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Gear Review

5 5

Awesomely versatile bag

I got this bag for carrying around gear for heading to work or shopping in town, or carrying my computer (and jacket) around conferences. It's really done the job. The X-pac cloth feels nicer and lighter than the balistic nylon and the reflective strip is classy while also doing the job it's intended to do. I found the laptop messenger bags definitely heavier, and so less likely to use as a multi-purpose bag.
I thought i'd prefer a custom made TB2 with a divider sewn in - either for extra stuff or to keep the computer sleeve in place when i use it - I still think that would be nice, but I don't miss it.
At a conference recently I had my computer related gear, and cuz there was no place else to put it, my GoreTex jacket for a full day of walking around going to sessions. Made for a puffy bag, but it worked.
I tried the bag in a local shop with the TB2 shoulder pad and found that I preferred the feel without one - would be good to hear other opinions on the extra padding compared to the raw.
The bag has also been great on the plane: the exrta pockets inside look small compared to the capacious interior of the medium, but wow, they are great. cell phone pocket, pen stuff, ID, big inner one, fit big glasses case and stuff stuff stuff.
Haven't had to test the waterproofness yet - that's this winter. In the meantime, ya, I'd recommend this made in san fran bag.