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    That's kind of unbelievable! I have to think...

    That's kind of unbelievable! I have to think severe jet lag or some other factor may have been responsible.
    I don't usually check my TB bags, and even when I put them in the overhead, I try to...
  2. Yes, definitely split the debut. It gives people...

    Yes, definitely split the debut. It gives people with varying schedules a chance to order.
  3. There was a discussion of this elsewhere, and...

    There was a discussion of this elsewhere, and someone suggested clipping the Tom Bihn key straps to a wire hanger. I decided to do something similar, getting a small steel rod from my hardware store,...
  4. I just tried them both out, and I have to agree...

    I just tried them both out, and I have to agree with @imagineez. Maybe it is the weight of the Pop Tote and increased sturdiness, or the longer, flatter shape, or just a difference in the handles,...
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    Most of my valuable items (wallet, A5 paper...

    Most of my valuable items (wallet, A5 paper notebook, phone, iPad Mini) are stored in a small bag like the Side Kick inside whatever else I'm carrying, so I'm confident that things will stay dry....
  6. I think it really depends on the person, because...

    I think it really depends on the person, because we are all shaped differently. It seems that some people find the Synapse-style straps more comfortable, and some people the Synik. For me, I had...
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    I would ask him to give you some measurements of...

    I would ask him to give you some measurements of the interior of the bags they'll be using. That should only take a few minutes and will save you both frustration in the end.

    Then take a look at...
  8. I kind of agree, and I've steadfastly done...

    I kind of agree, and I've steadfastly done carry-on for many years now. However, there is something to be said for the strategy of checking the heavy stuff and carrying just a few essentials that...
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    Same. I was excited for the new colors, but ended...

    Same. I was excited for the new colors, but ended up returning my Dawn PCSB with the new attachment points. I treasure the ones I have in the original style.
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    Would a sharp tweezers or needle nose pliers...

    Would a sharp tweezers or needle nose pliers help? Also, before attempting surgery, I would suggest shooting Tom Bihn customer service a direct email with this question.
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    I don't use eBay or even PayPal any more if I can...

    I don't use eBay or even PayPal any more if I can help it. For casual sales I just ask people to snail mail me a check. It's not that I'm a Luddite, as I take advantage of credit card points, mobile...
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    The NFTD -- for sure -- holds more than the...

    The NFTD -- for sure -- holds more than the Synapse 19. I've done side-by-side packing tests. The rectangular shape is wonderful for maximizing capacity, and the three-part organization makes it more...
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    I'm so curious about this. I'd love something...

    I'm so curious about this. I'd love something that can be carried as either a shoulder bag or a backpack, and is the right size and shape for a plane bag. The Stowaway was very interesting and I was...
  14. I like the 525 colors better, (particularly Deep...

    I like the 525 colors better, (particularly Deep Blue vs. Navy and the "new" Aubergine), and I will appreciate even a slight weight-savings. So I'm interested to see the Western Flyer in 525 fabrics....
  15. Love mine! It's very easy to carry for short...

    Love mine! It's very easy to carry for short trips. Though it's black, which is an uninspiring color, and I'm seriously tempted by the new Deep Blue that will be offered.
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    I've gotten more useful travel tips on the TB...

    I've gotten more useful travel tips on the TB forums than most other places; my feeling is that people here travel the same way I do, and are more consistently intelligent and helpful (and even...
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    So glad you like your Synik, Tonya! I agree with...

    So glad you like your Synik, Tonya! I agree with you; it's completely fine when wearing it. Holding it by the handle, it seems heavier.

    I tried switching back to carrying two smaller bags today,...
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    Thought I'd post an update two months out... ...

    Thought I'd post an update two months out...

    Still loving the Synik 22. I carried it for quite a few weeks. My initial observations, that it's a really great bag, but on the heavy side compared to...
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    Sticky: Looks like the Makers Bag is coming out in 525...

    Looks like the Makers Bag is coming out in 525 fabrics! Yay! SO much... Island... which is my least favorite of the colors. But that's ok, there are other options.
  20. I haven't tried out the Truck, so I can't comment...

    I haven't tried out the Truck, so I can't comment on that. But I just wanted to chime in that the Zip-Top bags are really nice. You can always leave them open, but if it rains, having the zipper is...
  21. I don't usually carry my laptop, but I found it...

    I don't usually carry my laptop, but I found it useful for stashing my iPad, and even for my phone, because it is a quickly accessible pocket if I want to secure my phone without taking the time to...
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    Wow, thanks for all the creative ideas!! I don't...

    Wow, thanks for all the creative ideas!! I don't know about the luggage-strap size handles; I've used those kinds of things on actual luggage and they are too large to be comfortable for my hands....
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    Hand-carrying a Side Kick

    I'm pretty sure there was a thread discussing this recently: Is there a good way to hand-carry a Side Kick?

    I'd really like this feature. Wearing a backpack, all of my shoulder real estate is...
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    I do think the Synapse and Synik are relatively...

    I do think the Synapse and Synik are relatively heavy bags within the Tom Bihn lineup. They have a ton of built-in organization and zippers, and those back panels, and while it's great to have all...
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    Sticky: They are surprisingly secure with a Freudian Slip...

    They are surprisingly secure with a Freudian Slip inside, because then you have at least two zippered pockets.

    However, my experience with carrying a SCB is that the overflow I need for my...
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