark (he wanted to be in the picture [shrug]); Small OP with ibuprofen, lip balm, mints, hand sanitizer; Shure SE215 earbuds; a Powerful Yogurt bar, which I bought because it totally cracked me up; a Medium Clear OP with a tape measure, Babo notebook, and pen.

    The Little Briefcase that Can Fit Almost Anywhere: early Daylight Briefcase review-img_7308-copy-jpg

    Here's everything all packed up, by which I mean stuffed in haphazardly. I've drawn the conclusion that one of the best things about this bag is that I really don't need to overthink how I pack it. It's light, comfortable to carry, and straightforward.

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    I've got an important question: how does one become a secret product tester?
    Favorite: Steel/Steel Little Swift * Latest: nNordic/NWS Smart Alec *

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    @Pokilani, Navy Cordura is actually very rich in tone. It doesn't have the same luminous quality as the ballistic version, but no Cordura does. I didn't specify what color I wanted and I got Black (which I love, because, well, look at the rest of my bags), but I am very tempted by the Navy. And the Cocoa. But mostly the Navy.

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