Originally Posted by Arrogant Bastard
No need for the 257 in your case; go with the 256. I have a 257 that I love, but I need it for my 17" MBP.
Originally Posted by mulder
Question to anyone... Which Filson would fit this stuff comfortably and not feel like it's "too cramped" in the bag? 15-inch MacBook Pro (inside a WaterField sleevecase
), 2-3 magazines, large Moleskine, a few pens, a small Rhodia notepad, MacBook Pro power brick, iPhone sync cord, a small book (or two), and other small random stuff.
My inclination is to go with the 257, but if all this will fit in the 256 and not feel cramped, I might look at it instead.
with one normal to thick textbook and a padded laptop, some folders and notebooks, everything is pretty tight. i prefer the snug, tetris style to roomy just because i'd rather have compactness over bulk. but it also takes a little adjustment because it's harder to just "throw" things into the bag. also a water bottle barely fits after everything is in there and needs to be placed sideways under the flap and the bag left unzipped.
i would think that all the stuff you mentioned may feel cramped. a two small books fits perfectly in there but add another textbook and it's pretty much packed. just know that it's not going to feel like a roomy sack that you can just easily throw things into. you'll have to set things in there in a way so that you'll have space for everything else.
with that said, i decided on the 256 simply because it would be pretty uncomfortable to carry anything more than its capacity. walking for a distance with 2 or 3 textbooks, a laptop, and some other shit using just your one shoulder sucks. better to have backpack if you're carrying all that.